The Center for Popular Democracy
The Center for Popular Democracy
Politico reported in November 2017 that a group calling itself the "Opioid Network, spearheaded by The Center for Popular Democracy" is made up of over 45 advocacy organizations is demanding $45 billion for the opioid epidemic.
Board of Directors
As of December 2017;
- Ana Maria Archila Co-Executive Director, The Center for Popular Democracy
- Deborah Axt Co-Executive Director, Make the Road New York
- Aaron Dorfman Board Vice Chair, Executive Director, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
- Andrew Friedman Co-Executive Director, The Center for Popular Democracy
- Matt Hollamby Program Officer, Wyss Foundation
- Brian Kettenring Co-Executive Director, Center for Popular Democracy
- Christina Livingston Executive Director, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment
- Peter Markowitz Professor of Law, Benjamin Cardozo School of Law Immigration Justice Clinic
- Ramon Ramirez President, PCUN
- Alicia Russell Board member, Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA)
- Javier H. Valdes Board Chair, Co-Executive Director, Make the Road New York
- Maya Wiley Chair, NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board
Strategic Advisory Council
As of December 2017;
- Stuart Appelbaum, President, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union
- Hyatt Bass, Philanthropist
- Deepak Bhargava, Executive Director Center for Community Change
- Ludovic Blain, Director, Progressive Era Project
- May Boeve, Executive Director, 350.org
- Kyle Bragg, Secretary-Treasurer, SEIU 32BJ
- Dan Cantor, Executive Director, Working Families Party
- Janice Fine, School of Management and Labor Relations Rutgers University
- Frances Fox Piven, , City University of New York
- Tefere Gebre, Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO
- Taj James, Co-Director and Founder, Movement Strategy Center
- Alan Jenkins, Executive Director, The Opportunity Agenda
- Gara LaMarche, President, Democracy Alliance
- Brad Lander, Councilmember, New York City Council
- Heather McGhee, President, Demos
- Larry Mishel, President, Economic Policy Institute
- Princess R. Moss, Secretary-Treasurer, National Education Association
- Ana Oliveira, President, NY Women’s Foundation
- Chris Owens, Executive Director, National Employment Law Project
- John A. Powell, Director Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, UC Berkeley
- Guillermo Quinteros, Senior Program Officer Solidago Foundation
- Sanjiv Rao, Program Officer Ford Foundation
- Scott Reed, Executive Director PICO
- David Rolf, President SEIU Local 775
- Rocio Saenz, Executive Vice President SEIU International
- Susan Sandler, President, Progressive Era Project
- Chris Shelton, President Communications Workers of America
- Andy Stern, Former President SEIU
- Dorian Warren, Fellow Roosevelt Institute
- Randi Weingarten, President United Federation of Teachers
- Billy Wimsatt, , Gamechanger Labs
- Felicia Wong, President and CEO Roosevelt Institute
As of December 2017;
- Ana Maria Archila Co-Executive Director
- Amy Carroll Chief of Staff
- Oona Chatterjee Director of Organizing & Capacity Building
- Jennifer Epps-Addison Network President & Co-Executive Director
- Kimberly Freeman Brown Senior Advisor for Racial Equity, Inclusion and Leadership
- Andrew Friedman Co-Executive Director
- Steve Kest Senior Advisor
- Brian Kettenring Co-Executive Director
- Danielle Adams Southern Regional Coordinator, Local Progress
- Phil Astin Staff Accountant
- Amanda Avalos Canvass Support Associate
- Ady Barkan Co-Director, Local Progress, Campaign Director, Fed Up
- Greg Basta Director of Sustainability Initiatives
- Elissa Berger Chief Operating Officer for Systems, Finance, and Legal Compliance
- Leah Boudreaux Director of Field Support Operations
- Xiomara Caro Diaz Director of New Organizing Projects
- JoEllen Chernow Director of Special Projects
- Wyatt Closs Director, Strategic Communications & Public Affairs
- Tracey Corder Racial Justice Campaign Director
- Maggie Corser Research Analyst
- Tiffany Y. Cruz National Field Lead
- Hetal Dalal Director of Legal Compliance
- Sarah Damian Digital Engagement Manager
- Claire Davis-Boulton Director of Finance
- Dominic Desmond Office Manager, NYC
- Rachel Deutsch Senior Staff Attorney for Worker Justice
- Uyen Doan Director of Partner Support
- Steve Dooley Director of Partnerships
- Tarsi Dunlop Policy & Programming Manager, Local Progress
- Dianne Enriquez Director of Opportunity Campaigns
- Silvia Fabela Campaigns Director, Local Progress
- Jennifer Flynn Walker Director of Mobilization and Advocacy
- Evie Frankl Senior Organizer for Education Justice Campaigns
- Carrie Gleason Director, The Fair Workweek Initiative
- Adam Gold Director of Independent Political Organization Strategies
- Priscilla Gonzalez Director of Base Engagement
- Emma Greenman Director of Voting Rights & Democracy
- Josue Guillen Director of Technology Capacity Building
- Tina Habib Chief Operating Officer of Human Resources & Operations
- Jordan Haedtler Campaign Manager, Fed Up
- Vo Hai Senior Executive Assistant
- Kate Hamaji Research Analyst
- Dmitri Holtzman Director of Education Justice Campaigns
- Malik Hubbard Deputy Political Director of States
- Megan E. Jackson Digital Fellow
