National Leadership Summit 2019: Program


2019 Summit Schedule

(as of June 1, subject to changes)

Friday, June 21

Registration Opens (11am)

Deep Dive Workshops (1:30-3:45pm)

Community Building and Leadership as Democratic Practices

This session will be a deep dive into the concepts of leadership, responsibility, and other values that we as change-makers hold closely, but may not often take the time to consider outside the context of capitalism. Through interactive exercises we’ll explore these values in a cooperative and revolutionary context to find ways of relating to these concepts in a community centered way.

Mastering MTA's Outreach and Organizing Tools to Grow Your Group

Master - and teach others to use - the Move to Amend outreach systems. Get oriented to our database. Learn how to find supporters in your area, create email blasts, get the most out of your affiliate web pages, apply social media best practices, and more.

Introduction to Move to Amend for New Folks 

Welcome to the movement to amend the U.S. Constitution! Learn about the movement to end corporate constitutional rights and get big money out of politics - and why we can’t do one with out the other.

 This introductory session is for folks who aren't yet active in the campaign but want to learn more. We'll talk about the campaign strategy, why simply overturning Citizens United is not enough, current Move to Amend programs, and how you can get started in your community.

Welcome Address from National Director Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA) (4:30-5:45pm)

Dinner (6:00-7:00pm)

Plenary: Democratic Populism as Antidote to Trump Nationalist Populism (7:30-9:00pm)

Saturday, June 22

Registration Opens (7:00am)

Breakfast (7:30am-8:45am)

Plenary: Move to Amend Strategic Moment (2019-2020) (9:00-10:30am)

Workshop Sessions (10:45am-12:15pm)

Workshop: Recruiting & Engaging Volunteers

Nurturing and sustaining a healthy flow of diverse leaders is vital for building a committed and inspired volunteer base. Join us as we discuss best practices for reaching out across divisions of age, race, and class to engage with prospective volunteers.

Workshop: Compare and Contrast: Resolutions and Ballot Initiatives

If at least partially true that "all politics is local" and "the way to build a powerful movement is from the ground up," then working to abolish "corporate personhood" and "money as speech" by organizing locally to pass municipal resolutions and ballot initiatives must be a part of our strategy. Learn how it's done and interesting twists to increase the potency of local communities calling on Congress to pass the We the People Amendment.

Workshop: The Real Deal with the Other Amendment Proposals and Organizations

Why are there so many competing proposals for how to address Citizens United? What are the differences and who is behind the proposals? Learn the history of the players behind the proposals, past efforts to come to consensus and why they haven't worked, and how best to explain why the We the People Amendment is the only proposal that will get to the root of the problems of the corporate hijacking of the Constitution and get big money out of politics.

Lunch (12:15-2pm)

Consulting Appointments to get help with your local organizing (sign up in advance) (12:30-1:30pm)

Workshop Sessions (2:00-3:30pm)

Workshop: Public Speaking for Organizing

Human fears of heights, spiders and needles may only be surpassed by the fear of public speaking. We have your back! Move to Amend board and staff members will share tips, suggestions and dos/don'ts...and provide encouragement in this interactive space for you to overcome not just fears of public speaking but how to use public talks as a tool for recruitment and organizing.

Workshop: Fundraising for Move to Amend

Learn how to fundraise in a way that brings people in to our cause in a meaningful and authentic way, and get the resources we need to succeed at our local affiliate level and national level.

Workshops: Organizing Move to Amend State Networks

Discuss how to create a framework for state-level organizing. Hear from veteran Affiliate leaders to learn how they formed state networks in Minnesota, Ohio, and California. Explore long-term strategies and tactics for forming your own Move to Amend State Network.

Afternoon Break (3:30-4:00pm)

Workshop Sessions (4:00-5:30pm)

Workshop: Medicare for All vs Corporate Rule

It’s humane, popular, and affordable, yet extremely difficult to achieve in a sick political and legal environment dominated by insurance, pharmaceutical and medical corporations. What are the challenges and opportunities of linking the movement to attain Medicare for All with the campaign to end “corporate personhood.”

Workshop: Lobbying Effectively for the We the People Amendment

Are you wondering how to exercise your personal political power to support the We the People Amendment in Congress? Well, just in time for the National Lobby Day, this session strategies will delve into best practices for lobbying your elected officials. You'll also have a chance to put these concepts into practice through simulated lobbying sessions.

Workshop: Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable in Service of Our Democracy Work

Doing deep Democracy work, means we put ourselves in situations where we feel uncomfortable — but this is the good kind of discomfort — the kind that gives us an opportunity for growth. In this work, we are engaging with differences outside of our normal ways of relating to others and of understanding our world, and this goes well beyond the differences between “Conservatives” and “Liberals”. In this workshop, we will identify areas where discomfort can arise and you will leave with clear strategies for managing the discomfort and responding in a healthy way that promotes the kind of Democracy and community we all seek.

Dinner (5:30-7:00pm)

State and Regional Meetings to be held during dinner. 

Plenary: Creative Resistance (7:00-9:30pm)

Our Movement must be bold and strategic, and it also must be fun and beautiful. Trainers from Beautiful Trouble offer tools, techniques, and analysis to help us build creative, artful, impactful tactics to make ourselves heard and get results. Learn about innovative methods to make change inspired by decades of work from Movements around the globe.

