pushing for prOgress

A Panel Series About Learning from 2020 and Planning for 2022

Thursdays March 18, 25 and April 1 2021
6:30-8pm ET


Alphonso Mayfield
Florida Public Services Union - SEIU

Amanda Edwards
President & CEO
The Community Based Solutions Firm

Angela Cruz
Council Palm Beach County

Candace Valenzuela
Texas State Chair
Vote Mama

Chris Bruce
Political Director
ACLU of Georgia

Deborah Scott
Executive Director
Georgia STAND-UP

Derrick Johnson
President & CEO

Dr. Karen Green
Liberty and Justice for All Community Foundation

Ed Espinoza
Executive Director
Progress Texas

Fenika Miller
Senior State Coordinator
Black Voters Matter Georgia

Gerry Hudson

Jamal Watkins
Senior Vice President of Strategy and Advancement

James Michael Russell
Freelance Journalist
Independent Consultant

John Taylor
Dep. Dir. Governing Campaign

Kendall Scudder
Represent Texas

Lee Saunders

Millie Ayala Raphael
CEO and Chief Political Strategist
"Progress For Florida, LLC."

Mondale Robinson
Black Male Voter Project

Rae Martinez
Senior Director, Texas Rising
Texas Freedom Network

Representative Sean Shaw
People Over Profits

Rev. Dr. Joe Parramore
New Journey Ministries, J2 Strategies and Solutions

Roxey Nelson
Vice President Politics & Strategic Campaigns
1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

Stacey Patel
People before Politics Florida

Terrance Woodbury
HIT Strategies

Travis Dupree
Organizing Coordinator

Will Harper
Director of HBCU Marketing

…with many more TBA!

March On is launching “Pushing for Progress: A Panel Series About Learning from 2020 and Planning for 2022,” a three-part series dedicated to what happened during the 2020 election cycle, what we can learn from it and how we can apply those lessons to 2022 and beyond.

This dynamic series features discussion among political, civic and labor leaders addressing the factors that defined these historic elections and what they mean for future efforts to retain and build on a progressive majority.

During the presidential election of 2020, Georgia became a major battleground as the state made a historic flip from red to blue. All eyes remained on the state as two progressive Senate candidates flipped control of the Senate to Democrats. This panel will examine what worked and why, from massive grassroots organizing to the candidates themselves and their bold progressive messaging.

Despite Florida’s right tilt in recent election cycles, progressives were hopeful they could make inroads at the state level in 2020 and flip the state for Joe Biden. Instead, Republicans flipped five state House seats and Biden lost by a larger margin than expected. This panel will examine what went wrong and the next steps for progressives as they reckon with a serious need to rebuild operations in Florida.

The same factors that were critical to success in Georgia exist today in Texas. As we push toward the 2022 midterms, this panel discussion will examine conditions in Texas and how the lessons learned in Georgia and Florida can apply to help progressives move the state blue in 2022 and even flip it in 2024.