- Special guests: Jackson Browne, Ed Begley Jr., Aloe Blacc!
- This event is on Sunday, Feb. 4, from 11:15 am to 3:00 pm
- Catalina Jazz Club
- 6725 Sunset Blvd.
- Los Angeles, CA 90028
|Jimmy Dore (jimmydorecomedy.com)|
As part of KPFK's ongoing efforts to acknowledge the extraordinary work of many dedicated, determined people working for peace, equality, and social justice, the HEROES OF HOPE CONCERT AND BRUNCH honors and is dedicated to some very special folks whose voices and visions have helped us move toward a more equitable and just society.
ED ASNER is a Jewish television legend, well known for his role as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and subsequent spin-off Lou Grant. He is the winner of seven acting Emmy Awards and has been nominated a total of 20 times. Asner also made a name for himself as a trade unionist and a political activist. He served two terms as president of the Screen Actors Guild, 1981-1985, during which he was an outspoken critic of former SAG President Ronald Reagan, then the US president, for his Central American policy. Asner's book, The Grouchy Historian: An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs with Ed Weinberger was released October 2017.
DOLORES HUERTA is an activist and labor leader who co-founded what would become the United Farm Workers. Huerta has worked to improve social and economic conditions for farm workers and has fought discrimination. To further her cause she created the Agricultural Workers Association (AWA) in 1960 and co-founded what would become the United Farm Workers (UFW). Huerta stepped down from the UFW in 1999, but she continues her efforts to improve the lives of workers, immigrants, and women. The documentary film Dolores was released in 2017 to excellent reviews. Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Huerta tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing ones life to social change. Directed by Peter Bratt.
JOHN PAUL DEJORIA is a first-generation American turned entrepreneur, philanthropist, and pillar of the business community. He has struggled against the odds not only to achieve success, but to share his success with others, always living his motto: "Success unshared is failure."
In 2011, John Paul established JP's Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation as a hub for his charitable investments, which support the core values of his companies: sustainability, social responsibility and animal-friendliness. The documentary film Good Fortune, released in 2016, is the rags-to-riches tale of conscious capitalism pioneer John Paul DeJoria.
Born with nothing, at times homeless on the streets of LA, "JP" spent his early adulthood in and out of motorcycle gangs only to wheel and deal his way to the top of a vast hair and tequila empire. A modern day Robin Hood, JP's motto is "Success unshared is failure." The son of immigrants, JP defies the stereotype of "the 1%" and is the poster boy of the triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit. More