Igniting the Lit in Litmus Test: How Leading With Reproductive Justice Helps Us Win

Igniting the Lit in Litmus Test: How Leading With Reproductive Justice Helps Us Win

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Thursday, Aug. 2 9:00 AM

Ends: Thursday, Aug. 2 10:15 AM

Room: 215/216

For too long the Democratic Party has been compromising on reproductive freedom. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair said in 2017: “There will be no litmus test [on abortion] for Democratic candidates”. However, pro-choice candidates have been winning in purple and even red areas like Virginia, Alabama and Pennsylvania. How can we as a progressive community ensure that reproductive rights and justice are political victories in the progressive movement? Electing candidates with a reproductive justice lens ensures a more intersectional vision for America. Come discover how candidates and organizations are working together in new historic ways to get sh*t done.

Moderator

Heidi Sieck

Heidi Sieck

Heidi L. Sieck is Co-founder/Chief Empowerment Officer of #VOTEPROCHOICE a national political engagement platform connecting prochoice voters with prochoice champions in critical elections. Heidi is an award winning civic entrepreneur serving as founding Chief Operating Officer of Civic Hall and Democracy.com in New York City and interim Chief Operating Officer of Rock the Vote. She led the project to build the San Francisco 311 Customer Service Center and first open data platform in the U.S. and has worked on six presidential campaigns and countless state and location races in nearly every campaign role. Her passion is to change the world by elevating women to positions of leadership. She serves on the Board of the National Institute for Reproductive Health (formerly NARAL New York) the advisory board of Vote Run Lead, CTZNWELL, Emerge NY, Groundshift and MarchOn sister march network. Heidi is a proud partner of the Women’s March on Washington and a member of the Policy Table responsible for writing the intersectional Unity Principles.

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Panelists

Alison Dreith

Alison Dreith

Alison Dreith is the Executive Director at NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri and holds a BA in Political Science from University of Missouri. Alison has worked at Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition. Currently, she sits on the board of Missouri Family Health Council, is Vice President of the St. Louis chapter of Empower Missouri, and is President of the Freedom of Choice Council. She is a 2017 graduate of Rockwood Leadership Institute’s Art of Leadership program and is a 2017-2018 FOCUS St. Louis – Leadership St. Louis cohort. In 2017, she was named one of the 50 Political Pros You Need to Know by the Missouri Times. Alison lives in St. Louis.

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Atima Omara

Atima Omara

Atima Omara directs the Candidate Engagement program for #VOTEPROCHOICE(VPC) that provides strategic guidance and support to VPC endorsed candidates at the state, local, and judicial level to win elections and build a prochoice majority in government. She is also the Founder and President of Omara Strategy Group, a consulting practice she founded with the goal of building political power for women, people of color, LGBTQ and other historically marginalized communities through winning political campaigns and strengthening advocacy organizations.

Atima has worked for a Governor and has served as staff for over 9 federal, state, and local political campaigns including working for labor unions and PACs focused on organizing immigrants and people of color and as well as electing and organizing women. She has spent the last 15 years working to engage women, communities of color, and youth in the political process.

Atima is the Immediate Past President of the Young Democrats of America. When elected in 2013, Atima became the first African American and fifth woman President of the Young Democrats of America (YDA) in its 83-year history. She served as President from 2013-2015, the nation’s largest youth partisan organization. As President of YDA, she grew membership, oversaw the first national Lobby Day in a decade and increased work with allied organizations. Atima has also previously served as Vice President of the the Reproductive Health Technologies Project. She has held board leadership roles with Planned Parenthood Metro Washington, the DC Abortion Fund, and the National Organization for Women. She just finished serving as Board Chair of the Planned Parenthood Metro Washington Action Fund that covered most of the Northern Virginia area including the District of Columbia and Southern Maryland. For her work, Ebony Magazine listed her as 2013 “Power 100” and Jet Magazine listed her as 2013’s “40 under 40”

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