Agenda

Saturday – June 4, 2011

Registration 8:30am – 10:00am
Welcome 10:00am – 10:30am
Table Discussions/Exercise 10:30am – 11:15am
Saturday Keynote – Melissa Harris-Perry 11:15am – 12:00pm
Lunch & Plenary I 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Workshops I 1:15pm – 2:45pm
Workshops II 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Cocktail Hour 5:30pm – 6:45pm
Dinner 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Evening Activities 9:00pm – ???

Sunday – June 5, 2011

Nondenominational Service 7:30am – 8:15am
Citizen Action At-Large Director Election 8:00am – 8:30am
Breakfast 8:00am – 9:00am
Welcome & Agenda 9:00am – 9:15am
Plenary 9:15am – 10:45am
Workshops III 11:00am – 12:30pm
Lunch 12:45pm – 1:30pm
Justice Economy Roundtable 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Closing 3:30pm – 4:00pm

Plenary

Union’s Aren’t the Enemy: A Conversation Around the Right’s Coordinated Attack on Organized Labor

Moderated by Betsy Reed, Executive Editor, The Nation Panelists Include: Dr. L. Toni Lewis, Chair, SEIU Healthcare Kevin Eitzmann, Organizer, Capital District Area Labor Federation Dr. Robert Kraig, Executive Director, Citizen Action of Wisconsin Steve Allinger, Political Director, NYSUT

Workshops

Each Justice Works participant will have the opportunity to attend three workshop sessions. Workshops have been organized into “tracks,” allowing participants who are interested in a single particular area of focus to attend multiple sessions on that topic. However, participants should feel free to attend any combination of workshops that are of interest.

Workshops I – Saturday, 1:15 – 2:45pm

Progressive Power through Civic Engagement: Why We Do Field and How It Builds Power (Pearl Street Room)

Healthy Children Ready to Learn (Van Rensselaer Room)

Protect Students, Not Millionaires: State Budget Strategy (Capital Room)

Good Jobs for Everyone in America (Ballroom A)

Becoming Your Organization’s Digital Strategist (Beverwyck Room)

How to Run Progressive in a Conservative World (Ten Broeck Room)

Workshops II – Saturday, 3:00 – 5:00pm

Ending Disenfranchisement & Strengthening Democracy: Restoring Parolee Voting Rights in New York State (Van Rensselaer Room)

To the Field! Organizing Door-to-Door Mass Outreach (Pearl Street Room)

New York Can’t Afford Fracking: How We Can Build a Movement to Stop Hydraulic Fracturing in New York State (Capital Room)

Getting Our Money’s Worth: Making Economic Development Pay in New York (Ballroom A)

Voter Owned Elections: An Overview and Live-Action Demonstration of Campaign Finance Today and in the Future (Ten Broeck Room)

Progressive Elected Officials – Partnering for Change (Invitation Only – Beverwyck Room)

Workshops III – Sunday, 11:00am – 12:30pm

Telling Our Story: An Economy that Works for All of Us (Pearl Street Room)

Successful Strategies for School Improvement (Capital Room)

Green Jobs are the Next Big Thing: Helping the Evnvironment, Helping Residents (Beverwyck Room)

The State of New York’s Netroots (Ballroom C)

Democracy in Action: Using Elections to Win Legislation (Ten Broeck Room)

Health Care and Race: The Strategy for Equity (Van Rensselaer Room)

Track 1: Skills

Progressive Power through Civic Engagement: Why We Do Field and How It Builds Power Whether your organization currently does civic engagement or is interested in developing a civic engagement plan of your own, you’ll learn the fundamentals in this workshop. Year round, non-partisan civic engagement gives our organizations and leaders the ability to build lasting power, add to our membership, and develop cutting edge skills. Learn why and how effective civic engagement, using the latest technology and data, can take our movement to the next level. -Maurice Mitchell, Coordinator, NYS Civic Engagement Table; Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter, Board Chair, Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition; Henry Serrano, Senior Organizer / Voter Engagement Project Coordinator, Community Voices Heard; Jenny Loeb, Chapter Coordinator Organizer, Community Voices Heard

