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Saturday, May 30
 

10:00am

Welcome & Opening Session
Speakers
avatar for Ivette Alfonso

Ivette Alfonso

President, Citizen Action of New York
President, Citizen Action of New York
avatar for Karen Scharff

Karen Scharff

Executive Director, Citizen Action of New York
Executive Director, Citizen Action of New York


Saturday May 30, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
King Street Ballroom

11:00am

Keynote Address: Bill Fletcher, Jr. - Building People Power: What Clues Does History Offer?
Speakers
avatar for Bill Fletcher, Jr.

Bill Fletcher, Jr.

Bill Fletcher Jr has been an activist since his teen years. Upon graduating from college he went to work as a welder in a shipyard, thereby entering the labor movement. Over the years he has been active in workplace and community struggles as well as electoral campaigns. He has worked... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 11:00am - 11:45am
King Street Ballroom

11:00am

11:45am

Performance: FM Supreme
Speakers
avatar for FM Supreme

FM Supreme

Born and raised in Chicago, Jessica Disu, also known as FM Supreme, uses language as a tool for positive change. She’s a three-time international performing poet, mc, artist, activist and educator who describes herself as a “humanitarian rap artist.” Disu has spoken and performed... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 11:45am - 12:00pm
King Street Ballroom

12:00pm

Keynote Address: Alicia Garza - #BlackLivesMatter: Not a Moment, A Movement
Speakers
avatar for Alicia Garza

Alicia Garza

Alicia Garza is a co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter which began as a hashtag and grew into a national organizing project that is an affirmation and embrace of the resistance and resilience of Black people. She is currently the Special Projects Director at the National Domestic Workers... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 12:00pm - 12:45pm
King Street Ballroom

12:45pm

Lunch
Please have your meal ticket out. You can find your meal tickets in your name tag sleeve.

Saturday May 30, 2015 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Fort Orange Courtyard

2:00pm

Part 1 - Criminal Justice Breakout - How We Got Into This Mess and How We Can Get Out of It: A Unified Movement to End Economic Injustice
It’s no secret: the economy is a mess for everyone except the top 1%. After decades of complicated schemes run by Wall Street designed to suck the wealth out of our communities, we’ve been left to fight with each other for a tiny piece of the pie. No matter the issues we care most about, it's this common struggle that unites us and is the very reason a unified movement for justice is possible. Together, we’ll learn the details behind the ways that Wall Street has stacked the economic deck against us. We’ll explore how racism and sexism have been central to expanding wealth inequality. And we’ll discuss real solutions and bold ideas that could transform our economy into one that works for all of us.

Speakers
LD

Lou DeJesus

Program Assistant, PUSH Green
avatar for Libero Della Piana

Libero Della Piana

Digital Director, People's Action
Libero Della Piana is the Digital Director of People's Action, a new national organization with over 40 affiliated social, economic and racial justice organizations. A recipient of the Alston-Bannerman fellowship for young organizers of color, Libero has had extensive experience in... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
King Street 6

2:00pm

Part 1 - Educational Justice Breakout - How We Got Into This Mess and How We Can Get Out of It: A Unified Movement to End Economic Injustice
It’s no secret: the economy is a mess for everyone except the top 1%. After decades of complicated schemes run by Wall Street designed to suck the wealth out of our communities, we’ve been left to fight with each other for a tiny piece of the pie. No matter the issues we care most about, it's this common struggle that unites us and is the very reason a unified movement for justice is possible. Together, we’ll learn the details behind the ways that Wall Street has stacked the economic deck against us. We’ll explore how racism and sexism have been central to expanding wealth inequality. And we’ll discuss real solutions and bold ideas that could transform our economy into one that works for all of us.

