Session Type(s): Panel
Starts: Friday, Aug. 3 4:15 PM
Ends: Friday, Aug. 3 5:30 PM
Progressive spaces pride themselves in welcoming and understanding the role of the Black liberation tradition. Nonetheless, the reality is that many so-called progressives remain uncomfortable, if not defiant, to the idea of directly addressing the roles race, systemic racism and white supremacy play in averting many of the policy platforms they stand for. The aim of this panel is to impress upon the progressive community the requisite need to center systemic/institutionalized racism as a means to address intersecting crises including, but not limited to, wealth inequality, climate change and mass incarceration. We’ll also challenge the myopia of removing “identity politics” from electoral and organizing strategies.
Anoa holds a Master in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University as well as a Juris Doctorate from West Virginia University College of Law where she was a W.E.B Dubois fellowship recipient. Expanding on her experience as an attorney, Anoa has been a grassroots digital organizer providing strategic support to several progressive organizations. Beginning in June 2015 as a grassroots volunteer with Women for Bernie, Anoa’s primary focus has been on building collaborative political spaces that fundamentally change the way communities and grassroots organizations engage with the social and political systems around us.
Refusing to back down, and pushing past defensiveness and discomfort, Anoa continues to challenge progressives to build better discourse and approaches to winning. Anoa says, “when we move beyond these differences and become fully inclusive, we can unite progressives from the hood to the holler and everywhere in between. Working class and rural is not only white, and our approach to reclaiming lost ground needs to reflect this reality.”
In addition, Anoa is a growing presence in the world of independent progressive media, hosting The Way with Anoa, a weekly talk show and podcast, focusing on politics, news, and community engagement. Anoa serves as co-Managing Editor of The Progressive Army. She is a speaker and presenter in progressive spaces.
Other sessions: Progressive While Black in 2018
Liberator. Member of BLM Philly. Outreach Coordinator of Black Alliance for Peace. Member of The U Cooperative. Writer. Singer. Mother. Dismantler. Ubuntu Inceptor.
Selected as one of the Grist.org 50 People You’ll Be Talking About in 2016,
Anthony K. Rogers-Wright has over ten years of policy analysis, community
organizing and outreach/advocacy experience. While serving as a policy
analyst for various environmental consulting firms in California and Colorado,
he specialized in land use, Clean Air Act and environmental justice
compliance. He has used his organizing and outreach experience to advocate
for a variety of social justice campaigns including environmental justice,
affordable health care access, income inequality and civil rights for LGBT
citizens. In 2012, Anthony led the effort to make Colorado Health Insurance
Cooperative the first health insurance provider in the State’s history to
remove transgender health exclusions from all of their policies.
In 2016, he acted as a surrogate and policy advisor for the Sanders presidential
campaign and testified on the need for increased action on climate justice to
the DNC Platform Committee. He’s written numerous articles discussing the
axiomatic nexus between the climate crisis and social justice, and spoken of
this issue at universities throughout the United States and in Europe.
Anthony earned his undergraduate degrees in Environmental Science and
Policy and Jazz Composition as well as his Graduate Degree in Community
Development, Environmental Science and Public Policy. He is blessed to be the father of his energetic, entertaining and VERY loquacious three-year old son, Zahir Cielo (aka “Bean”).