August 10, 2018
Garcetti/Cedillo to Host ‘Power Shift’ Book Launch
Honoring Latinos in California that transformed politics in America
Los Angeles—Councilmember Cedillo and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will host ‘Power Shift’ authors George Pla and David Ayon for the official launch and signing of their much anticipated book. Based on hundreds of hours of oral interviews and expert research, Power Shift tells a personal, gripping story that has critical relevance to our political present. As the nation faces ongoing threats to democracy and equality, these leaders continue to inspire and resist.
Power Shift charts the rise of Latino political power and its impact, from the breakthrough election of the first Mexican American to the Los Angeles City Council in 1949 to today’s leadership of California and its heavyweight role in polarized America. This inspiring story recounts the origins and development of 10 LA-based Latina and Latino leaders who transformed politics and government, forging a progressive political tradition in the process.
Challenging disadvantage and discrimination, these key figures integrated the city council as well as school and county boards; established Latino collective political action in the state legislature and in Congress; restructured the US Census and how California’s electoral districts are drawn; and played major roles in reforming the Democratic Party, the US labor movement, and US-Mexico relations. Along the way, they spearheaded critical changes in public health, law enforcement, education, housing, immigration, transportation, environmental policies, and more.
WHO: Mayor Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles
Councilmember Gil Cedillo, First District
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, Fortieth District (invited)
Hon. Esteban Torres, Retired
Hon. Richard Polanco, Retired
Hon. Richard Alatorre, Retired
Hon. Gloria Molina, Retired (invited)
Maria Elena Durazo, Union Leader
George Pla, Author
David Ayon, Author
WHAT: ‘Power Shift’ Book Launch and Signing
WHEN: Friday, August 10, 2018
3:30 PM Media Availability in Media Room Behind Council Chambers
4:00 PM Program Begins in Council Chambers
WHERE: Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Councilmember Gil Cedillo currently represents the 1st Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Solano Canyon, Sycamore Grove, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Temple Beaudry, Lafayette Park, Chinatown, Forgotten Edge, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Pico Union, Adams-Normandie, University Park, Mid Cities and Mac Arthur Park.