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Session 7: Sunday, June 3rd: 2:00 - 3:50pm
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How can we activist-turned-politicians not just make a dent in the system, but win an election? Very strategically. And although winning is the obvious end goal, are there other benefits to running for office? What about raising issues (usually silent) in the media, exposing corruption, pushing the envelope and getting yourself known for the next time? Also -- how do you run when you are a political novice and do not have a machine, nor name recognition or money? Is it worth it? These candidates say, indeed it is -- that if you want the system to change, you must pressure it with the most effective thing that one person can do: GET ON THE BALLOT. Here what this diverse group of progressive Democrats and Greens have learned and wish to share to help the next generation of candidates!


Marni Halasa, a lawyer, journalist, activist and performance artist, ran for City Council in 2017 in District 3, on an anti-gentrification platform, championing the Small Business Jobs Survival Act. With an excellent showing for independents/third parties, Ms. Halasa's small but fierce... Read more
Louis Flores is a developer with Open Wave Digital, providing Web site design, SEO, and other consulting services primarily in New York. He blogs about Internet marketing, data analysis, and app development on Open Wave Digital's blog. Louis published the online news Web site, Progress Queens... Read more
Sander​ ​Hicks​ ​is​ ​an​ ​award-winning​ ​entrepreneur​ ​and​ ​social​ ​activist,​ ​who started​ ​the​ ​fair​ ​trade​ ​coffeehouse​ ​Vox​ ​Pop,​ ​the​ ​upstart​ ​publishing​ ​company Soft​ ​Skull​ ​Press,​ ​and​ ​currently​ ​runs​ ​Zen​ ​Space​ ​Makers,​ ​Inc.​ ​a​ ​craft carpentry​ ​contractor​ ​... Read more
Michael B. Friedman is one of the top public relations professionals in the field. His ability to take small, unknown, and emerging clients and make them newsworthy and relevant has kept him in high demand for over 20 years. During his career Michael has helped numerous technology start-ups and... Read more