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From the Inside Looking Out: Governing with an Activist Heart

Saturday, 2:00pm | Lecture Hall

Making the transition from an activist to an elected official is difficult one. Peggy will share her thoughts on being an organizer in the legislature and being intentional about an developing an inside/outside game to move policy that’s good for real people. She will also speak to building power with the newly formed People of Color and Indigenous Caucus within the Minnesota Legislature.


Peggy Flanagan

Peggy Flanagan, a citizen of the White Earth Nation of Ojibwe, is a longtime advocate for Minnesota’s children and families. A noted community and political organizer, she was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in November of 2015. Prior to joining the legislature, she served as the executive director of Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota, an organization dedicated to leveling the playing field for all children in the region. She also worked for eight years at Wellstone Action, first as director and founder of the Native American Leadership Program, then as director of external affairs. As one of the original trainers of Wellstone Action’s signature program Camp Wellstone, she has trained tens of thousands of progressive activists, community and campaign organizers, future candidates, and progressive officeholders to make effective, sustainable, progressive change around the country.

Session ID [264]
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