Labor chief and civil rights activist, Dolores Huerta, to talk at Marin Academy’s Convention on Democracy | Nationwide

At this year’s virtual conference, Dolores Huerta, recipient of the Citizen’s Medal of Freedom and Icon of Civil Rights, will co-found the National Farmworkers Association with Cesar Chavez

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., April 27, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) – Founded in 2004, the Marin Academy’s Conference on Democracy has been recognized nationwide as the leading independent school focusing on justice and justice. The conference features sessions that are jointly designed and moderated by MA students and faculties in collaboration with local and national experts, activists, and stakeholders.

The Marin Academy’s 17th annual conference on democracy addresses local, national and global issues with student activists, leaders and luminaries.

Amid a global pandemic, the ongoing struggle for racial justice, a climate crisis, and the recent presidential election, Marin Academy student leaders decided that this year’s conference will focus on how we support the longevity of democracy in relation to the three main pillars of sustainability: social Justice, environmental protection and economy.

The list of speakers and topics will focus on systemic inequalities that are ingrained in our society and encourage students to find meaningful ways to improve the sustainability of our democracy individually, locally and globally. From behavioral economics, neuroscience and voting rights to youth activism, ethical listening and gardening for food security in Marin County, the 17th Annual Conference on Democracy will challenge individuals to listen, learn and make change in a collaborative environment.

Marin Academy student activists, educators, alumni and parents eagerly await Dolores Huerta’s final keynote address on Thursday, April 29, 2021.

Huerta, a civil rights pioneer, brought an intersectional vision to the way she organized her work, realizing that workers’ specific needs differed according to their different identities. “Her lifelong pursuit of workers, immigrants and women’s rights and the courage she had as a leader inspire me. She has embodied her Si, se puede call to action in so many ways, including the fact that she is often the only woman or the first woman to have served in various organizations or leadership roles at the time. She is a trailblazer and inspires me to be one too. “Chiara Savage Schwartz, one of the student organizers of the conference, shared. Still active in community organizing, 91 year old Huerta will speak about civic leadership and maintaining civic engagement.


* Jared Huffman, American Congressman serving in the US House of Representatives for California’s 2nd Congressional District (including Marin County).

* Mayor of San Rafael, Kate Colin.

* Mohammed Soriano-Bilal, a Diversity, Justice and Inclusion (DEI) advisor who studies the convergence of issues of race, gender, religion and education in society through various artistic media. He is an award-winning film and music producer and poet and currently serves as Associate Dean and Director of the Office for Inclusion, Belonging and Intergroup Communication at Stanford University.

* Miyoko Schinner, head chef, cookbook author, founder of the shelter and owner of Miyoko’s dairy.

* Nil Zacharias, entrepreneur, consultant and author who has focused on the intersection of nutrition and sustainability for the past 10 years.

* Shirzad Chamine, NY Times best-selling author and Stanford Lecturer.

* MA alum Trevor Cohen ’08, author of “Bright Green Future,” a book about solving climate change.

* Armando Quintero, Director, California State Parks.

* Christina Hammonds Reed, NY Times best-selling author of “The Black Kids”.

Limited press tickets for keynote speakers, including Dolores Huerta. Contact Justine Clifford to access the event.

Marin Academy, founded in 1971, is a co-educational, independent high school in Marin County. The multi-dimensional nature of MA’s educational approach creates an environment in which our students thrive as scientists, athletes and artists. Students will learn the importance of working with others in increasing their appetite for pursuing their own passions, questions, and paths. The Marin Academy’s mission statement “calls on each individual to think, question and create in an environment of encouragement and compassion, and calls on each individual to take on the responsibility that comes from being educated in a democratic society. “

Please contact Justine Clifford, Director of Marketing and Communications at [email protected] or call 415-482-3289 to schedule an interview.

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