November 02, 2017

Advisory: Factual Democracy Project Call on Combating Hate, Online and Off

Factual Democracy Project’s call series is devoted to fighting against fake news, the alt-right, propaganda, and disinformation that is intended to disrupt our Democracy

WASHINGTON — With extremism and hate on the rise in America and across the globe, Factual Democracy Project will gather experts working on the front lines of the Internet, schools, and communities at 1 PM ET TUESDAY, NOV 7 to explain how to fight back against hate speech.

To register for the call click here.

Sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and moderated by Obama 2012 veteran Melissa Ryan, panelists include:

  • Rachel Santos, Educator and Aspen Institute Fellow.  Rachel Santos’ teaching career spans 20-plus years in all grades Kindergarten through 6th, virtually all ABC Unified School District. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.A. in Anthropology Studying school culture and systems science has been a long-time passion for her, and she brings it into all her activities.
  • Crystal Patterson, Facebook. Crystal Patterson is a Government & Politics Outreach Manager for Facebook. She has more than a decade of experience in digital strategy and communications. With a background working on Capitol Hill, campaigns and in both the private and nonprofit sectors, Crystal now works with elected officials, government agencies, nonprofits and political organizations to optimize their Facebook experience and results.
  • Professor Thomas Main. Professor at the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs of Baruch College, City University of New York. Main holds a Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University and a two-year MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. His research areas include extremist political ideologies, urban politics, public administration, bureaucracy, and the American Constitution. His OpEd on the Alt-Right was recently featured in the LA Times.
  • Arun Devasia, Community Organizer, Hope Not Hate. Located in Great Britain, Hope Not Hate is a nonprofit dedicated to using research, education and public engagement to challenge mistrust and racism. Founded in 2004, it is one of the largest and most successful political action groups in the country.

Factual Democracy Project brings together experts that span tech, media, national security and civil society groups to explain how to fight back against efforts that use fake news — propaganda, disinformation and misinformation to disrupt our elections and our Democracy.

A spinoff of Melissa Ryan’s weekly 5,000 reader weekly newsletter, Ctrl Alt Right Delete, Factual Democracy Project was crowdfunded with more than $23,000 of seed funding from 256 donors..

Melissa Ryan is the Founder of Factual Democracy Project and the author of the Ctrl Alt Right Delete weekly newsletter. She’s spent a decade leading digital campaigns for nonprofits and political races, including EMILY’s List, Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, the New Organizing Institute, and Senator Russ Feingold.

Ryan is an expert on the intersection of politics, media, and technology. She’s often called on by conference organizers and the press to speak on these topics. Visit her website at or follow her on Twitter @MelissaRyan.

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Nov. 2, 2017