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Saturday, August 2
 

8:30am

Registration
Saturday August 2, 2014 8:30am - 10:00am
King Street Courtyard

10:00am

Welcome & Remarks
Moderators
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Luis Torres

President, Metro Justice
Luis Torres serves as president of Rochester's Metro Justice. He is also the coordinator for Social Justice at First Unitarian Church and a stay at home dad for Maya, Mateo and Noah. He is driven by a commitment for worker movements in rural and urban upstate New York.

Speakers
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Ivette Alfonso

President, Citizen Action of New York
President, Citizen Action of New York
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Assemblymember Patricia Fahy

Member, 109th District, New York State Assembly
Patricia A. Fahy was elected in November 2012 to represent the 109th Assembly District from the City of Albany, and the Towns of Bethlehem, Guilderland, and New Scotland. Pat successfully ran on a platform of education and jobs, bringing over two decades of experience at all three... Read More →
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Karen Scharff

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


Saturday August 2, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
King Street Ballroom

10:45am

New Tactics & Ideas for a New York that Works for All of Us
These short speeches will give conference attendees an exciting and inspiring look at innovative ways people are making progressive change in New York and across America. We've found some of the most cutting edge game-changers and they'll be here to talk to you about their work.

Speakers
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Christopher King

PBNYC Engagement Strategist, Community Voices Heard
Christopher brings a wealth of experience in national and NYC organizing to Community Voices Heard. Joining the organization in the fall of 2013, his commitment to strengthening the voices of residents and organizations alike has contributed to many powerful groups. Including Organizing... Read More →
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Rye Young

Executive Director, Third Wave Fund
Rye Young is the Executive Director of Third Wave Fund which supports and strengthens youth-led gender justice activism focusing on efforts that advance the political power, well-being, and self-determination of communities of color and low-income communities. He currently serves... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 10:45am - 11:15am
King Street Ballroom

10:45am

Participatory Budgeting in NYC: Radical Cooperation, Government & Community
Through Participatory Budgeting New Yorkers experienced a new kind of democracy. Residents of ten Council Districts directly decided how to spend $14 million of taxpayer money. What are the implications for engagement with this model? What can be done as PB expands in NYC and elsewhere?

Speakers
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Christopher King

PBNYC Engagement Strategist, Community Voices Heard
Christopher brings a wealth of experience in national and NYC organizing to Community Voices Heard. Joining the organization in the fall of 2013, his commitment to strengthening the voices of residents and organizations alike has contributed to many powerful groups. Including Organizing... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 10:45am - 11:15am
King Street Ballroom

10:45am

Philanthropy as a Spark for Social Justice Organizing
This discussion will focus on the legacy of social justice organizing efforts within the sector of philanthropy, a sector that largely lacks transparency and is often very misunderstood yet plays a major role in our movement ecosystem. Third Wave Fund will serve as a case study for how a movement --Third Wave Feminism -- spawned a funding arm that brought our feminist struggle to philanthropy.

Speakers
avatar for Rye Young

Rye Young

Executive Director, Third Wave Fund
Rye Young is the Executive Director of Third Wave Fund which supports and strengthens youth-led gender justice activism focusing on efforts that advance the political power, well-being, and self-determination of communities of color and low-income communities. He currently serves... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 10:45am - 11:15am
King Street Ballroom

11:15am

Our Communities on the Brink: Real Solutions for the Front Lines Fight Against Poverty
While conversations about economic inequality have been sweeping across America, issues of intractable poverty - often concentrated in communities of color - continue to plague many U.S. cities. Detroit is the specter haunting the dreams of most city mayors. The roots of the crisis lie not only in capital flight and the resulting job loss, but also in persistent historical discrimination in employment and housing. This prevents cities from building an adequate tax base to support quality schools and community services. In New York State, city leaders have plans to revive both their urban economies and the spirit and hope of the people they were elected to serve.

