Liz Jaff Hosts Lunch with Co-Chair of Women's March, Black Lives Matter, WFP and leaders of the New Post Trump Online Resistance Groups
DNC Members have been invited to a moderated lunch panel to meet with leaders of the #resistance for the first time.
Space is limited to DNC Members:
This event will be live streamed.
What is the Event:
Liz Jaff, Candidate for Vice Chair is hosting a lunch panel on Friday, February 24th for 250 DNC members, including state party chairs and executive directors. It will be moderated by Katharine Zaleski with a structured Q&A.
The party will be there to hear from these groups, the leaders of the resistance. Liz Jaff, Candidate for DNC Vice Chair has been speaking with party officials for several weeks, and there is a hunger to understand the new face of the Democratic Party. They have resources that may be useful to states' efforts, and they want to learn how to adapt and to adjust from these groups.
The DNC Winter Meeting is happening this week in Atlanta Feb 23-25th. In addition to voting on executive officers, including Chair and Vice Chairs, this is one of the few times each year that state parties have the chance to connect with each other to share ideas, strategies, and plans for the upcoming cycle. This makes it a unique opportunity for state party chairs to meet---and be influenced by---the leaders of the emerging resistance.
Why this Panel is so Important:
There is an urgency for grassroots organizations and the party to meet each other, whether they agree or not. These organizations are the movement, and they are going to change this country, with or without the party. But the party needs to learn about the movement that is happening outside of its walls. Right now, in the anxiety before the election, there is a limited moment where the party is really open to listening, and will be able to learn from you.
The panel will be 1.5 hours from 12:00-1:30pm on Friday, February, 24th at the Westin PeachTree in Atlanta. Members will be able to submit questions beforehand. There will also be a happy hour hosted that evening at the Westin to allow for personal follow-up. There is huge interest in this panel and space will be limited.
What this is Not:
Although Liz Jaff is running for a position in the DNC and hosting the even, please note that this is in no way an endorsement of her, any party chair, or even the party itself. Liz is hosting this event because these are the leaders of the new frontier and the faces of the movement — these members should meet them. This is the best time to convene a panel and have everyone connect.
Katharine Zaleski is the Cofounder and President of PowerToFly.com, the platform matching women with Fortune 500 companies and fast-growing startups committed to diversifying their teams and creating inclusive environments. She was previously the first homepage editor of The Huffington Post, the Founding Managing Editor of NowThis and The Executive Director of Digital at The Washington Post. Katharine hasn't left media completely. She hosts a show featuring female founders for Elle magazine and writes about being a women business leader for Fortune, Forbes, Quartz and other publications. Katharine graduated from Dartmouth College and now lives in Brooklyn with her husband, three-year old, and Ester, who makes everything possible by taking care of Katharine's daughter.
Bob Bland is the CEO + Founder of Manufacture New York (MNY), a social enterprise that is rethinking the fashion ecosystem (design, development, distribution) and creating a new, vertically-integrated business model that will transform apparel & textile production for the 21st century. Their mission is to reawaken and rebuild America’s fashion industry, foster the next wave of businesses, and create a transparent, sustainable global supply chain. An international speaker + advocate for domestic manufacturing, ethical supply chains and design entrepreneurship education, Ms. Bland has presented Manufacture New York as a case study in Copenhagen, Seoul, Los Angeles, Raleigh, Las Vegas, Washington D.C. and NYC. She has also been featured in two books, Sustainable Fashion: Past, Present & Future (2015), We Own the City (2014); the film “Making It In America: Empowering Global Fashion;” and multiple TV interviews including CNBC & CBS Evening News.
Alicia Garza is an Oakland-based organizer, writer, public speaker and freedom dreamer who is currently the Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States.
Garza, along with Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors, also co-founded the Black Lives Matter network, a globally recognized organizing project that focuses on combating anti-Black state-sanctioned violence and the oppression of all Black people. Since the rise of the BLM movement, Garza has become a powerful voice in the media. Her articles and interviews have been featured in Time, Mic, The Guardian, Elle.com, Essence, Democracy Now!, and The New York Times.
Winnie Wong is the co-founder of People For Bernie, a national decentralized grassroots organizing community of 5 million supporters who network and find ways to participate in movement building efforts. She has been credited for coining the viral poltical hashtag: #FeelTheBern. Prior to helping Bernie Sanders win the Internet, she facilitated the launch of what became the largest crowd-powered disaster relief effort in history. Occupy Sandy, a grassroots network that emerged to provide mutual aid to communities affected by Superstorm Sandy, trained and dispatched more than 60,000 volunteers who provided over 300,000 meals, remediated over 1000 homes, and distributed over a million dollars’ worth of donated supplies.
She is a co-author of Women's March Unity Principles.
Andy Kim is the founder of RISE Stronger, a new citizen watchdog group with over 50,000 members seeking to hold the government and political leaders accountable by building a strong, strategic movement with robust coordination between new advocacy organizations. Andy previously served at the White House National Security Council and in Afghanistan as a Strategic Adviser to General Petraeus. A Rhodes Scholar and Truman Scholar, Andy received a Doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford.
Rita Bosworth is the founder and visionary behind the Sister District Project, and she oversees all aspects of its operations. She holds a B.A. from the University of California, Davis, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. She is a public defender in San Jose, CA.
Nelini Stamp is the National Membership Director for the Working Families Party, she works with volunteer leaders across the country building their own electoral infrastructure. Nelini has been deeply involved in movement work around economic and racial justice across the country as a participant in Occupy Wall Street, a co-founder of the Dream Defenders, a co-creator of the Freedom Side, and as one of the co-builders of the Resist Here project, which launched #ResistTrumpTuesdays.
Amanda Litman is the co-founder and executive director of Run for Something, a new PAC that helps recruit and support young diverse progressives running for down-ballot office. She worked as the email director for Hillary Clinton, digital director for Charlie Crist for Governor in 2014, and on the digital teams at Organizing for Action and Obama 2012.
Ravi Gupta is the Co-Founder of The Arena, a new effort to activate the next generation of leaders to enter the political and civic arena. He previously was the Co-Founder and CEO of RePublic Schools, a network of charter schools in Tennessee and Mississippi, worked on Obama's 2008 primary and general elections campaigns, and served as special assistant to Susan Rice. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and was named to the Forbes '30 Under 30' list for law and policy.
Maria Salamanca is currently leading operations and strategy at Swing Left. She is also an Associate at Unshackled Ventures, a fund focused on funding immigrant entrepreneurs. Previous to joining Unshackled, Maria worked at FWD.us an immigration lobbying group founded by Mark Zuckerberg and other tech leaders during its early days. Maria helped fundraise for Hillary in the Silicon Valley team and as a fellow for Obama’s 2012 campaign in Florida. She graduated UC Berkeley with a B.A in political science and legal studies.