The COVID-19 pandemic and widespread voter suppression — sanctioned by a Supreme Court majority — present unprecedented obstacles to a fair election, especially in marginalized communities. Timing, tactics and funding are proving more critical than ever six months prior to a national election that is likely to be won at the margins. Impactful community-based organizations, accustomed to working door to door, are scrambling to reach voters from afar, but in some cases lack the data and technology infrastructure to do so. We’ll hear from the leading organizers from key battleground states and constituencies as well as one California swing district (CA-21) as they discuss:
- Past successes and current challenges
- Strategies to ensure access/participation/turnout by marginalized communities and low-propensity voters, such as voter registration and education; leadership training; ballot initiative work; and get out the vote
- How to support successful vote by mail and early voting
- Ways funders can meet the moment
Alexis Anderson-Reed (moderator) is the Chief Executive Officer of State Voices, where she served as the senior director of programs, before serving as the deputy director of the Fundermovements’ Committee for Civic Participation.
Héctor Sánchez Barba is the Executive Director and CEO of Mi Familia Vota, a Senior Fellow at GW Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute, and the Chair Emeritus of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda.
Nicole Hensel serves as Executive Director of New Era Colorado, which empowers young people to engage in politics. She received her Master’s in Public Policy and Master’s in Education Leadership at Stanford, and worked in the field of youth empowerment and education policy in Denver before joining New Era.
Tameka Ramsey, Co-Executive Director, Michigan Voice, is known for her work with grassroot nonprofits; minority owned microenterprises and small businesses; and progressive political campaigns throughout Michigan.
Pablo Rodriguez is founding Executive Director of Communities for a New California, which has engaged voters in CA counties, including CA-21 in the Central Valley. He served as Director of the Dolores Huerta Community Organizing Institute.
This program is open to everyone.