What is the Red State? (Organizing in the Midwest)
A discussion on the challenges and opportunities the Midwest presents us as organizers featuring Zac Echola, Jewel Rodgers, Reed Underwood and Rose Welch.
Where Does the Red State Go from Here?
A discussion on future sites of struggle, left cooperation, and political horizons featuring Hannah Allison, Amanda Huckins and Brett O’Shea.
About the panelists
Zac is a labor and community organizer based in North Dakota. He is an elected member of the National Steering Committee of the Democratic Socialists of America.
Reed is a geographer, educator, and educationist interested in place, poetics, and social hope. His recent and current research is focused on rurality, rural depopulation, and the Great Plains.
Jewel is a community and collective action enthusiast in Lincoln, Nebraska, working to earn the title of a modern revolutionary. While holding dear the complexities of social change, she uses the arts, poetry, public speaking and design as a means of influencing the collective consciousness of many peoples. Her projects, local discussions, and search for generational wisdom are all birthed from the ideals of a commonsensical investment in self and others.
Rose is a labor and community organizer from Houston who lives in Kansas by way of Oklahoma. She studied English and Communication at Cameron University, during which time she worked as a community organizer with a focus on class issues and the arts. She has a background of non-profit organizing experience from educational work to homeless outreach to union organizing. As a Queer woman of color, she seeks to confront injustice and develop solutions for the complex and multi-faceted issues facing marginalized communities.
Hannah is the Democratic Socialists of America Midwest Organizer. She is from rural North Carolina but her love of organizing comes from the four years she spent in Saint Louis as a member of Jobs with Justice and an organizer for Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment. Fighting to raise the minimum wage, stop home foreclosures, and prevent giant companies–like Monsanto and Peabody Coal–from getting tax breaks taught her that when we struggle together to take power from the capitalists and make our lives better, we can win.
Amanda is a poet, organizer, and educator working for affordable housing, renters’ rights, and community spaces. Amanda recently moved to Omaha from Lincoln where she established and ran The Commons for three years.
Brett is a dad and a Marxist communist organizer with the Omaha chapter of the Nebraska Left Coalition. He also hosts the podcasts Revolutionary Left Radio and The Guillotine.
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