Moderators
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Barbara Smith

Barbara Smith has been politically active in many movements for social justice since the 1960s. She served two terms on the Albany Common Council representing Arbor Hill and North Albany from 2006 to 2013. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Barbara has been a resident of Albany since 1984... Read More →

Speakers
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Mayor Kathy Sheehan

Mayor, City of Albany
On January 1st 2014, Kathy M. Sheehan became the first woman Mayor in Albany’s history. | | In 2010, after winning a city-wide election, Kathy became Albany’s Treasurer and Chief Fiscal Officer. Kathy modernized the City’s tax collection system and completely overhauled its... Read More →
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Ritchie Torres

Member, New York City Council
Council Member Ritchie Torres was elected to office in November 2013 to represent the communities of the Central Bronx. Ritchie is the first openly gay candidate to be elected to legislative office in the Bronx and the youngest member of the City Council.  A lifelong son of the... Read More →
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Mayor Lovely Warren

Mayor, City of Rochester
Lovely Warren is the first female mayor in the history of the City, and the youngest in modern times. | | As Mayor, Warren’s goals are to improve educational outcomes for city students, increase economic development, improve public safety and community/police relations, and close... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 11:15am - 12:30pm
King Street Ballroom

12:30pm

Lunch
Saturday August 2, 2014 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Fort Orange Courtyard

1:30pm

$15 and a Union: The Rising Tide of Low Wage Workers for a Just Economy
This past year has seen a tidal wave of activism and leadership from the ground up on workers’ rights, from nationwide fast food strikes to the success of domestic worker wage campaigns. With minimum wage legislation becoming a priority for New York State leaders, the time is right for real and lasting change to the way we pay and value the labor of low wage workers. For those of us who are operating as allies, how do we engage with, support, and lift up the voices of those most marginalized? Hear from organizers and activists at the local, state, and national levels on their work.

Speakers
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Colin O'Malley

Organizing Director, Metro Justice
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Janel Quarless

NY Legislative Campaigns Manager, NY Working Families


Saturday August 2, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Fort Orange 5

1:30pm

Faith Partnerships: Organizing In and With Faith Communities

For many people, faith compels us to activism. Both faith leaders and lay people are often challenged to reconcile this work with leadership or institutional structures that are often hostile to our politics. Those activists who are not members of faith institutions can often be disrespectful or simply ignorant of the long history of faith based progressive activism. In this workshop, facilitators will share their successful experiences mobilizing activists in Muslim and Methodist communities around a variety of issues including wages, reproductive and lgbt rights and racial justice. Participants will be encouraged to share their own experiences, accomplishments, concerns, fears and assumptions and to begin making plans for improving our work among people of faith.


Speakers
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Kristen Dart

Community Organizer, Planned Parenthood Southern New England
Kristen Dart is the community organizer at Planned Parenthood Southern New England in Providence, RI . Her primary focus is organizing within faith communities and college students. She is originally from Saratoga Springs, NY. While there she played a significant role in several local... Read More →
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Linda Sarsour

Director, Arab American Association of New York
Linda Sarsour is a working woman, community activist, and mother of three. She is a Palestinian Muslim American and a self-proclaimed “pure New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn!” Currently she is the National Advocacy Director for the National Network for Arab American Communities... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
High Street 26

1:30pm

Fighting for Health and Justice in the Era of Bomb Trains

In Albany, a neighborhood struggling against poverty now faces a direct and escalating threat from trains carrying oil to port. Local politicians and environmental groups have identified and challenged this threat, as have people living in the impacted community, and important gains have been won. But differences in identified goals and tactics also pose a challenge to the long term strength and effectiveness of this grassroots effort. In this workshop, we will discuss possible elements of a strategic plan that respects the leadership, needs and concerns of those most impacted, while also respecting those who recognize the issue as part of a larger fight against state and national policies that profit big oil while undermining the health of citizens and the planet.


Speakers
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Mark Emanatian

Mark Emanatian is a long time organizer with Citizen Action of New York, which is a statewide membership organization working on economic, social, environmental and racial justice issues to help make a better NY. Emanatian is also a teacher and musician active for many years in the... Read More →
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Vivian Kornegay

Member, 2nd Ward, Albany Common Council
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Ivy Morris

Ivy Sharpe Morris was born in Albany and moved back in 2009, just in time to help on Mayor Kathy Sheehan's campaign. Ivy learned about politics from her grandfather, who worked for four governors in the Executive Chamber mailroom. He is Ivy's inspiration to be active in the community... Read More →
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Sandy Steubing

People of Albany United for Safe Energy


Saturday August 2, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Town Hall Amphitheater

1:30pm

From Brown v. Board of Education to Today: Engaging Parents and Students in the Struggle for Equality in Education
Sixty years after the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed segregation in public schools, New York has the most segregated schools in the nation. This workshop will explore what's been won and lost since the Brown v. Board of Education decision. Participants will discuss how key factors including geography, race, income and expectations impact resources available to students and schools and develop tactics and strategies for engaging parents and students in the fight for equal access to quality education.

