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Freedom from Fear: First-Person Voices from the Movement Moment

What do we understand about a single person’s journey from fear and immobility to becoming a frontline actor in the struggle for freedom and dignity?

In this “hearts and minds” session, we will hear first-person voices of immigrants and allies who are among the 15 winners of the new national Freedom from Fear Award, a one-time national award that will honor fifteen ordinary people who have committed extraordinary acts of courage on behalf of immigrants and refugees—individuals who have taken a risk, set an example and inspired others to awareness or action.

Through these stories of personal transformation, we will gain a sense of why social justice movements matter and how they can propel advocacy campaigns, and how creative online and offline organizing can coalesce, accelerate and sustain a critical mass of empowered individuals taking action to move a broad progressive agenda.

The honor for closing speaker tonight goes to progressive favorite Rep. Keith Ellison (DFL-MN).  His remarks will be preceded by words from Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), and State Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)Cenk Uygur hosts.

Music by Outernational

New York City’s Outernational has assembled an arsenal of blistering rock and roll, defiant lyrics and an infectious sense of rhythm reminiscent of elder rock statesmen The Clash and Rage Against The Machine with a worldly twist.

With an original piece from Jill Sobule (she kissed a girl).