RACE & DEMOCRACY CONFERENCE

Efforts and movements to address racism throughout history have been sparks and catalysts for all areas of pro-democracy and social justice work. At the same time, structural racism has been a central force to derailing democracy in the U.S. throughout our history. It is time to hold a struggle for racial equality central to any organizing for justice we do as we work towards liberation for all people. This conference focuses on issues facing communities of color; white people addressing racism; bringing a racial justice focus to all our work for democracy; intersections of race, gender, class and sexuality; tactics and strategies for moving towards racial and economic justice; and the work people are doing to make it happen.

The Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign is the principle convener of the Race and Democracy Conference.  Contact Cheri Honkala at cherihonkalappehrc@gmail.com for more info.

If you haven't already done so, be sure to register now!

Full Conference Agenda Below:

CONVENTION OPENING PLENARY with Gar Alperovitz

KEYNOTE: Gar Alperovitz on “The Next American Revolution”

with Medea Benjamin as the MC and Wisconsin Welcome by Bryan Kennedy

Date: 
August 7, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location

Madison Masonic Center
301 Wisconsin Ave
Session type: 
Keynote
Speaker(s): 
Bryan Kennedy
Speaker(s): 
Gar Alperovitz
Speaker(s): 
Medea Benjamin

Multiracial Organizing in Our Segregated Education System

This workshop will be focused on discussing challenges and opportunities of multi-racial racial organizing. We will talk about the impact current school conditions have with our leaders and our campaigns. In this interactive workshops participants will get an opportunity to explore their own experiences and leave with strategies that work in their communities.

Presented by Alliance for Educational Justice members

Date: 
August 8, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Location

Madison College D303
Session type: 
Workshop

The New Apartheid in Higher Education: Issues of Class and Race

Date: 
August 8, 2013 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Location

Madison College D303
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Kimberly King

Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Date: 
August 8, 2013 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Location

Madison College D302
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Ananda Mirilli

CONVENTION ROUNDTABLE PLENARY

One delegate from each of the nine Democracy Convention conferences join in an animated discussion of the years ahead in the U.S. democracy movement.

Inn on the Park, 22 S. Carroll, Wisconsin Hall

Date: 
August 8, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Ben Manski
Speaker(s): 
George Friday
Speaker(s): 
Jill Stein
Speaker(s): 
Leah Bolger
Speaker(s): 
Leland Pan
Speaker(s): 
Margaret Flowers
Speaker(s): 
Norm Stockwell
Speaker(s): 
Richard Monje
Speaker(s): 
Roshan Bliss
Speaker(s): 
Victoria Collier

Earth Democracy Plenary: Climate Justice: Human, Civil, Labor, and Earth Rights Not Corporate Rights

Date: 
August 9, 2013 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Cheri Honkala
Speaker(s): 
Jill Stein
Speaker(s): 
Lauren Regan
Speaker(s): 
Richard Monje
Speaker(s): 
Ruth Caplan
Speaker(s): 
Sherri Mitchell

Energy Injustice and Environmental Racism: How Dirty Energy Impacts Communities

Nuclear power, coal, oil, gas, hydroelectric, biomass and waste incineration, and biofuels production all damage the environment and tend to disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color.  Learn about the realities of environmental racism and how it's more than just classism.  This workshop discusses the principles of environmental justice and what is means to be involved in the environmental justice movement.  We will explore the differences between NIMBY "not in my backyard" and "not in anyone's backyard" politics, the difference between environmental "equity" and justice, and how corporate propaganda systems undermine environmental justice through sophisticated divide and conquer tactics.

Date: 
August 9, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Mike Ewall

The End of Democracy - Emergency Managers in Michigan

This session will discuss the effects of the lack of democracy in Michigan after it was taken over by the emergency managers.

Date: 
August 9, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Edward Pinkney

Civil Rights Now What? The Plight of African American American Men today

A panel of African American community organizers will talk about what the Trayvon Martin verdict means and the plight of African American men today in America.They will talk about the realities of their lives, their childrens and what is being done and what needs to be done.

Date: 
August 9, 2013 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Galen Tyler
Speaker(s): 
JR Fleming
Speaker(s): 
Shamako Nobel

Idle No More and Community Fightbacks to Corporate Crimes: Building Bigger Resistance

Date: 
August 9, 2013 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Alexandra Thebert
Speaker(s): 
Carl Sack
Speaker(s): 
Patricia Popple
Speaker(s): 
Peter Anderson
Speaker(s): 
Ruth Caplan
Speaker(s): 
Sherri Mitchell

Immigrant Rights: The Struggle for Equality and Human Rights

A panel of people will discuss their experiences as immigrants in the U.S. and necessity of having laws that guarantee the human rights of all.

 

Date: 
August 9, 2013 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Cesar Chavez
Speaker(s): 
Deeq Abdi

Evening Social at Osaka House

Evening Social at Osaka House (505 State St) hosted by the Economic Democracy and Representative Democracy Conferences

Date: 
August 9, 2013 - 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Session type: 
General

A Global Struggle

This session will discuss the impact of globalization around the world and how it has helped wealthy people at the expense of low-income, marginal communities.

Date: 
August 10, 2013 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Session type: 
Panel

Building a Multi-Racial Democracy Movement

Amending the U.S. Constitution will require a broad, deep and educated social movement committed to social justice.  This panel is designed to explore how to build that movement in an accountable, productive and positive manner.

Date: 
August 10, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Location

Madison College D332
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Cheri Honkala
Speaker(s): 
David Cobb
Speaker(s): 
George Friday

Race Under the Obama Administration

A multiracial panel of activists will be speaking about their independent political work.

Date: 
August 10, 2013 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Galen Tyler
Speaker(s): 
John Gonzalez
Speaker(s): 
Kimberly King
Speaker(s): 
Richard Monje
Speaker(s): 
Shamako Nobel

So goes the South, So goes the Nation

This session will discuss the history of the South from Jim Crow Era to the Anti-fracking protests west of the Appalachian Mountains.

Date: 
August 10, 2013 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
George Friday

Local Food Democracy Reception

Sample and purchase local produce from South Central Wisconsin

Madison College Downtown Patio ~ Organized by Family Farm Defenders

Date: 
August 10, 2013 - 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Session type: 
General

Evening Social at The Rigby

Evening Social at The Rigby (119 E Main St) hosted by the Earth Democracy Conference. Head-Roc and Ryan Harvey will be performing.

Date: 
August 10, 2013 - 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Session type: 
General
Speaker(s): 
Head - Roc
Speaker(s): 
Ryan Harvey

CONVENTION CLOSING PLENARY: Call to Action

The keynote address will be followed by a facilitated discussion to give each conference a chance
to share the big ideas that came out of their event as well as the next steps everyone can take to further the democracy movement in the months and years ahead.

Date: 
August 11, 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Session type: 
Keynote
Speaker(s): 
Debra White Plume

Liberty Tree Foundation

The Democracy Convention is a project of Liberty Tree. Liberty Tree is uniquely committed to building a new democracy movement for the U.S.A.. We provide vital support to grassroots campaigns for democratic reform in many areas of American life, and bring those campaigns together to form a united movement for democracy.

Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign

The Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign is committed to uniting the poor across color lines as the leadership base for a broad movement to abolish poverty. We work to accomplish this through advancing economic human rights as named in the universal declaration of human rights- such as the rights to food, housing, health, education, communication and a living wage job

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