OUR DEMOCRACY - OUR VOTING RIGHTS -
OUR VISION - OUR RESISTANCE
People’s Democracy Conference
√ December 13, 2016 (9:45am – 3:15pm)
√ National Press Club
529 14th St NW - Ballroom -Washington, DC 20004
We’re hitting the ground running! We MUST not only wage a defensive war for our voting rights again, but we MUST wage a bold, inclusive, and an offensive campaign. Together, we will and we must prevail.
The Voting Rights Alliance, a collaboration of organizations fighting all forms of voting justice, is holding an emergency People's Democracy Conference. The People's Democracy Conference is seen as one of several key events in building and strengthening the nation wide resistance movement to voter suppression, racism and the horrific appointments and policies of the Trump Administration. The Conference is designed in both a hearing and roundtable format featuring three substantive panels of witnesses, hearing commissioners, and a luncheon roundtable of the Voting Rights Alliance leaders. At the end of the Conference, we will March on the Trump Transition Headquarters (7 blocks away).
There will be a luncheon roundtable of prominent activists and leaders during the Conference which will focus on united actions for success moving forward. Participants include Congressman John Conyers of Michigan; Rev. Lennox Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus; Terry O'Neill, President of the National Organization for Women; Greg Palast, prominent journalist and investigator of Cross Check; Ben Ptashnik of the National Election Defense Coalition; Dr. Ron Daniels of the Institute of the Black World; Ria Thompson Washington of the National Lawyers' Guild; Brenda Ford Harding, Chair of the Board of the Transformative Justice Coalition and many more!
Why is this conference so needed? We are about to enter the 4th year since the Supreme Court's disastrous ruling in Shelby v. Holder, which eviscerated section 4b of the Voting Rights Act thereby nullifying the application of Section 5 which had prevented thousands of cases of racial discrimination in voting. How do we restore and expand the needed protections of the Voting Rights Act with the new Congress and the Trump Administration?
The People's Democracy Conference will hear from witnesses affected by voter suppression and will discuss winning strategies for unfettered voting rights for all in 2017 and 2018.
Our focus is on discussing key strategies which we can jointly pursue in protecting our democracy and its most vulnerable people. The People's Conference will consist of the following panels:
1) Panel I: Hear Testimony About 2016 Voter Suppression in the States of North Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin and Arizona, plus the impact of the Cross Check Program;
2) Panel II: Hear Testimony About 2016 Voting Machine Insecurity and Failures;
3) Panel III: Develop Action and Policy Recommendations for the
a) Fighting Voter Suppression and Racism;
b) Best Strategies for making paper ballots universal, best practices for counting the vote and best practices for auditing the vote;
c) Fighting Trump Administration white supremacist appointees to defeat confirmation;
d) Fighting policies which threaten civil rights; women's reproductive rights; climate justice; workers’ rights; public assistance; affordable healthcare; and
e) Winning strategies for the 2017 and 2018 Elections.
4) Inspire and Motivate activists and concerned citizens.
Conference attendees are being requested to pay $10-$25; but, no one will be turned away from attending based on registration.