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October 7, 2020

NARAL’s Coast to Coast Virtual Event

Special Instructions:

Link to join will be sent 1-2 days before the event

While we wish it were possible to safely meet in person, in transitioning to virtual formats, we are able to reimagine our events in new and exciting ways and bring together even more of the NARAL community!

This year – building off the foundation of our Silicon Valley Peninsula Power Of Choice event and our DC Power of Roe event – we are hosting the first-ever national NARAL Coast to Coast Virtual Event on Wednesday, October 7th, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm PT/3:30 PM-4:30 PM ET.

No matter where you are in this country, the stakes for 2020 have never been higher. We hope you’ll join us for this final opportunity before Election Day to show your support for reproductive freedom.

Featured Speakers

Julián Castro
Former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Julián Castro served as U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama from 2014-2017. Before that, he was Mayor of his native San Antonio, Texas — the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American city at the time. In 2012, he gave a rousing keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, during which he described the American Dream as a relay to be passed from generation to generation. After his historic campaign for president in 2020, After his historic campaign for president in 2020, Secretary Castro launched a political action committee called People First Future, a podcast with Lemonada Media called Our America, and serves as a senior advisor to Voto Latino.

Jaime Harrison
Former Chair, South Carolina Democratic Party

To Jaime Harrison, character always matters, hard work is in his bones, doing what’s right is a way of life. The son of a single teenage mom, and raised by his grandparents in Orangeburg South Carolina, Jaime overcame the challenges of grinding poverty with the help of teachers and mentors who believed in him. Thanks to a good public school education, faith, and a loving family and community, Jaime was able to earn a scholarship to Yale University and attend Georgetown Law. After college, Jaime came back home to Orangeburg to teach at his old high school, then worked to help empower kids like him go to college. Jaime served as an aide to legendary South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn, and then worked for some of the biggest employers in South Carolina, such as the Port of Charleston and the University of South Carolina. In 2013, Jaime was elected the first African American chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party, a position he held until 2017. Jaime and his wife Marie live in Columbia, South Carolina, where they raise their two young children.

Senator Mazie Hirono
U.S. Senator, Hawaii

Senator Mazie Hirono learned lifelong lessons of independence and self-reliance growing up on her grandparents’ rice farm in Japan. Mazie's mother made the courageous decision to escape her abusive marriage and take Mazie and her brothers to the United States. When they arrived in Hawaii, Mazie spoke no English and her mother worked low wage jobs with no job security or health benefits. A graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Georgetown Law, Mazie served in the Hawaii State House, as Lieutenant Governor, and as the representative for Hawaii's Second Congressional District and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012. In Congress, Mazie continues to fight for equal opportunity and protections for all people especially in the areas of education, health care and support for our kupuna and veterans – especially in these far from normal times.

Ilyse Hogue
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

lyse Hogue is an expert in organizing and mobilizing grassroots support around social-justice issues, including human rights, media reform and representation, and reproductive freedom. She has been president of NARAL Pro-Choice America since 2013 and previously worked at advocacy organizations including MoveOn.org, Friends of Democracy, and Media Matters. During her tenure at NARAL, Ilyse has pushed the national conversation around abortion access to be one of fundamental human rights and self-determination for women. She has run successful campaigns defending abortion access on the national and state level, and supporting winning candidates for Congress who made reproductive freedom central to their agenda.

