Strengthening Our Democracy is an Emerald Cities Collaborative goal, tightly integrated with our parallel efforts to Green Our Cities and Build Our Communities. On Thursday, April 26, ECC President Denise Fairchild put a spotlight on the issue of social and economic justice during USC's "From the Ashes," one of many events organized to reflect upon The 1992 L.A. Riots. April 29, 1992 marked the worst riots in American history, with 55 people killed and 2,000 injured in Los Angeles. Now, twenty years later, Dr. Fairchild, residents, researchers, civic leaders, and the media are chronicling the lessons learned and what still needs to be done, with conversations piqued by the recent Trayvon Martin incident, which exposed new wounds and unresolved issues in communities of color. Other events focused on efforts of social justice organizers to remake Los Angeles. The Day of Dialogue, sponsored by County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas was a multi-ethnic conversation around strengthening LA's civic infrastructure and race relations. The Council on Foundations also convened funders from around the country as part of a multi-day learning journey. As a participant in these numerous conversations, ECC continues to work build a greener, healthier and more equitable America with a focus on high-poverty neighborhoods.