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Saturday, May 4


#Activism That Works
Marching in the streets is still a valuable tool in the activist’s playbook, but it’s not the only one -- today’s activists are employing social media, guerilla marketing and other modern tools to change the conversation. Three leaders of different movements utilizing different tactics to get their message out join Hashtag Feminism founder Tara Conley to talk about how change gets done. 

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Tara Conley

Assistant Professor, Montclair State University
Tara L. Conley is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University. Dr. Conley has published research on hashtag feminism and viral activism, and produced interactive media projects, including Brackish, a documentary about hurricane Ka... Read More →

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Amelia Bonow

Founding Director, Shout Your Abortion
Amelia Bonow is the Founding Director of Shout Your Abortion, a movement dedicated to broadening the existing cultural discourse around abortion. In 2015, Bonow’s abortion disclosure inspired a viral outpouring of abortion stories on social media and received extensive media coverage... Read More →
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Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

Executive Director/CEO & Co-Founder, MomsRising
Author of the recently released book, Keep Marching: How Every Woman Can Take Action and Change Our World; Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner is the cofounder and Executive Director of MomsRising, an organization with over a million members across the nation working to increase economic security... Read More →
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Earth-Feather Sovereign

Advocate/Founder, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Washington
Earth-Feather Sovereign (her/she pronouns) is a member of the Colville Confederated Tribes located in the State of Washington (Northern and southern Okanogan “n. sjilx”, San-Poil band “n.selixtcl’n”, and Nespelem "snpʕwílx" bands). Her Father is Ernest Clark and Mother... Read More →

Saturday May 4, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am


Assault, Accusations and Accountability: Breaking a #MeToo Story
Reporters in the #MeToo era have uncovered devastating accusations against some of the most prominent men in our nation and communities. This conversation will feature Washington Post journalist Emma Brown, who first reported Christine Blasey Ford’s assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and KUOW’s Sydney Brownstone, who reported rape accusations against Seattle music mogul David Meinert last year. They will discuss the challenges of reporting out these accusations, the response to that reporting, and the ways that this era of revelation is changing our journalism, our politics and our culture. 

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Rachel La Corte

Correspondent, The Associated Press
Rachel La Corte started her career with The Associated Press in Miami in 1997 and has covered Washington state politics and elections as head of the Olympia office since January 2005. She has broken news on sexual discrimination at the state Lottery and on allegations of sexual harassment... Read More →

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Emma Brown

Investigative Reporter, The Washington Post
Emma Brown is an investigative reporter for The Washington Post. She wrote the story in which Christine Blasey Ford came forward to accuse Brett Kavanaugh, then a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, of sexual assault when they were both in high school. Brown worked as a wilderness... Read More →
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Sydney Brownstone

Online editor, KUOW
Sydney is an award-winning journalist who came to KUOW from reporting on criminal justice and enterprise stories for Seattle alt-weekly The Stranger. There, she was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in feature writing for her work breaking the story of a Seattle journalist who created... Read More →

Saturday May 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:05am


Frontline & ProPublica: The Making of "Documenting Hate"
The “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville was supposed to be about a Confederate monument, but it quickly became a crime scene. ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson went on a yearlong journey with Frontline filmmakers to find out what happened, gathering the threads of a story about the mainstreaming of hate in America for Frontline. Thompson and Frontline Senior Editor Sarah Childress discuss the reporting process that led him to uncover a new, violent white supremacist group

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Mark Baumgarten

News & Politics Editor, Crosscut
Mark Baumgarten is the news & politics editor at Crosscut where he oversees a team of dedicated reporters and producers telling the stories of Seattle and Washington state. Before working at Crosscut, Mark served as editor in chief for Seattle Weekly. He is also the author of ‘Love... Read More →

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A.C. Thompson

Reporter, Correspondent, ProPublica / FRONTLINE
A.C. Thompson is a staff reporter with ProPublica and correspondent for the PBS documentary series FRONTLINE. His stories, which often examine the criminal justice system, have helped lead to the exoneration of two innocent San Francisco men sentenced to life in prison; widespread... Read More →
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Sarah Childress

Senior Editor, Frontline
Sarah Childress is the Senior Editor at FRONTLINE, where she has contributed to multiple award-winning films for the series. Previously, she covered Iraq for Newsweek, sub-Saharan Africa for The Wall Street Journal and edited reporters in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America... Read More →

Saturday May 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:05am


Trans in Red America
In her latest book, Real Queer America, Samantha Allen traverses the American heartland in search of the queer life. She will discuss the stories of the people she met along the way and her own journey as a trans woman with former Stranger editor and writer David Schmader, whose wit and wisdom concerning the queer life has appeared on page and the stage.