To the Field! Organizing Door-to-Door Mass Outreach Get deep knowledge about the nuts and bolts of developing a powerful field operation including volunteer recruitment, retention, engaging disenfranchised voters, and canvass responsibilities. Communicating with voters at the doors and on the phones are proven methods of delivering information to voters and getting voters out to vote. Leave with the knowledge to roll out a thoughtful outreach plan of your own. -Maurice Mitchell, Coordinator, NYS Civic Engagement Table; Tanika Jones, Lead Organizer, Citizen Action of New York; Henry Serrano, Senior Organizer / Voter Engagement Project Coordinator, Community Voices Heard; Jenny Loeb, Chapter Coordinator Organizer, Community Voices Heard

Track 2: Online Organizing

Becoming Your Organization’s Digital Strategist Computer – check. Internet connection – check. Engaged activist based – check. Now, all that’s left is a strategy that pulls together technology and organizing to make real change in our communities. This workshop will teach you the fundamentals of online organizing to take the progressive movement into the 21st century. -Charles Lenchner, Co-Founder, Organizing 2.0

The State of New York’s Netroots How is the Internet influencing public policy and politics in the Empire State? Join us for a conversation with New York’s top online organizers, political bloggers, and online opinion makers. -Elana Levin, Director of Communications, Writers Guild of America, East and Co-Founder, Organizing 2.0; Liza Sabater, Publisher, DailyGotham.com and CultureKitchen.com; Phillip Anderson, Co-founder/Editor, The Albany Project and former Director, New Media Communications, New York State Senate; David King, State Government Editor, Gotham Gazette and Consulting News Editor, Metroland; Justin Krebs, Co-Founder, Living Liberally

Track 3: Education

Protect Students, Not Millionaires: State Budget Strategy A review of the 2011 state budget campaign to preserve the millionaires’ tax and fairly fund schools. What are the consequences for our students of Governor Cuomo’s school budget cuts? A discussion of next steps and strategy to win an extension of the millionaires’ tax to fund restoration of teachers and programs in our classrooms. -Billy Easton, Executive Director, Alliance for Quality Education; Danielle Asher, Lead Organizer, Long Island Progressive Coalition; Lee Cutler, Secretary/Treasurer, NYSUT; Jim Anderson, Western New York Chapter Board, Citizen Action of New York

Successful Strategies for School Improvement What strategies work to improve schools, including those schools that are classified as persistently lowest achieving? A look at innovative strategies initiated through parent, youth and community organizing and advocacy efforts, as well as supported by research, including: collaborative approaches to quality teaching, extended learning time, reform of school discipline practices and creating a school climate that supports students, early childhood education, and parent, student and community engagement. -Marina Marcou-O’Malley, Policy Analyst, Alliance for Quality Education; Hiram Rivera, Coordinator, Urban Youth Collaborative/Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University; Zakiyah Ansari, Organizer/Parent Leader, Alliance for Quality Education and NYC Coalition for Educational Justice; Jenn O’Connor, Senior Policy Associate, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy & Coordinator, WinningBeginningNY; Shirley Copes, Citizen Action of New York Syracuse Steering Committee and Alliance for Quality Education Statewide Steering Committee

Track 4: Health Care

Healthy Children Ready to Learn Our children’s success depends on so many different factors. This workshop will explore children’s and families’ health care needs and how the worlds of health care and education must come together if we are to create strong, smart and healthy communities across New York State. -Abigail Claflin, Health Initiatives Campaign Manager, Community Service Society of New York; Kate Breslin, President & CEO, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

Health Care and Race: The Strategy for Equity Prescriptions in Greek. Doctors who don’t get it. Red tape that turns people away. Worse results for people of color. Our health care and insurance systems too often increase disparities based on race, ethnicity and more. But there are solutions, within the new Federal Health Reform law and in how we implement the new law in New York State. This workshop will outline the challenges people of color face as they gain coverage and use our health care system and what we can do in New York to create a truly equitable system as we implement reform right now. -Bob Cohen, Policy Director and Lea Webb, Lead Organizer, Citizen Action of New York; Wilma Alvarado-Little, MA, Director, Community Engagement/Outreach, Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities, University at Albany, SUNY; Jacquie Anderson, Director, State Consumer Health Advocacy, Community Catalyst; Theo Oshiro, Health Advocacy Director, Make the Road NY; Jennifer Torres, Manager of Health Care Advocacy, New York Immigration Coalition