- Anita Jain Director of Communications
- Sarah Johnson Co-Director, Local Progress
- Michele Kilpatrick Research Analyst
- Hilary Klein Director of Immigrant Justice and Leadership
- Benjamin Linsley Director of Development
- Ruben Lucio Field Manager, Fed Up Campaign
- Victoria Meaney Executive Assistant & Office Manager
- Dean Mendolera Regional Canvass Lead
- Francesca Menes Florida State Coordinator, Local Progress
- Samy Nemir Olivares Communications Associate
- Sochie Nnaemeka Director of Emerging Organizing
- Kate Park Human Resources Manager
- Tony Perlstein Deputy Director of Campaigns
- Julia Peter Deputy Director of Operations
- Asya Pikovsky Communications Manager
- Lilah Pomerance Director of Federal Advocacy & Campaigns
- Tahira Pratt Deputy Director of Development
- Chad Radock New York State Coordinator, Local Progress
- Kumar Rao Senior Staff Attorney for Racial Justice
- Jay Rodriguez Senior Accountant
- Victoria Ruiz Fed Up Field Organizer
- Cecilia Saenz Becerra National Lead Organizer, Fair Workweek Initiative
- Jeronimo Saldana Campaign Director for Immigrant Justice
- Ari Schwartz Campaign Organizer, Local Progress
- Shawn Sebastian Director, Fed Up Campaign
- Leah Silver Marketing Manager
- Rabia Syed Director of Technology & Systems
- Rebecca Temkin Executive Assistant
- Kate Terenzi Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Proskauer Rose LLP
- Londell Thomas Senior Manager, States Initiative
- Kimihel Tseggai Grants Manager
- Emily Tucker Senior Staff Attorney for Immigrant Rights
- Lily Wang Director of Corporate Strategies, Fair Workweek Initiative
- Stephanie Yazgi Director of Capacity Building
They came from all over, took planes and buses from 47 states, slept at friends' homes or in churches and prepared to be arrested Thursday June 27, 2018in Washington, D.C.
Most of the participants were white women, stumbling over the syllables of Spanish-language chants. Many had never faced arrest before. But here they were.
Capitol Police said 575 protesters were arrested and escorted out of the Hart Senate Office Building in a mass demonstration that called for the abolishment of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, and an end to migrant family detentions and the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.
They were charged with unlawfully demonstrating, a misdemeanor.
"I have two kids, and as a white mother, there is almost no circumstance that they would be taken away from me - ever," said Victoria Farris, who slept Wednesday night in All Souls Church after participating in civil disobedience training. "I was awake one night because I couldn't sleep thinking about all those [immigrant] mothers and terrified children. I realized I had to do something more than protest, more than make a sign and march."
Protesters unfurled banners inside the Hart building Thursday as others staged a sit-in, wrapping themselves in shiny, silver space blankets. The political banners, which aren't allowed in the building's lobby, were confiscated by police.
Capitol Police process a group consisting mostly of women demonstrators inside the Hart building in Washington, D.C.
Then the arrests began.
Just after 3 p.m., protesters were rounded up in groups of a dozen or more and led out of the building.
"Abolish ICE," they shouted as more were moved out. "Shut it down."
Demonstrators continued to sing and chant as they were led away.
When the first group was escorted out of the building, the remaining crowd erupted in cheers.
"I join them in calling on the Trump administration to reunite these families and give these kids back to their parents," Duckworth said. "On my side of things, I ask my colleagues, let's pass, finally, sensible immigration reform."
Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., joined in the protest and was led out with marchers by Capitol Police. Actress Susan Sarandon, who marched at the front as the protest made its way down Constitution Avenue, was arrested with a group of demonstrators.
It took about an hour to clear the women from the building.
The protest began hours earlier at Freedom Plaza, where hundreds of women robed in white and carrying signs deriding the Trump administration's immigration policy had gathered. The protest was organized by a coalition of groups, including the Women's March and the immigrant advocacy organization Casa de Maryland.
Several participants wrote "WE CARE" on their palms, a rebuke of the jacket first lady Melania Trump wore on her first trip to visit detained children near the border.
Ana Maria Archila, executive director of The Center for Popular Democracy, said calling for the disbandment of ICE "would have seemed absurd even a few months ago."
But now it is central to the mission of her group and Thursday's march.
"This country has finally been exposed to the brutality and inhumanity of immigration enforcement," she said. "This barrage of injustices has inspired us to say, 'No more. We will not be silent. We will not obey.' "
After gathering at Freedom Plaza, the group marched to the Justice Department before heading to the Hart building, singing hymns and protest songs all the way.
Organizers of the D.C. rally said similar protests will take place in 351 congressional districts across the country.