Ponsella Hardaway 

With over two decades of experience in the community organizing field, Ponsella Hardaway has earned a national reputation as a voice for equity, civic engagement, and grassroots leadership. A native Detroiter, Ponsella began her career with Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength (MOSES) in 1996. Since 2004, she has served as Executive Director of this interracial, interfaith organization of people whose faith compels them to act on social, racial, and economic justice issues. Under her leadership, MOSES has been recognized as one of Michigan's most influential grassroots organizations, capable of mobilizing even the most historically disenfranchised communities to seek policies that reflect their values and needs.
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Democracy in Crisis: The Courage to Re-Humanize One Another
This session will dive into Bridging for Democracy (B4D), a project that is developing strategies through which grassroots power-building organizations meaningfully bridge across racial, ideological, and urban-rural divides to strengthen democratic norms at a time of deep social fragmentation and dehumanization. Over the past decade, movement groups in the U.S. have invested heavily in voter outreach and significantly increased civic engagement. However, our democracy has still weakened and fragmentation is hardening. B4D partners have been conducting pilot projects in Illinois, Georgia...