Political Open Mic

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Good City Brewing Company MapMap
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Join us as we dive deep into different aspects of Milwaukee’s education system, the highs and the lows. We’ll hear from both parties and beyond on their thoughts and ideas for improvements and what the future of education looks like in Milwaukee.

What Political Open Mic Is:
— A place for constructive ideas and feedback
— A forum to hear from all walks of life
— A discussion around important and complicated issues
— Avenue for people with an open mind and ability to listen
— For people on the right, left and center

What Political Open Mic Is Not:
— A place to ridicule the other side
— A forum for political spin
— A discussion for one side
— An avenue for divisiveness

Program Format:
11:30am – 11:50am – Networking
11:50am – 12:00pm – Introductions & Rules
12:00pm – 12:10pm – Keynote Speaker 1: Justin Moralez
12:10pm – 12:20pm – Keynote Speaker 2: Mandela Barnes
12:20pm – 12:30pm  – Q & A
12:30pm – 12:50pm  – Open Mic: Audience members have 2 minutes to share their thoughts and ideas for the education system.

This will be a respectful, positive, and productive thought and idea sharing platform, come with an open mind ready to learn from different perspectives.

Appetizers will be provided by our friends at Good City Brewing, first come first served! Drinks will be available for purchase.


Speaker Bios, more coming soon!

Justin Moralez joined the American Federation for Children in March of 2016 and works as the Wisconsin State Director.
Outside of education reform, Justin has been active in local politics, serving as an Alderperson for the city of Cudahy, chairman of a number of committees, advisory board member for the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation and is involved in various other civic organizations. Justin was nominated a rising star in politics three years in a row by the Shepherd Express’s annual Best of Milwaukee series.”

Mandela Barnes, a Milwaukee native, was born in the city’s poorest and the nation’s most incarcerated zip code. The difference for him was opportunity. He was raised in a middle class union household and learned the value of hard work early in life. Having attended both public and private schools, education has always been important to him, and making sure that every child in our state has a fair shot remains a top priority.

At age 25, Mandela was elected to the State Assembly where he emerged as a champion on issues of the economy, criminal justice reform, and healthcare. He became the chair of the legislature’s Black and Latino Caucus in his first term, became a national leader on gun violence prevention, and was recognized as one of the top pro-growth progressive leaders in the country.

This event is part of YPWeek Milwaukee presented by Northwestern Mutual!

YPWeek is a week long platform for discovery, adventure and meaningful conversations about the issues that matter among young professionals in Wisconsin. YPWeek brings together key leaders in the community, at purposefully chosen locations that integrate the unique cultural assets with meaningful learning or social interaction. The activities engage the millennial workforce in experiences that are important to you as a YP while educating your employers on the important role these functions play in retaining you as their workforce.