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Blog:Get Out the Vote + LGBTQ Community Panel Discussion w/CA Governor Gavin Newsom

Manny Becerra as a child

November 2020

Recently, I had the privilege and honor of being a part of a collaborative effort amongst an incredible group of community organizers, political staff and small business leaders in Northern Nevada; notably, between California Governor Gavin Newsom's staff, LGBTQ community leaders, Biden-Harris campaign staff, and Laughing Planet Cafe—all with one shared goal: getting out the vote for Biden-Harris for the 2020 presidential election.

40th Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, blurred in the background as a camera operator prepares to live stream a panel discussion between the Governor and members of the LGBTQ community in Northern Nevada at Laughing Planet Cafe's University location. (Nov. 1st, 2020; Picture by Manny Becerra)

40th Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, blurred in the background as a camera operator prepares to live stream a panel discussion between the Governor and members of the LGBTQ community in Northern Nevada at Laughing Planet Cafe's University location. (Nov. 1st, 2020; Picture by Manny Becerra. Download a full-size version of this picture on Unsplash.)


As an advisor and member of Laughing Planet's (LP) community outreach team, this event made complete sense to support as it is aligned with the company and team's mission—serve healthy food to fuel healthy thinking, healthy thinking fuels ideas that change the world—and values.

Hosting this community event at LP's University of Nevada-Reno location, while it was closed for business on the weekend due to COVID-19, was perfect as it allowed us to better control the environment for practicing safe social distancing while elevating: concerns & issues between community members and political leaders to prioritize addressing ASAP; unifying communities and continuing the fight for freedom and justice for everyone; and, helping to disarm hate by, and for starters, supporting a Biden-Harris ticket in Nevada.

Voting Info

Tomorrow, Nov. 3rd, is Election Day. Let's get out there and win this one to begin the steps toward building a more just world for everyone, including addressing climate change. If you need help finding your voting location or if you need to register to vote (some states, like Nevada, allow same-day voter registration!), visit https://3rd.nov.vote.

Livestream and Media

The recording of the live stream can be seen on Governor Newsom's Facebook live page. As the resident photographer, I ended up taking pictures of the panel discussion event, of which you can see some of the shots on my Instagram and Unsplash feed.

Collaborate

If you would like to partner with me on future community-focused and small business or non-profit events—and once we get through this election!—please reach out to me, I'd love to speak with you and explore possibilities together.

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Manny


I am human, a father, and a problem solver: a tech and people leader with a passion and proven track-record in building and leading compassionate, productive teams—remote and on-site—within a continuous learning culture. My teams and I champion usable, inclusive digital products and online experiences. My work, passion and intentions also intersect with advising small businesses and political campaigns, life-long learning, outdoor advocacy, community building, and uplifting others. Learn more about Manny