Shawna Vercher, Democracy Legacy President, attended Say Her Name: 20 years of Intersectionality in Action presented by the African American Policy Forum in New York City on June 10, 2017. The Gala event was held Saturday night at the Lerner Hall from 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT. The Honorees for the evening were Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN 5), The Shirley Chisholm Political Leadership Award, Eve Ensler, The Virginia Dunn Solidarity Award, MSNBC host, Joy-Ann Reid, The George Curry Drum Major For Justice Award for Excellence in Journalism and Barbara Smith, The Harriet Tubman Lifetime Achievement Award. Shawna Vercher, one of the nation’s leading political media strategists, is currently focusing her efforts on projects and organizational partnerships which bridge the perception of a gap between various progressive groups and voters. “Events like this are important not only because of the mission they serve but because they remind us all that every progressive issue is our issue. Democracy Legacy will do whatever we can to amplify the voice of the AAPF and the people they represent because their issues are issues that should matter to all of us,” explained Shawna Vercher. Democracy Legacy is a national organization that utilizes a multi-tiered approach of media, technology and strategic messaging to advance progressive issues, candidates and legislation in the newly-shifted political landscape. The African American Policy Forum (AAPF) is an innovative think tank that uses an intersectional lens to highlight and dismantle structural inequality. For 20 years, AAPF has connected lawyers, academics, activists, and policy-makers to promote intersectional justice across a broad spectrum of human rights issues. Say Her Name is a social movement that aims to change the public perception that victims of police brutality and anti-Black violence are predominantly male by highlighting the gender-specific ways in which black women, particularly black queer women and black transgender women, are disproportionately affected by fatal acts of racial injustice. “We are currently witnessing attempts to limit the rights of Americans on a daily basis. If we are serious about protecting our democracy and our citizens, then we have to begin by tackling the problems which silence the voices of so many,” continued Vercher. Also attending the event was Democracy Legacy’s Patricia Bellasalma, Intersectional Communications Director and Sandra Williams, National Activist Coordinator. “We are most successful when we coalesce around political principles that are informed by our various identities rather than when we are siloed based on those identities,” said Patricia Bellasalma. To learn more about Democracy Legacy visit their website at