Speakers
JG

Jasmine Gripper

Early Childhood Campaign Coordinator, Alliance for Quality Education
Legislative Director, Alliance for Quality Education
LP

Lawrence Parham

Upstate Campaigns Manager, Citizen Action of NY


Saturday May 30, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
King Street 2

2:00pm

Part 1 - Environmental Justice Breakout - How We Got Into This Mess and How We Can Get Out of It: A Unified Movement to End Economic Injustice
It’s no secret: the economy is a mess for everyone except the top 1%. After decades of complicated schemes run by Wall Street designed to suck the wealth out of our communities, we’ve been left to fight with each other for a tiny piece of the pie. No matter the issues we care most about, it's this common struggle that unites us and is the very reason a unified movement for justice is possible. Together, we’ll learn the details behind the ways that Wall Street has stacked the economic deck against us. We’ll explore how racism and sexism have been central to expanding wealth inequality. And we’ll discuss real solutions and bold ideas that could transform our economy into one that works for all of us.

Speakers
avatar for Kristina Andreotta

Kristina Andreotta

Deputy Organizing Director, Citizen Action of New York
With more than a decade of experience in leadership training, Kristina has incorporated storytelling and public narrative into every aspect of movement building, from grassroots outreach to executive coaching. Kristina has a diverse campaign background that includes everything from... Read More →
TG

Tomás Garduño

Field Director, ALIGN: Alliance for a Greater New York


Saturday May 30, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
King Street 4

2:00pm

Part 1 - Health Justice Breakout - How We Got Into This Mess and How We Can Get Out of It: A Unified Movement to End Economic Injustice
It’s no secret: the economy is a mess for everyone except the top 1%. After decades of complicated schemes run by Wall Street designed to suck the wealth out of our communities, we’ve been left to fight with each other for a tiny piece of the pie. No matter the issues we care most about, it's this common struggle that unites us and is the very reason a unified movement for justice is possible. Together, we’ll learn the details behind the ways that Wall Street has stacked the economic deck against us. We’ll explore how racism and sexism have been central to expanding wealth inequality. And we’ll discuss real solutions and bold ideas that could transform our economy into one that works for all of us.

Speakers
CK

Chris Keeley

VP, Government Relations, Health Republic Insurance of New York
DL

Dinash Lal

Deputy Program Director, PPEFNY
avatar for Toni Lewis

Toni Lewis

Chair, SEIU Healthcare
Dr. L. Toni Lewis, Immediate Past President of the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR/SEIU Healthcare), was named chair of the union's healthcare division in June 2010 by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry. Dr. Lewis brings a great deal of experience as a voice for resident physician... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Town Hall Amphitheater

2:00pm

Part 1 - Housing Justice Breakout - How We Got Into This Mess and How We Can Get Out of It: A Unified Movement to End Economic Injustice
It’s no secret: the economy is a mess for everyone except the top 1%. After decades of complicated schemes run by Wall Street designed to suck the wealth out of our communities, we’ve been left to fight with each other for a tiny piece of the pie. No matter the issues we care most about, it's this common struggle that unites us and is the very reason a unified movement for justice is possible. Together, we’ll learn the details behind the ways that Wall Street has stacked the economic deck against us. We’ll explore how racism and sexism have been central to expanding wealth inequality. And we’ll discuss real solutions and bold ideas that could transform our economy into one that works for all of us.

Speakers
avatar for Rosemary Rivera

Rosemary Rivera

Statewide Organizing and Training Director, Citizen Action of New York
Organizing Director, Citizen Action of New York


Saturday May 30, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Shaker

2:00pm

Part 1 - Immigrant Justice Breakout - How We Got Into This Mess and How We Can Get Out of It: A Unified Movement to End Economic Injustice
It’s no secret: the economy is a mess for everyone except the top 1%. After decades of complicated schemes run by Wall Street designed to suck the wealth out of our communities, we’ve been left to fight with each other for a tiny piece of the pie. No matter the issues we care most about, it's this common struggle that unites us and is the very reason a unified movement for justice is possible. Together, we’ll learn the details behind the ways that Wall Street has stacked the economic deck against us. We’ll explore how racism and sexism have been central to expanding wealth inequality. And we’ll discuss real solutions and bold ideas that could transform our economy into one that works for all of us.

