Jennifer Epps-Addison

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Jennifer Epps-Addison President and Co-Executive Director at Center for Popular Democracy. Former Chief Program Officer at Liberty Hill Foundation.

Lives in Los Angeles, California. From Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Editorial Advisory Board

The Forge Editorial Advisory Board comprises leading organizers and strategists who offer key leadership and guidance to the endeavor.

"A letter from the movement to the movement'

In September 2019 Jennifer Epps-Addison was one of 100 black leaders, many affiliated with Liberation Road who signed A letter from the movement to the movement defending Maurice Moe Mitchell and Nelini Stamp of the Working Families Party for endorsing Elizabeth Warren instead of Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

She the People 2018 Summit

She the People's three-year initiative kicked off with its inaugural She the People Summit on September 20, 2018 at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco. The sold-out, first-ever national summit of women of color in politics drew nearly 600 attendees, mostly women of color, from 36 states.

Speakers included Jennifer Epps-Addison.

Progressive Caucus connection

Jennifer Epps-Addison November 16 2018:


Jennifer Epps-Addison, Ilhan Omar, Mark Pocan, Rashida Tlaib.

Feingold connection

Jennifer Epps-Addison May 15, 2015:


With Russ Feingold.

Local Progress

Jennifer Epps-Addison October 27, 2015:


Jennifer Epps-Addison NY Council member Brad Lander, Chicago Commisoner Chuy Garcia and Wisconsin Working Families director Marina Dimitrijevic.

Black Lives Matter event

Gilbert Johnson January 24, 2015:


With Maureen W. Keyes, Gwendolynne Moore, Pat A. Robinson, Brandi Grayson, Solana Patterson-Ramos, Maria A. Hamilton, Brian Woods, James Edward Cunningham, Bryan Pfeifer, Milele A. Coggs, Anthony Rainey, Emily Sunshine, Lena C. Taylor, Brian Verdin, Jonathan Brostoff, David DB Bowen, Mandela Barnes, Mike Maass, Alan Eisenberg, Jennifer Epps-Addison, Gary Goyke, Ron Taylor, Nate Hamilton, Emilio De Torre, Jayme Montgomery, Rob Biko Baker, Sowande Omokunde, Robert Smith, Jeremy Anapto Triblett, Khalil Coleman, Gary Cooper-Sperber, Mike Erdmann, Berthina Joseph, Babette Grunow, David Muhammad, Gail Williams, Joan Prince, Angela Lang, Gary Mitchell, Eric D. Graff, Martin Weddle and American Federation of State, County, Municipal Employees Local 82.

National Leading From the Inside Out Alum

Jennifer Epps-Addison, Co-Executive Director, Center for Popular Democracy was a 2017 Rockwood Leadership Institute National Leading From the Inside Out Alum.[2]

Medicare for All launch

With wide backing from unions and citizens groups, and majority public support, the Congressional Progressive Caucus formally unveiled its comprehensive Medicare For All legislation.

Surrounded by more than 100 backers at a Feb. 27 outdoor Capitol Hill press conference, from National Nurses United (NNU), the Center for Popular Democracy and Our Revolution, a parade of lawmakers, led by caucus co-chair Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., pitched the fight over the new legislation, HR1384, in human, justice and financial terms.

And while the ACA added millions of people to coverage – 330,000 in Cook County, Ill. alone, said Rep. Chuy Garcia, D-Ill. — too many people, several speakers said, are one serious illness, or one illness of a family member, away from health-care-cost-caused bankruptcy.

Even people supposedly covered by the present system are still stuck with thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs. Jennifer Epps-Addison, executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy, told the crowd she usually doesn’t use her own story to illustrate problems, but she would here: Her husband, who has had multiple sclerosis for three years, is covered by CPD’s health insurance.

But while single-payer has wide public support, it also faces determined opposition from the health insurers, who have already launched a multi-million-dollar scare campaign against it, from the GOP, which calls it “socialism” and from the radical right. The health insurers don’t even like a “compromise” to set up a government-run system alongside their firms – and let consumers and companies choose their coverage option.[3]


Z. Lula Haukeness July 10, 2015 ·


With Nneka Akubeze, Karma Chavez, Morathi Adams, Jennifer Epps-Addison, Ti S. Banks, Jasmine Timmons, Alix Shabazz, Eric S. Upchurch II, Brandi Grayson, Matthew Braunginn and Max Rameau.