Is the Rising Tide Lifting All Boats?

Is the Rising Tide Lifting All Boats?

This event was the first in our People, Place & Power series, made possible by support from the San Francisco Foundation’s Bay Area Leads Fund.

The Bay Area is at a crossroads. We live in one of the most industrious, exciting places anywhere. We know that our vitality, ingenuity and broad array of cultural identities make the region special.

Yet we also know that we have significant challenges. People are worried about jobs, housing, transportation, and about making sure that everybody has the chance to participate, prosper and reach their full potential, regardless of their race or the neighborhood in which they live.

Is it possible to provide true opportunity for all residents of our region, or is the notion of Bay Area exceptionalism just a myth?

Panelists
  • James Bell, Civil Rights Leader; Executive Director, W. Hayward Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice, Fairness and Equality
  • Manuel Pastor, Demographer and Professor of Sociology, American Studies and Ethnicity, The University of Southern California
  • Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland
  • Moderated by Joshua Johnson, Creator/Host, KQED’s Truth Be Told; Lecturer, U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism