Annual Event Update Regarding COVID-19
This year, we're going virtual. With the continuing health crisis, we knew we could not safely come together in person like we have for the past forty years. But we still want to gather with you all, virtually, on Wednesday, September 30 at 6pm ET, to celebrate our accomplishments and hear from leaders of the progressive movement.
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Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Senator Brown is a champion for workers’ rights and one of the toughest critics of the current administration. He is relentless in the fight for justice, fairness, and equality for all Americans, and is fearless in his opposition to Trump’s dangerous judicial nominees.
Senator Brown serves as the Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee, where he played an instrumental role in passing the historic Wall Street reform law. He also serves on the Senate Committee on Finance, the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, and the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee.
Prior to serving in the United States Senate, Brown served as a United States Representative for the 13th District. He is married to Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz. They reside in Cleveland, Ohio, and have three daughters, a son, a daughter-in-law, three sons-in-law, and seven grandchildren.
Preet Bharara served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2009 to 2017. Bharara oversaw the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases and supervised an office of over 200 Assistant U.S. Attorneys, who handled cases involving terrorism, narcotics and arms trafficking, financial and healthcare fraud, cybercrime, public corruption, gang violence, organized crime, and civil rights violations. The New York Times dubbed Bharara one of “the nation’s most aggressive and outspoken prosecutors.” In 2017, Bharara joined the NYU School of Law faculty as a Distinguished Scholar in Residence. He is the Executive Vice President of Some Spider Studios and the host of CAFE’s Stay Tuned with Preet, a podcast focused on issues of justice and fairness. Bharara graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and from Columbia Law School, where he was a member of the law review. He is the author of a top-five New York Times bestselling book, "Doing Justice: A Prosecutor's Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law."
Joyce White Vance is a Distinguished Professor from the Practice of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law and a legal analyst with NBC and MSNBC. She was the United States Attorney in the Northern District of Alabama from August 2009 through January 2017, appointed by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the Senate.
Vance's focus on civil rights included filing a statewide investigation into conditions in Alabama’s mens’ prisons, as well as a successful challenge of Alabama's HB56 anti-immigration bill and a voting rights settlement with the state of Alabama that brought it into compliance with the Motor Voter Act. She created a community-engaged initiative to fight the epidemic of heroin and prescription opiate addiction, receiving the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Lou Wooster Public Health Hero Award for her work. Vance worked to improve police/community relationships, including Birmingham's designation as one of six pilot cities for the National Initiative on Building Community Trust and her work on the Birmingham Violence Reduction Initiative. She also developed reentry programs designed to reduce recidivism among people returning to the community from prison. Among Vance's major criminal prosecutions were the first material support of terrorism case in Alabama, the major fraud prosecutions of a Birmingham health care CEO, the director of the Alabama Small Business Consortium, and the executive director of the Jefferson County, Alabama, Committee for Economic Opportunity; and the prosecution of a man who attempted to hire an individual he thought was a KKK hitman to murder his African-American neighbor.
Prior to being named U.S. Attorney, Vance served in the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney's Office from 1991 to 2002, when she moved to the office's appellate division. She became chief of that division in 2005.
Before joining the U.S. Attorney's office, Vance worked as a litigator in private practice, first with Arent, Fox, Kintner, Plotkin and Kahn in Washington, D.C. and then with Bradley, Arant (now Bradley, Arant, Boult, Cummings) in Birmingham. Vance is a 1985 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and a 1982 graduate of Bates College, in Lewiston, Maine. She is married to Alabama Circuit Judge Robert S. Vance, Jr. They have four children, three dogs, four cats and two chickens.
Vance will be in conversation with Preet Bharara.
Heather C. McGhee
Heather is the Distinguished Senior Fellow and immediate past president at Demos, a nonpartisan “think-and-do” tank that powers the movement for a just and inclusive multiracial democracy. As an NBC News Political Analyst, Heather regularly elevates the concerns of working families on shows including “Meet the Press” and “Real Time with Bill Maher”. She has testified in Congress, drafted legislation, and developed strategies for organizations and campaigns that won changes to improve the lives of millions.
Her upcoming book, The Sum of Us, is available for pre-order now from One World, an imprint of Random House. She will anchor two original podcasts later in 2020. Heather graduated from Yale University and University of California Berkeley School of Law and has an honorary degree from Muhlenberg College. She is the chair of the board of Color of Change, the country’s largest online racial justice organization, and volunteers for numerous other boards in philanthropy and social justice. She lives in Brooklyn with her urbanist husband, an eighteen-year-old cat, and a chatty toddler.
McGhee will be in conversation with Senator Brown.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | 6:00 PM EDT to 7:30 PM EDT
We do offer a limited amount of tickets at a discounted rate for students and nonprofit partners. Please contact Alisha Dingus at email@example.com for more information.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | 6:00 PM EDT to 7:30 PM EDT