Social Movements in the Post-Trump Era: Organizing for Policy Change


Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Virtual event, registration required

The United States experienced an unprecedented surge in progressive social movement activity during the Trump presidency, with both new and existing groups organizing in opposition to the former administration’s agenda. What will these movements do now that there is a new administration? How can they take advantage of new federal leadership to advance their agenda as well as continue to grow and engage their members at the grassroots level? In this discussion, Ash Center Democracy Postdoctoral Fellow Johnnie Lotesta will talk with leaders from the environmental justice, gun violence prevention, labor, and immigration movements about how they balance these commitments in the course of their work. Together, they will explore the challenges and opportunities for social movements organizing for policy change under the Biden administration.

Panelists include:

  • Matt Davis, Vice President of Civic Engagement, League of Conservation Voters
  • Greg Jackson, National Advocacy Director, Community Justice Action Fund
  • Damon Silvers, Policy Director, AFL-CIO
  • Greisa Martinez Rosas, Executive Director, United We Dream
  • Johnnie Lotesta (Moderator), Democracy Postdoctoral Fellow, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School

Tova Wang, Ash Center Democracy Visiting Fellow, will moderate audience Q&A.

Virtual Event Recording