Sunday, June 23

Breakfast (7:30am-8:45am)

Plenary: Plenary: Building Relationships Across Issues and Movements (9:00-10:45am)

Back by popular demand! Creating a democracy movement for fundamental change must ultimately connect issues, movements...and people. Representatives from national groups that work on issues that intersect with Move to Amend's agenda of creating authentic democracy and ending big money in elections and/or corporate personhood will reflect on the possibilities for widening and deepening collaboration at this critical moment in time that demands nothing less than fundamental change by groups and movements that are inclusive, politically/economically independent and dedicated to building nonviolent power.

Workshop Sessions (11:00am-12:30pm)

Workshop: Lobbying Effectively for the We the People Amendment

Are you wondering how to exercise your personal political power to support the We the People Amendment in Congress? Well, just in time for the National Lobby Day, this session strategies will delve into best practices for lobbying your elected officials. You'll also have a chance to put these concepts into practice through simulated lobbying sessions.

Workshop: Supporting Youth Leadership

Young people are facing off against fossil fuel corporations, the NRA, and corrupt politicians who have not been doing their job to secure safe communities or a livable planet for future generations. Hear from young leaders about the work they are doing and how older generations can more effectively pass the baton to support their inspiring and effective leadership. 

Workshop: Community Outreach and Engagement: Building Partnerships & Solidarity

Building authentic and trusting relationships with members of our communities is critical to form a mass movement strong enough to abolish corporate rule. Learn how we can best engage other community activists and organizations to create opportunities for collaboration and forge meaningful relationships with local movement allies.

Workshop: Power Within: Creating Reliable Leadership Presence

Together we will explore the practices that generate a reliable feeling of internal power, such that you can count on yourself to lead (and lobby) when the stakes are high. Power begins inside you. Let's amp it up.

Lunch (12:30-2pm)

Consulting Appointments to get help with your local organizing (sign up in advance) (12:45-1:45pm)

Plenary: Birddogging Training (Making Sure Elected Officials Understand Who's Boss) (2:00-4:00pm)

The Birddog Nation training is an advanced tactical training on how to get *real* commitments for the world we’re fighting for from candidates for office and elected officials. The training will teach the nuts and bolts of birddogging, the art and science of the inescapable birddogger question, and tips and tricks for non-violent direct action - including time tested practices that keep your team calm, focused and primed for success. The skills learned in this workshop can be applied to any issue that matters to any individual.

Break (4:00-4:15pm)

Workshops (4:15-5:45pm)

Workshop: Pledge to Amend for 2020

How can we ensure that our movement endures beyond this moment of resistance? Engaging in electoral politics is a way to build local power and grow capacity. This session will delve into how to influence the course of events during the 2020 cycle through voter empowerment and grassroots electoral activism.

Workshop: The Use of Political Art & Graphic in Supporting Change

Political art and graphics have played a vital role in social change since the very beginning of consciousness raising, organizing and change. From Goya to Picasso to Banksy, politically minded artists have made major contributions in defining the mission and strategies for a wide range of movements. The current session is primarily focused on participants bringing their own art and the works of other favorite artists. We will take turns sharing what we find most compelling and how art and other media could be developed to greater advantage in advancing our mission.

Workshop: Addressing the Climate Crisis Through a Religious and Ethical Perspective Can Help us Enact the We the People Amendment

For the past several years the Move to Amend Interfaith Caucus has focused on bringing communities of faith and ethical convictions together in support of the “28th We the People Amendment” as a powerful way to make a significant impact on the existential threat of climate change. We do this using the premise that we are “Stewards of Creation” (or “Stewards of the Earth” for non-theists) Because humans must reduce greenhouse gas emissions to avoid utter catastrophe, we contend that climate disruption is the number one reason for passing the amendment: without its passage, climate change will continue to move inexorably towards greater destruction. Learn how affiliates and associated organizations can include this objective in our work and accelerate our progress towards passage of this crucial amendment.”

Workshop: Strengthening Our message by Anticipating Attacks and Avoiding Traps and Employing the Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth

Make a positive impact on people who don't yet know what you are talking about. Carefully eliminate useless and harmful mythology from our message. Don't sow hostility, make allies. Realize how our core principles are inseparable from, and also deeply, directly indebted to, the centuries old struggles in America against injustice based upon race and gender. LIberate our movement from timidity, when the convergence of corporate rule, rising fascism, the Sixth Extinction, and global warming threaten the future of life on Earth like never before. We not only need to establish democracy, defend and protect the inherent unalienable Constitutional rights of the people while denying those rights to corporations ... we must also establish and protect the rights of nature to continue to sustain life as we know it. The proof of (a) our core principle that a corporation is NOT a "person" in the meaning of the Constitution, and the proof that (b) the alleged Constitutional precedent is not a "mistake", but is instead nothing less than a demonstrable fraud, will be presented to participants in two "friend of the people" briefs, and discussed to the extent that time permits.

Evening Fun: Talent in the Family

Showcase of your skills, talents, skits, chants, songs, and more. What have you done in your community that got people inspired and riveted? What have you always wanted to try and would like to practice on us first?

Monday, June 24 - LOBBY DAY

Breakfast (7:00-8:00am)

Group Photo & Depart for Capitol Hill (8:30am)

Meetings with Congressmembers and Senators (10:00am-1:45pm)

Delegations meet with Congressional representatives or staff. Practice making the case for the We the People Amendment with national elected officials. Open or deepen relationships and conversations with federal legislators that you will sustain when you get back home.

Lunch and Debrief Meeting (2:00-3:00pm)

Group Photo in Front of Capitol (3:00pm)

Conference End (3:30pm)