Join Jane Fonda as she speaks with heroes of our democracy about how the #ForThePeopleAct addresses the urgent action needed on climate and how that fight is inherently connected to the fight for racial justice and democracy. Now it is the time for the Senate to act and pass S1!
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About the guests:
Rashad Robinson is the President of Color Of Change, a leading racial justice organization driven by more than 7.2 million members who are building power for Black communities. Color Of Change uses innovative strategies to bring about systemic change in the industries that affect Black people’s lives: Silicon Valley, Wall Street, Hollywood, Washington, corporate board rooms, local prosecutor offices, state capitol buildings and city halls around the country.
Ría Thompson-Washington (she/her/ella) is the Senior Democracy Manager in CPD/A’s Voting Rights and Democracy program and she works with affiliates to create their voting and election strategies to protect the vote at the polls. In the 2020 election cycle, Ría created, implemented, and managed CPD/A’s 2020 voting and electoral strategy, the Voter Guardian and Engagement Program. Living in the Washington, D.C. Metro area, Ría is an active member of the National Lawyers Guild D.C. Mass Defense chapter. She regularly trains Legal Observers to observe the actions of police at protests, and provides coaching for first amendment demonstrators and protestors to “know their rights” in the streets.
Laura Williamson is a Senior Policy Analyst at Demos, where she works to advance voting rights, money in politics, and court reforms that would build an inclusive, multiracial democracy. She has worked for years on many of the policies included in the For the People Act and is currently all in on getting the bill passed. She also works closely with the Black and Latinx leaders who make up Demos’ Inclusive Democracy Project to develop and pass policies that expand access to democracy at the local and state levels, and to envision bold new ideas that would end racist democratic exclusions and remake our democracy altogether. Outside of Demos, she organizes with immigrants and allies to resist the violent criminalization, detention, and deportation perpetrated by the immigration system and to build a community in which no one is caged and everyone has the ability to thrive.
Congressman John Sarbanes has represented Maryland’s Third Congressional District in the U.S. Congress since 2007. He currently serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, in addition to the House Subcommittee on Health and the House Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change. Congressman Sarbanes also serves on the House Oversight and Reform Committee and its Subcommittee on Government Operations. Since 2017, he has chaired the Democracy Reform Task Force, a bold effort in the House of Representatives to build a government that puts the public’s interests ahead of special interests. Born and raised in Baltimore, Congressman Sarbanes has experience working in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.
Jocelyn Benson is Michigan’s 43rd Secretary of State. In this role she is focused on ensuring elections are secure and accessible, and dramatically improving customer experiences for all who interact with our offices. Benson is the author of State Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process, the first major book on the role of the secretary of state in enforcing election and campaign finance laws. She is also the Chair of Michigan’s Task Force on Women in Sports, created by Governor Whitmer in 2019 to advance opportunities for women in Michigan as athletes and sports leaders. A graduate of Harvard Law School and expert on civil rights law, education law and election law, Benson served as dean of Wayne State University Law School in Detroit.
Sweet Honey In The Rock remains among the most vibrant, versatile and ever relevant musical collectives in music today; both as a performance ensemble and as an ambassadorial African American organization founded on the triumvirate missions of
empowerment, education and entertainment. Currently consisting of members Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, and featured musician Romeir Mendez on upright acoustic bass and electric bass. Sweet Honey In The Rock is a powerful and unique concert entity that fuses the elastic 360 degree possibilities of the human voice with a theatrical flair that keeps avid audiences returning for more year after year.