Session Type(s): Panel
Starts: Friday, Aug. 19 4:30 PM (Eastern)
Ends: Friday, Aug. 19 5:30 PM (Eastern)
Young people between the ages of 18 and 35 are powerful political players—a fact that they demonstrated forcefully in the 2018 midterm elections and the 2020 presidential election. In 2020, despite the obstacles posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and decades of systemic voter suppression, young people turned out to vote in historic numbers, ultimately shaping the outcome of the election and delivering a strong message about their progressive vision for the country. This panel will discuss the importance of engaging communities of color and young people who do not attend college to galvanize the youth vote.
Delilah is a nationally recognized organizer and strategist with extensive experience in electoral and advocacy campaigns across the country. She leads the Texas Future Project as the Executive Director advising and aligning donors and investments to support progressive civic engagement organizations in Texas. She is also the co-founder of VoteSimple, a digital voter registration nonprofit organization in Texas that’s registered thousands of registering young, BIPOC and queer voters to vote. For the historic November 2020 presidential election, she served as the National Field Director for Win Justice and a Senior Advisor to the New Georgia Project which successfully helped flip control of the White House and the U.S. Senate. Notably, she was the Texas State Director for Beto for America and was the Field Director for Stacey Abrams’ 2018 gubernatorial campaign. A native of Houston, TX and the daughter of a Nigerian immigrant, her work is dedicated to ensuring our democracy truly reflects progressive values and the striking diversity of our country.
Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez is a leading civil rights leader and former 2020 U.S. Senate candidate. She was named “Hero of the New South” by Southern Living Magazine and has been featured on NPR, Vogue, The New York Times, Washington Post, MTV, USA Today, Univision, and several MSNBC shows, among others. Cristina is the President of NextGen America, one of the leading national progressive youth voter mobilization organizations. Before joining NextGen, Cristina was the founder and Executive Director (and later Chief Strategy Officer) of Jolt — a Texas-wide organization that lifts up the voice, vote and issues impacting Latinos. Cristina began her social justice career when she co-founded Workers Defense Project (WDP), a workers’ rights organization with the mission to win better working conditions for immigrant workers in Texas. Cristina is an author on issues of race, gender and immigration, and she is the co-author of “Presente! Latino Immigrant Voices in the Struggle for Racial Justice” published by AK Press (2014).
Jasiri X is the first independent hip-hop artist to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate, which he received from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2016. Still, he remains rooted in the Pittsburgh based organization he founded, 1Hood Media, which teaches youth of color how to analyze and create media for themselves. His critically acclaimed album Black Liberation Theology (2015) has been recognized as a soundtrack for today’s civil rights movement. He has performed his music from the Smithsonian to the Apollo Theater and has discussed his views on hip-hop, race, and politics at leading institutions across the nation, including Harvard University, the University of Chicago, NYU, Yale, and Stanford, among others. In 2017 he received the Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship to start the 1Hood Artivist Academy. Jasiri is also a recipient of the USA Cummings Fellowship in Music, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist Fellowship and the President’s Volunteer Service Award.