Speakers
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Zakiyah Ansari

Advocacy Director, Alliance for Quality Education
Zakiyah Ansari is the Advocacy Director of the New York State Alliance for Quality Education (AQE), the leading statewide organization that has been fighting for educational equity for the last decade. Zakiyah was one of the few parent advocates appointed to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s... Read More →
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Billy Easton

Executive Director, Alliance for Quality Education
Since 2005 Mr. Easton has been the Executive Director of AQE.  He brings 30 years of experience in community and union organizing and a wealth of experience in strategy, media relations, politics and legislative activity to his work at AQE.  Billy provides significant leadership... Read More →
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Senator Kevin Parker

Kevin S. Parker was first elected to the New York State Senate in 2002. A lifelong resident of Brooklyn, Senator Parker represents the diverse 21st Senatorial District which includes: Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Ditmas Park, Kensington, Windsor Terrace and Park Slope. The five-term... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Fort Orange 7

1:30pm

Making NY Work with Common Sense Economics
New York can't succeed as a state when so many of us are being left behind in the new economy. It's time for all New Yorkers to join together and Make NY Work for #ALLofUS with some common sense economics policies and grassroots organizing.

Speakers
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Fareed Michelen

Director of Constituency Groups, NYS AFL-CIO
Fareed Michelen is the Director of Constituency Groups for the NYS AFL-CIO. He has worked there for the past 5 years building and maintaining relationships between Labor unions, allied groups, and community organizations. Before joining the AFL he was an organizer with 1199SEIU first... Read More →
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Arelis Tavares

Community Outreach Director, New York State AFL-CIO
Arelis Tavares is the Community Outreach Director at the New York State AFL-CIO; since joining in 2013, Arelis has worked with community groups statewide on social justice, economic development and worker rights issues and legislation, including serving as the coordinator for the... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
High Street 24

1:30pm

Moving People to Action: the Power of Storytelling
Storytelling has always been a critical part of messaging, but it is even more important when it comes to motivating and engaging people -- especially across lines of age, race & class -- on important political issues. In this participatory workshop, we will help you craft and link three critical stories (the Story of Self, the Story of Us & the Story of Now) to help you build the power and resonance of your campaign into a highly compelling call to action.The Leadership Art of Public Narrative - Using your own stories to power your organizing

Speakers
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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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Tracy Givens-Hunter

Citizen Action of New York
As a champion of civil liberties and humans' rights, Tracy has served on the Lower Hudson Valley American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) since 2009, on the executive staff of the Southern Dutchess NAACP and Neighbor Team Lead of Obama For American during 2008 & 2012. She has conducted... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
The Lodge

1:30pm

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.

Speakers
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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 →



Saturday August 2, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Fort Orange 9

1:30pm

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
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Maurice Mitchell

Coordinator, New York Civic Engagement Table
Maurice has worked in social change and democracy as a student activist, volunteer, and staff member for more than 15 years. Maurice’s work includes deep organizing in local communities as well as statewide and national coalition work. His experience includes electoral and issue-based... Read More →
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Angelica Rivera

Member, Citizen Action of New York
Angelica Rivera is the Education Committee Chair of Citizen Action of Western New York as well as a mother of twin 4 year olds who attend Buffalo Public Schools.  Together with the Education Committee, Angelica played a prominent role in the work to revise the Code of Conduct in... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Shaker Room

3:00pm

Break
Saturday August 2, 2014 3:00pm - 3:15pm
King Street Courtyard

3:15pm

Performance: Taina Asili and Gaetano Vaccaro

Puerto Rican vocalist Taína Asili [tahy-ee-nah ah-see-lee] carries on the tradition of her ancestors, fusing past and present struggles into one soulful and defiant voice. Taina hails from Philadelphia, PA and Albany, NY where she has worked as a musician, poet, educator and community organizer for over 15 years. She has shared the stage with renowned artists such as Ursula Rucker, Sonia Sanchez, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Immortal Technique, Pamela Means, Paula Cole, and Tyrone Hill of The Sun Ra Arkestra. Taína was a winner of the 2005 Transformation Award given by the Leeway Foundation each year to a select few of women artists who profoundly use their work towards social change. She has performed from Montreal to San Francisco and from Mexico to Spain capturing the hearts of her listeners.

