Rock The Congress: East Bay has ended
Saturday, September 7 • 2:20pm - 3:35pm
Under 30, Leading Change (Repeated)

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Topics to be covered in this session:
  • There are many ways to be civically engaged; why it’s important to be engaged
  • Why it’s never too soon or too late to start

Panelists' personal stories may touch on the following:
  • How did you get started with civic engagement?
  • What was the issue or moment that motivated you to join the fight?
  • Once you identified the issue, how did you decide where or how to work on the issue? (e.g. elected or appointed office, issue-based advocacy)
  • What was your first step?
  • Did you have to overcome any challenges (external and internal) to get involved, and if so, what were they? Given the path that you mapped out for yourself, how did it unfold?
  • Has there been anything unexpected, and if so, please describe.
  • Any milestones or particular achievements so far that you would like to share?
  • Biggest frustration or disappointment so far?
  • What have you had to sacrifice to do what you’re doing?
  • What keeps you motivated, as democracy is so tested in this era? When progress feels insurmountable?
How do we inspire young people to become involved? Best ways to pull people in, share the message?


Rebecca Faith Barrett

President of the Contra Costa Young Democrats, and a ContraCosta Community College Board member


Demnlus Johnson III

City Council Member, City of Richmond
Demnlus Johnson III grew up in the Iron Triangle. After graduating from Howard University, he returned to Richmond to serve his community. In the 2018 election cycle he made history by becoming the youngest person ever elected to Richmond City Council. Before becoming a council person... Read More →

Rigel Robinson

City Council Member, City of Berkeley
Berkeley City Councilman elected to represent District 7 on November 6th, 2018. Elected at 22, Robinson is the youngest person to ever serve on the Berkeley City Council. You can keep up with him on Twitter: @RigelRobinson.

Victor Tiglao

Digital Media Coordinator, Contra Costa Young Democrats
Victor Tiglao Digital Media Coordinator for the Contra Costa Young Democrats, former Committee Member for the Concord City Council Blue Ribbon Committee

Shagoofa Khan

Chairperson, Delta Dem Club
Shagoofa Khan, First generation American, who cares deeply for the communities around her.  Chairperson – Delta Dem Club; Delegate for CA DEM Party

Abel Pineda

Council Member, San Pablo
Abel was appointed as Council Member of San Pablo until November 2020 to fill the vacancy left by Cecilia Valdez.  Previously, he served as a field representative for former state Assembly member Tony Thurmond.  Pineda calls himself a “proud first-generation college graduate... Read More →

Saturday September 7, 2019 2:20pm - 3:35pm
Room 014

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