FORA.tv Speaker - Anthony Thigpenn
President, California Calls
Anthony Thigpenn, a Los Angeles-based community organizer for more than 30 years, heads California Calls, a powerful alliance of 31 organizations in 12 counties around the state. The centerpiece of California Calls is to achieve progressive, long-term tax and fiscal policy reform by engaging underrepresented, low-income voters in state public policy decision making. Mr. Thigpenn is widely recognized as a leading expert in grassroots, civic engagement technology, and programs. He ran successful field campaigns for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Congresswoman Karen Bass, State Senator Kevin de León, and former City Councilmember Martin Ludlow, among others. Mr. Thigpenn is also the founder and president of Strategic Concepts in Organizing & Policy Education (SCOPE), a grassroots organization formed in South Los Angeles shortly after the 1992 uprising in the city. He is credited with developing a “Power Analysis” analytical tool in the 1990s, a process to be used by hundreds of social justice organizations to build a strategy to win a campaign.
09.23.13 | 00:42:11 min
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