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Manifesting a Liberation Economy: Next City’s Solutions of the Year Keynote

Solana Rice, co-founder/co-executive director of Liberation in a Generation, talks about dismantling the Oppression Economy, and the communal work necessary to make the Liberation Economy a reality.

December 1, 2021

The racism and inequity we see around us has not happened by accident. Workplace inequality, extractive corporate greed, and the systemic oppression that defines our core institutions, chief among them our political structure — these frameworks were designed deliberately, to disempower and marginalize. As we commit to dismantling the oppression economy, we cannot lose sight of what we build toward: our collective liberation, and an economic paradigm that has never before existed in this country. Solana Rice, co-founder and co-executive director of Liberation in a Generation, will discuss why the solutions of the year are really the solutions of our lifetimes, and why it will take the intentional, intersectional work — from all of us, working together — to win a safer, freer future.

Her 20-minute speech will be followed by Q&A moderated by Lucas Grindley, Next City Executive Director.

Solutions of the Year is a multi-day virtual convening, including seven sessions, that will frame the conversation for 2022. You can purchase a single ticket now to all of the events for just $50, or pay what you wish by registering for each event individually. All who donate will receive a copy of our annual Solutions of the Year special issue magazine.


Keynote: Solana Rice, Co-Founder, Co-Executive Director Liberation in a Generation

Solana Rice was raised by a Black, midwestern family that made tremendous emotional and physical sacrifices to get by. Dedicated autoworkers, food & retail workers, entrepreneurs; her family gifted Solana with a tremendous work ethic and a passion for making the world a better place for people of color. Solana is a dedicated advocate aiming to shape the most vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable economy this country has yet to see.

Prior to starting Liberation in a Generation, Solana was Director of State & Local Policy at Prosperity Now where, under her leadership, she built strong advocacy partnerships with organizations in the field and advanced dozens of policies in nearly half the states in the nation. Prior to joining Prosperity Now, Solana served as a director for financial security initiatives at PolicyLink. Solana has a Master’s in City Planning from MIT, where she researched the integration of individual development accounts into community development services. She holds a B.A. in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. Solana is also a Soros Equality Fellow.


Moderator: Lucas Grindley, Executive Director Next City
Lucas is the former President of Pride Media and led LGBTQ brands The Advocate, Out magazine,, Out Traveler, Chill magazine, and Plus magazine. Grindley was also editor in chief of The Advocate, the longest running LGBTQ magazine in the country. In both 2016 and 2018, NLGJA honored Grindley as “LGBT Journalist of the Year” with its Sarah Pettit Memorial Award. From 2008 through 2011, he was managing editor for online at National Journal magazine, covering politics and policymaking in Washington, D.C. He now lives in Philadelphia with his husband and twin daughters. Follow him on Twitter @lucasgrindley.

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