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The 19th Represents

Virtual Summit

This event took place August 16-20, 2021

This summer, our second annual #19thRepresents Summit explored why #RepresentationMatters in democracy, sports, business, culture and voting. You can watch the full summit to hear from leaders, history-makers and rising stars — as well as performances from Julien Baker, Gina Chavez, The Linda Lindas, and the Broadway cast of Jagged Little Pill.

Presented By

Voting

Check out this roundup of critical conversations with national and local leaders on voting rights.

Speakers

Amanda Brown Lierman

Amanda Brown Lierman

Executive Director, Supermajority Education Fund (she/her)


Sponsor
Amanda Brown Lierman

Executive Director, Supermajority Education Fund (she/her)


Sponsor
Nicole Collier

State Rep. Nicole Collier

Democrat, Texas (she/her)

Nicole Collier

Democrat, Texas (she/her)

Lauren Groh-Wargo

Lauren Groh-Wargo

CEO, Fair Fight Action (she/her)

Lauren Groh-Wargo

CEO, Fair Fight Action (she/her)

Errin Haines

Errin Haines

Editor-at-Large, The 19th (she/her)

Errin Haines

Editor-at-Large, The 19th (she/her)

Judge Linda Hidalgo

Judge Lina Hidalgo

Harris County, Texas (she/her)

Judge Linda Hidalgo

Harris County, Texas (she/her)

Sherrilyn Ifill

Sherrilyn Ifill

President and Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (she/her)

Sherrilyn Ifill

President and Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (she/her)

Valerie Jarrett

Valerie Jarrett

Board Chair, Civic Nation (she/her)

Valerie Jarrett

Board Chair, Civic Nation (she/her)

Tram Nguyen

Tram Nguyen

Co-Executive Director, New Virginia Majority (she/her)

Tram Nguyen

Co-Executive Director, New Virginia Majority (she/her)

Candice Norwood

Candice Norwood

Reporter, The 19th (she/her)

Candice Norwood

Reporter, The 19th (she/her)

Former First Lady Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

Co-Chair, When We All Vote (she/her)

Former First Lady Michelle Obama

Co-Chair, When We All Vote (she/her)

Mariel Padilla

Mariel Padilla

General Assignment Reporter, The 19th (she/her)

Mariel Padilla

General Assignment Reporter, The 19th (she/her)

Ai-Jen Poo

Ai-jen Poo

Exec. Director, Natl. Domestic Workers Alliance (she/her)


Sponsor
Ai-Jen Poo

Exec. Director, Natl. Domestic Workers Alliance (she/her)


Sponsor
Marcia Price

State Del. Marcia “Cia” Price

Democrat, Virginia (she/her)

Marcia Price

Democrat, Virginia (she/her)

Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards

Co-Founder, Supermajority (she/her)


Sponsor
Cecile Richards

Co-Founder, Supermajority (she/her)


Sponsor
Barbara Rodriguez

Barbara Rodriguez

Statehouses Reporter, The 19th (she/her)

Barbara Rodriguez

Statehouses Reporter, The 19th (she/her)

The Linda Lindas

The Linda Lindas

Band

The Linda Lindas

Band

Toni Watkins

Toni Watkins

Deputy Organizing Director, New Georgia Project (she/her)

Toni Watkins

Deputy Organizing Director, New Georgia Project (she/her)

Aisha Yaqood Mahmood

Aisha Yaqoob Mahmood

Exec. Director, Asian American Advocacy Fund (she/her)

Aisha Yaqood Mahmood

Exec. Director, Asian American Advocacy Fund (she/her)

Schedule

Friday, August 20, 2021

Voting

The leaders inspiring communities to engage and vote.

 
Welcome | 1 p.m. ET

  • Emily Ramshaw, CEO, The 19th

Keynote

A conversation with former first lady Michelle Obama | 1:10 p.m. ET

Michelle Obama created the national nonprofit When We All Vote to tackle barriers to voting access that limit electoral participation. Hear the former first lady talk about her passion for civic engagement and how she’s working to mobilize voters on the community level.

  • Michelle Obama, Co-Chair, When We All Vote

Moderator:

Valerie Jarrett, Board Chair, Civic Nation

Sponsor segment

From our founding sponsor: Supermajority Education Fund | 1:25 p.m. ET

The Supermajority Education Fund provides resources, education and training for young women and women of color. Hear three of their leaders discuss the transformative power of the women’s electorate.

  • Amanda Brown Lierman, Executive Director, Supermajority Education Fund
  • Cecile Richards, Co-Founder, Supermajority and Former President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • Ai-jen Poo, Executive Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance and Co-Director, Caring Across Generations

Panel

Voting rights: On the ground in Georgia | 1:35 p.m. ET

After taking center stage in the presidential election, Georgia put in place restrictive new voting measures, prompting several other states to do the same. The 19th’s Mariel Padilla talks to the people working to restore and preserve access for voters throughout the state.

  • Toni Watkins, Deputy Organizing Director, New Georgia Project
  • Aisha Yaqoob Mahmood, Executive Director, Asian American Advocacy Fund
  • Lauren Groh-Wargo, Chief Executive Officer, Fair Fight Action

Moderator:

Mariel Padilla, General Assignment Reporter, The 19th


Take a breath | 2:05 p.m. ET

Join us each day for a breathing, stretching and movement break led by yoga instructor and body positivity expert Jessamyn Stanley.

Panel

Voting rights: On the ground in Texas | 2:10 p.m. ET

During a special legislative session, Texas Republicans introduced one of the nation’s most restrictive voting bills. In response, to block a vote on the measure and to advocate for federal voting protections, Texas Democrats left the state and traveled to Washington, D.C. What happens next? Hear from state officials about what’s at stake in the Lone Star State and around the country.

  • State Rep. Nicole Collier, Democrat, Texas
  • Judge Lina Hidalgo, Harris County, Texas

Moderator:

Barbara Rodriguez, Statehouses Reporter, The 19th

Panel

Voting rights: On the ground in Virginia | 2:40 p.m. ET

Earlier this year, Virginia passed an expansive voting rights measure that restores many components of the federal Voting Rights Act, which had been stripped by the Supreme Court in 2013. The 19th’s Candice Norwood evaluates what those new rules mean for Virginia voters and how this state came to lead in the fight for voting rights.

  • State Del. Marcia “Cia” Price, Democrat, Virginia
  • Tram Nguyen, Co-Executive Director, New Virginia Majority

Moderator:

Candice Norwood, Reporter, The 19th

Performance

The Linda Lindas perform ‘Missing You’ | 3:10 p.m. ET

The Linda Lindas are a punk and power pop band who rose to fame with appearances in the movie “Moxie” and viral videos of artful performances. They are a group of four Asian and Latinx teens who have been performing together since 2018. Mila (10), Eloise (13), Lucia (14) and Bela (16) are two sisters, a cousin and their close friend.

Keynote

A conversation with Sherrilyn Ifill | 3:20 p.m. ET

Voting rights is one of the most urgent issues of our time. The 19th’s Errin Haines talks to Sherrilyn Ifill about how civil rights leaders are mobilizing at national and state levels, and what’s next in the modern-day fight for equal access to the ballot box.

  • Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Moderator:

Errin Haines, Editor-at-Large, The 19th

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