In 2009, Taína Asili and her husband Gaetano Vaccaro, core members of Taína Asili y la Banda Rebelde, traveled to Spain to study flamenco music at its source, with the Gitano people. The classical guitar-vocal duo returned with a passionate hybrid style incorporating the flamenco tradition with their personal Puerto Rican and Sicilian heritages. 

Taína is dedicated to using her art as a tool for personal and social transformation. Her art is not only political, but based in the concrete organizing she is in involved in, working in political prisoner liberation, prisoner rights, indigenous rights, environmental justice, and holistic health movements for over a decade. However, Taína’s main revolutionary and artistic work involves raising her children… her best artistic inspiration.


Speakers
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Taína Asili

Puerto Rican vocalist Taína Asili [tahy-ee-nah ah-see-lee] carries on the tradition of her ancestors, fusing past and present struggles into one soulful and defiant voice. Taina hails from Philadelphia, PA and Albany, NY where she has worked as a musician, poet, educator and community... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 3:15pm - 3:30pm
King Street Ballroom

3:30pm

Dr. Imani Perry - With Community and Justice for All: Post-Racist Organizing in the 21st Century
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Imani Perry

Professor, Center for African American Studies, Princeton University
Dr. Imani Perry is a professor in the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University. She is an interdisciplinary scholar who studies race and African American culture and is the author of More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 3:30pm - 4:15pm
King Street Ballroom

4:15pm

Keynote Discussions
Facilitated discussions immediately following Dr. Imani Perry's keynote address: With Community and Justice for All: Post-Racist Organizing in the 21st Century. Please remain at your table in the ballroom when Dr. Perry finishes her speech.

Saturday August 2, 2014 4:15pm - 5:15pm
King Street Ballroom

5:15pm

Cocktail Hour
Saturday August 2, 2014 5:15pm - 6:30pm
King Street Courtyard

6:30pm

Dinner
Saturday August 2, 2014 6:30pm - 8:00pm
King Street Ballroom

6:30pm

Dinner Speakers: Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins & State Senators Rivera and Tkaczyk - A State Senate that Works for All of Us: How New Leadership Will Win Our Progressive Agenda
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Andrea Stewart Cousins

Leader, New York State Senate Democrats
Andrea Stewart-Cousins was born and raised in New York to parents that encouraged a life grounded in education and service. Since the very beginning of her tenure in government, Andrea Stewart-Cousins has espoused the values of empathy, empowerment and civic engagement. These values... Read More →
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Gustavo Rivera

Senator, New York State
Gustavo Rivera was elected to represent District 33 in the New York State Senator in November of 2010. The 33rd Senate District extends from the Northwest Bronx to areas of the East Bronx and includes the following neighborhoods: Kingsbridge Heights, East Tremont, Crotona Park, Fordham... Read More →
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Cecilia Tkaczyk

Senator, New York State
State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk had a long record of community service before deciding to run for the State Senate.  As a member of the Duanesburg Central School District Board of Education, she was known as a strong and vocal advocate for our public schools, and was elected by her... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 6:30pm - 8:00pm
King Street Ballroom

8:00pm

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

Speakers
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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... Read More →



Saturday August 2, 2014 8:00pm - 11:00pm
The Tavern
 
Sunday, August 3
 

7:30am

Nondenominational Service
Sunday August 3, 2014 7:30am - 8:30am
Suite 120

8:00am

Breakfast
Sunday August 3, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
King Street Courtyard

8:30am

9:00am

Rep. Paul Tonko - Renewing the Promise: Supporting a Progressive Vision for America that Celebrates Diversity and Empowers People

Congressman Paul Tonko represents New York’s 20th Congressional District, including the communities of Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga Springs and Amsterdam. He represents all of Albany and Schenectady Counties and parts of Montgomery, Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties.

He is serving his third term, after first being sworn into Congress in 2009.

Paul serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee, the oldest standing committee in the House, created in December of 1795. He is the first upstate New York Democratic member of the committee since Leo O'Brien, who resigned the post in October 1966.

Paul previously served on the Science, Space and Technology Committee as the Ranking Member on the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee, which oversees all non-military federal research investment. He was also a member of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee. In addition, he also used to serve on the Natural Resources CommitteeEducation and Workforce Committee and the Budget Committee.


