Investment and Engagement in Communities of Color: The Story of the 2018 Midterm Elections

Civil Rights and Racial Equity Groups Unveil New Research

WASHINGTON, DC—On Wednesday, December 12, the Racial Equity Anchor Collaborative of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, in partnership with the American Election Eve Poll, will release findings of new research on the recent midterm elections during a morning event at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. In addition to discussing new turnout data, panelists at the event will address the impact of on-the-ground campaigns, effective strategies and the outlook for reaching and mobilizing communities of color. The W. K. Kellogg Foundation Racial Equity Anchor collaborative is comprised of nine leading national racial equity organizations that promote racial equity, advance racial healing and ensure that all children, families and communities have opportunities to reach their full potential. The organizations include Advancement Project’s national office, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), Demos, Faith in Action, NAACP, National Congress of American Indians, National Urban League, Race Forward and UnidosUS.

The 2018 midterm elections boasted record turnout in key races across the country. What do poll results indicate in terms of turnout numbers in America’s diverse communities? What impact does ongoing investment, engagement and mobilization have on turnout? What strategies were successful and what lessons can be learned? Expert panelists will address these questions and more. For more information, visit Attend the briefing by registering here or by contacting Elana Needle at [email protected] or at (201) 248-9724. Media should RSVP to Camila Gallardo at [email protected] or at (305) 215-4259.

Media Advisory

(Full schedule below)

Who:   Matt Hildreth, Political Director, America’s Voice

Matt Barreto, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Latino Decisions

Adam Lioz, Political Director, Demos

Christine Chen, Executive Director, Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIA  Vote)

Jennifer Farmer, Managing Director of Communications, Faith In Action (FIA)

Ian Record, Director, Partnership for Tribal Governance, National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)

Amber Ebarb, Program Manager, National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)

Kenrya Rankin, Deputy Editor, Colorlines, Race Forward

Toni Wiley, Director of Congressional Advocacy, National Urban League (NUL)

Jamal Watkins, Vice President, Civic Engagement, NAACP

Clarissa Martinez de Castro, Deputy Vice President, Policy and Advocacy, UnidosUS

What:   Investment and Engagement in Communities of Color: The Story of the 2018  Midterm Elections

When:    Wednesday, December 12   10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET

Where:  National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045

Webcast link:
Full Schedule  10:00 a.m.:

Welcome and Framing (light breakfast available from 9:30 –10:00 a.m.)
10:05-10:45 a.m.:

Building the Case: Research for Action, Moderated by Matt Hildreth, America’s Voice

Election Eve Poll results (Matt Barreto, Latino Decisions)

Other Anchor messaging results (Race Class Narrative, Adam Lioz, Demos; Eddie Hailes, Advancement Project national office)

Turnout data discussion (TBD)

10:50-11:35 a.m.:

Engaging and Mobilizing America’s Diverse Electorate, Moderated by Kenrya Rankin, Race Forward

Discussion of on the ground implementations and strategies utilized during the 2018 cycle.

Creation of new partnerships and enhancing existing partnerships. During this panel, all speakers will highlight cross racial endeavors.

Ian Record, NCAI

Christine Chen, APIA Vote

Clarissa Martinez De Castro, UnidosUS

11:40 a.m.-12:25 p.m.:

Staying the Course – From Issue Based Activism, to Census 2020 and Beyond, Moderated by Amber Ebarb, NCAI (lunch will be served at 12:00 p.m.)

Toni Wiley, NUL

TBD from FIA

Jamal Watkins, NAACP

12:25-12:30 p.m.:   Concluding Remarks