The 2014 midterm elections were consequential in many ways. The Center for American Progress Action Fund will critically analyze the impact of the election on the issues that are important to progressives and the emerging majority. Across two panels, expert voices will discuss the implications of the results and look forward to 2016.
10:00 AM: Panel One: The Impact of Judicial Decisions on the Midterm Elections
The federal courts have been incredibly aggressive this year in either upholding or striking down voting restrictions. These decisions have inevitably affected voter experiences leading up to and on Election Day. Consequently, these actions will direct the political landscape for progressives and, in turn, will impact the issues progressives care about moving forward.
Jill Dash, Vice President of Strategic Engagement, American Constitution Society
Penda Hair, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Advancement Project
Evan Wolfson, Founder and President, Freedom to Marry
Robert Raben, Founder and President, The Raben Group
Dana Singiser, Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Michele Jawando, Vice President, Center for American Progress Action Fund
11:00 AM: Panel Two: Voters of Color in the 2014 Midterms and the Map in 2016
As the nation’s demographics continue to shift, the challenge of how to grow the civic engagement among voters of color remains. Please join us for a conversation about the participation of voters of color in the midterm election; the lessons and strategies we can glean from it; the issues that will continue to energize them in the future; and their potential impact in 2016 and beyond.
Ruy Teixeira, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress Action Fund
Rashad Robinson, Executive Director, ColorOfChange
Cristóbal Alex, President, Latino Victory Project
Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro, Deputy Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation, National Council of La Raza
Eric Salcedo, National Field Director, APIA Vote
Vanessa Cárdenas, Vice President of Progress 2050 Action, Center for American Progress Action Fund