Speakers
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Rep. Paul Tonko

Member of Congress, House of Representatives
Congressman Paul Tonko represents New York’s 20th Congressional District, including the communities of Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga Springs and Amsterdam. He represents all of Albany and Schenectady Counties and parts of Montgomery, Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties. He is serving his third term, after first being sworn into Congress in 2009. Paul... Read More →



Sunday August 3, 2014 9:00am - 10:00am
King Street Ballroom

10:00am

Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline: Statewide Strategy Session

In this workshop, you will learn how students in New York State and across the country are being pushed out of school and into the criminal justice system with lifelong implications. You will hear from activists and advocates who are working to keep our schools safe while shutting down the school to prison pipeline. Their strategy: to introduce and pass state legislation supporting mediation programs as an alternative to criminalization. Come to learn about this bill and discuss how best to engage parents, students, community members, teachers, and elected officials in this campaign.


Speakers
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Maria Fernandez

Senior Coordinator, Urban Youth Collaborative
Maria C. Fernandez is currently the Senior Coordinator for the Urban Youth Collaborative (UYC), a citywide coalition of New York City students of color fighting for comprehensive education reform in NYC public schools. For the past 11 years, Maria has been organizing young people... Read More →
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Jasmine Gripper

Early Childhood Campaign Coordinator, Alliance for Quality Education
Legislative Director, Alliance for Quality Education
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James Payne

James Payne is a graduate of Wilberforce University and holds a Masters of Arts degree from Clark Atlanta University. He is currently employed by the Buffalo Board of Education and is also a member of 100 Black Men of Greater Buffalo,Inc.  He has helped to developed one of the... Read More →
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Jason Sinocruz

Staff Attorney, Advancement Project
Jason Q. Sinocruz is a staff attorney and member of Advancement Project’s Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track  team.  As a community lawyer, he works with grassroots groups throughout the country by providing legal, policy, research, strategic, and advocacy support in their... Read More →


Sunday August 3, 2014 10:00am - 11:30am
Fort Orange 9

10:00am

Civic Engagement Best Practices Shapshot: What Works, What Doesn't and How to Tell the Difference
A scientific experiment can determine if your program had real impact and if a strategy is working. This workshop will cover the recent findings of Civic Engagement Table experiments and the basics on how to conduct an experiment on your program. We will then broaden the discussion to cover the latest in academic research on tactics for both GOTV and persuasion to ensure we incorporate lessons learned by our peers.

Speakers
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Carolyn Ehrlich

Political Strategist for the Reproductive Freedom Initiative, American Civil Liberties Union
Carolyn Ehrlich is currently a Political Strategist for the Reproductive Freedom Initiative at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).  Prior to the ACLU, Carolyn served as the Assistant Vice President of Government Relations at Family Planning Advocates of New York State... Read More →
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Sonya Reynolds

Data Director, New York Civic Engagement Table
Data Director, New York Civic Engagement Table


Sunday August 3, 2014 10:00am - 11:30am
High Street 26

10:00am

Drilling Down on Fracking: Next Steps in Building the Movement
The movement to ban fracking in New York has received great media coverage and won important victories. But to finally win a ban on fracking, we will need new, more creative tactics and a willingness to reach out and work with a wider, more diverse community. In this session, we will review the current status of the campaign; discuss some of our biggest challenges; and make a commitment to specific new tactics that will move us forward.

Speakers
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Willie Murray

Broome Community College
Willie Murray is a resident of Binghamton who loves his city and is a committed community activist. Currently balancing work with study at SUNY Broome, he still finds time to serve on the Southern Tier Citizen Action Board, on the Citizen Action anti-racism committee and to help run... Read More →
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Lawrence Parham

Upstate Campaigns Manager, Citizen Action of New York
Lawrence Parham is the Upstate Campaigns Manager for Citizen Action of New York and NYS Southern Tier Organizer for the Alliance for Quality Education (AQE). These two grassroots organizations fights for racial, social, environmental and economic Justice and to ensure a high quality... Read More →
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Isaac Silberman-Gorn

Community Organizer, Citizen Action of New York
Isaac has been organizing against fracking for over 4 years, first as a student, and over 2 with Citizen Action of New York. He lives in Binghamton – a unique community, both on the front lines for climate change and in the bullseye of the gas industry. When not organizing, Isaac... Read More →


Sunday August 3, 2014 10:00am - 11:30am
Fort Orange 7

10:00am

Hobby Lobby, the WEA and the Women’s Vote
In the last national election, women voters often provided the critical votes needed to elect progressive candidates. This workshop will examine how struggles for access to birth control, abortion, wage equity, and an end to discrimination and violence have pulled women to the polls, and explore how these issues may or may not resonate with women voters across lines of race, age, gender and class.

