Grassroots organizing: Lessons learned from Voters Not Politicians
Katie Fahey, Founder, Voters Not Politicians
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From the speaker's bio:
Katie Fahey served as the founder and executive of Voters Not Politicians, the grassroots, nonpartisan campaign that ran a successful effort to end gerrymandering in Michigan by amending the state Constitution with 61% of the vote. A 2011 graduate of Aquinas College with degrees in Sustainable Business and Community Leadership, Fahey’s career began with SpartanNash, where she created their first sustainability program, and went on to work for the Michigan Recycling Coalition. Feeling divisiveness in politics following the 2016 election, Fahey posted on Facebook asking if anyone wanted to take on gerrymandering, and almost by accident, started a political movement in Michigan. Now, Fahey is the executive director of The People, a nonprofit looking to take lessons she learned in Michigan and scale them across the country. The People brings together folks across the political spectrum and allows them to realize there are things we can all agree on. This changes the narrative we often times hear: “we are too divided and too polarized to work together.” Through this movement, Fahey hopes to show others that positive change can come directly from the people and that voters across the political spectrum can reform the system, instead of settling for the status quo.