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Sens. Booker and Whitehouse, Rep. Jayapal, and others join the Vox Conversations unconference

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 25: Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) delivers remarks on the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Sen. Cory Booker at the Democratic National Convention in 2016.
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Last week we shared the first three speakers for our next Vox Conversations unconference series, and we’re now thrilled to announce the full lineup joining us on April 26 and 27.

Vox Conversations is our semiannual unconference series that takes place in Washington, DC. Over two days, we assemble 200 thinkers and doers, representing the worlds of government, health care, technology, academia, media, and more, to participate in on-the-record and off-the-record sessions designed to encourage meaningful dialogue and new ideas.

For next month’s event, we’re talking about policymaking in the age of Trump, just on the eve of the administration’s 100th day. To understand where we are now and where we may be going, we’ve assembled a diverse mix of voices from across the country to talk about the real-world implications of the Trump presidency.

We’re excited to welcome these thinkers and leaders:

An outspoken critic of the Trump administration, Sen. Cory Booker has pushed back against the president’s budget and immigration policies and House Republicans’ Obamacare repeal-and-replace legislation.

As president of the American Enterprise Institute, Arthur C. Brooks has explored the dignity deficit within working-class and poor communities and how Trump was able to tap into the desire to feel necessary.

The first Indian-American woman in the House of Representatives, Rep. Pramila Jayapal has spent her career fighting for women’s, immigrant, civil, and human rights, and as a part of the freshman class on the Hill, she has vowed to stick to her activist roots.

The opioid epidemic has hit communities hard, and Missouri state Rep. Holly Rehder knows all too well how devastating it can be. After watching her family members struggle with addiction, she has led the charge to establish a drug monitoring program in her state, while fighting the stigma associated with opioid addiction.

On health care, we’ll hear from one of the top conservative policy wonks, Avik Roy. Roy has been critical of Obamacare from day one, but he was no fan of the American Health Care Act either. He released his Obamacare replacement plan in 2014, and his work has received high praise from both the left and the right.

Also from the halls of Congress, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has been a voice of the opposition in Congress. He has shed light on the influence of dark-money groups on politics and policy and has been a vocal critic of the plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Sen. Whitehouse has also been at the forefront of the effort to fight the opioid epidemic impacting his state.

These speakers join Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Sen. Bill Cassidy, and economist Heather Boushey. You can read more details about Vox Conversations and apply for an invitation here.

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