Take the Donkey by the Tail: How (and Why) to Take Over Your Local Democratic Party

Take the Donkey by the Tail: How (and Why) to Take Over Your Local Democratic Party

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Friday, Aug. 11 2:30 PM (Eastern)

Ends: Friday, Aug. 11 3:45 PM (Eastern)

Republicans now control the White House, the Senate, the House of Representatives, two thirds of State Houses, and the majority of Governorships. Why? Many point to a Democratic Party that is increasingly stale, disorganized, and undisciplined. Perhaps that is why, after the 2016 election, so many millennial progressives have decided to stand up, fight back, and take over their local Democratic Committee. In this panel, you’ll hear from four young progressives on how they stormed the gates of their local party, how they’ve revitalized local Democratic activism in their city, and how (and why) you should do the same!



Briana Bivens

Briana is currently Member Coordinator with Athens for Everyone and also Vice Chair for Membership & Affirmative Action with the Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee. She was a Regional Field Coordinator on the successful campaign to defeat Amendment 1, a proposed state takeover of underserved schools in Georgia, in 2016. She is also deeply involved in the push for an Athens Civil Rights Committee in response to continued discrimination at places of business and elsewhere throughout Athens, GA. She is constantly critical of existing power structures and wants to see a world where oppressive hierarchies like capitalism and nationalism are dismantled.

Other sessions: Organizing Outside the Perimeter: Reaching Smaller Towns and Communities, Activist Toolbox: Organizing to Win Progressive Local Policy