Feb 15: Big Ideas Breakfast: Progressivism Under Trump: The False Choice Between Race and Class

Please join us for breakfast on February 15th with Roosevelt Fellows Andrea Flynn and Dorian Warren, moderated by Roosevelt President & CEO Felicia Wong.  Andrea and Dorian will discuss the role of race and racism in the 2016 election and the likely impact of the Trump administration on communities of color.  Rejecting calls for progressives to abandon identity politics and focus exclusively on the economy, they will explain why we must do both, and will describe how the web of racial rules that drives inequities hurts both communities of color and working-class white Americans.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Breakfast available at 7:30AM
Discussion begins promptly at 8AM
Concluding at 9AM (Including Q&A)

Roosevelt Institute
570 Lexington Avenue, Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10022

This event is by invitation only. 


Andrea Flynn - Version 2 - Color - Square (Copyright Dominique Sindayiganza) Andrea Flynn is a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, where she researches and writes about issues that impact women and families. She explores connections between reproductive health care and poverty, state-level restrictions to family planning and abortion, inequality and maternal mortality, and various economic policies that impact the economic security of women and families. In 2014 Andrea presented her paper – The Title X Factor: Why the Health of America’s Women Depends on More Funding for Family Planning – at a briefing for members of Congress and their staffs. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Republic, Cosmopolitan, Salon, The Hill, and Women’s eNews. Andrea worked with the Open Society Foundations and the Namibia Women’s Health Network to examine human rights issues facing women living with HIV/AIDS and with the Council on Foreign Relations to propose greater investments in reproductive health care in U.S. foreign policy. Andrea also managed the Women Moving Millions campaign, an initiative that raised $190M for women’s foundations globally. She was a chosen participant in the Women’s Media Center Progressive Women’s Voices training, the CoreAlign Generative Fellowship, and Civil Liberty and Public Policy’s New Leaders Networking Initiative. Andrea served on the board of directors of the Third Wave Foundation from 2007 until 2014, and currently serves on the organization’s Legacy Committee. Andrea received her MPA and MPH from Columbia University, and her BA in journalism and women’s studies from Syracuse University. You can follow Andrea on Twitter @dreaflynn.

Dorian Warren - Version 1 - Color - Square (Copyright Dominique Sindayiganza) Dorian T. Warren is a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, an MSNBC Contributor, and Board Chair of the Center for Community Change. He is the Host and Executive Producer of “Nerding Out” on MSNBC’s digital platform, shift.msnbc.com.

A scholar of inequality and American politics, he taught for over a decade at the University of Chicago and Columbia University, where he was Co-Director of the Columbia University Program on Labor Law and Policy, and serves as a Research Associate at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies.

A native Chicagoan, Warren received his B.A. from the University of Illinois and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Yale University. He has received research fellowships and grants from the Ford Foundation, CUNY’s Murphy Institute, the Public Welfare Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and the Russell Sage Foundation. His research and teaching interests include labor organizing, politics & policy; race and ethnic politics; African-American politics; urban politics and policy; American political development; community organizing and social movements; and social science methodology.

Warren has worked with several national and local organizations including the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, American Rights at Work/Jobs with Justice, AFL-CIO, CTW, UNITE-HERE, SEIU, UFCW, Steelworkers, and the NGLTF Policy Institute, among others. He currently serves on several boards including Race Forward, Alliance for a Greater New York, Working Partnerships USA, the Model Alliance, the Workers Lab, the Discount Foundation and The Nation Magazine Editorial Board. He is also Co-Chair of the AFL-CIO’s Commission on Racial Justice Advisory Council.

As a commentator on public affairs, Warren has appeared regularly on television and radio including NBC Nightly News, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, BET, BBC, NPR, Bloomberg, & NY1, among other outlets. In 2013, he was included on the list of NBC’s theGrio’s 100 people making history today.

He is the author of the forthcoming The Three Faces of Unions: Inclusion & Democracy in the U.S. Labor Movement (Oxford University Press), and (with Virginia Parks) Boxing Out: Walmart & the Politics of Labor Market Regulation from Below (Russell Sage Foundation Press).
Topics: American politics and policymaking, inequality and poverty, labor unions, low wage work, racial and ethnic politics, urban politics, and Walmart.

Felicia Wong_FINAL HEADSHOT Felicia Wong is the President and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute, which seeks to re-imagine the social and economic policies of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt for the 21st century.

Felicia came to the Institute from the Democracy Alliance, where she led the development and assessment of the organization’s strategic investment portfolio. Previously, Felicia ran operations and product development at a venture-funded education services company. Her public service includes a White House Fellowship in the Office of the Attorney General and a political appointment in the Office of the Secretary of the Navy. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Her doctoral dissertation on the role of race and framing in K-12 public education politics received the 2000 American Political Science Association award in Race, Ethnicity, and Politics.