Speakers
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Sara Valenzuela

Director of External Affairs, NYS Public Advocate Letitia James
Sara Valenzuela currently serves as Director of External Relations for New York City Public Advocate Letitia James. | | Prior to joining the Public Advocate’s Team, Sara spent the past 3 ½ years serving in a variety of government outreach roles as New York City Regional Director... Read More →
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Lisa Winjum

Vice President, Public Affairs, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic
Lisa Winjum began her tenure at Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) and the PPHP Action Fund in March 2005 as the Director, Public Affairs and Communications. In September 2008, she was appointed Director, Public Policy and Advocacy and in July, 2012 named Vice President, Public... Read More →


Sunday August 3, 2014 10:00am - 11:30am
Town Hall Amphitheater

10:00am

Let's Talk About Race: Structural Racism 101

An open and honest inter-racial informational dialogue on racial justice terminology, history, and tactics for challenging white-supremacy and confronting racial bias directly.  What’s the difference between diversity and racial justice? Can people of color be racists? What’s more urgent to fight for: class or racial justice? Be ready to learn, connect, and keep it real!


Speakers
avatar for Maurice Mitchell

Maurice Mitchell

Coordinator, New York Civic Engagement Table
Maurice has worked in social change and democracy as a student activist, volunteer, and staff member for more than 15 years. Maurice’s work includes deep organizing in local communities as well as statewide and national coalition work. His experience includes electoral and issue-based... Read More →


Sunday August 3, 2014 10:00am - 11:30am
Fort Orange 5

10:00am

Making NY Work with Common Sense Economics
New York can't succeed as a state when so many of us are being left behind in the new economy. It's time for all New Yorkers to join together and Make NY Work for #ALLofUS with some common sense economics policies and grassroots organizing.

Speakers
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Fareed Michelen

Director of Constituency Groups, NYS AFL-CIO
Fareed Michelen is the Director of Constituency Groups for the NYS AFL-CIO. He has worked there for the past 5 years building and maintaining relationships between Labor unions, allied groups, and community organizations. Before joining the AFL he was an organizer with 1199SEIU first... Read More →
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Arelis Tavares

Community Outreach Director, New York State AFL-CIO
Arelis Tavares is the Community Outreach Director at the New York State AFL-CIO; since joining in 2013, Arelis has worked with community groups statewide on social justice, economic development and worker rights issues and legislation, including serving as the coordinator for the... Read More →


Sunday August 3, 2014 10:00am - 11:30am
High Street 24

10:00am

Moving People to Action: the Power of Storytelling
Storytelling has always been a critical part of messaging, but it is even more important when it comes to motivating and engaging people -- especially across lines of age, race & class -- on important political issues. In this participatory workshop, we will help you craft and link three critical stories (the Story of Self, the Story of Us & the Story of Now) to help you build the power and resonance of your campaign into a highly compelling call to action.The Leadership Art of Public Narrative - Using your own stories to power your organizing

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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Tracy Givens-Hunter

Citizen Action of New York
As a champion of civil liberties and humans' rights, Tracy has served on the Lower Hudson Valley American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) since 2009, on the executive staff of the Southern Dutchess NAACP and Neighbor Team Lead of Obama For American during 2008 & 2012. She has conducted... Read More →


Sunday August 3, 2014 10:00am - 11:30am
The Lodge

10:00am

Volunteer Recruitment to Build a More Multicultural Movement: Challenges and Strategies
How might an elder volunteer feel when she comes to orientation and finds a room full of young student activists? How about a young Black male volunteer assigned to do door-to-door canvassing in a largely white neighborhood or a white female student canvassing in a Puerto Rican neighborhood? What kind of preparation, training or knowledge would ensure these are positive experiences? No campaign or movement can succeed without the engagement and retention of volunteers. At this workshop we will teach current "best practices." But we will also share and explore the challenges of recruitment and engagement in a multicultural movement and discuss new strategies to address these challenges as we work to build our collective power.

