REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY CONFERENCE

Is there Representative Democracy in the U.S.; was there ever? We have never had the experience of every person living in this country having an equal right to vote. We've never had equality of access to run as candidates for elective office. There are escalating efforts by some to hijack voting and elections, as well as continued determination by those already elected, to construct districts and voting procedures that weaken efforts to build political power locally or to broaden the base of voters.

What can be done to restore and sustain truly Representative Democracy that is inclusive with ease of participation and accessibility to all?

During the Representative Democracy Conference there will be opportunities to discuss and share best practices on the following issues relating to election integrity and instituting real democracy to grow your communities:

  • Campaign finance reform
  • The Chamber of Commerce
  • Election integrity relating to electronic voting
  • Felony re-enfranchisement
  • Immigrant voting rights
  • Verifying election outcomes
  • Ranked choice voting
  • Voter registration
  • Recapturing legislative redistricting
  • Constitutional right to vote

The National Election Integrity Coalition and the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign are the principal conveners of the Representative Democracy Conference.  Contact Victoria Collier at contact@electionintegritycoalition.org 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

National Election Integrity Coalition (NEIC) Strategy Session (Movement Building)

How can Election Integrity activists consolidate our gains from many years of on-the-ground experience, and use our knowledge to envision and build an effective long-term movement for election reform? Using the MAP framework of movement building, we will brainstorm and strategize together on the future of election integrity.

Facilitated by Victoria Collier

Date: 
August 8, 2013 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Location

Madison College D436
Session type: 
General
Speaker(s): 
Victoria Collier

Third Party Access, Grassroots Campaigns, and Proportional Representation

Date: 
August 8, 2013 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location

Madison College D415
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Bob Fitrakis
Speaker(s): 
Cindy Sheehan
Speaker(s): 
Jill Stein
Speaker(s): 
Lori Grace

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

Citizen Activism: Citizen Oversight of Our Elections, Audits and Recounts

Activists in the Election Integrity movement will discuss real-world scenarios and best practices for citizen oversight of vital electoral processes, before, during, and after Election Day.

Date: 
August 9, 2013 - 9:00am - 10:30am

Location

Madison College D436
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Bob Fitrakis
Speaker(s): 
John Maa
Speaker(s): 
Jonathan Simon
Speaker(s): 
Judy Alter
Speaker(s): 
Karen McKim
Speaker(s): 
Mimi Kennedy
Speaker(s): 
Sally Castleman
Speaker(s): 
Tom Courbat

Citizen Election Integrity: Legal and Legislative Strategies for Ensuring Transparent Democratic Elections

Activists in the Election Integrity movement will discuss the options for citizen-driven activism to reform election laws, protect the vote count, and challenge election results.

Date: 
August 9, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Location

Madison College D436
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Ben Ptashnik
Speaker(s): 
Bob Fitrakis
Speaker(s): 
Harvey Brainscomb
Speaker(s): 
John Maa
Speaker(s): 
John Washburn
Speaker(s): 
Mimi Kennedy
Speaker(s): 
Tom Courbat

Election Integrity Public Panel: Fighting the "Hidden Threats" to American Democracy

The Election Integrity (EI) movement is working non-stop behind the scenes to fight the insidious corporate take-over, privatization, and electronic concealment of American elections and vote counting. What is the state of EI today? How threatened are American elections by insider fraud and hacking? What really happened to Karl Rove's expected victory in Ohio in 2012? What does the plan for nationwide Internet Voting mean for America? Leading EI activists will discuss their recent work, immanent threats to democracy, and building the movement to demand transparency and citizen oversight of elections.

Date: 
August 9, 2013 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Location

Madison College D436
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Ben Ptashnik
Speaker(s): 
Bob Fitrakis
Speaker(s): 
Jonathan Simon
Speaker(s): 
Mimi Kennedy
Speaker(s): 
Victoria Collier

Money Out, Voters In: Campaign Finance Reform Post-Citizens United

Learn about how shareholder activism, full disclosure of election spending and public financing of election campaigns can effectively mitigate the impact of the Citizens United decision before another election is bought by monied special interests and corporations.

Date: 
August 9, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location

Madison College D240
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Ben Ptashnik
Speaker(s): 
Lori Compas
Speaker(s): 
Mike McCabe

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 Constitutional Right to Vote

Date: 
August 10, 2013 - 9:00am - 10:30am

Location

Madison College D436
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Bob Fitrakis
Speaker(s): 
David Cobb

Hand-counted paper ballot workshop (session 1)

Learn how to count paper ballots by hand in a real-world election simulation. Help maintain the community culture of hand-counting, threatened with extinction by the use of electronic voting machines, which remove the vote count from public oversight.

Date: 
August 10, 2013 - 9:00am - 10:30am

Location

Madison College D404
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Judy Alter
Speaker(s): 
Karen McKim
Speaker(s): 
Mimi Kennedy
Speaker(s): 
Sally Castleman

Are Electronic Voting Systems Democratic?

Get the facts and decide for yourself what is "appropriate technology" for democratic elections. Do electronic voting machines support or subvert the democratic process? Technology experts discuss the pros, cons, and options for e-voting.

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

Location

Madison College D436
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Carl Carter
Speaker(s): 
Gerry Bello
Speaker(s): 
John Washburn

Hand-counted paper ballot workshop (session 2)

Learn how to count paper ballots by hand in a real-world election simulation. Help maintain the community culture of hand-counting, threatened with extinction by the use of electronic voting machines, which remove the vote count from public oversight.

Date: 
August 10, 2013 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Location

Madison College D404
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Judy Alter
Speaker(s): 
Karen McKim
Speaker(s): 
Mimi Kennedy
Speaker(s): 
Sally Castleman

REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY PLENARY: The Fight of Our Lives

We face an unprecedented crisis in American democracy; attacks against community self-government, undermining of government accountability, the reign of Big Money over representative politics, total lack of transparency in how we process our own votes, and a choke-hold on the electoral system by two major parties increasingly under the control of nefarious corporate interests. How did we get here, and how do we get out? Leading democracy activists discuss the need for a citizen-driven Democracy Movement to bring our society back from the brink.

Date: 
August 10, 2013 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location

Madison College D436
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Ben Ptashnik
Speaker(s): 
Bob Fitrakis
Speaker(s): 
Cindy Sheehan
Speaker(s): 
Greg Palast
Speaker(s): 
Jill Stein
Speaker(s): 
Jonathan Simon
Speaker(s): 
Mike McCabe

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.

National Election Integrity Coalition

The National Election Integrity Coalition (NEIC) is a non-partisan movement-building network for thousands of grassroots activists and organizations working to counter the privatization and concealment of our public democratic elections.  The NEIC brings together our most experienced and knowledgeable activists to help educate, train, coordinate, and strategize with the growing Election Integrity community.  We work to build networks and coalitions with the broader American and International movements for democracy, transparency, and government accountability.

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign is a homegrown network of citizens fighting government corruption and working for fair elections, judicial integrity, media democracy, and open and transparent government. The Democracy Campaign pursues these objectives through research, citizen education, community outreach, coalition building and direct advocacy. WDC was founded in 1995 as a nonprofit, independent coalition of individuals and groups responding to the growing dominance of special interest money in the campaigns of state lawmakers.

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