Joseph Tomás Mckellar (Civil Society Fellowship: A Partnership of ADL and the Aspen Institute Fellow), is, at his core, a community organizer.
As co-director of PICO California, he mobilizes faith-based communities in California to use their voices on various issues of inequity including transforming the criminal justice system, protecting and promoting immigrant families, increasing affordable housing, and creating an inclusive economy. As the pandemic brought the systemic issues Joseph strives to dismantle into sharper clarity, he turned to those communities who were being impacted to listen to their lived experiences for guidance on the path forward.
“Many of the families in the communities we work with never had the luxury of shifting to a virtual organizing or virtual life environment… We can’t go back to quote, unquote “normal,” because what was “normal” was deficient, was insufficient, was unjust, for so many of the people in our communities and congregations where we organize.”
Hear Joseph share his #LeadershipLessons from a time that created a “paradigm shift” for his organization and the communities he works with as well as how staying “with the people” has helped him navigate uncertainty.
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