The State of Our Democracy: Now, in November, and Beyond
David Litt is a former senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama and the author of the new book, Democracy in One Book or Less: How It Works, Why It Doesn’t, and Why Fixing It Is Easier Than You Think, out June 16. He’ll be giving a sneak preview of the book—and discussing the state of the 2020 race—with Amie Parnes, co-author of Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign and senior political correspondent for The Hill, and Ginna Green, a political strategist, writer, and consultant, who was, until recently, the Chief Strategy Officer at Bend the Arc: Jewish Action.
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David Litt is the New York Times best-selling author of Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years. From 2011-2016, David wrote speeches for President Obama, and was described as “the comic muse for the president” for his work on the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Since leaving the White House, he served as the head writer and producer for Funny Or Die’s office in Washington, with a focus on improving youth turnout in the 2018 election, and is currently developing a sitcom based on his life in D.C. He frequently appears on CNN and MSNBC to discuss current events.
Amie Parnes is the senior political correspondent for The Hill newspaper in Washington. She is also the co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign and the co-author of the New York Times bestseller HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton. Parnes covered Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign, the Obama White House, and currently covers national politics. She is also set to co-author a third book on the 2020 presidential election, which will be published in the spring of 2021 by Crown Publishing, a division of Penguin Random House.
Ginna Green is a political strategist, writer, and consultant, and was, until recently, the Chief Strategy Officer at Bend the Arc: Jewish Action. There she led the work of the communications, advocacy, electoral, rapid response and racial equity teams from 2018-2020, a period of unprecedented white nationalism, antisemitism and authoritarianism in American life. Prior to Bend the Arc, Ginna was Managing Director of the Democracy Collaborative at ReThink Media. At ReThink she strengthened the communications capacity of groups working on money in politics, fair and diverse courts, and voting rights. She is a frequent speaker and writer on democracy, race, racism in the Jewish community, Jewish community diversity, and leadership, and has been published in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Salon, and more. Ginna sits on the boards of Women’s March, Political Research Associates, the Jews of Color Initiative and Bend the Arc. A 2019 Schusterman Fellow, Ginna is also a native southerner and the mother of four amazing kids.