Our mission to advance democracy and win the messaging war against extremists just got a major boost.
This is huge.
Ten minutes ago, DemCast issued a press release announcing that former Senator Doug Jones, gun safety advocate Fred Guttenberg and youth activist Santiago Mayer are joining the DemCast Board of Directors in a historic effort to fight extremism and anti-democratic forces across all social media platforms. (Here is our tweet announcing the news.)
Since 2019, the DemCast network has collectively generated more than 90 billion social media impressions via nearly 10 million posts, comments and shares across the four largest social media platforms.
Annually, over 950,000 social media users share pro-democracy messages, advocate for legislation (including voting rights legislation), and shine a spotlight on extremism via our online teams, hashtag campaigns and toolkits.
We’re just getting started. With the strategic advice of Senator Jones, the determined messaging effectiveness of Fred Guttenberg, and Santiago Mayer’s expertise in reaching young Americans, DemCast is primed to massively expand our impact as we head toward 2024.
A quote from Senator Jones: “I have worked with the DemCast network of digital volunteers for years and have seen first hand the power of digital relational organizing, not only in my own Senate races, but most recently in sharing with the American people the extraordinary qualifications of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson and in fighting Russian disinformation. I look forward to aiding DemCast in setting strategy for the 2022 and 2024 cycles and to working with youth vote activist Santiago Mayer and gun safety advocate Fred Guttenberg to assist DemCast expand the reach of its important pro-democracy work.”
Background About Our Newest Board Members
Senator Doug Jones is a venerated prosecutor who brought long-overdue justice to the victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. Jones has built his career on fighting the tough battles. As US Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, Doug Jones successfully prosecuted two of the four men responsible for the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church—finally bringing full justice and closure nearly 40 years after the attack that killed four young girls. In 2017, Jones shocked the political establishment by winning a special election to fill a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama—the first Democrat to do so in 25 years in the state. On Capitol Hill, he quickly built a reputation as a well-regarded and effective legislator, passing more than two dozen bipartisan bills into law in just three years. In 2022, Jones was entrusted by President Biden to guide the historic selection, nomination, and confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court. Today, Jones is Of Counsel with Arent Fox Schiff, and serves as a Senior Distinguished Fellow with the Center for American Progress.
Fred Guttenberg is a political activist, non-profit co-founder, and author of the book Find the Helpers. Fred began his public life in 2018 after the murder of this beautiful 14 year old daughter Jaime during the Parkland, Florida mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead and another 17 injured. Four months prior to the murder of his daughter, Fred lost his brother, Michael, to cancer related to his service as a first responder at Ground Zero on 9/11. Since then, Fred has been a zealous advocate for both sensible gun safety legislation and the protection of first responders. He has a following of over 500,000 on social media.
Santiago Mayer is the Founder and Executive Director of Voters of Tomorrow, an organization which seeks to inspire and empower the youth voting bloc. Founded by Santiago in 2019 when he was just 17 and a recent immigrant from Mexico, Voters of Tomorrow is a non-profit, student-led initiative to increase political awareness, engagement and voting among millennials and Gen Z’s. This organization has expanded rapidly to chapters in 40 college campuses and 20 states. Voters of Tomorrow reached 80 million youth voters during the 2020 election cycle. In digital circles, Santiago is an influential political commentator, having over 160,000 followers on Twitter and hundreds of millions of views across multiple platforms.
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