Ding Ding TV interviews Senator Dave Cortese

On April 6th, 2024. State Senator Dave Cortese (Senate District 15) joined Assemblymember Ash Kalra (Assembly District 25), and an exceptional panel for a Town Hall on Racial Justice and Poverty in Santa Clara County.

Last year, the Human Rights Institute at San Jose State University (SJSU) released its fourth annual Silicon Valley Pain Index. The report is full of startling findings, including that Silicon Valley residents are worth a combined $1.5 trillion, but San Jose leads the nation in youth homelessness. SJSU Professor Scott Meyers-Lipton presented key takeaways highlighting inequities in the Economy, Workforce Development, and Criminal Justice.

Panelists included:

State Senator Dave Cortese, Senate District 15
Assemblymember Ash Kalra, Assembly District 25
Maria Noel Fernandez, Executive Director, Working Partnerships USA
Megan Abell, Director of Advocacy, TechEquity Collaborative
Raj Jayadev, Founder, Silicon Valley De-Bug
Analisa Zamora, Statewide Policy Director, Young Women’s Freedom
Alexis Roman, Site Director, Young Women’s Freedom Center Santa Clara


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