Wisconsin Democracy Campaign's Annual Celebration 2019

Thursday, May 16

5:30 - 8:00 pm

Lussier Family Heritage Center

3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison WI

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Keynote speaker:

MandelaBarnes 472x590Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes

Topic: the intersection of good government issues with racial equity and economic justice issues

Mandela Barnes serves as Wisconsin’s 45th Lieutenant Governor.  He was elected on November 8, 2018, and sworn into office on January 7, 2019.  He is the first African-American to serve as a Lieutenant Governor in Wisconsin, and the second African-American to ever hold statewide office.  

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Mandela is the son of a public-school teacher and a United Auto Workers member, to whom he credits much of his success. He grew up attending Milwaukee Public Schools and is an alumnus of Alabama A&M University. He worked for various political campaigns and in the office of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, eventually becoming an organizer for Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope, an interfaith coalition that advocates for social justice. He also worked for the State Innovation Exchange, a national progressive public policy organization.  

In 2012, at the age of 25, Mandela was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly, where he served two two-year terms.  His tenure in the State Assembly included serving as chair of the Legislature’s Black and Latino Caucus and becoming a recognized leader on progressive economic policies and gun violence prevention legislation.

As Lieutenant Governor, Mandela pledges to fight for solutions that invest in opportunities and fairness for every Wisconsinite, regardless of zip code.


5:30 - 6:00 PM Registration/appetizers/beverages

6:00 – 6:05pm Welcome: Matt Rothschild, Executive Director

6:05 – 6:15pm Voting on Board of Directors Nominees

6:15 – 7:00 PM Matt Rothschild: New Hope for Democracy

7:00 – 7:30 PM Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes

7:30 – 8:00 PM Q&A/Closing Remarks