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David Schmader

Writer, Performer
David Schmader is a writer and performer devoted to explicating his obsessions, from homophobic rock stars and conversion therapy to cannabis and camp cinema. From 1998-2015, Schmader was a staff writer and editor at The Stranger, Seattle’s Pulitzer-winning newsweekly, where he... Read More →

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Samantha Allen

Author, Daily Beast
Samantha Allen is a GLAAD Award-winning journalist and the author of Love & Estrogen (Amazon Original Stories). She is a senior reporter for The Daily Beast covering LGBT issues and a former Sex + Life reporter for Fusion. She received her Ph.D. in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies... Read More →

Saturday May 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:20pm


Unbreaking the Criminal Justice System
America cages its citizens at a higher rate than any other industrialized nation -- but that doesn’t mean that every community feels the impact in the same way. In a conversation about our current state of incarceration, Dr. Jennifer Eberhart’s will bring her expertise on the biological nature of biases, while Emily Bazelon will show how those biases have shaped America’s criminal justice system. 

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David Plotz

CEO, Atlas Obscura
David Plotz is the CEO of Atlas Obscura (www.AtlasObscura.com), the Brooklyn-based media and travel company. He is also host of the popular Slate Political Gabfest podcast. Before joining Atlas Obscura in 2014, Plotz was Editor in Chief of Slate, where he won two National Magazine... Read More →

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Emily Bazelon

Author & Journalist, New York Times & Slate Political Gabfest
Emily Bazelon is a staff  writer at The New York Times Magazine, the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law, and a lecturer at Yale Law School. Her previous book is the national bestseller  Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power... Read More →
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Jennifer Eberhardt

Professor of Psychology, Stanford University
Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt is a professor of psychology at Stanford and a recipient of a 2014 MacArthur "genius" grant. She has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was named one of Foreign Policy's 100 Leading Global Thinkers... Read More →

Saturday May 4, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm


Boomtowns: Affordability and Access for Communities on the Margins
As the boom era rolls on, West Coast cities continue to struggle with a widening wealth gap and a growing population of unhoused citizens. We bring together political leaders and policy experts from three modern-day boomtowns to discuss failures, successes and new ideas.

This session sponsored by Northwest Harvest. 

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Catherine Hinrichsen

Project Director, Seattle University's Project on Family Homelessness
Catherine is a veteran communications professional and educator who leads Seattle University’s Project on Family Homelessness. This communications and advocacy program builds capacity and collaboration among nonprofit partners to stimulate action and policy change in homelessness... Read More →

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Dow Constantine

King County Executive, King County
Dow Constantine was elected King County Executive in November 2009 and took office that same month. He was a member of the King County Council for eight years and previously served in both the Washington State House of Representatives and State Senate.A Seattle native, Dow graduated... Read More →
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Libby Schaaf

Mayor, City of Oakland
Mayor Libby Schaaf was inaugurated into office in January 2015 and launched an agenda to elevate one of America’s most diverse and progressive cities into an equitable and resilient city. Born and raised in Oakland, Schaaf immediately led new initiatives to offset the cost of living... Read More →
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Rex Hohlbein

Founding & Creative Director, Facing Homelessness
Founder + Creative Director at Facing Homelessness / Principal at BLOCK Architects / Co-founder of the BLOCK Project A Seattle native, Rex ran a successful residential architectural firm for 30 years. In 2010, after befriending several men experiencing homelessness along the Fremont... Read More →
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Jo Ann Hardesty

City Commissioner, Portland City Council
City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty is the first African-American woman to serve on the Portland City Council. She previously served in the Oregon House of Representatives from 1995 until 2001. Hardesty served in the United States Navy, and was elected to the Oregon House in 1994, holding... Read More →

Saturday May 4, 2019 2:45pm - 3:35pm


Trump, Lies and Immigration
Donald Trump has made immigration the cornerstone of his political identity, at times stretching the truth to fire up his base and quiet his critics. Journalists have been left to parse the truth about family separation, immigrant caravans, and the national emergency declaration. Two journalists who have been doing the work share their approach to discerning fact from fiction, while two activists talk about the difficulties in countering the administration’s narrative.

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Lilly Fowler

Staff Reporter, Crosscut
Lilly Fowler is a reporter at Crosscut. She focuses on immigration and religion, among other issues. Before Crosscut, she worked as a producer for the national program Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, PBS. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Salon.com... Read More →

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Sarah Stillman

Staff Writer, New Yorker
Sarah Stillman is a staff writer at The New Yorker. She is also the director of the Global Migration Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she teaches a course on covering immigration and refugee issues. She has written on topics ranging from civil... Read More →
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Maru Mora Villalpando

Community Organizer, NWDC Resistance
Maru Mora Villalpando is a community organizer and undocumented immigrant. She was born and raised in Mexico City. Since she was very young in Mexico, she was involved in protests and marches and supporting work stoppages or strikes. In the US, she has spent many years focusing on... Read More →
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Jorge Baron

Executive Director, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Jorge L. Baron has served as the Executive Director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) since April 2008, having previously worked as a staff attorney with the organization for two years. NWIRP is a nationally-recognized legal services organization dedicated solely to... Read More →
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Aura Bogado

Reporter, Reveal News
Aura Bogado is an investigative reporter for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. Her stories focus on immigration, with a particular focus on children. Most recently, she broke the story of systemic abuse in children's shelters nationwide, and also uncovered the story... Read More →

Saturday May 4, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm