Washington, DC — The Fairness Project will lead a panel at this year’s Netroots Nation conference in Baltimore, Maryland, the largest annual convention of progressive leaders and organizers.

The panel, Winning Back Abortion Rights at the Ballot Box, will cover how direct democracy is a promising path forward to defend abortion rights and how ballot measures can be a mobilizing tactic for voters outside of traditional party politics. The panel will also discuss politicians’ efforts to crack down on citizen-led ballot measures in order to further restrict abortion, and what organizers can do fight back.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court ended federal protections for abortion in 2022, voters have chosen to defend abortion every time it’s been on the ballot. 2024 will likely see the largest number of abortion ballot measures ever, with as many as a dozen states putting abortion on the ballot — including ArizonaFloridaMissouri, and Montana.

The Fairness Project’s panel will feature:

  • Hannah Ledford, Deputy Executive Director and Campaigns Director at the Fairness Project (moderator)

  • Taylor Aguilera, Organizing Director at the Floridians Protecting Freedom campaign

  • Tori Schafer, Deputy Director for Policy and Campaigns at the ACLU of Missouri

  • Desiree Tims, President and CEO of Innovation Ohio and former candidate for Congress

The Fairness Project has collaborated with these experts in its work to support and win more than 30 progressive ballot measure campaigns at the state and municipal level since 2016. The panel will be held at Netroots Nation on Thursday, July 11 at 10:30 am in Baltimore.

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