Freedom Is A Constant Struggle: Building Political Power

Systematic disenfranchisement of Black Americans has long been a barrier to building political power. Through tactics such as gerrymandering and voter suppression, Black communities have historically been denied fair access to democratic processes by the very institutions responsible for ensuring their inclusion. As a result, Black people are underrepresented in elected offices, which control budgets, agenda-setting, and policies—all of which are mechanisms for building power. In this session, panelists will discuss what it means to build political power at the state and local levels; highlight civic engagement strategies; and explore immediate actions needed to support communities in implementing power-building measures.

Dr. Wes Bellamy, Black Millennial Convention

Stefanie Brown James, Collective PAC

Pastor Mike McBride, LiveFree

Rashad Robinson, Color Of Change

Stephanie Young, When We All Vote