Speakers
DA

Daniel Altschuler

Civic Engagement and Research Coordinator, Make the Road New York
LS

Linda Sarsour

Executive Director, Arab American Association of New York


Saturday May 30, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Lodge

2:00pm

Part 1 - Worker Justice Breakout - How We Got Into This Mess and How We Can Get Out of It: A Unified Movement to End Economic Injustice
It’s no secret: the economy is a mess for everyone except the top 1%. After decades of complicated schemes run by Wall Street designed to suck the wealth out of our communities, we’ve been left to fight with each other for a tiny piece of the pie. No matter the issues we care most about, it's this common struggle that unites us and is the very reason a unified movement for justice is possible. Together, we’ll learn the details behind the ways that Wall Street has stacked the economic deck against us. We’ll explore how racism and sexism have been central to expanding wealth inequality. And we’ll discuss real solutions and bold ideas that could transform our economy into one that works for all of us.

Speakers
MH

Margarita Hernandez

Deputy Political Director, CWA District 1
avatar for Jessica Wisneski

Jessica Wisneski

Legislative and Campaigns Director, Citizen Action of New York
Campaigns Director, Citizen Action of New York


Saturday May 30, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
King Street 8

3:15pm

Part 2 - How We Got Into This Mess and How We Can Get Out of It: A Unified Movement to End Economic Injustice - Runaway Inequality
Speakers
avatar for Les Leopold

Les Leopold

Director, The Labor Institute
Les Leopold co-founded and directs the Labor Institute in New York City, a non profit educational organization that designs programs on occupational health and safety, the environment and economics for unions and community groups. He is the author of the award-winning biography The... Read More →
avatar for Libero Della Piana

Libero Della Piana

Digital Director, People's Action
Libero Della Piana is the Digital Director of People's Action, a new national organization with over 40 affiliated social, economic and racial justice organizations. A recipient of the Alston-Bannerman fellowship for young organizers of color, Libero has had extensive experience in... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Fort Orange Ballroom

4:15pm

Part 3 - Criminal Justice Breakout - How We Got Into This Mess and How We Can Get Out of It: A Unified Movement to End Economic Injustice
It’s no secret: the economy is a mess for everyone except the top 1%. After decades of complicated schemes run by Wall Street designed to suck the wealth out of our communities, we’ve been left to fight with each other for a tiny piece of the pie. No matter the issues we care most about, it's this common struggle that unites us and is the very reason a unified movement for justice is possible. Together, we’ll learn the details behind the ways that Wall Street has stacked the economic deck against us. We’ll explore how racism and sexism have been central to expanding wealth inequality. And we’ll discuss real solutions and bold ideas that could transform our economy into one that works for all of us.

Speakers
LD

Lou DeJesus

Program Assistant, PUSH Green
avatar for Libero Della Piana

Libero Della Piana

Digital Director, People's Action
Libero Della Piana is the Digital Director of People's Action, a new national organization with over 40 affiliated social, economic and racial justice organizations. A recipient of the Alston-Bannerman fellowship for young organizers of color, Libero has had extensive experience in... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
King Street 6

4:15pm

Part 3 - Educational Justice Breakout - How We Got Into This Mess and How We Can Get Out of It: A Unified Movement to End Economic Injustice
It’s no secret: the economy is a mess for everyone except the top 1%. After decades of complicated schemes run by Wall Street designed to suck the wealth out of our communities, we’ve been left to fight with each other for a tiny piece of the pie. No matter the issues we care most about, it's this common struggle that unites us and is the very reason a unified movement for justice is possible. Together, we’ll learn the details behind the ways that Wall Street has stacked the economic deck against us. We’ll explore how racism and sexism have been central to expanding wealth inequality. And we’ll discuss real solutions and bold ideas that could transform our economy into one that works for all of us.