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Kat Fisher

Lead Organizer, CANY
Kat Fisher is Lead Organizer of the Hudson Valley chapter.  Formerly a high school teacher and entrepreneur, she has worked on numerous issue and electoral campaigns with Alliance for Quality Education in the Hudson Valley, was a volunteer with Metro Justice and OFA in Rochester... Read More →
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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 →
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Carin Scheiwe

Regional Field Director, USAction
Carin Schiewe is currently a regional field director with USAction, Citizen Action of New York's national partner. She has been an organizer and leader in the progressive movement for 31 years, starting out as a canvasser and community organizer, then serving for over a decade as... Read More →


Sunday August 3, 2014 10:00am - 11:30am
Shaker Room

11:30am

Break
Sunday August 3, 2014 11:30am - 11:45am
King Street Courtyard

11:45am

Being Visible: Rallies, Protests, and Raising Awareness
A visibility action can be a fun way to raise awareness, attract positive media attention, mobilize and build your base, and educate the community about your issue. However, a visibility action can also be a big flop if you have not engaged in thoughtful planning. Being Visible will teach you the basic elements of a visibility event, how to organize both reactively and proactively, and how to plan strategically to ensure that your event has the maximum impact. You will have the opportunity to brainstorm possible visibility events for the campaigns or issues you are working on or passionate about in an interactive environment. This workshop will have an emphasis on cultural competency and the awareness of how the intersections of race, class, gender identity, and professional vs. grassroots advocacy impacts effective organizing.  Come learn and discuss what it takes to increase visibility without falling into systems of accidental erasure.

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Eòghann Renfroe

Transgender Rights Organizer, Empire State Pride Agenda
Eòghann Renfroe is the Transgender Rights Organizer for the Empire State Pride Agenda. | | In this capacity, Eòghann organizes grassroots efforts to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act and to build support for greater equality and justice for transgender and gender... Read More →
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KaeLyn E.L. Rich

Director, Genesee Valley Chapter, New York Civil Liberties Union
KaeLyn Rich joined the NYCLU family as a Genesee Valley Chapter board member in 2008 and became chapter director in 2011. With community organizing experience that dates back to stuffing folders for her parents’ union meetings, Rich specializes in direct action organizing, nonprofit... Read More →


Sunday August 3, 2014 11:45am - 1:15pm
Fort Orange 7

11:45am

Climate Justice: Turning the March into a Movement
On September 21st, a million people will take to the streets of New York City to demand an economy that works for people and the planet. From rising sea levels to water shortages to famine, those most affected by climate change are poor people of color. How do we make sure their voices are lifted up within the historic march? How do we capture the energy of the People's Climate March and turn it into the People's Climate Movement? Getting the attention of world leaders is only the start. Much work will need to be done to hold their feet to the fire, and we invite you to be a part of the planning process in this interactive workshop.

Speakers
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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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Janel Quarless

NY Legislative Campaigns Manager, NY Working Families


Sunday August 3, 2014 11:45am - 1:15pm
Fort Orange 5

11:45am

How Elections Are Won - And Lost
We’ll expose the myths of how elections are won. What’s more persuasive, one mail piece or two robo calls? Does negative campaigning work? We’ll discuss these questions and many others as we explore the different elements of political campaigns.

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Ari Kamen

NYS Political Director, Working Families
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Jesse Lenney

Regional Political Director, NY Working Families


Sunday August 3, 2014 11:45am - 1:15pm
Town Hall Amphitheater

11:45am

Making NY Work with Common Sense Economics
New York can't succeed as a state when so many of us are being left behind in the new economy. It's time for all New Yorkers to join together and Make NY Work for #ALLofUS with some common sense economics policies and grassroots organizing.

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Fareed Michelen

Director of Constituency Groups, NYS AFL-CIO
Fareed Michelen is the Director of Constituency Groups for the NYS AFL-CIO. He has worked there for the past 5 years building and maintaining relationships between Labor unions, allied groups, and community organizations. Before joining the AFL he was an organizer with 1199SEIU first... Read More →
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Arelis Tavares

Community Outreach Director, New York State AFL-CIO
Arelis Tavares is the Community Outreach Director at the New York State AFL-CIO; since joining in 2013, Arelis has worked with community groups statewide on social justice, economic development and worker rights issues and legislation, including serving as the coordinator for the... Read More →


