A Social Bill of Rights: Civil Rights and Social Media
SIS Room 102 (4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW)
Social networks have become a phenomenal resource for really standing up for what you believe in--including civil rights and equality. We're bringing some of the best advocates around to talk about how social media can perhaps help bring about modern social civil rights
- Moderator: Ben Loeb, Treasurer, AU Social Media Club (@loebben) - Originally from suburban New York, Ben is a sophomore studying Marketing and Public Communication at American University. He has worked in a number of different communications and marketing outlets including a congressional office, political action committee, and marketing agency.
- Adam Bink, Director of Online Campaigns, Courage Campaign (@adamjbink) - Adam Bink is the Director of Online Campaigns at the Courage Campaign, an online organizing network that empowers more than 700,000 grassroots and netroots activists to push for progressive change and full equality in California and across the country. In that role, he manages Courage Campaign’s online organizing actions, with an added emphasis on building campaigns to advance LGBT equality. He also blogs at and manages Courage Campaign Institute’s Prop8TrialTracker.com.
- Regina Holliday (@reginaholliday) - Regina Holliday is a DC-based patient rights arts advocate. She is currently at work on a series of paintings and blog posts depicting the need for clarity and transparency in medical records. After the death of her husband, Fred Holliday II, on June 17th 2009, She began a large Mural Titled “73 cents.” This piece can be viewed at 5001 Connecticut Ave. Washington, DC 20008. This piece depicts Holliday family’s nightmare journey through the medical system during Fred’s cancer care. The painting became part of the national healthcare debate and was covered by the BBC, CNN, CBS, AOL, VOA, NPR, The Washington Post and the BMJ. Regina Holliday can be found on Twitter as ReginaHolliday and on Facebook as Regina Holliday, Wash DC. She speaks at medical conferences providing the patient voice in discussions about HIT.
- Asher Huey, New Partners (@asherhuey) - Asher Huey is a new media political consultant based of out Washington, DC. He has a background as an organizer and works to use online tools as organizing resources. He is a graduate of American University. To learn more about asher: newpartners.com/about-us/asher-huey.php
- Bradley P. Moss, Esq., James Madison Project - A 2006 graduate of American University's Washington College of Law, Bradley P. Moss received his undergraduate degree from The George Washington University in 2003 with a major in International Relations and a minor in Peace Studies. During his law school tenure, he co-founded the non-partisan National Security and Law Society, Inc., an international non-profit with chapters across the U.S. and the world. After clerking for the National Security Archive, Mr. Moss joined the Law Office of Mark S. Zaid, Esq. as a law clerk and became an Associate in January 2007. He joined the James Madison Project in June 2007 and continues to work in both offices. Mr. Moss is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia and the State of Illinois, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, the District of Maryland and the Northern District of Illinois.
- James Walker, Socially Diverse (@jaywalk1) - James S. Walker is a Gen-Y Communications professional interested in Public Relations, Diversity, Marketing and Social Media. Tagged with the nickname “jaywalk,” James is paving his own way through the streets of life, passing up traditional conventions in search of sensible, innovative and effective communication. His thoughts on all of these topics can be found at PRPrescriptons.com. In 2010, James combined two major interests of his to launch Socially Diverse, a six month online journey seeking out diverse conversations, discussion leaders and ways to connect through social media channels. After connecting with bloggers and online leaders in over 10 cities and 5 continents, his passion for exploring this topic has grown even more. He continues to chronicle this journey at sociallydiverse.posterous.com.
- Shireen Mitchell (@digitalsista) - I was born in the 70's in New York's projects, fell in love with technology and almost lost my life in the 80's. Worked on creating tech firms and enhancing my education in the 90's. In 2000, I founded a nonprofit and became a huge advocate for women in technology, media and politics. Currently, I am known in social media as digitalsista, but I have also used geekette '84, hashtag diva, social media uhura, coder girl and a few others.