Session Type(s): Panel
Starts: Friday, Jul. 12 4:30 PM
Ends: Friday, Jul. 12 5:30 PM
In the 2018 election cycle, there were a record number of women candidates and candidates of color running for office from local to federal. Many built new coalitions out of previously disenfranchised and disengaged residents. How did they do it and what are replicable tactics and strategies for voter outreach and mobilization in 2020 and beyond? Hear from candidates and high-profile activists who broke down barriers of language, access, enthusiasm, and information to help change the demographics of the electoral landscape. Win or lose, they have valuable lessons needed to win the future of progressive politics. The session will be moderated by former Rep. Kesha Ram, the first woman of color to receive double digits in a statewide race in Vermont.
Kesha has served Burlington’s Old North End, Hill Section, and University District in the Vermont House of Representatives for three terms. At 27 years old, she is currently the youngest legislator serving in Vermont. Kesha serves on the Ways & Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over revenue generation for the state. She is an advocate for civil rights, affordable housing, climate action, access to higher education, and universal health care. When not in session, Kesha is the Public Engagement Specialist for Burlington’s Community and Economic Development Office. She also serves on the boards of the Center for Whole Communities and the University of Vermont. Her work has earned her recognition as a Morris K. Udall Scholar, Ronald E. McNair Scholar, Harry S. Truman Scholar, and Oxfam Climate Change Ambassador.