Ready to Resist: How a New Collaboration Used Technology and Mass Organizing to move Tens of Thousands into Action

Ready to Resist: How a New Collaboration Used Technology and Mass Organizing to move Tens of Thousands into Action

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Thursday, Aug. 10 10:30 AM

Ends: Thursday, Aug. 10 11:45 AM

Room: Hanover C

Since January, an emerging collaboration of organizations have partnered on strategies and a series of mass actions and phone calls to build and bolster just part of the resistance movement. Over Trump’s first 100 days, MoveOn, Working Families Party, People’s Action and Center for Popular Democracy Action have organized a series of “Ready to Resist” calls on Sunday evenings. The calls have become a locus of energy for progressives and have taken on a life of their own: over 50,000 grassroots activists have joined many of the calls; Senators and progressive leaders have spoken; and most importantly, the calls have moved tens of thousands of people into consistent, nearly weekly action against the Trump agenda.

Moderator

Mehrdad Azemun

Mehrdad Azemun is National Campaigns Director at People’s Action. Mehrdad has over 15 years of experience running electoral and legislative campaigns with immigrant communities at the state, regional, and national/federal level.

He currently oversees issue and policy campaign organizing for People’s Action, an economic and racial justice organization working in 30 states and at a national level. He helped build People’s Action’s electoral operation aimed at opposing Trump nationally and moving a slate of progressive, people-powered candidates for office.

In 2009-10 and 2013-14, he ran the grassroots efforts for 2 different national campaigns aimed at winning federal immigration reform legislation from Congress and deliver relief from the White House for millions of undocumented immigrants. Before working on the national level, he was Director of Organizing at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, where he helped move the organization’s civic engagement and legislative work to the next level.

Mehrdad is an immigrant from Iran; his family moved to the U.S. in 1978, soon before the Iranian Revolution.

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Panelists

Vicki Kaplan

Organizer