Speakers
JG

Jasmine Gripper

Early Childhood Campaign Coordinator, Alliance for Quality Education
Legislative Director, Alliance for Quality Education
LP

Lawrence Parham

Upstate Campaigns Manager, Citizen Action of NY


Saturday May 30, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
King Street 2

4:15pm

Part 3 - Environmental Justice Breakout - How We Got Into This Mess and How We Can Get Out of It: A Unified Movement to End Economic Injustice
It’s no secret: the economy is a mess for everyone except the top 1%. After decades of complicated schemes run by Wall Street designed to suck the wealth out of our communities, we’ve been left to fight with each other for a tiny piece of the pie. No matter the issues we care most about, it's this common struggle that unites us and is the very reason a unified movement for justice is possible. Together, we’ll learn the details behind the ways that Wall Street has stacked the economic deck against us. We’ll explore how racism and sexism have been central to expanding wealth inequality. And we’ll discuss real solutions and bold ideas that could transform our economy into one that works for all of us.

Speakers
avatar for Kristina Andreotta

Kristina Andreotta

Deputy Organizing Director, Citizen Action of New York
With more than a decade of experience in leadership training, Kristina has incorporated storytelling and public narrative into every aspect of movement building, from grassroots outreach to executive coaching. Kristina has a diverse campaign background that includes everything from... Read More →
TG

Tomás Garduño

Field Director, ALIGN: Alliance for a Greater New York


Saturday May 30, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
King Street 4

4:15pm

Part 3 - Health Justice Breakout - How We Got Into This Mess and How We Can Get Out of It: A Unified Movement to End Economic Injustice
It’s no secret: the economy is a mess for everyone except the top 1%. After decades of complicated schemes run by Wall Street designed to suck the wealth out of our communities, we’ve been left to fight with each other for a tiny piece of the pie. No matter the issues we care most about, it's this common struggle that unites us and is the very reason a unified movement for justice is possible. Together, we’ll learn the details behind the ways that Wall Street has stacked the economic deck against us. We’ll explore how racism and sexism have been central to expanding wealth inequality. And we’ll discuss real solutions and bold ideas that could transform our economy into one that works for all of us.

Speakers
CK

Chris Keeley

VP, Government Relations, Health Republic Insurance of New York
DL

Dinash Lal

Deputy Program Director, PPEFNY
avatar for Toni Lewis

Toni Lewis

Chair, SEIU Healthcare
Dr. L. Toni Lewis, Immediate Past President of the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR/SEIU Healthcare), was named chair of the union's healthcare division in June 2010 by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry. Dr. Lewis brings a great deal of experience as a voice for resident physician... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Town Hall Amphitheater

4:15pm

Part 3 - Housing Justice Breakout - How We Got Into This Mess and How We Can Get Out of It: A Unified Movement to End Economic Injustice
It’s no secret: the economy is a mess for everyone except the top 1%. After decades of complicated schemes run by Wall Street designed to suck the wealth out of our communities, we’ve been left to fight with each other for a tiny piece of the pie. No matter the issues we care most about, it's this common struggle that unites us and is the very reason a unified movement for justice is possible. Together, we’ll learn the details behind the ways that Wall Street has stacked the economic deck against us. We’ll explore how racism and sexism have been central to expanding wealth inequality. And we’ll discuss real solutions and bold ideas that could transform our economy into one that works for all of us.

Speakers
avatar for Rosemary Rivera

Rosemary Rivera

Statewide Organizing and Training Director, Citizen Action of New York
Organizing Director, Citizen Action of New York


Saturday May 30, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Shaker

4:15pm

Part 3 - Immigrant Justice Breakout - How We Got Into This Mess and How We Can Get Out of It: A Unified Movement to End Economic Injustice
It’s no secret: the economy is a mess for everyone except the top 1%. After decades of complicated schemes run by Wall Street designed to suck the wealth out of our communities, we’ve been left to fight with each other for a tiny piece of the pie. No matter the issues we care most about, it's this common struggle that unites us and is the very reason a unified movement for justice is possible. Together, we’ll learn the details behind the ways that Wall Street has stacked the economic deck against us. We’ll explore how racism and sexism have been central to expanding wealth inequality. And we’ll discuss real solutions and bold ideas that could transform our economy into one that works for all of us.

