Session Type(s): Keynote
Starts: Friday, Jul. 12 2:45 PM
Ends: Friday, Jul. 12 4:15 PM
Friday Keynote Netroots Nation 2019
Posted by Netroots Nation on Friday, July 12, 2019
Assaults on reproductive rights. An inadequate healthcare system. Poverty and economic injustice. These are just a few of the pressing issues our country faces. To solve these problems, we must think big and uncover why these issues occur and how they affect people’s everyday lives. You’ll hear visioning talks from movement leaders, including Working Hero Founder Joe Sanberg, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Leana Wen and Saru Jayaraman of the Restaurant Opportunities Center. Then, Sen. Jeff Merkley, Rep. Ayanna Pressley and Rep. Pramila Jayapal will discuss how we can make progress on these issues in Congress—and what you can do to help build momentum.
Amanda Terkel is a Senior Political Reporter and Politics Managing Editor at The Huffington Post. Previously, Amanda served as Deputy Research Director at the Center for American Progress and the Managing Editor of ThinkProgress.org.
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal represents Washington’s 7th District, which encompasses most of Seattle and surrounding areas including Shoreline, Vashon Island, Lake Forest Park, Edmonds and parts of Burien and Normandy Park.
Congresswoman Jayapal is committed to ensuring that every resident of the district has economic opportunity; fairness and equity; and safe and healthy communities. She is proud of the district’s role in leading the country on issues like the minimum wage, racial equity and innovation, and will work to support that work and lift it up as a model for the rest of the country.
Her focus is on ensuring income equality; access to education, from early learning to higher education, including debt-free college; expanding Social Security and Medicare; protecting our environment for our next generation; and ensuring immigrant, civil and human rights for all.
Jayapal will relentlessly challenge systems that corrupt our democracy, pushing for campaign finance reform, tax reform, voting rights and an end to institutionalized racism. In all of these endeavors, she’ll continue to build the movement to expand our democracy and create the political space for policy change that benefits working families and responsible businesses.
The first Indian-American woman in the House of Representatives, Jayapal has spent the last twenty years working internationally and domestically as a leading national advocate for women’s, immigrant, civil, and human rights.
She came to the United States by herself at the age of 16 to attend college at Georgetown University and later received her MBA from Northwestern University. She has worked in a number of industries in both the public and private sector.
Saru Jayaraman is Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United) and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley. Initiated after 9/11, ROC has grown into a national restaurant workers’ organization with 10,000 members in 30 cities, 100 employer partners, more than two dozen published reports, more than a dozen campaign victories, and two cooperatively-owned restaurants. The story of ROC’s work has been chronicled in the book The Accidental American. Saru is a graduate of Yale Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She was profiled in the New York Times “Public Lives” section, and as one of Crain’s “40 Under 40”, and one of New York Magazine’s “Influentials” of New York. She authored Behind the Kitchen Door, (Cornell, 2013), a national bestseller, and has appeared on CNN, Bill Moyers Journal on PBS, MSNBC, and Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO.
U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley is the son of a millwright and the first in his family to attend college. Born in the timber town of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, Merkley has spent his career fighting to increase opportunities for working families. For more information about Senator Jeff Merkley and the work he’s doing for Oregon, please visit his website at www.merkley.senate.gov
Joe Sanberg is a progressive champion, successful entrepreneur, and a national leader in the fight against poverty. He has been one of the nation’s leading advocates for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low-income families. In 2015, he successfully lobbied legislators in his home state of California to create the state’s first EITC. This led him to create CalEITC4Me, a community organizing program that has connected working California families with more than $4 billion of state and federal Earned Income Tax Credits.
In 2018, Joe founded Working Hero PAC, a national, people-powered political organization launched to support elected leaders and candidates who champion policies that will help #EndPoverty. He later created Working Hero Action to expand his successful model of EITC outreach beyond California, and advocate for policies that will help all Americans afford their basic needs.
Joe is Co-Founder of Aspiration.com, an online financial institution that empowers people to bank, invest, and spend in accordance with their values. He also serves on the board of the Economic Innovation Group and the Jefferson Awards Foundation, and on the Board of Trustees of the University of California, Riverside School of Public Policy.
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On November 8, 2016, Michael Tubbs was elected to serve as the mayor of the City of Stockton, California. Upon taking office in January 2017, Michael Tubbs became both Stockton’s youngest mayor and the City’s first African-American mayor. Michael Tubbs is also the youngest mayor in the history of the country representing a city with a population of over 100,000 residents. Recognized as one of Politico’s Top 50, Fortune’s 2018, Top “40 under 40,” Forbes’ 2018 list of the “30 Under 30”, and awarded the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, Tubbs’ leadership paired with an ambitious progressive agenda has received national recognition. In his first year, Mayor Michael Tubbs secured $20,000,000 to launch the Stockton Scholars, a place-based scholarship that aims to triple the number of Stockton students entering and graduating from college. Tubbs also brought Advance Peace to Stockton, a data driven program that works to reduce gun violence in communities. With an innovative public-private partnership supported by a $1,000,000 grant, Tubbs launched the nation’s first ever mayor-led basic income pilot.
Before becoming mayor, Michael Tubbs served as Stockton’s District 6 City Councilmember. Elected at age 22 in 2013, he became one of the youngest City Councilmembers in the country. As a councilmember, Tubbs created the Reinvent South Stockton Coalition, championed the creation of the City’s Office of Violence Prevention and was part of the council that led the city out of bankruptcy as Chair of the Audit and Legislative Committee. Mayor Tubbs graduated in 2012 from Stanford University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree with honors. Mayor Tubbs is focused on poverty reduction, public safety, workforce development, community engagement and organizing, and collective impact strategies. Tubbs has been a college course instructor for Aspire Public Schools and a Fellow at the Stanford Institute of Design and the Emerson Collective.
Dr. Leana Wen is the first physician to lead Planned Parenthood in nearly 50 years and its first AAPI president. She is an immigrant, a practicing ER doctor, a public health leader, and a passionate advocate for reproductive health and rights. Previously, she served as the Health Commissioner for the City of Baltimore, where she led the nation’s oldest continuously operating health department to fight the opioid epidemic, treat violence and racism as public health issues, and improve maternal and child health. She is on the faculty of George Washington University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. When she’s not working, Dr. Wen is spending time with her one-and-a-half year son, Eli.