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Guiding Light Awards: Brooklyn, New York

Guiding Light Awards: Brooklyn, New York

Event Date & Time: Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: BRIC House 647 Fulton St., Brooklyn
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    You're Invited!

    Join over 300 philanthropists, frontline activists, strategic partners and allies of the progressive community, Tuesday, December 3, 2019 as we come together for fun, food and festivities - all to honor individuals, campaigns, and organizations for their role in supporting the movement and advancing a healthy, stable democracy. 

    The Guiding Light Awards is our signature fundraiser. We lift up the brave and the intrepid members of our community- progressive pioneers and disruptors, champions for racial equity, economic and gender justice, and protectors of a participatory and popular democracy.






    Kemba Bloodworth | Bliss Broyard | David Elcott | Ruth Andrew Ellenson | Robin Epstein | Eileen Kelly | Stacy Kramer | Gara LaMarche | Brad Lander & Meg Barnette | Joshua Marks | Jessica Marshall | Piper Perabo | Memory Rhone | Allison Rodman | Peter Salett | SOS America | Rabbi Rachel Timoner | Kathleen A. Tunnell | Asuka Watanabe | Kamy Wicoff


    The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) works to create equity, opportunity and a dynamic democracy in partnership with high-impact base-building organizations, organizing alliances, and progressive unions. CPD strengthens our collective capacity to envision and win an innovative pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda. CPD builds the power of communities to ensure the country embodies our vision of an inclusive, equitable society -- where people of color, immigrants, working families, women, and LGBTQ communities thrive together, supported by a resilient economy and political institutions that reflect our priorities. CPD’s role is especially important at a time when our communities are being threatened and the institutions that sustain us are under attack. Learn more.

    Reserve your seat today! Contact Abeni Bloodworth with your sponsorship ideas at abloodworth@populardemocracy.org.

    For questions or other ways to support CPD, contact giving@populardemocracy.org.



    Create your own customized sponsorship opportunity!

    For more information, contact Abeni Bloodworth with your sponsorship ideas at abloodworth@populardemocracy.org.

    About Special Guests

    Teresa C. Younger

    President and CEO, Ms. Foundation for Women

    Teresa C. Younger, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the first (and oldest) women’s foundation, is a renowned thought leader, strategist, advocate, activist and amplifier who has spent over 20 years on the frontlines of some of the most critical battles affecting the lives of women and their communities. Under Ms. Younger’s leadership, the Ms. Foundation launched its bold new strategic plan, in which the organization has chosen to center women and girls of color and challenge the philanthropic sector around how women are invested in. Prior to joining the Ms. family, Ms. Younger’s served as the executive director of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and as executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut – making her the first African American and the first woman to hold that position.

    Nan Goldin & P.A.I.N.

    Photographer, Artist & Activist

    Nan Goldin is an American photographer known for her deeply personal and candid portraiture. Goldin’s intimate images act as a visual autobiography documenting herself and those closest to her, especially in the LGBTQ community and the heroin-addicted subculture. Her opus The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (1980–1986) is a 40-minute slideshow of 700 photographs set to music that chronicled her life in New York during the 1980s. For me it is not a detachment to take a picture. It's a way of touching somebody—it's a caress,” she said of the medium. “I think that you can actually give people access to their own soul.” The artist began taking photographs as a teenager to cherish her relationships with those she photographed, as well as a political tool to inform the public of issues that were important to her. Goldin captured herself and her friends at their most vulnerable moments, as seen in her seminal photobook Nan Goldin: I’ll Be Your Mirror (1996). Nan Goldin currently lives and works between New York, NY, and Paris, France. Today, her works are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, among others.

    La June Montgomery Tabron

    President & CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

    La June Montgomery Tabron is president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan, one of the largest private foundations in the United States. Since joining the Kellogg Foundation in 1987, Tabron has risen to become the organization’s first woman and first African American chief executive, leading work to support thriving children, working families and equitable communities.

    The Campaign for New York Health

    The Campaign for New York Health is a statewide coalition dedicated to passing and implementing legislation for universal healthcare in New York State. They represent over 150 community and labor organizations made up of nurses, teachers, patients, doctors, union members, business leaders, faith and immigrant rights community, progressive political organizations, healthcare advocates and providers. Healthcare is a human right that should be accessible to all of us, not just those who can afford to pay.

    Candis Tolliver

    Political Director, SEIU 32BJ

    Candis Tolliver has been fighting for economic, racial and social justice for over a decade through her work as an organizer, activist, legislative and political campaigner. 

    As political director of the Service Employees International Union local 32BJ, Candis oversees the union’s political program which spans 11 states and Washington DC. Candis leads the team responsible for passing legislation to lift standards for workers and promote social justice.  Across the districts, she helped pass minimum wage increases, voting rights expansions, fair scheduling, a cap on for-hire vehicles, the farmworker bill of rights, drivers licenses for the undocumented, paid family leave and criminal justice reform laws. She also leads the work of the union to elect progressive, pro-worker candidates at the local, state and federal levels. 

    Prior to her tenure at 32BJ, Candis led the New York Civil Liberty Union’s (NYCLU) police reform organizing efforts and managed NYCLU’s statewide organizing portfolio, as the assistant advocacy director. Before joining the NYCLU, Candis was the public affairs coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Nassau County. There she helped shape the organization’s campus and grassroots-organizing projects and managed the political and legislative program. 

    Candis earned a B.A. in Political Science from Norfolk State University and an M.A. in Urban Policy from The Milano School at the New School University.

    The Resistance Revival Chorus

    Launched in Summer 2017, the Resistance Revival Chorus (RRC) is a collective of more than 60 women who join together to breathe joy and song into the resistance, and to uplift and center women’s voices. The women range from Broadway performers, touring musicians, film and television actresses, solo recording artists, gospel singers, political activists and are led by Broadway singer and educator Abena Koomson-Davis. Representing a multitude of identities, professions, creative backgrounds, and activist causes, the RRC prides itself on its diversity. They aim to put the focus on women in music, and address how historically marginalized women have been in the music industry.