Session Type(s): Panel
Starts: Thursday, Aug. 2 2:30 PM
Ends: Thursday, Aug. 2 3:45 PM
Brown Is the New White: 2018 and the New American Majority
Posted by Netroots Nation on Thursday, August 2, 2018
Democrats have a tremendous opportunity to win big in 2018. But they will need to abandon the myth of the “white swing-voter” and build transformative campaigns capable of expanding the electorate and tapping the New American Majority: the multiracial, multicultural, and progressive coalition of voters consisting of people of color and progressive whites. This panel will discuss strategies for 2018 and feature candidates whose campaigns have demonstrated the power of mobilizing this majority and building a truly reflective democracy.
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.
Paulette Jordan is a progressive state legislator running for Governor of Idaho on a clear platform of affordable health care, atural Resources, and Transportation Committee for the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators, is a member of the Idaho Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. If elected, she would be the first Native American Governor in history. As one of 11 Democrats in a 70-member House of Representatives, Paulette is running for Governor of Idaho to fight back against the supermajority that is working against families in Idaho and ensure that all Idahoans have access to affordable healthcare and the opportunity to earn a proper living wage. Paulette’s progressive platform also prioritizes defending LGBT folks against discrimination and enacting legislation to legalize marijuana as a step toward criminal justice reform. If elected governor, Paulette would spearhead the progressive movement to take back the state of Idaho from conservative corporate interests and give Idahoans the tools they need to improve their quality of life and thrive for years to come.
Summer Lee is the Democratic nominee in Pennsylvania’s 34th State Representative District. Summer Lee’s campaign for State Representative ignited a massive grassroots movement, powering Summer to a stunning 30-point margin of victory over a 20-year entrenched incumbent. She grew up in the North Braddock and Rankin neighborhoods and currently resides in Swissvale. She is a proud graduate of Woodland Hills High School, Pennsylvania State University and Howard University School of Law, where she specialized in civil rights and constitutional law. Summer has been a leader in the recent struggles to bring justice to the Woodland Hills School District, and worked as an organizer with the Fight for $15 and led the way in building a pipeline of progressive political power across Allegheny County.
The Honorable Chokwe Antar Lumumba, Esq. is the son of two life-long community activists—the late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba and Nubia Lumumba. Throughout his life and career, he has maintained a consistent presence in community projects and displayed a genuine commitment to justice. Attorney Lumumba began his community work early on—serving as co-director of the Malcolm X Grassroots Day Camp and acting as an assistant coach for the Jackson Panthers Basketball Organization. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2005 from Tuskegee University where he served as president of both the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society and the Tuskegee Political Science Association. As an undergraduate, Attorney Lumumba also represented the institution on a national level as a member of the Tuskegee Bio-Ethics Debate Team and was honored as the 2005 Gwendolyn M. Patton Student Scholar Activist.
Attorney Lumumba earned his juris doctorate and a certificate in sports & entertainment law from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas in 2008. After law school, he immediately returned to Jackson, Mississippi and began his work as a junior associate at Lumumba, Freelon, & Associates. Within a year, he was promoted to managing attorney and took on responsibilities pertaining to personnel and daily operations in addition to his challenging case load. He also litigated criminal and civil cases and represented various sports and entertainment clients for the firm. His dedication to justice and commitment to community is further demonstrated by the numerous pro bono cases he undertook for clientele who struggled to afford legal services yet deserved justice and adequate representation all the same. He is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association as well as the Magnolia Bar Association. In 2013, he launched his own firm—Lumumba & Associates—a firm “Dedicated to Community. Invested in Justice.”
Attorney Lumumba’s deep-seated commitment to his community expands beyond his career.
As a founding member of the Mississippi Human Rights Collective, he co-organized the “Stand Up to Take It Down” rally at the State capitol to support the removal of the confederate insignia from the Mississippi State flag. He currently serves as the media representative of the Coalition for Economic Justice and is an active member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. His talent for organizing has been a vital component to previous city elections. Over the past several years, he has served as the media chairperson for both the Jackson Ward 2 People’s Assembly and the late Mayor Lumumba’s Ward 2 City Councilman campaign. Attorney Lumumba also acted as a campaign coordinator for his father’s successful bid for Mayor in 2013 and was instrumental in co-crafting The People’s Platform.
Evincing his commitment to the progress and development of Jackson, Attorney Lumumba extended his legal services to protect the election of the first black sheriff in Hinds County and, at the request of the late Mayor Lumumba, served on a board organized to respond to the challenges of the Farish Street Development project.
In 2017, Attorney Lumumba defeated nine other viable candidates in the Democratic primary for mayor with a total of 55% of the vote. He went on to win the city’s general election by 93% on June 6, 2017. As Mayor, he has been recognized as one of Mississippi’s Top 50 Most Influential Leaders and was named one of the 100 Most Influential African Americans of 2017 by the Root.
Attorney Lumumba is a faithful member of Free Christian Ministries and serves on the church’s leadership team. His lifelong objective is to continue to struggle on behalf of oppressed peoples worldwide, so that they may eventually obtain the self-determined lives they so justly deserve. He firmly supports the concepts of community and family and the belief of the community as a family and pledges to do all that he can to make that concept live.
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Gina Ortiz Jones is a first-generation American, and grew up in San Antonio, TX. She is an Iraq War veteran, and she served as a U.S. Air Force intelligence officer under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. Gina advised on intelligence operations in Latin America and Africa, and would later advise on economic and national security issues in the Executive Office of the President. Gina is running for Congress to ensure that our most vulnerable still have the opportunity to become our most promising.