Session Type(s): Panel
Starts: Thursday, Aug. 2 10:30 AM (Central)
Ends: Thursday, Aug. 2 11:45 AM (Central)
We’re well over a year into a massive wave of energetic grassroots organizing. From marching to #MeToo, from local townhalls to massive online mobilizations, communities are recognizing and using their own power. Midterm elections are almost here; special elections are getting unprecedented media and organizer attention. How do we sustain this momentum to connect and lift voices locally? What wins can we celebrate at every level, from local to national? What’s the current climate for our local and national priorities like racial justice, health care, paid leave, mass incarceration and more? Join us for an energetic panel with practical steps you can use right now to organize in your community sustainably, intersectionally and effectively.
Executive Director/CEO and Co-Founder of MomsRising, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner has been involved in grassroots engagement and policy analysis for more than two decades. Started in May 2006, MomsRising is an on-the-ground and online organization with more than 1 million members working together to increase family economic security, to end discrimination against women and mothers, and to build a nation where both businesses and families can thrive.
Rowe-Finkbeiner is also a frequent public speaker, radio host, and an award-winning author of books, including The F-Word: Feminism in Jeopardy and The Motherhood Manifesto, which she co-authored with MomsRising co-founder Joan Blades. She has also been published in many outlets, including: Politico, CNN, USA Today, Washington Post, and Huffington Post.
Rowe-Finkbeiner has received numerous accolades for her work, including the Black Civic Participation 2014 Spirit of Democracy Community Empowerment & Social Innovation Leadership Award; 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Award; National Priorities Project Democracy Champion Award; and the Center for Women & Democracy Healthcare Heroine Award.
Senior campaign director for MomsRising.org, Monifa Bandele has more than a decade of experience in policy analysis, communications, civic engagement organizing, and project management working with groups like the Brennan Center for Justice, Peoples Hurricane Relief Fund, and the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. At MomsRising.org she manages the Healthy Kids Campaign, helping to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline, promote social emotional learning and development, end police brutality and racial profiling/mass incarceration, successfully increase children’s access to healthy food, and working to stem junk food marketing.
Monica Roberts, aka the TransGriot, is a native Houstonian and a trailblazing trans community leader who transitioned in 1994. She’s a writer, award winning blogger, history buff, thinker, lecturer and IFGE Trinity Award winning advocate on trans human rights issues who works diligently at encouraging acceptance of and promoting awareness about trans people inside and outside the African-American community.
Monica’s writings on trans issues from an Afrocentric perspective have been published at EBONY.com, Feministe, Racialicious, Womanist Musings, and What Tami Said
Almas is the Deputy Director at the California Immigrant Policy Center, the state’s leading immigrant rights organization. Almas’s work focuses on the intersection of campaigns, litigation and policy implementation. This year, Almas helped lead CA’s (nearly successful) campaign to expand Medi-Cal to undocumented adults and the successful fight to protect CA’s sanctuary state bill. Almas lives in LA but calls Kansas home.