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WASHINGTON – Nearly a thousand progressive activists from throughout the country are gathering at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. April 28-30 for the People’s Action convention “The People’s Wave.”

People’s Action is one of the largest and the fastest growing multiracial, people’s organizations in the country. We are 48 member organizations in 32 states, with more than a million grassroots leaders.

Reporters are welcome to attend presentations by any of the speakers, as well as the workshops listed below. Throughout the convention activists from urban, suburban and rural communities will share their personal stories on health care, education, housing, climate and environment, racism, gender discrimination and more.

Here are just a few of the featured speakers:

Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, is an organizer, writer, and public speaker. In 2018, Alicia founded the Black Futures Lab, which works to make Black people powerful in politics. She is now the director of strategy for the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

Mandela Barnes is Wisconsin’s first African American Lt. Governor and a member of Citizen Action Wisconsin. He was elected to the State Assembly when he was 25 as a leader on economy, criminal justice reform and health care. He was elected Lt. Governor last year.

U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a progressive leader in congress and Seattle civil rights activist. She is founder and former executive director of OneAmerica, part of the People’s Action network. She advocates for immigrant rights, Medicare for All and climate justice.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is a third-term junior Senator from Vermont. His career centers on the fight for racial, economic, social and environmental justice, including reducing massive income and wealth gaps, universal health care and campaign finance reform,

Rep. Ro Khanna from California’s Silicon Valley is first vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, advocating for Medicare for All, college for all, and tax and economic supports for working families.

Jumaane Williams, newly elected New York City Public Advocate. Williams provides a direct link between the electorate and city government. Williams is the former executive director of New York State Tenants & Neighbors, and was elected three times to the New York City Council.

In addition to speakers, grassroots act will share their stories and lead workshops including

  • Free College for All Means All
  • A Gigged Economy is a Rigged Economy: Worker Power is the Only Future of Work
  • Building Power Towards A 100% Just Energy Economy
  • A Call To Action: Social Justice, Overdose and the Failed War on Drugs
  • Co-Governing: Building Transformative Relationships with Elected Officials
  • Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: Making Medicare for All a Reality
  • Envisioning a Homes Guarantee

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About People’s Action Institute

Over five decades, People’s Action Institute and our affiliates have fought for reforms that recognize poor and working people’s dignity and make material and political improvements to millions of lives. Our victories include the Community Reinvestment Act, Superfund, the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act and the MAT Act.

We engage in issue campaigns, public education and training to advance a long-term agenda for racial, economic and gender justice. Our focus now is on deepening community organizing so we can build lasting power across the country. 

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