Pivoting Left: How We Win by Standing Up for Working Families and Embracing Progressive Values

Pivoting Left: How We Win by Standing Up for Working Families and Embracing Progressive Values

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Friday, Aug. 11 1:00 PM (Eastern)

Ends: Friday, Aug. 11 2:15 PM (Eastern)

Room: Regency VII


On Election Day, polls found that a majority of voters felt squeezed economically. While the cost of housing, education and health care continue to rise, many Americans haven’t seen a raise in a decade or longer. As progressives consider how to respond to Trump’s populist economic nationalism, progressives have a choice: embrace a bold populist economic agenda that speaks to working class families and excites an increasingly diverse Democratic base, or pursue the incrementalist agenda of recent years. Come hear why public opinion experts, progressive leaders, and members of Congress are pushing for new agenda to create a lasting progressive governing majority.

Moderator

Rep. Mark Pocan

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Congressman Mark Pocan was sworn in as the U.S. Representative for Wisconsin’s second congressional district in 2013 following 14 years in the Wisconsin State Assembly. A small business owner, union member and lifelong advocate for progressive causes, Rep. Pocan is committed to using his unique experience from both the private and public sector to fight for polices that promote job growth and support the families of south central Wisconsin. In Congress, he serves as Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and as a member of the House Appropriations Committee.

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Panelists

Nell Abernathy

As Vice President, Research and Policy for the Roosevelt Institute, Nell Abernathy manages strategy and research priorities for the think tank, and focuses her own work on U.S. economic issues, including financial regulation and the gig economy. While at Roosevelt, Nell developed and managed the Inequality Project led by Chief Economist Joseph Stiglitz, and coauthored “Rewriting the Rules” with Professor Stiglitz. She has also managed the Next American Economy project with Senior Fellow Bo Cutter, and the Financialization Project with Fellow Mike Konczal.

Prior to joining Roosevelt, Nell worked on political campaigns and in government for President Barack Obama, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel. In addition, she worked as an economics reporter in emerging markets, including Nigeria, Ghana, Turkey, China and Abu Dhabi. She holds an MA in International Finance and Economic Policy from Columbia University, and a BA from Brown University. Follow her @nellabernathy.


Aimee Allison

Aimee Allison

Aimee Allison, President of Democracy in Color, works to build the political power of the New American Majority, the multiracial electorate powerfully led by women of color. She writes, speaks, and organizes on behalf of these voters that elected Barack Obama and could secure a progressive future for generations to come. Aimee moderated the first DNC Chair Forum to address race and the future of the Democratic Party. Her podcast, Democracy in Color, features congressional leaders, thought leaders and exciting next generation candidates. This September, she will host the first national summit on women of color in politics She the People (shethepeople.org). She was one of the first women of color to be honorably discharged from the U.S. Army as a conscientious objector and is dedicating her efforts to support courageous, moral leadership. She has been published in the New York Times and ESSENCE Magazine and is online @aimeeallison.

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Rep. Ro Khanna

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Congressman Ro Khanna represents California’s 17th Congressional District, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, and is serving in his first term. Rep. Khanna sits on the House Budget and Armed Services committees and is a vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Rep. Khanna is committed to representing the people and ideas rooted in Silicon Valley to the nation and throughout the world. For each job created in the high-tech industry, another four jobs are created. The tech multiplier is even larger than the multiplier for U.S. manufacturing. Rep. Khanna will work to ensure the technology sector is at the forefront of U.S. economic policy and strive to provide opportunities to those our changing economy and technological revolution has left behind. To do so, the U.S. must implement policies that will not only create tech jobs in Silicon Valley but across America. This includes job training programs, economic development initiatives, re-wiring the U.S. labor market, and debt-free college to help working families prepare for the future.

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Joshua Ulibarri

Joshua Estevan Ulibarri is a partner at Lake Research Partners. His issue work covers the progressive spectrum. Known as a leading researcher among his generation of consultants, he is among the best methodologists and moderators in the field and a sought-after Latino voice in progressive politics. He was named AAPC’s 2018 Pollster of the Year, making him the first Latino recipient. Since 2015 he and his team have been the pollsters of record for the VA House Democratic Caucus, and in 2019 the caucus won their first majority in two generations. In 2019 he also polled for Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and the IE for Tucson Mayor Regina Romero.

In 2018, he worked with the DCCC IE, resulting in two major victories. The first was successfully defending who The Cook Political Report’s David Wasserman named “the most vulnerable House Dem” this midterm cycle, Representative Tom O’Halleran in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District. The second was Xochitl Torres Small’s impressive win in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional, where her victory flipped the seat from red to blue. He also worked with the DGA in the election of progressive Latina Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico and for Laura Kelly in Kansas.

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