Election Series Discussion: Making it Real: The Link Between Issue Organizing, Ballot Initiatives, and Building Power
Making it Real: The Link Between Issue Organizing, Ballot Initiatives, and Building Power
When looking at our issue advocacy strategies, how can we strengthen our understanding of the link between ballot initiatives, organizing, and civic engagement in ways that result in both “winning” and building long term power? How do efforts like early voter education lay the foundation for issue-based change to be effective? Join us for a conversation that helps break down these interrelated approaches. Leaders in the field will share how ballot initiatives are an integral part of issue advocacy, followed by how these measures are implemented in combination with community driven organizing through ways that lead to increased civic engagement. Experts will share ways to support local community leaders through examples like the Fair Wages & Healthy Families Act or Proposition 206 effort in Arizona, where groundwork to ensure coalitions and campaigns operationalized racial equity and inclusion throughout their organizing practices began in 2015.
Alejandra “Alex” Gomez, Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA)
Tomas Robles Jr., Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA)
Dana Laurent, Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (BISC)
Moderator: Julie Fernandes, Rockefeller Family Fund
Cosponsors: Chesapeake Bay Funders Network, Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, Economic Opportunity Funders, Environmental Grantmakers Association, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Maryland Philanthropy Network, Philanthropy New York, and United Philanthropy Forum.