Sunday August 3, 2014 11:45am - 1:15pm
High Street 24

11:45am

Rethinking House Parties To Build Power On The Ground

November elections are right around the corner which means engaging, exciting and turning out voters. How can we counter the cynicism and apathy that keeps too many potential voters from going to the polls on election day? A key tool for success is house parties. We all think of house parties as a way for candidates to fund their campaigns - and this workshop will help you plan a successful fundraising house party. But, house parties are not just for the wealthy. In fact, they play a critical role in bringing potential voters together with candidates. A good house party will enable key community leaders and influencers to meet, question and share information about local concerns with a candidate. And if the candidate is properly prepared, a house party can result in a significant boost in voter engagement on Election Day and beyond. Come to this workshop to learn about successful models and about mistakes to avoid; and begin to plan your own local house parties with input and suggestions from your peers.


Speakers
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Charles Khan

Strong Economy for All
Charles Khan is a Organizer at the Strong Economy For All Coalition, a Coalition of Labor Unions and Community groups focusing on legislative driven campaigns to fight for economic equality, equal funding of public schools, and corporate responsibility in New York State. He currently... Read More →
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Carin Scheiwe

Regional Field Director, USAction
Carin Schiewe is currently a regional field director with USAction, Citizen Action of New York's national partner. She has been an organizer and leader in the progressive movement for 31 years, starting out as a canvasser and community organizer, then serving for over a decade as... Read More →


Sunday August 3, 2014 11:45am - 1:15pm
High Street 26

11:45am

The Race Debate
This workshop will use a lively talk-show debate exercise to illustrate how the racial dynamics of a particular issue can be either concealed or revealed. A conceptual framework will be presented to show how the race debate around a particular issue is part of a broader societal debate about the meaning and existence of racism.

Speakers
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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 →
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Rosemary Rivera

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


Sunday August 3, 2014 11:45am - 1:15pm
Fort Orange 9

11:45am

Using Social Media to Be a Rockstar Volunteer for Your Candidate
You’re already using Facebook and Twitter to share photos, news stories and your latest updates with friends and family. Now you want to put it to use on the electoral front: To help get candidates that fight for social justice elected. How can we  use social media to help spread our candidate’s message? What type of content is most effective on different platforms? How do you tell a story about your day on the campaign trail in 140 characters? What expectations should we place on our social media outreach? Join us as we explore how to use your social media presence effectively while working or volunteering on a political campaign.

Speakers
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Roberto LoBianco

Communications manager, Citizen Action of New York
Roberto is Citizen Action of New York's Communications Manager and works out of the Albany office. He focuses on creating content for social media, writing email blasts and executing Citizen Action's communications strategy. | | At SUNY, Roberto organized against tuition hikes... Read More →


Sunday August 3, 2014 11:45am - 1:15pm
The Lodge

11:45am

Who Has the Power? Using Power Analysis to Win Campaigns
So you've been doing this for a while. And you work hard every day in your community to campaign for victories that move us toward justice. But what was the thinking behind taking on this campaign? This workshop will give you the tools to lead an honest and deep analysis of what your campaign is up against, who is with you and how to harness your power, the power of allies and the people's power, in order to win lasting, impactful victories.

Speakers
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Betty Lewis

Lead Organizer, Citizen Action
Brian Trzeciak has been with Citizen Action for three years, working on campaigns ranging from fair elections to suspensions. For many years, Buffalo had one of the highest suspension rates in New York State with a student being suspended nearly every three minutes. After two years... Read More →
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Jessica Wisneski

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


Sunday August 3, 2014 11:45am - 1:15pm
Shaker Room

1:30pm

Performance by 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, from the border to the bodega. Our style emphasizes lyricism, rhythm and authenticity. We hail from the Bronx and have been rocking the mic since 2005. https://www.facebook.com/ThePeacePoets

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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 August 3, 2014 1:30pm - 1:45pm
King Street Ballroom

1:30pm

Lunch
Sunday August 3, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
King Street Ballroom

2:00pm

Ilyse Hogue - Changing the Culture Through Changing the Conversation: The Rise of Online Dialogue in Shaping the Debate
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Ilyse Hogue

President, NARAL Pro-Choice America
Ilyse Hogue assumed the role of president of NARAL Pro-Choice America in February 2013. | | Ilyse is an expert in both electoral and advocacy campaigns who has worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations, including Friends of Democracy, Media Matters for America and MoveOn.org... Read More →


Sunday August 3, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
King Street Ballroom