Session Type(s): Caucus/Roundtable
Starts: Thursday, Jul. 11 2:30 PM
Ends: Thursday, Jul. 11 3:30 PM
Progressive people of faith have been on the frontlines of resisting Trumpism–including immigration, reproductive, LGBTQ, racial, environmental, and economic justice–and are helping lead the progressive charge into 2020. This roundtable discussion will be led by veteran progressive activists who are Jewish, Muslim, and Christian. We will invite participants to join us in a discussion of the growth of faith-based organizing since the 2016 election; how secular organizations and political candidates can best partner with faith-based groups; and the complexities of faith-based work that values the separation of church and state.
Ishraq Ali is a community organizer trained in faith based and grassroots advocacy models. He started out as a student leader with MAS Boston where he learned to look at social justice work as a form of worship. He was formally trained through the IAF and then gained experience organizing with NYCC in New York.
In the aftermath of the 2016 elections he couldn’t ignore the moment facing Muslims in America through the rising tide of anti-Muslim sentiment. Ishraq joined the first national digitally native Muslim advocacy organization, MPower Change.
Ishraq spends his time training Muslim leaders on grassroots leadership both online and on the ground. His team has orchestrated campaigns tackling anti Muslim bias, anti-immigrant legislation & federal government surveillance programs. He looks to apply the Prophetic example in building power and win campaigns as Organizing Director of MPower Change.
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Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons works at the intersection of religion and public policy. For the past five years, he has worked on major issue advocacy campaigns with the nation’s most prominent faith-based organizations. He holds a Master of Divinity degree in social ethics from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. His political and religious commentary has appeared in NBC News, Washington Post, New York Times Magazine, CBS News, Wall Street Journal, USA TODAY and many other outlets. He started “The Resistance Prays,” a daily prayer and action letter, in July 2017.
Ginna Green joined Bend the Arc: Jewish Action in July 2018 as Chief Strategy Officer. In this role she oversees the work of the advocacy and electoral, communications and organizing teams bringing Jewish values and a Jewish voice to the fight for social justice in the United States. Previously, Ginna was Managing Director of the Democracy Collaborative at ReThink Media. There she led the team focused on building the communications capacity of advocates working to reducing the power of big money in politics, ensure fair and diverse courts, and protect and expand voting rights. Prior to ReThink, she managed communications for the California office and for small-dollar loans at the Center for Responsible Lending, and served as director of public relations at Full Court Press Communications in Oakland, Calif. She has also worked with The OpEd Project, the SPIN Academy, and AlterNet, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, Salon and Newsweek, among others. Ginna is the co-editor of The Paradox of Loyalty: An African-American Response to the War on Terrorism, an alum of Bend the Arc’s Jeremiah Fellowship and Selah Leadership Program, a native southerner, and the mother of four terrific kids.
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