Communities of Color and the 2012 Presidential Election

Communities of Color and the 2012 Presidential Election

Session Type(s): Panel

Training Tag(s): Elections

Starts: Saturday, Jun. 9 1:30 PM

Ends: Saturday, Jun. 9 2:45 PM

Room: Ballroom C

President Obama was elected with overwhelming support from the black and brown communities in 2008. With the 2012 presidential election looming, and considering that we are no longer dealing with a campaign predicated on promises of hope and change, this panel will examine how the policies of the Obama presidency have affected these communities. We’ll also look at how organizers are utilizing culture, technology and the media to reach and engage these critical audiences once more.


Arisha Hatch


Arisha Michelle Hatch serves as the Managing Director of Campaigns at and the Director of ColorOfChange PAC and leads the organization’s civic engagement, voting rights, criminal justice, corporate accountability and media work. During her time at ColorOfChange she has led efforts to convince corporations to divest from the Republican National Convention, pushed for policy changes in the way that online fundraising platforms like GoFundMe and Indiegogo profit from police violence, and successfully pressured Saturday Night Live to add Black women to its cast and writer’s room. Prior to joining Color Of Change in 2012, Arisha left behind a legal career to organize for the Obama Campaign in 2008, and later served as National Organizing Director of the Courage Campaign. She earned degrees in Economics, Creative Writing and Feminist Studies from Stanford and her juris doctorate from Santa Clara University.

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Malik Rhasaan


Malik Rhasaan is the founder of Occupy The Hood. Malik understands the ramifications of poverty, as well as lack of resources within urban communities Nationwide. What drives him is his ability to organize efforts towards empowering the community.

This grassroots effort has taken flight across the globe with many enthusiastic young activist aligning daily.

Other sessions: Organizing Outside the Lines: "Hard-to-Reach Communities" Winning Major Victories by Moving from Moment to Movement

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