In these tumultuous times, new forms of activism and political engagement are needed more than ever. Movements to expand the social safety net in response to the devastation of the coronavirus, along with the Black Lives Matter protests, are working both inside and outside of electoral politics, with on-the-ground activists often taking the lead. These new developments join long-standing efforts to reduce inequalities of all forms. In this urgent context, what kinds of coalitions are needed for broad-based change to occur, given the economic, political, and social divides in the country? What are effective models—past and present—for pushing beyond traditional approaches? Spend a day learning from thinkers, scholars, politicians, and activists about ways to build coalitions across issues and lines of race, gender, class, and sexuality in order to create a more equal and democratic society.
Three panels will discuss the latest thinking on coalitions and their relationship to political parties and social movements. Speakers include: M. Allyn Brooks-LaSure (Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights), Paul Frymer (Princeton University), Andra Gillespie (Emory University), Hahrie Han (Johns Hopkins University), Alexander Hertel-Fernandez (Columbia University), Carlos Menchaca (New York City Council Member), Ruth Milkman (The Graduate Center, CUNY), John Mollenkopf (The Graduate Center, CUNY), Jennifer Richeson (Yale University), Kelley Robinson (Planned Parenthood Federation of America), Daniel Schlozman (Johns Hopkins University), Sarah Smarsh (author of Heartland), Nelini Stamp (Working Families Party), Dara Strolovitch (Princeton University), and Reverend Liz Theoharis (Poor People’s Campaign).
Presented with the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality. Part of the project “The Promise and Perils of Democracy,” funded in part by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.