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This webinar originally aired on April 30th, 2020

Are you stuck at home and feeling unsure how to continue fighting for the issues you care about? You're not alone! Many organizations in our network right now are struggling with how to advance freedom while we are confined to our couches. Join members of the Institute for Justice’s activism team on Thursday, April 30 at 10am EST for a discussion about innovative ideas for grassroots organizing during the current crisis. You’ll learn tips for thinking creatively, finding your unique value add, connecting with your audience, and using this time to become a better activist.

About the Presenters:

Brooke Fallon

Brooke Fallon is the Associate Director of Activism at the Institute for Justice. Brooke teaches activists across the country how to fight for their rights to own property and earn an honest living. Through organizing, trainings, coalition building, and public outreach, Brooke helps entrepreneurs and property owners stand up and make their voices heard against the threat of government abuses of power.

Before joining IJ’s activism team Brooke worked in IJ’s Clinic on Entrepreneurship where she focused on knocking down barriers for low-income entrepreneurs in Chicago. Brooke received her B.A in International Studies from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining the Institute for Justice, Brooke worked at several nonprofits in the Chicago area, including the Center for What Works, the University of Chicago Community Service Center, and Heartland Alliance.

Melanie Benit

Melanie Benit serves as the Activism Associate at the Institute for Justice, where she mobilizes grassroots activists from around the nation to defeat abuses of government power. A trained campaign manager and parliamentary debater, she previously recruited, trained and engaged college students in free market principles through the promotion of civic service.

Melanie holds an M.A. in Government, Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security from the Lauder School of Diplomacy and Strategy at IDC Herzliya, Israel. As a Graduate Research Assistant, she studied how poor governance contributes to the global struggle against terrorism. This position gave her an understanding of the importance of limited government and economic liberty to maintaining a free society. She uses this knowledge to support IJ in creating relationships with diverse communities throughout the United States. She double-majored in Political Science and Marketing, with concentrations in Pre-Law and International Relations, at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.