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Other Swing Voter Convening: Visioning Forward
September 30 @ 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
About this Event
ABOUT THE EVENT
THE OTHER SWING VOTER is defined as voters who oscillate between voting and not voting (or voting third party). These voters are predominated young Black and Latinx voters and they must be at the center of antiracist electoral organizing strategies, power-building, and policy analyses. During this afternoon of political education, Black and Latinx grassroots political organizers, as well as researchers and policymakers, will detail how to build cross-sectoral relationships that allow knowledge-sharing, analysis, and the development of freedom-forward strategies for organizing and sustaining this voting bloc.
This will be a virtual event hosted via Zoom. The password-protected link will be sent to event attendees prior to the event.
Session One – 11:15 AM to 12 PM
Research to Practice – Dr. Cathy Cohen and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi will detail the gaps in research on Other Swing Voters and present their ideas on how to expand data collection for this voting bloc.
- Dr. Cathy Cohen, Professor of Political Science at University of Chicago
- Dr. Ibram Kendi, Director of BU Center for Antiracist Research
Session Two – 12 PM to 12:45 PM
Building Power: Organizing Through and Beyond Elections – Youth leaders will share their go-to strategies to encourage civic engagement and build political education among high school and college students.
- Niki Franco, Civic Engagement Organizer at Power U
- Lamonte Moore, Director of College Organizing at Leaders Igniting Transformation
- Cendi Trujillo Tena, Director of High School Organizing at Leaders Igniting Transformation
Session Three – 1 PM to 1:45 PM
Electoral Organizing in 2020: Strategies, Challenges and Opportunities – Local grassroots organizers will focus on the challenges and systemic barriers that affect grassroots political mobilization in this election cycle.
Session Four – 2 PM to 2:45 PM
From Elections to Governance – Policymakers, government officials, and community organizers will reimagine government structures beyond the elections and will present a roadmap on how to achieve community-based governance.
- Rukia Lumumba, Founder and Executive Director of People’s Advocacy Institute
- Gabriela Santiago-Romero, Michigan Community Organizer
- Safiya Khalid, Lewiston, Maine City Council Member