Krystal Joy Brown*
Actress, Musician and Activist

Krystal Joy Brown is a multi-talented, multi-hyphened Broadway, TV & film actor. Krystal is currently starring on Broadway as Eliza Hamilton in the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning mega-hit musical, Hamilton. She has also starred on Broadway in Hair (Dionne/Abe Lincoln), Leap Of Faith (Ornella-OBC), Big Fish (Josephine-OBC) and Motown: The Musical (Diana Ross.) In 2018 she starred in the world premiere of the Huntington Theatre production of Man in the Ring, directed by Michael Greif and written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Michael Cristofer. She is a two-time Fred Astaire Award nominee for roles she originated in Big Fish and Leap of Faith. Krystal Joy Brown voices the character of Netossa in the DreamWorks/Netflix animated series, She-Ra: Princesses of Power, and recently seen in the Disney+ live-action feature film Magic Camp with Adam DeVine and Gillian Jacobs. Krystal has guest-starred on NBC’s Law & Order: SUV, Hulu’s Deadbeat, ABC’s Castle and Disney’s Sydney to the Max and more. She will soon be starring in the holiday film, One Royal Holiday, alongside Aaron Tveit and Laura Osnes. As a songwriter, Krystal’s original music has been featured on ABC’s The Neighbors & Mistresses. In 2019 Krystal made her directorial debut with the short film, Reddy Records. She is also the co-host of the podcast How We Do This. Krystal Joy Brown is an avid activist for mental health, wellness and social justice initiatives, she organized and lead a rally this summer in honor of All Black Lives and continues her work for justice daily. She resides in New York City.

*stepping in for Ryan Vasquez due to a scheduling conflict

Sponsor list as of September 15th, 2020

Golden Sponsors: $50,000+
Melinda Bieber & Norman Pozez
Judy Estrin
Shannon Hunt-Scott

Champion Sponsors: $25,000+
Bill & Sunny Alsup
Susan Z. Breyer
Marcia & John Goldman
Good Bear & Co
Peggy & Steve Dow
Paula Hurd
Sara Imershein and Mark Levine
Sandy Lerner
Laura Lauder
Cathy Podell
Amy Rao
Preeva & Leonard Tramiel

Defender Sponsors: $15,000+
Susan Hyatt
Becky Morgan
Robina Riccitiello
Eva Schreier

Advocate Sponsors: $10,000+
Samira Amid-Hozour
Michele Boal
Karen & Franklin Dabby
Sarah Delson & Larry Kramer
Jennifer DiBrienza & Jesse Dorogusker
Dianne Giancarlo
Michele Kirsch
Jane Baylin Lipnick
Connie, Dana & Bob Lurie
Tashia Morgridge
Lilli J. Rey
Anne Russell Rudolph & Daniel Rudolph
Michelle Sandberg, M.D.
Chris & Rob Schumacher
Jerri Lea Shaw
Georgia Wall Gogel

Leader Sponsors: $5,000+
AB Data
Rebecca & Andy Barfknecht
Janice Brody
Marcella Cohen
Barbara Coll & John Sebes
Barbara & Chris Creed
Margaret Dalal
Wynne Segal Dubovoy
Patricia Grant
Azi Hariri
Tricia Herrick
Liz & Marty Korman
Iris & Hal Korol
Sunita & Dan Leeds
Jackie & Richard Mayer
Perkins Coie
Phyllis Moldaw
Susie Richardson
Dorothy Saxe
Ellen Winick Stross
Libby Tyree-Taylor

Partner Sponsors: $3,000+
Margalynne Armstrong & Andrew Pierce
Joanne Bruggemann
Bonnie Burdett Walker
Anna Burger & Earl Gohl
Fran Codispoti
Monica Corman
Data Axle
Anne O. Dauer
Christine Doyle
Kathy Giori
Nonie H. Greene
Lisa Horowitz
Integral, LLC
Dawn & John Koenigsknecht
Linda & Rick Kraemer
Carol Mayer Marshall
Angela Nomellini
Madeline Stein

Sponsor Ticket: $1,500+
Judy Aptekar
Kathryn Bogue Harris
Gwen Books
Denise Brosseau
Kathleen Burke
Susan & Jim Cole
Laurie Davis & Joseph Sellers
Mary & Bob Dodge
Dianne Gershuny
Judy & Josh Green
Elizabeth Grover
Debra Engel
Anne Gunderson
Virginia Turner Hess
Leslie & George Hume
Sara Imershein, M.D.
Julie Kaufman
Paulette Kessler
Hon. Judy Kleinberg
Hon. Liz Kniss
David & Teresa Korol
Sharon Kristensen Deméré
Connie Loarie
Vivian Loh Nahmias
Amy Metzenbaum
Camilla Neri
Judy & Brad O’Brien
Patricia Stone Ortenberg
Barbara & Chris Creed
Patricia Ronald
Sherri Sager
Ursula Schorn
Camille Watson
Hon. Steve Westly