Closing Plenary- Hip Hop Caucus Think 100% Show (Madison Ballroom A/B)

Thursday, 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Madison Ballroom A & B. Open to the Public. 

Hip Hop Caucus Think 100% Show LIVE

Be a part of the live recording of the Think 100% Show. Learn more about "the Coolest Show on Climate Change" here.

Hosts (From Left to Right):

Mustafa Santiago AliVice President for Environmental Justice, Climate and Community Revitalization at the National Wildlife Federation 

Mustafa Santiago Ali is a renowned national speaker, policy maker, community liaison, trainer, and facilitator. He specializes in social and environmental justice issues and is focused on a utilizing a holistic approach to revitalizing vulnerable Communities.  He helped create the Think 100% Show after working 24 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where he most recently served as Senior Advisor to Administrator Gina McCarthy for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization. He joined the EPA as a student and became a founding member of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice in 1994 and since worked with over 500 domestic and international communities to improve people’s lives by addressing environmental, health, and economic justice issues, and strengthening the federal government’s environmental justice policies and programs.  Mustafa has conducted over 1,000 presentations worldwide, including speeches and trainings at Harvard, Howard, Yale, Georgetown, Spelman, and Albany Law School. He is also a former instructor at West Virginia University and Stanford University. Mustafa has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, VICE News, Democracy NOW, and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. He has also been featured in the Washington Post, GQ Magazine and cited in over 200 news publications since resigning from the EPA in March of 2017. His EPA resignation letter to Scott Pruitt has been read over a million times. 

 

Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr.,  President and CEO of Hip Hop Caucus

Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. is a Minister, national leader and community activist committed to mobilizing the Hip Hop generation to utilize its political and social voice as the President & CEO of Hip Hop Caucus.  As a national leader, speaker, and activist in the environmental movement, he has successfully raised awareness of political, civil rights and social justice issues disproportionately impacting communities of color by engaging and building powerful relationships with the Hip Hop community and key environmental leaders. Immediately following Hurricane Katrina, Rev Yearwood, a Louisiana native, established the award-winning Gulf Coast Renewal Campaign, which advocated for the rights of storm survivors, prevented illegal and unjust evictions from temporary housing, and advocated for criminal justice, education and job legislation.  In 2008, Rev Yearwood created the highly acclaimed and longest Hip Hop civic engagement program ever -- the national “Respect My Vote!” campaign. Since 2008, the campaign has registered and mobilized tens of thousands of young voters, including setting a world record by registering 32,000 people across 16 U.S. cities in one day. The campaign spawned out of Rev Yearwood’s work in four voter turnout operations during the 2004 presidential election, including P. Diddy’s Citizen Change “Vote Or Die!” campaign, Hip Hop Summit Action Network’s “Hip Hop Summits”, Jay Z’s “Voice Your Choice” campaign, and AFL-CIO’s “Hip Hop Voices” project.

 

Antonique Smith, Grammy Nominated Singer, Actress & Activist

Antonique Smith starred as Mimi in Rent and she played Biggie’s wife Faith Evans in Notorious. She is currently starring in Marvel’s Luke Cage on Netflix. She is also a Grammy nominated recording artist. She’s a star. But she’s also out there in the communities, with the people.  She was a big part of the HOME (Heal Our Mother Earth) album in 2014, which was released by People’s Climate Music, a project organized by the Hip Hop Caucus that works with artists to inspire action around climate change. It was the first time the climate movement ever had something like that. Her song from that album became the anthem for the People’s Climate March that year — and her cover of “Here Comes the Sun,” with Jeremih, became the anthem for the 2017 march.  The day of that march, it was super hot. Antonique was marching, stopping and engaging with people. Whatever people needed from her, she was there. She’s a ride or die — she rolls up her sleeves, no matter where she is.  When artists like Antonique stand up and says something, millions of people are going to want to learn more. That’s the power of culture and cultural leaders. 

 

Guests: 

Satya Rhodes-Conway, 58th Mayor of Madison, WI

Satya Rhodes-Conway has extensive experience in local policy and practice, having worked with mayors across the country for over a decade, and serving three terms on the Madison Common Council. Elected in 2019, she is the city’s second female mayor and the first out LGBTQ person to serve as Mayor of Madison.  Rhodes-Conway was born in New Mexico and grew up in Ithaca, New York. She has degrees from Smith College and the University of California - Irvine. She moved to Madison in 2002 and has lived here ever since.  Rhodes-Conway was the Managing Director of the Mayors Innovation Project and a senior associate at the COWS (Center on Wisconsin Strategy) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for 13 years. She worked with cities across the country to implement innovative policy that promotes environmental and economic sustainability and builds strong, democratically accountable communities. During her time at UW, she researched and wrote extensively about local policy that promotes sustainability, equity and democracy. Rhodes-Conway served on the Board of the UniverCity Alliance and is a member of AFT Local 223.  Rhodes-Conway served three terms on Madison's City Council, representing District 12 from 2007 to 2013. She was a member of Madison's Food Policy Council from 2013 to 2019, and chaired the city’s Oscar Mayer Strategic Assessment Committee in 2018.  Before her time at UW, she analyzed state endangered species programs for Defenders of Wildlife, researched and wrote about progressive environmental policy at the State Environmental Resource Center, and taught undergraduate biology and ecology.  Rhodes-Conway and her partner, Amy Klusmeier, live on Madison’s east side with their dog Leo and three cats.

 

Zelalem AdefrisClimate Resilience Director, Catalyst Miami  

Zelalem Adefris is the Resilience Director at Catalyst Miami, as well as a Steering Committee Member of the Miami Climate Alliance. She holds an MPH in Global Environmental Health from Emory University and a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health from Brown University. Her previous work experiences include environmental justice organizing at the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island and conducting emergency preparedness research at the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At Catalyst Miami, Zelalem works to educate Miami-Dade County residents on climate threats, build climate leadership in Miami-Dade County’s low- and middle-income communities, implement programs that strengthen community resilience, and advocate for equitable climate policies.

 

Victoria Benson, Program Manager, Movement Strategy Center

Victoria brings a decade of experience in nonprofit and movement building work. She has worked to build awareness, empathy, and positive social change across axes of inequality, especially for low-income communities of color, and is excited to bring her energy to the Community Climate Solutions team. Outside of her work with MSC, Victoria also leads a participatory evaluation of Healthy Bayview, a youth-focused urban agriculture effort in Bayview Hunters Point in San Francisco led by Hunters Point Family. Victoria is inspired by community-driven, multi-sectoral, and targeted universalism approaches to movement building. She also believes that symptoms of social and environmental inequities show up in communities most prominently through inequitable health outcomes; and thus, she sees social justice efforts as acts to restore and build healthy communities.

 

Lara Hansen, Chief Scientist and Executive Director, EcoAdapt 

Lara thinks climate change is everybody's problem and she wishes someone would bother to do something about it. Her desire for action led her to co-create EcoAdapt with a team of similarly inclined folks in 2008. She serves this fine organization as Executive Director and Chief Scientist. She is co-author and editor of one of the earliest texts on the issue of natural system adaptation to climate change, Buying Time: A User's Manual for Building Resistance and Resilience to Climate Change in Natural Systems, as well as co-author of one of the newest books on adaptation, Climate Savvy: Adapting Conservation and Resource Management to a Changing World. The team that created these books created an engaged stakeholder process (first known as Climate Camp; now known as Awareness to Action Workshops) to help everyone create adaptation strategies applicable to their work.