SEIU is hosting a panel at the 2012 Democratic National Convention on what our future can look like if we have a government that really works for working Americans. The panel will be held at The PPL, the premier event space at the DNC designed for guest speakers, roundtable discussions, bloggers and online media. Please join us Thursday morning at The PPL to take part.
Panel Topic: Envisioning ProsperityWhat would an America for the 99 percent actually look like? Can we achieve an economy that prioritizes the interests and financial security of working families first?
Sept. 6, 2012
9 - 10 a.m.
222 S. Church St.
Charlotte, N.C. 28202
(Panelist bios after the break).
Ari MelberAri Melber is a correspondent for The Nation magazine, a writer for The Nation's blog, an opinion contributor to Politico and an attorney. As an expert on politics and new media, Melber has been a moderator and featured speaker in a range of academic, media and political forums. Deemed "one of the left's most important young voices" by Politico's Mike Allen, Melber is a frequent commentator on public affairs, including appearances on CNBC, C-SPAN, MSNBC and NBC. Melber also served as an election night commentator on MSNBC for the 2010 midterms, and he has provided election commentary on primary nights during the 2012 presidential race. His views have also been quoted by publications such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Time.
Rep. Keith Ellison
Keith Ellison has represented the Fifth Congressional District of Minnesota in the U.S. House of Representatives since taking office on January 4, 2007. The Fifth Congressional District is the most vibrant and ethnically diverse district in Minnesota with a rich history and traditions. The Fifth District includes the City of Minneapolis and the surrounding suburbs. Keith's philosophy is one of "generosity and inclusiveness." His roots as a community activist and his message of inclusivity through democratic participation resonates throughout the Fifth District.
Mary Kay Henry
Mary Kay Henry serves as International President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the fastest-growing union in North America, with 2.1 million workers in healthcare, public and property services. In 2010, Henry was unanimously elected International President and became the first woman to lead SEIU. Under Henry's leadership, SEIU members are linking arms and forming historic partnerships in their communities to confront income inequality, to shine a light on the wealthy and corporations failing to pay their fair share in taxes, and to hold politicians accountable to working people. SEIU members are committed to creating good American jobs, to winning justice for immigrant workers, and to ensuring that all workers have the ability to join together in unions to create good jobs and deliver quality services in our communities.
Michael Konczal is a fellow with the Roosevelt Institute, where he works on ﬁnancial reform, unemployment, inequality and a progressive vision of the economy. His blog, Rortybomb, was named one of the 25 Best Financial Blogs by Time Magazine. His work has appeared at The American Prospect, Slate, Boston Review, Washington Monthly, Dissent, the Financial Times, and The Nation.
Rashad Robinson serves as Executive Director of ColorOfChange, having joined the organization in May 2011. For well over a decade, Robinson has helped to mobilize communities across the country to create more inclusive cultural and political institutions. A recognized expert on how popular culture impacts American attitudes and values, he has served as a thought leader, widely sought-out speaker and strategist on utilizing media to shift public opinion concerning progressive and civil rights issues. He has appeared in hundreds of news stories, interviews, and political discussions through outlets such as ABC, BET, CNN, MSNBC, OWN, The New York Times, Fast Company, and NPR. In 2010 and 2011, Robinson was selected as one of "The Root 100," a list of emerging and influential African Americans under 45. He has previously held leadership roles at GLAAD, the Right to Vote Campaign, and FairVote.