Speakers
DA

Daniel Altschuler

Civic Engagement and Research Coordinator, Make the Road New York
LS

Linda Sarsour

Executive Director, Arab American Association of New York


Saturday May 30, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
The Lodge

4:15pm

Part 3 - Worker Justice Breakout - How We Got Into This Mess and How We Can Get Out of It: A Unified Movement to End Economic Injustice
It’s no secret: the economy is a mess for everyone except the top 1%. After decades of complicated schemes run by Wall Street designed to suck the wealth out of our communities, we’ve been left to fight with each other for a tiny piece of the pie. No matter the issues we care most about, it's this common struggle that unites us and is the very reason a unified movement for justice is possible. Together, we’ll learn the details behind the ways that Wall Street has stacked the economic deck against us. We’ll explore how racism and sexism have been central to expanding wealth inequality. And we’ll discuss real solutions and bold ideas that could transform our economy into one that works for all of us.

Speakers
MH

Margarita Hernandez

Deputy Political Director, CWA District 1
avatar for Jessica Wisneski

Jessica Wisneski

Legislative and Campaigns Director, Citizen Action of New York
Campaigns Director, Citizen Action of New York


Saturday May 30, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
King Street 8

5:45pm

Cocktail Hour & Hotel Room Key Distribution
If you are staying in an overnight room for just Saturday night, you can pick up your hotel room key in the King Street Courtyard during cocktail hour - 5:45 to 6:45pm. Room keys will not be available before that.

Cash bar will be available. 

Saturday May 30, 2015 5:45pm - 6:45pm
King Street Courtyard

6:45pm

Dinner
Doors to the King Street Ballroom will open at 6:45pm. Please have your meal ticket out. You can find your meal tickets in your name tag sleeve.

Dinner will be a plated meal. If you have dietary restrictions, please let your server know.

Saturday May 30, 2015 6:45pm - 8:00pm
King Street Ballroom

7:15pm

Keynote Address: Mary Kay Henry - Journey Toward a Just Society
Speakers
avatar for Mary Kay Henry

Mary Kay Henry

Mary Kay Henry serves as International President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which unites 2 million workers in healthcare, public and property services. | Henry has devoted her life to helping North America's workers form unions and strengthen their voice... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 7:15pm - 8:00pm
King Street Ballroom

9:00pm

Performance: Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People
Danielle Ponder and The Tomorrow People have been taking Rochester by storm and packing music venue’s across the local area with their ever increasing fan base.High powered funk and soul is the order of the day with this band and they have plenty of it!

Danielle Ponder’s stage performances are a spiritual experience. Her voice transcends beyond the physical; you will feel the power of her voice in your soul. Danielle Ponder has performed at major events such as the Rochester International Jazz Festival, and the Toronto Harbor Festival.

With her new project Danielle Ponder and The Tomorrow People, she creates genre bending soul music fortified by the talented musicianship of Cory Owens on drums, Avis Reese on Keyboard, Tim Cash on Guitar and Marc Nova on Bass.

This band is bound to make you feel, make you think, and make you dance.

"Ponder’s pipes soar with soul, affection, and conviction. It’s both gut-wrenching and exhilarating. And her songwriting packs an immediate punch amidst its budding vulnerability." -Frank DeBlase, City Magazine


Saturday May 30, 2015 9:00pm - 10:30pm
The Tavern
 
Sunday, May 31
 

7:30am

Nondenominational Service
Sunday May 31, 2015 7:30am - 8:30am
Suite 120

8:00am

Breakfast
Please have your meal ticket out. You can find your meal tickets in your name tag sleeve.

Sunday May 31, 2015 8:00am - 8:45am
Fort Orange Courtyard

8:15am

Citizen Action At-Large Directors Election
This election is only open to Citizen Action of New York members who are eligible to vote. If you received a notification letter in the mail, then you are eligible. If you are unsure of your eligiblity, please check with Charlie Albanetti at calbanetti@citizenactionny.org.

Sunday May 31, 2015 8:15am - 8:45am
The Lodge

9:00am

9:00am

Grassroots Organizing: Building a Movement from the Bottom Up
Empowering the community to take action is the fundamental key to making justice work - our movement is nothing without people. Whether you’re an experienced organizer or a first-time activist, your energy and passion is the link between ordinary people who care about the issues and our movement as a political force. In this interactive workshop, we will explore the oldest form of political action in America, and share tips and techniques for activating the public one by one. The time is now, all the community needs is permission to act, so let’s lay it on the masses and get them off their asses!

