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April 3, 2022

How to Talk About Race and “Critical Race Theory” in a Way that Wins

Last Thursday, the latest event in the Turner Talks series focused on “Talking About Critical Race Theory in 2022 and Beyond,” The event featured Andrea Young, author, lawyer, longtime civil and human rights advocate and current Executive Director of the Georgia ACLU. And it featured Drew Westen, noted messenger and author of The Political Brain. For a copy of the…
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March 12, 2022

Falling Bombs and Failing Truth: How U.S. Big Tech Paved the Way for Russian Disinformation

A trio of speakers came together recently to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, Russian disinformation, and how disinformation campaigns are enabled by U.S. tech companies. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE Turner Talk on Ukraine: Facts, Geopolitical Implications & Disinfo featured Kristina Wilfore, a global democracy activist and disinformation specialist; Julie Mullican, Vice President of Media Matters for America; and Joel Rubin,…
March 11, 2022

TURNER TALK ON UKRAINE: Facts, Geopolitical Implications & Disinformation

Our most recent Turner Talk featured Joel Rubin, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Obama Administration, Julie Millican, Vice President of Media Matters for America and Kristina Wilfore, democracy and disinformation specialist, who discussed the situation on the ground and the geopolitical implications of the conflict. They addressed disinformation flowing from the region - including the efficacy of…
March 4, 2022

Advocacy through effective story-telling – or, how a woman named Sherry changed people’s brains

Sherry Brennan and I were high school classmates in Austin, Texas, back in the previous century. We were friends, although not particularly close. That would change decades later – when I discovered a story about Sherry – a story that would launch her (entirely volunteer) career and mission as an advocate for our country’s nutrition assistance programs. We’ll get back…
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February 10, 2022

Scared About 2022? Don’t Agonize – Organize!

President Biden’s approval ratings are treacherously low. Critical legislation is stalled in the Senate. The House and Senate are closely divided. Key governorships in the Midwest are in peril. Gerrymandered redistricting, while not as bad as it could have been, will rob us of congressional seats. SCOTUS is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, eviscerate the federal government’s ability to…
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February 3, 2022

TURNER TALK: 2022 The Year Ahead for Progressives

Our first 2022 Turner Talk brought together progressive organizing greats Heather Booth and Marvin Randolph and progressive media consultant Will Robinson. The Zoom panel was attended by nearly 60 progressive leaders. Things look grim: 29 Dems retiring from the House, many gubernatorial seats too close for comfort and the Senate hanging by a thread. Meanwhile, we are fighting tooth and…
July 9, 2020

How to Show Activists Social Love

With Valentine’s Day approaching, I was recently asked to share some insights about showing social love to your activists for Check it out: Showing a little bit of social love to your activists is the secret sauce to keeping them engaged and likely to keep them doing more for your campaign. While sometimes that may mean a retweet or…