Symposium 2020

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Political Representation in the Time of COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic is disproportionately impacting Black and brown communities due to pervasive racism and other injustices in our society.  At the same time, traditional political and community organizing methods have become increasingly unavailable, now at a time when organizing our communities is needed most.  
This updated panel will bring together elected officials, organizers, and political change-makers to discuss how they seek to represent, empower, and serve communities of color in the face of Covid-19. Potential panel questions include:

  • How are people of color working towards representation in the political process in their communities during a pandemic? 
  • How can we coordinate efforts and work towards political representation and power across communities of color in this moment? 
  • How do communities of color want to be represented politically? 
  • How do we bring people and communities of color who are politically “checked out” during this uncertain time back into the political process?

Christina Henderson (MPA’12), Candidate, DC Council At-Large
Angel Padilla (MPA’13), National Policy Director, Indivisible
Shasti Conrad (MPA’15), Chair, King County, WA Democrats
Ricky Hurtado (MPA’15), Candidate for NC House of Reps

Clarke Wheeler & Sujata Rajpurohit, MPA1s