Trolling for Justice: How Cheeky, Provocative Campaigns Can Lead to Progressive Victories

Trolling for Justice: How Cheeky, Provocative Campaigns Can Lead to Progressive Victories

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Saturday, Aug. 12 3:00 PM

Ends: Saturday, Aug. 12 4:15 PM

Room: Hanover F

Who doesn’t love a breakout petition? Or a viral infographic? What about an unexpectedly engaging call alert? Great, right? But also: TROLLING. The panel will discuss trolling as a tactic to educate new audiences, hit hard at the opposition, and generate opportunities that convert people to action. This panel will focus on how bold, cheeky, and deliberately provocative campaigns can be leveraged to not just egg on the opposition, but tell a story that leads to progressive wins. Panelists will describe how this tactic shapes their work and share best practices, and will invite participants to identify what real-time campaigns they’re running that could benefit from a dose of #trololol’ing.

Moderator

Emma Boorboor

Emma Boorboor

Emma Boorboor is a Campaign Director at UltraViolet, where she runs rapid response campaigns to end violence against women.

Prior to joining the team, Emma ran national and state level campaigns for voting rights and campaign finance reform with U.S. PIRG. She has been hooked on organizing since her first job as a field organizer with Green Corps, the Field School for Environmental Organizing.

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Panelists

Anna Bean

Anna Bean

Anna is the Outreach + Volunteer Coordinator at Lady Parts Justice, where she loves working with the team to bust abortion stigma, use comedy to expose anti-choice douchebaggery, and create & lift up ways for people to take action for abortion access and reproductive rights across the country. Anna has an MSW from Hunter College in NYC, where she was propelled into working on grassroots social justice campaigns, most recently as the Campaign Coordinator for Teachers Unite. She has written for BUST Magazine, created advocacy videos for several nonprofit organizations, and she co-created the short film Obvious Child.

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Sean Carlson

Sean Carlson

Sean Carlson is a Senior Vice President at Revolution Messaging. As an expert in strategic communications and online organizing, Sean works at the intersection of digital media, culture, and organizing with clients such as the Alliance For Justice, The Clooney Foundation for Justice, the Independent Drivers Guild, and UltraViolet.

Sean has helped launch a nationwide campaign to close youth prisons, was the cochair of communications for the United for Marriage coalition during the landmark marriage equality cases in 2013, and has served as a teaching and training fellow at the New Organizing Institute.

Sean was formerly a professional Trombonist, studying at Duquesne and Carnegie Mellon Universities, and is proud to have multiple degrees in Bass Trombone performance that he’s totally using (sorry Mom!). He lives in Hyattsville, MD with his husband Jamie McGonnigal and their dog Eli.

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Brandi Collins

Brandi Collins

Brandi serves as Media Justice Director for ColorOfChange.org, the country’s largest online civil rights group. She comes to ColorOfChange from The Center for Media Justice, an organization fighting for media rights, access and representation for marginalized communities. Previously, Brandi worked at Safer Foundation as Public Policy Associate where she crafted state and national recommendations and statements on workforce development, community capacity building, and prisoner reentry. She holds a B.A. in History from Agnes Scott College, and a J.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School.

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Bridget Todd

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Bridget Todd is a political strategist, educator, writer and community organizer. She currently works as the digital training manager for the New Organizing Institute.

Her writing on race, politics, and culture has appeared at the Atlantic, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, BuzzFeed, the Aerogram, DCentric, Racialicious and several other outlets.

She has held regular contributing writer positions at PolicyMic and Generation Progress, the millennial arm of Center for American Progress, a progressive public policy and advocacy organization. She has also discussed her experiences with racial profiling on the Daily Show.

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