Inside the Growth of the Religious Left: How diverse faith groups are building power for progressive change

Proposed panel for Netroots Nation 2019

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 panel of veteran progressive activists will discuss: 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.
  • Submitted by: Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons
  • Moderator: Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons
  • Panelists: Ishraq Ali, Ginna Green, Maggie Siddiqi, Ashley Wilson

What are the takeaways for people who attend this panel? Why is this panel important to the progressive movement?

Learning from the success of Moral Mondays, the No Muslim Ban Ever Campaign, Nuns on the Bus, and other such campaigns, outreach with faith leaders and using moral messaging has helped Progressives frame their campaigns through their values. Find out how investing resources in faith-based organizing can help YOUR campaigns, and see how outreach to faith leaders doesn’t just have to be a tactic used by the Right. What opportunities can faith leaders add to your work?

Why should the Netroots Nation community vote for your session?

This panel builds on the discussions of the last two Religious Left Caucuses at Netroots and takes them to the wider Netroots community. The panel will equip all Netroots attendees to conduct deep, faith-rooted organizing campaigns in collaboration with diverse religious communities. Hear how faith leaders can help your campaign in all phases and why the investment will help you reach your goals.

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