Speakers
avatar for Kristina Andreotta

Kristina Andreotta

Deputy Organizing Director, Citizen Action of New York
With more than a decade of experience in leadership training, Kristina has incorporated storytelling and public narrative into every aspect of movement building, from grassroots outreach to executive coaching. Kristina has a diverse campaign background that includes everything from... Read More →
AJ

Amber Johnson

Organizer, Citizen Action if NY


Sunday May 31, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Shaker

9:00am

How to Get the Press' Attention: Earned Media 101
Running a quality press event has many pieces, from having a newsworthy story, writing press materials, having good visuals, making pitch calls, and prepping spokespeople. This workshop will provide a step by step plan to succeed in getting media at your next big event, from start to finish.

Speakers
DA

Daniel Altschuler

Civic Engagement and Research Coordinator, Make the Road New York


Sunday May 31, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Fort Orange 5

9:00am

How to Harness Digital to Supercharge Your Events
Events are key to any organizing effort: it's how we form community. Every step of the event process is a reflection of how you value that community - the visuals on the invite, your choice of platforms to promote it online, the ease of registration, live social media during the event, and post event reminders of what was accomplished together.This session, appropriate for experts and newcomers alike, covers the entire event planning and execution timeline and identifies best practices, innovative ideas, and key questions that will help you get the most out of your meatspace interactions. ("meatspace = digital term for the real world.")

Speakers
CK

Charles Khan

Organizer, Strong Economy for All Coalition
avatar for Charles Lenchner

Charles Lenchner

Executive Director, Organizing 2.0
Charles Lenchner is co-founder of Organizing 2.0, and currently serves as Assistant Communications Director for National Nurses United.


Sunday May 31, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Town Hall Amphitheater

9:00am

MadLib An America that Works for All of Us
Walk out of this workshop able to deliver a short, powerful speech on issues you care about.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Kirsch

Richard Kirsch

Richard Kirsch is a Senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and the author of Fighting for Our Health: The Epic Battle to Make Health Care a Right in the United States. In his current work for the Roosevelt Institute and as a Senior Adviser to USAction, he focuses on how progressives... Read More →


Sunday May 31, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
King Street 8

9:00am

Research tools for organizers!
What are the social, political, and economic networks that maintain the status quo in New York? Power network research that leverages publicly available data can build a strategic foundation for organizers. Come learn how a few quick and easy research tools can unlock key information to focus strategy, bolster campaigns, and help develop a better understanding of the power structure and how it impacts the issues we care about.

Speakers
avatar for Gin Armstrong

Gin Armstrong

Deputy Director, LittleSis
Gin Armstrong is the deputy director of the Public Accountability Initiative, the Buffalo, NY non-profit behind LittleSis, where she focuses on tracking the networks that prop up the power elite. She is a board member of GObike Buffalo, a bicycle infrastructure advocacy organization... Read More →
EH

Erin Heaney

Executive Director, Clean Air and Community Power for Health and Justice


Sunday May 31, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
King Street 2

9:00am

Running to Win
Ever wonder how elections are won (and lost)? Come to this workshop to learn about strategies and tactics that win elections and the mistakes made by campaigns time and again.

Speakers
DG

Darius Gordon

Organizer, Citizen Action
Darius Khalil Gordon is a Community Organizer for Citizen Action of New York (NYC). He is a Washington D.C native who studied African and African American studies at Penn State University. Darius  first came to New York  to serve as African American and Youth director for a State... Read More →


Sunday May 31, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
King Street 4

9:00am

The Art of Our Struggle: Banging on the System with Just the Right Note
The Peace Poets will be opening up a community cypher to explore how we sing for freedom, paint for peace and fight for our lives with purposeful art. Together we’ll look at: 1) using accessible exercises for free expression to clarify and strengthen our message; and, 2) using the artistic tools of poetry and music to actually capture the right tone and energy for our actions. By giving voice to each person in our circles, we draw on the wisdom of our community. By bringing the power of our art into our actions, we capture the attention of both our allies and adversaries. Once they’re listening, it’s up to us to play the right note on their heartstrings.

