Building a Multiracial Democracy: A Narrative to Mobilize All Voters

Building a Multiracial Democracy: A Narrative to Mobilize All Voters

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Friday, Aug. 14 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Ends: Friday, Aug. 14 4:50 PM (Eastern)

Donald Trump and others have made the election season a referendum on Muslims, refugees, voter fraud and the urban-rural divide. But, progressives and advocates across the Midwest were ready to answer every charge—and move their communities toward a more inclusive future—with an updated and thoroughly vetted, campaign-tested, strategic communicatios plan known as the Midwest Race Class Narrative Project. Hear from leaders across the Midwest on how they are implementing the Race Class Narrative to mobilize the base, persuade the middle, and alienate the opposition to enact a bold policy agenda in 2020 and beyond.

Moderator

Anika Fassia

Anika joined the Demos team in November 2017 as the Project Manager of the Race Class Narrative Project. Anika comes to Demos with a wealth of experience in narrative building and how to talk about race and the public sector. Anika has worked at the local, state and national level as a policy analyst, communication strategist and trainer since 2008. She has worked with hundreds of advocates, elected officials, students and community organizers to advance the role of the public sector in racial justice. Anika has her MSW from the University of Michigan and in her commitment to remain grounded and connected to service delivery in her policy advocacy work, Anika completed her nursing degree in 2016 and is also trained as a Pediatric ICU and home health nurse.


Panelists

Prentiss Haney

Prentiss Haney

Prentiss, Executive Director of the Ohio Student Association, started organizing with Organizing for America, registering students and building campus teams. He joined OSA to continue building student power, playing roles ranging from training coordinator, regional team lead, to communication director, building up a social media presence and strengthening our internal communication structures. He has developed campus teams, trained hundreds of leaders and led racial justice and higher education campaigns.

Prentiss has earned his B.A. in urbans affairs at Wright State University. He currently lives in Dayton, OH.

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Tinselyn Simms

Tinselyn Simms

Tinselyn Simms is an Assistant Director of Communications at Service Employees International Union (SEIU) where she manages communications for the Racial Justice Center. Tinselyn lead SEIU’s involvement in the Race-Class Narrative Project and is currently working to ensure the approach is embedded in all corners of the union.

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