Progressive leader Heather McGhee to speak in South Portland on Thursday

Hether McGhee, president of Demos, a progessive public policy organization dedicated to democratic and economic opportunity, will be the keynote speaker at the Maine People’s Alliance’s Rising Tide Dinner this Thursday evening at Congregation Bet Ha’am in South Portland.

In addition to her public policy work, McGhee frequently appears on news and opinion shows and writes for prominent national publications. She gained widespread attention last year for an interaction with a caller on C-Span who asked her how he could learn to be less prejudiced.

With a background in populist economic policy (including helping to shape key provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act) and a deep understanding of racial issues, McGhee has been a key voice in helping Americans understand the current national political landscape. Her conversations with Ezra Klein on President Trump, race and the 2016 election have been some of the most listened-to political podcasts this year.

The dinner is this Thursday, June 8th, starting at 6 p.m. at Congregation Bet Ha’am at 81 Westbrook Street in South Portland. Tickets are $30 and are available online or at the door. The event will also honor key MPA volunteers and allies and Rep. Drew Gattine of Westbrook will receive the Rising Tide Award for his progressive leadership in Augusta.

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