National Leadership Summit 2018: Program

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Summit Schedule (subject to change)

Friday, June 8

12pm - Registration Opens

1:30-4pm - Workshops Sessions

  • Community Building and Leadership as Democratic Practices
    Democracy begins, not in the State house or the voting booth. It begins where you are, where you stand, where you live and how you organize. It is rooted in dignity and respect of each other, ourselves, and with nature. This session will provide you a deeper insight and tools that will ground your affiliate in three fundamental elements to bring democracy to your organizing.
  • 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--called HIVE (Helping Interested Volunteers Engage). 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! Learn about the movement to amend the U.S. Constitution to get big money out of politics and end corporate personhood. 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.

4-5:30pm - Plenary: Community Discussion About Move to Amend Sustainability

5:30-7pm - Dinner

7:30-9:30pm - Opening Plenary: Why We Need to Democratize the United States Constitution

Contrary to popular belief, the United States Constitution is woefully inadequate as a human rights document. We'll discuss how and why that is, and begin to develop a vision for how we could put forward a vision to meaningfully make real the promise of American democracy.

Saturday, June 9

7-9am - Breakfast

9-10:30am - Plenary: Status Discussion on the U.S. Democracy Movement

In this participatory session we'll collectively examine the political, legal, economic, and social crises we're facing to ground ourselves in a shared analysis of the current moment. We'll use the World Cafe methodology to explore and define our shared goals and vision, which will help set the stage for our discussion during the People's Movement Assembly on Sunday.

10:45am-12:15pm - Workshop Sessions 

  • Recruiting & Engaging Volunteers
    Reaching across age, race, class, and other boundaries to build a committed and inspired volunteer base. Sustaining a flow of leaders and preventing burn out.
     
  • Resolutions & Ballot Initiatives
    From the legislative and advocacy basics to stories of successful initiatives in Move to Amend states.
     
  • Pledge to Amend
    Dive into Move to Amend's Pledge to Amend Campaign to learn all about how to target candidates for office to get their committment to support the movement to amend and the We the People Amendment.
     
  • Corporate Constitutional Rights Beyond Money in Politics
    An examination of how the influence of corporate power extends well beyond the electoral realm and why the fixes which focus only on elections are inadequate steps towards ensuring that we have a functioning democracy.

12:15-2pm - Lunch
(optional one-on-one organizing consulting sessions with Move to Amend National Team members)

2-3:30pm - Workshop Sessions 

  • Public Speaking as Organizing

Using the Move to Amend talking points for presentations, press interviews, and one-on-one conversations. Best practices for self-presentation on stage and on camera. Using public talks to stregthen existing affiliates, recruit new members and collaborate with other groups. 
 

  • Fundraising as an Affiliate

Learn how to fundraise in a way that brings people in to your cause in a meaningful and authentic way, and also get the resources you need to succeed.
 

  • Civil Disobedience and Movement Building

In this session we will look at how Civil Disobedience tactics and strategies have contributed to the success of historical and contemporary movements for social change. We will particularly focus on how lessons learned from these movements can be used in the campaign for the 29th amendment.
 

  • Article V Conventions

We will explore the language Used in Article V of the Constitution; the Constitutional Founder's intent and circumstances of it's inclusion; history of its application and Influence; current application of Article V Conventions; organizations promoting or opposing Article V Conventions.

3:30-4pm - Break

4-5:30pm - Workshop Sessions

  • White Anti-Racism 101
    Designed for white people who want to fight racism and don't know how, this workshop will build on personal experiences to define racism and provide tools to combat racism. While much of the time will be interactive, the facilitator will supply a historical framework of how Race was constructed to uphold a system of Oppression and White Supremacy, and concrete examples of personal, cultural and institutional racism. Participants will be empowered to commit to their personal next steps.
     
