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New York, NY 10016

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Join us as we bring together leaders from new and established progressive organizations across New York for a day of networking, learning and inspiration. This invitation-only summit will feature dynamic keynotes, targeted breakouts, and interactive sessions to develop and amplify campaigns that will help prepare us for 2018 local, state, and federal elections.

Our goal is to build local progressive power by:

  • Sustaining, supporting, and connecting new and established progressive leaders

  • Identifying near-term campaigns that can be fought and won at a local level

  • Supporting cross-movement collaboration, coordination and innovation through a shared calendar, directory, and network

  • Creating electoral power by building awareness of local election cycles and timetables


Eric T. Schneiderman, Attorney General of New York

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Featuring poetry by Steven Willis, photo exhibition by David Moriya & graphic recording by Jonny Goldstein



9:15 // Sign-In & Breakfast

10:00 // Welcome and Introductions

10:20 // Lightning Talks & Poetry

  • Tracie Gardner, Associate Director @ Legal Action Center
  • Zaid Nagi, Organizer of Yemeni Bodega Strikes
  • Shabd Simon-Alexander, Founder of Easy Elections NY

10:35 // Concurrent Morning Panels

State of Progress

With the anniversary of last year's election approaching, let’s take stock of how far we’ve come. What major changes have we seen in the past year, especially in New York? How has local organizing shifted to accommodate the changing landscape? What new efforts have emerged? What have been the successes? The failures? Join us as we reflect on the current state of the Progressive landscape.

  • Ravi Gupta, Co-Founder of The Arena
  • Kerri Kelli, Founder of CTZNWell
  • Daniel Altschuler, Managing Director @ Make the Road
  • Rama Issa, Executive Director of Arab American Association NY

The Millennial Movement

Recent campaigns and polls have shown a surprising and promising interest in political engagement among Americans under the age of 35, especially on the Progressive end of the spectrum. But what does this unique demographic want? What can progressive campaigns and movements do to engage them? What unique opportunities and challenges do they pose?

  • Aditi Juneja, Founder of Resistance Manual
  • Ross Morales Rocketto, Co-Founder of Run for Something
  • Justine Medina, Organizing Committee @ DSA

11:30 // Breakout Session #1

  1. #CLOSERikers and #FREENewYork: A Campaign Case Study // Brian Holmes & Erin George, New York State Campaign Coordinators, Just Leadership USA
  2. Understanding the Ecosystem // Melody Lopez, Director @ New York Civic Engagement Table
  3. Online Organizing // Elana Levin, Organizing 2.0 & Netroots Nation

12:15 // Breakout Session #2

1:00 // Lunch

2:10 // Keynote

2:35 // Concurrent Afternoon Panels

The Year Ahead: Movement

With 2016 fading behind us, and 2018 quickly approaching, let’s take a moment to examine the horizon. What are the biggest challenges facing the movement over the next year? Where are our best hopes for progress? What new political touchpoints are available -- online, and in person? Where should we be especially careful as we move into this next phase? Join us as we strategize for 2018.

Nomiki Konst, Investigative Reporter at The Young Turks (moderator)

  • Ben Ndugga-Kabuye, Manager @ Black Alliance for Just Immigration
  • Michael Kink, Founder of Strong Economy for All
  • Sarah Jaffe, Author of Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt

The Year Ahead: Electoral

In 2018, we will be asked to use the power of our vote to elect the most progressive cohort of candidates in American history. Let’s discuss strategy. What steps are organizations taking to prepare? Where should we center our energies? How can we creatively deploy GOTV? How can we get involved?

Amelia Harnish, Senior Features Writer @ Refinery29 (moderator)

  • Adrienne Lever, Campaign Director @ Swingleft
  • Catherine Vaughn, Founder of Flippable
  • Lala Wu, Co-Founder of Sister District
  • Arthur Schwartz, President of Advocates for Justice and Partner at Salles and Schwartz

3:15 // Open Space

4:45 // Debrief and Close


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15th Floor

New York, NY 10016

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