Episode 7: “Moving Hearts & Minds” [April 24, 2018]

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Broadcast Date: April 24, 2018
Broadcast Time: 6:00 pm ET / 3:00 pm PT
Stream: WPFWFM.org/radio
Live Radio: 89.3 FM in DC/Maryland/Virgina
Podcast: launching later this month! 
Our hosts kick it with United States Representative Nanette Barragán (CA-44) to learn about her work fighting environmental injustices in her district in South Central Los Angeles, shaping policy as a freshman Member of Congress, and her thoughts on Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer Prize. Our hosts also discuss the power of culture in building thriving urban communities through education, mobilization, and opportunities with Darryl Perkins, Director of Impact and Co-Founder of Broccoli City Music Festival. The Festival takes place annually in Washington D.C. with over 30,000 in attendance, featuring some of the most influential hip hop artists out there including Cardi B, Migos, and Miguel.


Episode 7 Guests: 

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Nanette Diaz Barragán was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2016, becoming the first Latina ever to represent California’s 44th Congressional district.

Born in Harbor City and growing up in its surrounding harbor communities, Nanette’s humble beginnings shaped her interest in issues that matter locally: environmental and health justice, immigration reform, strengthening the economy, and affordable and accessible education.

As the youngest of eleven children raised by immigrant parents from Mexico, Nanette knows about the challenges that many low-income minority families face firsthand.  Her father, a local repairman, instilled in her a strong work ethic and influenced her love for baseball (in particular, for the Los Angeles Dodgers). Her mother who only completed the 3rd grade cleaned homes, cared for others and worked in factories to make ends meet. Nanette learned from her parents values of hard work, and obtained her undergraduate degree from UCLA and her Juris Doctor from USC Gould School of Law.

With a desire to give back to her communities, in the late 1990s Nanette began her career in public service. She steered outreach efforts for African Americans in the Office of Public Liaison for the Clinton White House and worked for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) focusing on racial health disparities and discrimination.

Nanette was the first woman in 12 years to be elected to the Hermosa Beach City Council, and was then elected by her peers as the first-even Latina to serve as Mayor of the beach city. During her two-year term on the city council, Nanette was a strong advocate for environmental justice – she successfully stood up to a powerful oil company and stopped a proposal to drill 34 oil and water injection wells in Hermosa Beach and out into the Santa Monica Bay.

Nanette served as an extern to Justice Carlos Moreno of the Supreme Court of California and, at the Los Angeles Legal Aid Foundation, she fought for justice for low-income families.

In 2016, Nanette decided to take her advocacy to the national level. She ran to represent her neighbors, friends and family members in Congress, with a focus on bringing change and opportunities for those who need it most.

In the 115th Congress, Nanette was elected by her peers to serve as the freshman class president as well as a regional whip, working with her colleagues and reporting back to leadership their thoughts on legislation.  Nanette also is member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Progressive Caucus, and serves on the Homeland Security Committee (https://homeland.house.gov) and Natural Resources Committee (https://naturalresources.house.gov).

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Darryl is a creator and developer of social ventures that build sustainable communities, social capital, financial capital, and a healthy environment. He believes we shouldn’t have to choose between doing good work and making money; he works to rethink, re-imagine, and execute successful strategies to achieve both.

Darryl is a co-founder of Broccoli City, a social enterprise (not for profit/for profit) that roots itself in a triple bottom line strategy that focuses on people, planet, and profit. The Broccoli City team are working to “redefine the cool” towards people being active and engaged participants in their community. They are creating a culture that celebrates and rewards people who are “getting active” and doing the work to make our communities healthier.

On April 28, the sixth annual Broccoli City festival is taking place in Washington D.C. with performances by some of the biggest names in Hip Hop including Cardi B, Migos, and Miguel. The first Broccoli City Festival was started in 2013 to draw attention for Earth Day, aligning with the brands mission to build thriving urban communities to sustain future generations by mobilizing and educating urban millennials through social impact campaigns and major events. Through their programs, they are creating higher standards of sustainable living, environmental sustainability, renewable energy, economic opportunity, and access to high quality food and shelter.

Broccoli City Weekend, is an incubator for all who strive to create a better world. Broccoli City will host a variety of events leading up to the festival, everything from city runs, to community action events, to an all night art escape, culminating with the all-day Broccoli City Festival. The Broccoli City Week highlight will showcase the first Broccoli City Conference, a 2-day interactive conference co-hosted by GOOGLE DC, focusing on the brands mission to build thriving, resilient communities by improving and highlighting Environmental Justice, Economic Sustainability, Culture, Food Access, and Education in undeserved communities.

More at broccolicity.com.