Isra Allison

Isra Allison

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Isra Allison  

Unit One/Allen Hall Guest-in-Residence: 10/6-10/10

ISRA ALLISON is the former Executive Director of Brand New Congress, an organization that works to elect people to Congress who are committed to ending poverty, reversing climate change, and making US democracy represent everyone. She educates people on grassroots politics, how to start a political movement, how to change minds, and how to manage stress in politics. Allison provides strategic consulting to political candidates and campaigns, and has inspired numerous individuals to run for office, vote their conscience, and become leaders in their communities. She is currently serving as the Campaign Manager for Cori Bush for Congress in Missouri’s 1st District. 

All programs take place in Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana.

Sunday, October 6

7 p.m. - Opening Program: Meet Isra (South Rec)
Isra Allison is a grassroots political consultant, organizer, and policy activist who works to get regular working people elected to the US Congress. She inspires people who are “new to politics” to tap into their talent and join the political revolution. She’ll share stories from voters across the country and the challenges and rewards of running unconventional campaigns.

9 p.m. - Tea Time - Isra Meets You (the living room – rm 145)
A time to introduce yourself to Isra, tell her who you are, what you want out of life, and what inspires you. With tea and snacks!

Monday, October 7

7 p.m. - The People’s Platform Belongs to Us (South Rec)
How Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage, tuition-free college, the Green New Deal, criminal justice reform, and getting money out of politics are now part of the national conversation and how a Brand New Congress will get us there fast.

9 p.m. – Tea Time - Bridging the divide (the living room – rm 145)
It’s going to takes all of us (Democrats, Republicans, Independents) working together for a better future. We have to be able to talk to each other first. Plus tea and snacks.

Tuesday, October 8

7 p.m. - How to Run for Office as You are (South Rec)
Regular working people are the backbone of our society; we are the worker bees that run the economy. Join Isra Allison for a discussion about candidates running for US Congress and stories from the road about why we deserve working class representation.

9 p.m. – Tea Time - Underrepresented in Politics – co-hosted by Eusa Nia (the living room – rm 145)
Join Isra and Eusa Nia (the Allen-LAR Black student union) to discuss challenges to African American representation in politics. With tea and snacks.

Wednesday, October 9

7 p.m. - Political Start Up: Building the Political Revolution (South Rec)
Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit and want to do something big and meaningful? Politics needs you. Learn about the tech tools, money, and resources needed for the political revolution. A small team of dedicated people can change the world. It takes a solid structure, a clear head, and a path forward.

9 p.m. – Tea Time - Eliminating self-doubt: time management and mindfulness in politics and life (the living room – rm 145)

How do you manage your day-to-day without losing control? How do you manage anger, take time for yourself, and get back to your purpose? How do you manage fear of failure? Isra’s work on grassroots campaigns is a roller coaster ride of unpredictability. When the day is done, it never feels like enough. Learn tools and techniques she uses to keep the work going and share your own experiences. And have tea and snacks.

Thursday October 10

7 p.m. - Volunteering for the Political Revolution and Careers in Politics (South Rec)

Considering a career in politics but don’t know where to start? Learn how to get started with volunteering, understand your strengths, and make a difference in our world.

9 p.m. - Tea Time - Activism 101 (the living room – rm 145)

What you can bring to our political landscape, starting today. Plus tea and snacks.