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Oct 8, 2018

Obama’s presidency awakened the U.S. to new lines being drawn in voting demographics and the fundamental changes taking place in our population. Some political analysts see the explosive population growth of people of color in America as the foundation for a new progressive majority.

Political expert Steve Phillips joined us to illuminate the ways progressives can properly capture this moment in history. He argued that, now more than ever, hope for a more progressive political future lies not with increased advertising to middle-of-the-road white voters, but with cultivating America’s growing, diverse majority. Phillips offered insight from his book Brown Is The New White, unveiling exactly how people of color and progressive whites add up to a new majority.

Phillips met with Kiran Ahuja, CEO of Philanthropy Northwest, to discuss her perspective on America’s growing diverse demographic, and what this means for U.S. politics and policy. Join Phillips and Ahuja as they draw a path forward for progressives to seize the opportunity created by this demographic revolution—aiming to debunk the “myth of the white swing voter” and offer a commentary on American politics at a time of pessimism and confusion among Democrats.

Presented by Town Hall Seattle, The Collective, Philanthropy Northwest, The Seattle Foundation, Washington Progress Alliance.

Recorded live at The Collective by Town Hall Seattle on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.