  • Lobbying Effectively as a Move to Amend Organizer
    This interactive session will help make sure you’re prepared for Monday’s Lobby Day meetings with your Representatives and Senators and will offer what you need to follow up when you’re back in their home district as well.
    We will also offer resources to help you train others on your team back home as you lobby state and federal legislators to take the Pledge to Amend and sponsor the We the People Amendment.
  • Interfaith Caucus - Engaging Communities of Faith and Ethical Convictions
    The Interfaith Caucus is reaching out to communities of faith and ethical convictions deeply concerned with our nation’s challenges. We will show them that passage of the 28th Amendment will lead directly to our ability to introduce reasonable regulations and legislation to turn around our nation's primary concerns including climate change, gun safety, immigration reform, income inequality, health care, etc. Each national faith "coming on board" (as did the Unitarian Universalists and the American Ethical Union) will add hundreds of thousands if not millions of additional supporters to push for the amendment. When approval at the top levels by a number of these organizations is obtained, their leaders will be in a position to go to DC together on behalf of their national members with tremendous credibility to insist on support of the amendment.
  • How We Can Win by Learning About Ourselves
    This session will focus on learning about our strengths and weaknesses and the strength and weaknesses of our opponents. Then learning  how we can use this knowledge to achieve our goals - both as Individuals and as a Team. At the end of the presentation you will understand WHY we have not been able to achieve our goals (for example end Citizens United) until now.

5:30-7pm - Dinner

7:30-9:30pm - Plenary with Thom Hartmann & Jasmine Gomez: Why We Need to Abolish Corporate Personhood to Save Democracy and Our Planet (Open to the general public)

In this dynamic keynote event, we'll hear from two very special guests. Acclaimed progressive television and radio host, author, and political commentator, Thom Hartmann will share his take on the importance of systemic solutions to corporate influence in government. Jasmine Gomez, attorney and award winning Democracy Honors Fellow at Free Speech for People will offer her analysis of the way corporations have used constitutional rights to damage people and planet. This event is open to the public and we plan to have a lively and informative evening!

Sunday, June 10

7-9am - Breakfast

9am-12:15pm - Plenary: People's Movement Assembly to Vision a Democratic Constitution

Real democracy will require a movement that goes well beyond the "We the People" amendment and there's no time like ASAP to start visioning the steps to get there. A profound and lively discussion about our current political moment and what’s needed for the future we envision. Learn how to conduct a participatory People's Movement Assembly (PMA) process. This discussion will be used to draw out themes of consensus in Move to Amend for the plan beyond passing the “We the People” Amendment.

The Peoples Movement Assembly will follow up on the conversations started on Saturday to strategize and collaborate about how we're meeting our goals and realizing our vision. The People's Movement Assembly was inspired by the Social Movement Assembly launched at the World Social Forum, and acts as a tool for deepening our focus, sharpening our strategy, and building coalition through a series of dynamic small group discussions. Move to Amend has facilitated dozens of PMAs around the country on themes like “Democratizing the US Constitution” and hundreds of thousands of people around the world have participated in this process.

12:15-2pm - Lunch
(optional one-on-one organizing consulting sessions with Move to Amend National Team members)

2-4pm - Plenary: Building Solidarity Across Movements and Issues

Do you find that corporate rule impacts nearly every issue you care about? Hear from and dialogue with movement leaders in climate justice, Puerto Rican autonomy, racial justice, workers’ rights, gun violence, indigenous sovereignty, and more. Gain insight into ways your affiliate could become more effective at building bridges with other movements and connecting the dots in outreach and education in your community.

4:15-5:45pm - Workshop Sessions 

  • Building Effective/Authentic Solidarity for Your Solidarity Outreach Plans
    ​This interactive session will support you to deepen your solidarity plan in order to engage other social, economic, and environmental justice movement organizations  in highly impacted and marginalized communities. Solidarity is an anti-oppression practice as well as a strategic priority to see passage of the We the People Amendment because by making connections between other missions and corporate rule and by fostering anti-oppression literacy within Move to Amend, we effectively build people power that includes everyone.
  • Online Engagement
    Get oriented to our database--called HIVE (Helping Interested Volunteers Engage). 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.
  • Lobbying Effectively as a Move to Amend Organizer
    This interactive session will help make sure you’re prepared for Monday’s Lobby Day meetings with your Representatives and Senators and will offer what you need to follow up when you’re back in their home district as well. We will also offer resources to help you train others on your team back home as you lobby state and federal legislators to take the Pledge to Amend and sponsor the We the People Amendment.

6-8pm - Dinner

8-9:30pm - Evening Fun: Talent in the Family

Showcase of affiliate volunteers’ 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 11 - LOBBY DAY

7:30-8:30am - Breakfast

9am - Depart for Capitol Hill

10am-1:30pm - Meetings with Congressmembers and Senators

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.

1:30-3pm - Lunch and Debrief Meeting