Track 5: Elections

How to Run Progressive in a Conservative World How do progressives run – and win – campaigns in the era of tea party extremists, birther-mania and the Fox News propaganda machine? Enjoy an interactive workshop and discussion of message and methods led by the consultants who have helped elect Eric Schneiderman, David Soares and dozens of state and local legislators. For candidates, campaign managers, organizers and organizations who know that you (usually) have to win to build real power. -Alex Navarro-McKay and Mike Rabinowitz, Managing Directors, BerlinRosen

Voter Owned Elections: An Overview and Live-Action Demonstration of Campaign Finance Today and in the Future Join us for a tutorial in campaign finance – what’s wrong with the status quo, why Voter Owned Elections would be a better alternative, and what reforms we can achieve this year. -Jesse Laymon, Downstate Campaigns Manager, Citizen Action of New York

Ending Disenfranchisement & Strengthening Democracy: Restoring Parolee Voting Rights in New York State After collaborating on the campaign to end the policy of prison-based gerrymandering, VOCAL-NY’s parolee organizing project is continuing the fight by demanding the right to vote for New York’s roughly 41,000 citizens currently on parole. Join a workshop to learn about using the Governor’s power of Executive Order and a racial justice framework to achieve this major victory for justice and democracy. -Alfredo Carrasquillo and Brian Pearson, VOCAL-NY

Democracy in Action: Using Elections to Win Legislation Elections can be powerful tools to create movement on legislative issues. Making the most of them, however, requires long term strategic thinking and strong on-the-ground execution. This workshop will present two case studies showing how an electoral strategy was implemented to achieve progress on legislative priorities: on a statewide level with marriage equality and on a local level for a living wage campaign. -Ross Levi, Executive Director, Empire State Pride Agenda; Alex Monticello, former Upstate Political Director, NY Working Families Party

Track 6: The Economy

Good Jobs for Everyone in America It’s time for an America that works for all of us, with Good Jobs for Everyone in America: jobs with good pay and benefits, so that families can educate our children, live and retire with security and pursue our dreams. This workshop will describe a Good Jobs for Everyone in America platform, demonstrating that progressives have answers to the single biggest question Americans face. -Richard Kirsch, Senior Fellow, Roosevelt Institute and Economic Program Advisor, USAction

Getting Our Money’s Worth: Making Economic Development Pay in New York Communities across New York State are suffering from high unemployment. Families are struggling to make ends meet while the government is spending billions of dollars of taxpayer money for economic development without delivering on the promise of good jobs for our communities. Governor Cuomo is creating Regional Economic Development Councils that will oversee economic development programs, control millions of dollars in subsidies and have review power over billions more, but there is nothing in his current proposals about how the performance and success of the Regional Councils will be measured. Presenters from Align (Alliance for a Greater New York) will discuss strategies for shifting the focus of New York’s economic development programs from simply luring a business to operate in New York, to creating good jobs for local residents, strong communities and a healthy and sustainable environment. Participants will engage in a conversation about how to make New York’s economic development programs translate into the good jobs our communities need. -ALIGN-NY

Telling Our Story: An Economy that Works for All of Us Progressives have a powerful story to tell, of how our economy is being wrecked and our democracy ruined as the middle class is crushed, while the rich get richer and corporations cut our wages and ship our jobs overseas. This workshop will teach participants the foundations of a powerful progressive narrative. -Richard Kirsch, Senior Fellow, Roosevelt Institute and Economic Program Advisor, USAction

Track 7: The Environment

New York Can’t Afford Fracking: How We Can Build a Movement to Stop Hydraulic Fracturing in New York State Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is a dangerous new method of gas extraction that is being planned to start on a massive scale throughout New York State. Fracking poses significant risks to the environment and to public health and safety as well as to our economy, property values and jobs. This workshop will explain the process and devastating impacts of fracking, provide an overview of the current situation in Albany, and share ways in which we can build a diverse statewide coalition to stop fracking. -Julia Walsh, Project Director, Frack Action and Claire Sandberg, Campaign Director, Frack Action

Green Jobs are the Next Big Thing: Helping the Environment, Helping Residents Through this interactive session, you’ll learn about what green jobs are, the status of New York’s Green Jobs legislation, and how this new state program will create good-paying jobs in our communities. You will leave this workshop able to go back to your community and take advantage of the statewide program, connect people with good paying green jobs, and help residents make their homes more comfortable and energy efficient through weatherization. -Lisa Tyson, Director, Long Island Progressive Coalition; Eric Walker, Organizing Director, PUSH Buffalo; Marriele Robinson, Power Up Communities Lead Organizer, Long Island Progressive Coalition