Facing Race: A National Conference in St. Louis, MO — November 20-22, 2024

Fernando Mejia

Co-Executive Director | Puget Sound Sage

Fernando Mejia-Ledesma has close to 20 years of organizing & policy experience with many labor, community, and immigrant rights organizations in WA and across the U.S. Fernando moved to the U.S. from Mexico at sixteen years old; he recently became a U.S. citizen and voted for the first time in 2021. He has worked with several state and national organizations including the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, Alliance for a Just Society, OneAmerica, Washington Community Action Network, United We Dream Network, United Food and Commercial Workers 3000, Communities for Our College, and Puget Sound Sage. 


Presentations from Facing Race 2022

Building a Bigger We: The Multiracial Alliances Needed to Win

The ability to defeat racist policies and candidates at the ballot box in most states requires building broad multiracial electoral coalitions. This is no easy task. What does it take to build a “Bigger We” than we currently have in our organizations and movements? What kind of demands are required? How do we change the way we work to build lasting alliances to build power and challenge the racist threat and challenges to democracy? What can be learned from the Race-Class Narrative (RCN) and other approaches to speaking beyond the choir? Join us for a panel discussion of grassroots organizers doing the hard work on the ground and national leaders reflecting on the challenge we face.


Moderator(s): LeeAnn Hall Speakers: Erin Heaney, Fernando Mejia, Carrie Santoro, Anika Fassia

Presentations from Facing Race 2020

Racial Justice Approaches to Community Organizing

This workshop will examine racial justice approaches to organizing and will engage participants through presentations and small group work. We will present the main framework of organizing and racial justice and examine the history of fo racial justice organizing.
We will discuss what makes organizing a unique and important approach to social change rooted in a theory of change based on an analysis of power.

Speakers: LeeAnn Hall, Libero Della Piana, Jodi Risper, Fernando Mejia, Brandon Sturdivant