Founder and Executive Director of A New Way of Life
Author of Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women
Following the tragic accidental death of her five-year-old son, Susan’s world collapsed. Her loss snapped the final tether of resilience burdened by a past of pain and trauma. She descended into an emotional abyss of darkness and despair, yet was not offered the resources needed to heal. Without support, she turned to drugs and alcohol which led to nearly 20 years revolving through cycles of incarceration.
Drawing on her personal experiences, she founded A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project (ANWOL) in 1998, dedicating her life to helping others break the cycle of incarceration. ANWOL provides resources such as housing, case management, employment, legal services, leadership development and community organizing on behalf of, and with, people who struggle to rebuild their lives after incarceration.
Susan’s memoir, “BECOMING MS. BURTON” was released in May of 2017.
Senior Pastor, Holman United Methodist Church
Executive Director, ACLU of Southern California
Training Director, SCOPE
Executive Director, LISC
Union Representative, UFCW Local 770
Director of Organizing, LA Neighborhood Land Trust
Lead Organizer, UFCW Local 770
Director of Policy and Research, Inner City Struggle
Organizing Coordinator, CA Calls
Organizing Coordinator, CA Calls
Convention Events Schedule
10am: Welcome and Opening Presentation
10:30am: Keynote Speaker
11am: Workshop Session 1
12:15pm: Workshop Session 2
1:30pm: Lunch & Resource Fair
2pm: Closing Plenary
Workshop Series 1: 11am – 12:10pm
Policing in the Age of Law and Order: Join the conversation about the criminalization of people of color where we will discuss bias law enforcement practices, mass incarceration, and deportation. Learn from movement builders how we can protect and defend each other’s rights. Speakers: Hector Villagra, Executive Director, ACLU; Rev. Kelvin Sauls, Senior Pastor, Holman United Methodist Church; Karren Lane, Vice President of Policy, Community Coalition.
South LA is our Home: Let’s Keep it that Way: South LA is experiencing a housing crisis with rising rents, homelessness and displacement/gentrification. Learn about recent policies and opportunities in the pipeline that will help South LA residents fight for, and remain in their community. Speakers: Joe Donlin, Director of Equitable Development, SAJE; Silvia Marroquin, Organizer, SAJE; Tunua Thrash, Executive Director, LISC.
You, Me & Mary Jane: The “War on Drugs” during the 1980’s and 1990’s led to a breakdown of the social fabric of South LA by heavily incarcerating our community. Join the conversation to learn about the implications of new drug policies, like the legalization of Marijuana, and its potential unintended consequences on communities of color. Speakers: Dr. Monica Sanchez, Prevention Director, LACOE; Jean Tong, Lead Organizer, UFCW Local 770, Samantha Christian, Union Representative, UFCW 770.
Workshop Series 2: 12:15pm – 1:25pm
Brighter than Blight: The quality of life in South LA continues to be negatively impacted by neglected and nuisance sites that include unsafe parks, high concentrations of smoke shops, and undeveloped plots of land. Learn about ways we can bring assets to South LA and ensure that businesses operate in ways that respect our community. Speakers: Joanne Kim, Capitol Projects, LA City Council District 8; Joyce Fantroy, Community Coalition Member; Elida Mendez, Community Coalition Member; Karla Acosta, Community Coalition Member.
People Power and Politics: Learn how you can help build a powerful voice for South LA. Explore how the use of collective civic action empowers everyday people to shape the public debate and hold elected officials accountable. Speakers: Monica Embrey, Organizing Coordinator, CA Calls; Marjon Kashani, Organizing Coordinator, CA Calls.
Vibrant Spaces: Reclaim our Parks: Join efforts to transform parks into safe and clean spaces for youth and families to enjoy. Learn ways in which you can organize your neighborhood to transform your local park. Speakers: Kevin “Twin” Orange, Interventionist, APUU & Safe Passages; Keshia, Director of Organizing, LA Neighborhood Land Trust; Gustavo Trujillo, Resident of Green Meadows, Member of Community Coalition.
Los Angeles Trade Tech College
400 W. Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Free parking is available at the 23rd St parking lot and 24th St parking lot.
LATTC is conveniently located near Metro Bus Lines, the Blue Line and DASH Buses.
DASH Bus D Stop: Grand Ave and Washington Blvd
Blue Line stop #3: Grand Ave