Session Type(s): Panel
As graphic designers and media makers, how can we use creative tools to reframe a story, subvert dominant narratives, and win campaigns? Join creative directors and campaign leaders for a panel on best practices with successful case studies on issues of immigrant rights, climate justice, and electoral politics. As people of color, women and immigrants, we will reflect on opportunities and challenges we face in doing this work.
Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed is an activist, storyteller, and politico based in Los Angeles. An electoral organizer by trade, she’s mobilized thousands of Asian American & Pacific Islanders to the polls in over seventeen different languages in the past fifteen years at various non-profit organizations, starting with founding South Asian American Voting Youth in 2004. She currently is a Campaign Strategist at the Asian American new media organizing group 18MillionRising.
In 2016, Taz was honored as a White House Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling and in 2017 as UCLA Luskin Alumni of the Year. She is cohost of The #GoodMuslimBadMuslim Podcast that has been featured in Oprah Magazine, Wired, and Buzzfeed as well as live shows recorded at South by Southwest and the White House.
An avid essayist, she had a monthly column called Radical Love and has written for Sepia Mutiny, Truthout, The Aerogram, The Nation, Left Turn Magazine, and more. She is published in the anthologies Modern Loss (2018), Six Words Fresh Off the Boat (2017), Good Girls Marry Doctors (2016), Love, Inshallah (2012) and poetry collection Coiled Serpent (2016). Her third poetry chapbook Emdash and Ellipses was published in early 2016. Taz curates Desi music at Mishthi Music where she co-produced Voices of Our Vote: My #AAPIVote Album (2016) and Beats for Bangladesh (2013). Her artwork was featured in Sharia Revoiced (2015), in Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s “H-1B” (2015), and Rebel Legacy: Activist Art from South Asian California (2015). She also makes disruptive art annually with #MuslimVDay Cards.
Sabiha Basrai is co-owner of Design Action Collective in Oakland, CA — a graphic design and web development shop dedicated to serving social justice movements with strategic media tools. She has been working as a graphic designer for nonprofits and activist organizations for the last 15 years. She is a coordinator for the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action — a San Francisco Bay Area all-volunteer group working to educate, organize, and empower Bay Area South Asian communities to end violence, oppression, racism and exploitation within and against our diverse communities. Sabiha is also a member of the Center for Political Education’s Advisory Board and a part-time faculty member in the University of San Francisco’s Department of Art & Architecture.
Candice is an award-winning Creative Director for 50+1 Strategies, a political and organizing consulting firm based in Oakland. This year, she was honored by the American Association of Political Consultants as a Top 40 under 40 Winner. She specializes in print design and has won several national awards for her logo, billboard, and mailer designs.
Other sessions: Political Graphic Design 101: A Quick Start Guide
Yash Mori’s expertise is in how to get media made, published, and promoted widely in a timely way. Much of his work for different campaigns has gone viral, something tons of organizations are hot on figuring out. Over the years he has honed his skill-set to be far more than just photos and videos for movements and campaigns, yash has dedicated his life to be in service of those around him. He is a seasoned organizer whose body of work is been focused on uplifting the passionate and inspiring stories of leaders. Yash Mori has worked with organizations for the likes of Hillary For America, People’s Climate March, Democratic Governors Association, Latino Victory Fund, Wnited We Dream, Unite Here!, Netroots Nation, and more.
Selected as one of the Grist.org 50 People You’ll Be Talking About in 2016,
Anthony K. Rogers-Wright has over ten years of policy analysis, community
organizing and outreach/advocacy experience. While serving as a policy
analyst for various environmental consulting firms in California and Colorado,
he specialized in land use, Clean Air Act and environmental justice
compliance. He has used his organizing and outreach experience to advocate
for a variety of social justice campaigns including environmental justice,
affordable health care access, income inequality and civil rights for LGBT
citizens. In 2012, Anthony led the effort to make Colorado Health Insurance
Cooperative the first health insurance provider in the State’s history to
remove transgender health exclusions from all of their policies.
In 2016, he acted as a surrogate and policy advisor for the Sanders presidential
campaign and testified on the need for increased action on climate justice to
the DNC Platform Committee. He’s written numerous articles discussing the
axiomatic nexus between the climate crisis and social justice, and spoken of
this issue at universities throughout the United States and in Europe.
Anthony earned his undergraduate degrees in Environmental Science and
Policy and Jazz Composition as well as his Graduate Degree in Community
Development, Environmental Science and Public Policy. He is blessed to be the father of his energetic, entertaining and VERY loquacious three-year old son, Zahir Cielo (aka “Bean”).