Sacramento Power Shift book event

September 16, 2019

On Monday, September 9, leading figures in California and national politics gathered in Sacramento to celebrate the release of Power Shift: How Latinos in California Transformed Politics in America.  After welcoming remarks by former speaker Willie Brown and Governor Gavin Newsom, co-authors George Pla and David Ayón described the inspiration behind the book and how the stories it tells inform the current political moment. Power Shift recounts the origins and development of ten LA-based Latinx leaders who transformed politics and government in California, forging a progressive political tradition in the process. 

During the opening remarks, IGS co-Director G. Cristina Mora and IGS Executive Director Christine Trost were asked to stand in recognition of the roll the IGS Press played in bringing the book to fruition. The event included a panel moderated by former California State Senator Martha Escutia, which featured seven of the ten key figures in the book: Richard Alatorre, Gil Cedillo, Maria Elena Durazo, Gloria Molina, Richard Polanco, Art Torres, and Antonio Villaraigosa.

George L. Pla is Founder, President and CEO of Cordoba Corporation, a nationally recognized statewide engineering firm founded over 36 years ago in Los Angeles. He has lived the Power Shift experience as a key player, from his start in community redevelopment to his pivotal role as a philanthropist and leading entrepreneur today.

David R. Ayón is Senior Strategist and Advisor to Latino Decisions, and Senior Fellow at the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University. His work on Latino politics has appeared in approximately 15 edited books and other publications in the United States and Mexico.

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