The Power of Us: Centering Real People in the Fight for Democracy

The Power of Us: Centering Real People in the Fight for Democracy

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Saturday, Aug. 20 10:00 AM (Eastern)

Ends: Saturday, Aug. 20 11:00 AM (Eastern)

Room: 315/316

The work to protect our democracy is happening on every front, and impacts each of our lives in a multitude of ways. As organizers who do this work every day, it’s easy for us to see how every new voting rights bill, Supreme Court nominee, or anti-democracy state law directly affects our lives—but to build the movement, we need to make the stakes clear to people outside the movement too. In this panel, we’ll hear lessons and tactics from movement leaders who have centered real people in their work to build our movement and protect our democracy.



Carlos Childs


Carlos Childs is the Fair and Secure Elections Organizer at Public Citizen. His work focuses around opposing legislation that would put our election systems on the internet, while working to pass legislation to strengthen our democracy by increasing mail in voting and use of paper ballots, expanding protections for election workers, and galvanizing grassroots activists to organize around election security. Before Public Citizen, Carlos, worked in the public and private sector as a political and union activist in the greater DC region to increase the number of registered young Black voters and bring more disenfranchised people into the political and activism space.

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