Russell Simmons Hosts Reception on Race in America Featuring the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) at his New Beverly Hills Home

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Russell Simmons Hosts Reception on Race in America Featuring the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) at his New Beverly Hills Home

Evening Will Focus on Why We Need to Cultivate an Effective Conversation About Race in America

New York, NY – May 14, 2013: Business leader and philanthropist Russell Simmons will host a cocktail reception for the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) at his new Beverly Hills home. The reception will feature a critical discussion titled, Race in America: Why We Need to Talk About it and How We Can Talk About it Effectively, led by Maya Wiley, President of CSI. The event will celebrate the work of Maya and CSI on Thursday, May 16, 2013 from 6:00 P.M – 8:00 P.M.

“We need to be able to understand the nuances of race in order to tackle the issues that pose the biggest threat to communities of color,” said Russell Simmons. “I am honored to host Maya Wiley and the Center for Social Inclusion and anticipate Maya’s talk will be both informative and enlightening.”

A different conversation about race in the United States is crucial given our country’s demographic changes. While headlines are dominated by issues like affirmative action, immigration reform, voter rights and jobs, the conversations surrounding these issues are not leading us toward solutions that will help us all move forward. An effective conversation on race will help us see how we are all positioned in society and see how our race-neutral policies block opportunities for far too many communities, particularly communities of color. To lead us toward transformative policy solutions that would benefit everyone, including communities of color, we must be willing to look at race and talk about it constructively.

“Russell Simmons has a long history engaging on matters of race, from Trayvon Martin’s tragic death, to stop-and-frisk policies and many other issues of importance to progress in America,” said Maya Wiley. “I am honored that Russell has invited me to speak about why race still matters today.”

The Center for Social Inclusion works to unite public policy research and grassroots advocacy to transform structural inequity and exclusion into structural fairness and inclusion. Their work with community groups and national organizations focuses on developing policy ideas, fostering effective leadership and developing communication tools for a world in which we all will thrive. Their work is focused on areas such as transportation/wealth/broadband inequity, food insecurity, energy democracy, investing in communities of color and fostering a continued dialogue about race in America.

 

To arrange for press credentials for the event or to interview Maya Wiley, contact Eric Katzman at The TASC Group at 646-723-4344 or eric@thetascgroup.com.

 

About the Center for Social Inclusion
The Center for Social Inclusion works to unite public policy research and grassroots advocacy to transform structural inequity and exclusion into structural fairness and inclusion. We work with community groups and national organizations to develop policy ideas, foster effective leadership, and develop communications tools for an opportunity-rich world in which we all will thrive. Visit www.centerforsocialinclusion.org, http://www.facebook.com/centerforsocialinclusion or http://www.twitter.com/theCSI for more information.

 

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