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Our panelists were:

  • George Gascón,  San Francisco District Attorney and former Chief of Police.
  • Frederick Hutson, founder, CEO and Head of Product for Pigeonly, a service which allows inmates to efficiently and affordably connect with their families and loved ones.
  • Pastor Michael McBride of The Way Christian Center in Berkeley, who also serves as the Director of Urban Strategies for the PICO National Network and LiveFree, an organization committed to ending mass incarceration.
  • Heather Starnes-Logwood, Executive Director of Live in Peace, a non-profit that seeks to empower and advance youth and families in East Palo Alto.

The discussion was moderated by Taia Ergueta, Able Works Board member and President of An Hour and a Whiteboard

If you have questions about the event, please email Jane.

Keep the Conversation Going


1. Watch the documentary 13th on Netflix

2. Watch the documentary The House I Live In

3. Read The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander


4. Read Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates


5. Read about prison reform

Prison Fellowship Reform Plan
California’s Historical Corrections Reforms


6. Engage on Twitter and read real-time conversations

Schools Not Prisons Movement: #schoolsnotprisons
Californians for Safety & Justice: @safeandjust
California Justice Reform: #cjreform

7. Read About Recent Changes to Community Policing

The Economist, “Cops or Soldiers?”
Wall Street Journal, “Rise of The Warrior Cop”

About The Able:Forum

able-forum-brand-01ABLE:FORUM began in 2012 as the premiere Silicon Valley event focused on topics of economic inequality and solution-based conversations on how to disrupt the causes of generational and systemic poverty. Each year, Able Works invites industry-leading speakers to weigh in on topics facing our region. Over the past four years, attendees have grappled with the humanity of the foreclosure crisis, how innovation impacts under-resourced communities, how power and privilege must be taken into account when helping others, and strategies for building economic capacity in the next generation.
ABLE:FORUM attendees come expecting to be challenged to engage in complex issues, and speakers come ready to offer intellectual fodder and innovative solutions. The goal is to convert discussions centered around macroeconomic forces to solutions that will impact local communities. Each year the momentum of the event has grown, and in 2016, we expect record-breaking attendance, event sponsorship, and event partnership.