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Money Out of Politics Conference: How Cross-Partisan Citizen Movements Can Reform Our Democracy in 2012 and Beyond

MOP UP (Money Out of Politics, Unite the People), Washington, DC

Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 9:15 AM to 4:15 PM (EDT)

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Money Out of Politics Conference: How Cross-Partisan Citizen Movements Can Reform Our Democracy in 2012 & Beyond

 
Join citizens, academics, and activists from across the political spectrum to learn about, think, and plan people-powered solutions to eliminate the corrosive influence of large corporate and personal contributions in politics, including those to political campaigns, political action committees, and political parties.

This day-long conference will feature panels, break-out sessions, a keynote speaker, and opportunities for networking and strategizing with other citizen activists.

The conference will include a keynote by Lawrence Lessig, Professor at Harvard Law School and Founder of Rootstrikers.
 
Organized by Occupy DC in partnership with Rootstrikers, Public Citizen, Public Campaign, Americans for Campaign Reform, 99Searchers, Citizens' Congress, the Metro Washington Labor Council-AFL-CIO, Americans United to Rebuild Democracy, and more. 

When: 9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Where: All Souls Unitarian Church, 1500 Harvard St NW (Please enter from the north side of the building, on Harvard St NW)
Watch: Event will also be livestreamed on www.mopup.org
Live tweet the event: #mopup & #rootstrikers
Schedule (please check back for updates)
MORNING SESSION

9:00 AM – 9:20 AM – Registration


9:20 AM – 9:40 AM – Welcome to Conference (Occupy DC)


9:40 AM – 9:55 AM – Introduction – Stephen Erickson (Americans United to Rebuild Democracy)


10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Panel Discussion: Making Money in Politics the Cross-Partisan Issue of the 2012 Elections

Panelists: Rob Werner (Americans for Campaign Reform); Buddy Roemer (current 2012 presidential candidate); Rob Weissman (Public Citizen) -- Moderated by Mariah Blank (ODC)

11:05 AM – 12:20 PM – Breakout Groups 1 

AFTERNOON SESSION

12:20 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch (Food Truck: Rolls on Rolls -- BRING CASH!)


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Breakout Groups 2


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Panel Discussion: Money in Politics Beyond 2012

Panelists:  Nick Nyhart (Public Campaign); Marilyn Carpinteryo (Common Cause); Mark Hays (Public Citizen) -- Moderated by Mariah Blank (ODC)

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM – Keynote by Lawrence Lessig (Harvard Law & Rootstrikers

 

4:00 PM – 4:15 PM – Thank You and Closing (ODC)

 

5:00-onward - Networking and informal meeting to follow. Details TBA.

 

BREAKOUT SESSIONS 

The following breakout sessions will be held concurrently in the morning and in the afternoon. Each session will be guided by a topic expert and an Occupy facilitator to encourage horizontal discussions.

Breakout Session Topics and Guides

Get Money Out or Get Public Money In

o   Adam  Smith – Public Campaign  

Campaign Reform Amendment in NYC and Strategies for Similar Actions

o    Mark Hays – Public Citizen

Faith Perspectives in Money in Politics

o    Adam Wasserman – 99Searchers

Pitting the Process Against Itself: Creative Strategies for Electoral Engagement

o   David Thompson – Citizens’ Congress

How to Use Data Tools to Follow the Money (Tutorial Session)

o   Evan MacKinder – Center for Responsive Politics 

Can Progressives Partner with Conservatives? A Proposal for an Outsiders' Alliance

          o   Stephen Erickson – Americans United to Rebuild Democracy

People-Powered Pledges or: How Grover Norquist Can Save Democracy
           o   Rootstrikers DC (Vote for us to get a grant HERE)
Cross Partisan Alliance Building

o   Rob Werner – Americans for Campaign Reform


Special Thanks:

Conference videographer – Valon Imeri

Conference publicity and program designer – Jill Blazek

Food Truck: Rolls on Rolls

 

Have questions about Money Out of Politics Conference: How Cross-Partisan Citizen Movements Can Reform Our Democracy in 2012 and Beyond? Contact MOP UP (Money Out of Politics, Unite the People), Washington, DC

When & Where


All Souls Church, Unitarian
1500 Harvard Street NW
Enter from north side (Harvard St NW)
Washington, DC 20009

Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 9:15 AM to 4:15 PM (EDT)


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