Sunday May 31, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
King Street 6

9:00am

Using a Race Frame: Racial Justice Messaging for Your Campaign
Hone your skills in using a race frame to analyze your issue campaign and develop racial justice messaging for media advocacy, demands, education, etc. Basic understanding of racial justice terms and concepts is expected.

Speakers
WL

Wendy Liberatore

Communications Coordinator, AQE
avatar for Libero Della Piana

Libero Della Piana

Digital Director, People's Action
Libero Della Piana is the Digital Director of People's Action, a new national organization with over 40 affiliated social, economic and racial justice organizations. A recipient of the Alston-Bannerman fellowship for young organizers of color, Libero has had extensive experience in... Read More →


Sunday May 31, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
The Lodge

9:00am

Volunteer Recruitment: When you realize you can't do everything yourself
One of the most important skills any activist can have in her toolkit is to effectively recruit volunteers. Everything from small and intimate house parties to canvassing to large scale rallies requires successful volunteer recruitment. Join us to learn and review the basics as well as advanced tips and best practices to build capacity. Active participation required, fun and a life changing perspective guaranteed.

Speakers
PK

Peter Kim

Training and Leadership Development DIrector, NY Civic Engagement Table
NR

Natajah Roberts

Organizer, Citizen Action of New York


Sunday May 31, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Fort Orange 7

9:00am

Without a Strategy You're Spinning Your Wheels
There is so much work to do in this movement, but without a well-planned, thought-through strategy, campaigns and activists can waste critical time, energy and resources. Come learn how to figure out what to work on when, strategic openings and opportunities and how to chart out a strategy that takes you through each aspect of a winning campaign.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Ann Hall

Lee Ann Hall

Executive Director, Alliance for a Just Society
LeeAnn has been the Executive Director of the Alliance for a Just Society (formerly the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations) since its founding in 1993 and has over 28 years of organizing experience.  She guides the development of campaigns and reports, and was at the... Read More →
avatar for Rosemary Rivera

Rosemary Rivera

Statewide Organizing and Training Director, Citizen Action of New York
Organizing Director, Citizen Action of New York


Sunday May 31, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Fort Orange 9

9:00am

Young People Organizing for Change
Young people are essential to winning progressive social change. We'll talk about how to build and connect with a youth-based social movement: planning great events; using pop culture; connecting to hot-button issues; running exciting meetings; taking effective action; spreading the word, and much more...

Sunday May 31, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
High Street 22

10:45am

Better Meetings, More Progress
Meetings are an essential part of organizing, but a poorly run meeting can lead to chaos, hurt feelings, and make your work harder. Learn proven techniques to help build consensus, and keep your meetings efficient and productive.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Ann Hall

Lee Ann Hall

Executive Director, Alliance for a Just Society
LeeAnn has been the Executive Director of the Alliance for a Just Society (formerly the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations) since its founding in 1993 and has over 28 years of organizing experience.  She guides the development of campaigns and reports, and was at the... Read More →


Sunday May 31, 2015 10:45am - 12:15pm
Fort Orange 9

10:45am

Grassroots Organizing: Building a Movement from the Bottom Up
Empowering the community to take action is the fundamental key to making justice work - our movement is nothing without people. Whether you’re an experienced organizer or a first-time activist, your energy and passion is the link between ordinary people who care about the issues and our movement as a political force. In this interactive workshop, we will explore the oldest form of political action in America, and share tips and techniques for activating the public one by one. The time is now, all the community needs is permission to act, so let’s lay it on the masses and get them off their asses!

Speakers
avatar for Kristina Andreotta

Kristina Andreotta

Deputy Organizing Director, Citizen Action of New York
With more than a decade of experience in leadership training, Kristina has incorporated storytelling and public narrative into every aspect of movement building, from grassroots outreach to executive coaching. Kristina has a diverse campaign background that includes everything from... Read More →
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Amber Johnson

Organizer, Citizen Action if NY


Sunday May 31, 2015 10:45am - 12:15pm
Shaker

10:45am

How to Get the Press' Attention: Earned Media 101
Running a quality press event has many pieces, from having a newsworthy story, writing press materials, having good visuals, making pitch calls, and prepping spokespeople. This workshop will provide a step by step plan to succeed in getting media at your next big event, from start to finish.

