Lauren N. Nile
Black women represent a major political constituency, consumer base, and volunteer base. They have been a consistent mainstay of the Democratic Party, yet, they have largely been left out of important debates related to civil rights, economic justice, and reproductive justice.
In the 2016 Presidential Election, 53% of white women voted for Donald Trump compared to 4% of black women.
This panel discussion will focus on the ways in which a shift in the power structure of the progressive movement to recognize the most loyal and least empowered consistency — black women — could ultimately impact the future of this country and the world.
Carolyn Fowler is currently a Government Affairs Advisor for LAUSD Board member, Dr. George J. McKenna III. Active in the community, Ms. Fowler is Southern Region Vice Chair for the California Democratic Party’s Women’s Caucus encouraging more women to seek appointments and run for elected office. She was recently elected as CDP Executive Board Member and Senior Assembly Member of the California Senior Legislature. Carolyn is appointed by the LA County Registrar on the LA County Voting Solutions For All People Advisory Committee (VSAP). She was recently honored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. for 50 years of service and the National Action Network with the Los Angeles Vanguard Award for Extraordinary Leader. She is also an active member of AARP and California Alliance for Retired Americans, (CARA).
Dallas Fowler is a proud Los Angeles native and graduate of the School of Business and Industry at Florida A & M University. She is the Principal of Daltek Global Solutions, LLC a boutique digital and print media firm specializing in outreach, diversity, political and business development consulting. She served in Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s cabinet as Commissioner on the Los Angeles Police Department Police Permit Review Board. A life-long Democrat, Dallas has been actively working on campaigns for over 20 years.
Kiyana Williams is an Audio Engineer/Editor, Content and Imaging producer, Co-host and Contributing Producer of Feminist Magazine, and Assistant to KPFK’s Program Director. Kiyana Williams – much like many of her colleagues – not only wears many hats, but also gives light to many different issues that affect her and the world around her; everything from climate change, the environment, issues affecting women, LGBTQIAH people, immigration, human rights, and all other planetary issues. Kiyana works to address humanity’s issues with as much wisdom and critical thinking as she can.
Angela Nirvana is a Core Member and Co-Founder of The ADOS SoCal Movement (American Descendants of Slavery). Her Movement is fighting nationally for Reparations, a debt that is owed for Slavery and Accrued, Ongoing Systemic Racism, Oppression and; Disadvantage. Locally, their fight is unemployment/underemployment, affordable housing and homelessness for ADOS. Angela is also Co-Founder of Friends of ADOS SuperPAC that is gearing up for launch at the Inaugural ADOS Conference this October in Louisville, Kentucky where Presidential hopeful Marianne Williamson, whom she campaigns for, will be in attendance. Angela holds a degree in Finance from Golden Gate University, she is a Litigator/Negotiator in Work Comp Law and the proud Mother of 15 year old Genesis.
Lauren N. Nile is an author, retired attorney, organizational development trainer and keynote speaker. She is the author of RACE: My Story & Humanity’s Bottom Line, and a host of essays and articles on a number of other social and political topics. Lauren most often speaks about the topic, “The Oneness of Humanity”. The goal of her work in that area is to help the human species to mature beyond all forms of bigotry and violence by growing in the understanding of our profound human oneness, in the wisdom that results from that understanding, and in the compassion that grows from that wisdom. Her fervent desire is to help all people to see the Divine in themselves and themselves in each other. She is deeply committed to that vision. Lauren has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of New Orleans, a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Connecticut, and a Juris Doctor degree from the Cornell University School of Law.
Sharon Kyle is a writer and publisher of the LA Progressive — a daily digital political magazine that she co-founded with her husband Dick Price. Sharon is a progressive activist who is deeply engaged with several organizations that fight for social justice and civil liberties. She is a former elected member of the California State Democratic Party Progressive Caucus. She is on the National Board of the ACLU and is active locally with that organization. She is also a former president of the Guild Law School where she was a law professor for several years. Before shifting gears and graduating from law school, Sharon was a member of several space flight teams at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where she managed resources for projects like Magellan, Genesis, and Mars Pathfinder. Sharon Kyle and her husband Dick Price are the founders of the Left Coast Forum.