Past Event

Hope in America?

Are there grounds for hope in America? What are the most important issues of the day? And how can we foster a more engaged citizenry? Join us to discuss these questions and more with two young voices coming from unique perspectives. Rae Charnelle Wright is a labor organizer with the AFL-CIO and a founding member of the Chicago Young Workers and Kyle Stone is a practicing attorney and the Executive Board Secretary for the Chicago Young Republicans. This Café Society conversation is part of the (Un)Common Good series that discusses contemporary issues across political perspectives.

About our guest speakers

German born, southern reared activist, Rae Charnelle Wright is committed to sustainable holistic justice. Rae currently works with the national AFL-CIO in the Midwestern region and is a founding member of the Chicago Young Workers. Previously, Rae worked as a lobbyist with the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health to reform health education policy for Illinois public school students. During the 2008 General election cycle, she worked with Citizen Action/Illinois as a civic engagement organizer in 4 congressional districts in Illinois. Rae is a member of Ella’s Daughters, associate board member at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and civil society exchange fellow with the U.S. Department of State Young Turkey/Young America program.

Kyle Stone is a practicing attorney in Chicago where he defends doctors and hospitals at a downtown medical malpractice defense firm. He currently serves as the Executive Board Secretary for the Chicago Young Republicans after having served as Membership Director through that organization’s largest member expansion, from 2008 to 2010.  During the 2010 political season, Kyle worked as a youth organizer for the Kirk for Senate and Dold for Congress campaigns. A featured commentator on anything political, his articles have appeared online at American ThinkerAmerican SpectatorPajamas Media, and PolicyMic

Kyle is an avid sports fan, and while he is a firm Chicago transplant, he continues to ardently support his beloved Michigan and Detroit sports teams.

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