Speakers
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Steve McFarland

Coordinator, Long Island Civic Engagement Table


Sunday May 31, 2015 10:45am - 12:15pm
Fort Orange 5

10:45am

How to Harness Digital to Supercharge Your Events
Events are key to any organizing effort: it's how we form community. Every step of the event process is a reflection of how you value that community - the visuals on the invite, your choice of platforms to promote it online, the ease of registration, live social media during the event, and post event reminders of what was accomplished together.This session, appropriate for experts and newcomers alike, covers the entire event planning and execution timeline and identifies best practices, innovative ideas, and key questions that will help you get the most out of your meatspace interactions. ("meatspace = digital term for the real world.")

Speakers
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Charles Khan

Organizer, Strong Economy for All Coalition
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Charles Lenchner

Executive Director, Organizing 2.0
Charles Lenchner is co-founder of Organizing 2.0, and currently serves as Assistant Communications Director for National Nurses United.


Sunday May 31, 2015 10:45am - 12:15pm
Town Hall Amphitheater

10:45am

Using a Race Frame: Racial Justice Messaging for Your Campaign
Hone your skills in using a race frame to analyze your issue campaign and develop racial justice messaging for media advocacy, demands, education, etc. Basic understanding of racial justice terms and concepts is expected.

Speakers
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Wendy Liberatore

Communications Coordinator, AQE
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Libero Della Piana

Digital Director, People's Action
Libero Della Piana is the Digital Director of People's Action, a new national organization with over 40 affiliated social, economic and racial justice organizations. A recipient of the Alston-Bannerman fellowship for young organizers of color, Libero has had extensive experience in... Read More →


Sunday May 31, 2015 10:45am - 12:15pm
The Lodge

10:45am

Volunteer Recruitment: When you realize you can't do everything yourself
One of the most important skills any activist can have in her toolkit is to effectively recruit volunteers. Everything from small and intimate house parties to canvassing to large scale rallies requires successful volunteer recruitment. Join us to learn and review the basics as well as advanced tips and best practices to build capacity. Active participation required, fun and a life changing perspective guaranteed.

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Peter Kim

Training and Leadership Development DIrector, NY Civic Engagement Table
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Natajah Roberts

Organizer, Citizen Action of New York


Sunday May 31, 2015 10:45am - 12:15pm
Fort Orange 7

12:15pm

Lunch
Please have your meal ticket out. You can find your meal tickets in your name tag sleeve.

Sunday May 31, 2015 12:15pm - 12:45pm
King Street Ballroom

12:45pm

Special Remarks: Kathy Sheehan
Speakers
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Kathy Sheehan

Mayor, City of Albany


Sunday May 31, 2015 12:45pm - 1:00pm
King Street Ballroom

1:00pm

1:15pm

Featured Speaker: Zephyr Teachout - Illegitimate Power
Speakers
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Zephyr Teachout

Zephyr is an organizer, educator and scholar who grew up in rural Vermont on a dirt road five miles from a small town, with four siblings, sheep, chickens and a pig named Budweiser. In 2004, she led online organizing for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign, where she pioneered... Read More →


Sunday May 31, 2015 1:15pm - 2:00pm
King Street Ballroom

2:00pm

Performance: The Peace Poets
Artists
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The Peace Poets

The Peace Poets: Luke Nephew, Abraham Velazquez, Frank Antonio López, Enmanuel Candelario, Frantz Jerome  | | We are a collective of artists who celebrate, examine and advocate for life through music and poetry. Our art can take you on a journey from the Boogie Down to Berlin... Read More →


Sunday May 31, 2015 2:00pm - 2:15pm
King Street Ballroom

3:00pm

Adjorn
Sunday May 31, 2015 3:00pm - 3:05pm
King Street Ballroom