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Saturday, July 23
 

10:00am

Welcome and Opening
Speakers
avatar for Ivette Alfonso

Ivette Alfonso

President, Citizen Action of New York
President, Citizen Action of New York
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Bobby Black

Board Member, Citizen Action of New York
avatar for Karen Scharff

Karen Scharff

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


Saturday July 23, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
King Street Ballroom

11:00am

Keynote Address: Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor - "Organizing in the Era of Black Lives Matter"
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, published by Haymarket Books in January 2016. Dr. Cornel West has described Taylor’s book as, “This brilliant book is the best analysis we have of the #BlackLivesMatter moment of the long struggle for freedom in America.” Her interests are in race and public policy, Black politics and racial inequality in the United States. | | Taylor’s... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
King Street Ballroom

12:00pm

Performance: Bushido Garvey
Bushido Garvey is a moniker for Brandon White, a pro-black kid obsessed with martial arts films that turned into an adult educator. The emcee stage name still represents many of his concerns, values, and passions. He is currently teaching at Northeast & Northwest High School at the Douglass Campus for the Rochester City School District. The emcee/classroom educator is a Middle School ELA teacher traditionally, however this year he is T.O.A. (teaching on assignment) to further implement the restorative practice initiatives in the school building. Since it was hip-hop that made education relevant to him as an adolescent student, he specializes in providing that cultural relevance and responsiveness through pedagogy and content. Each year, he has co-run an after school club called Chess, Rhymes, and Wisdom (self explanatory right?). Along with teaching at Douglass, Garvey is a part of the Community Task Force to Improve School Culture, a member of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Teacher Advisory Council, and a faithful member of Light of the World Church. He has worked for NEAD Freedom Schools as Servant Leader and Site Coordinator, and just completed his graduate progam for Library and Information Studies.


Saturday July 23, 2016 12:00pm - 12:15pm
King Street Ballroom

12:15pm

Lunch
Saturday July 23, 2016 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Fort Orange Courtyard

1:15pm

Immigrant Dreams in the Empire State: the Fight for Respect and Dignity
In this election year, anti-immigrant politics have had a tragic resurgence, with candidates for major office espousing hate and nativists across the country feeling emboldened. Across the country, this has produced fear and anger in immigrant communities, where eleven million people still live without papers and in the shadows. Eliana Fernández will discuss what that fear looks and feels like here in New York, particularly in the suburbs, and how our communities can fight back.

Speakers
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Eliana Fernández

Eliana Fernández is a DREAMer from Long Island and an immigration case manager with Make the Road New York. Eliana came to the United States from Ecuador when she was a teenager to join her parents, and she lived for years as an undocumented immigrant before finally being able to apply for relief under the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. Since joining Make the Road New York, she has led large-scale civic engagement... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2016 1:15pm - 2:15pm
King Street Ballroom

1:15pm

Economic Policy As If Our Communities Matter
Imagine a community where residents were in control of their own economy, where workers could benefit from the wealth that their labor generates, where banks and corporations exist to help people before making profits. Unfortunately, our current picture is quite different, one where the very wealthy few have concentrated wealth while our communities have been left to starve. It's time to re-think our economic system. Learn about what a community-supporting economics might look like and why it's worth fighting for.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Dubb

Steve Dubb

Director of Special Projects, Democracy Colloborative
Based in Washington, D.C., Steve Dubb is Director of Special Projects and Senior Advisor to the President at The Democracy Collaborative. Steve has been with the Collaborative since 2004. In 2005, Steve was lead author of Building Wealth: The New Asset-Based Approach to Solving Social and Economic Problems, published by The Aspen Institute. Steve is also a co-author (with Rita Axelroth Hodges) of The Road Half Traveled: University Engagement at a... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2016 1:15pm - 2:15pm
King Street Ballroom

1:15pm

In Unity Is Strength
We face a triple crisis: Rising inequality, a hijacked democracy, and a planet in deep distress. People's Action unites the grassroots strength of Alliance for a Just Society, USAction, and National People's Action into a new national organization that is building people's power to take on these crises.

Speakers
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Libero Della Piana

Libero Della Piana is the Director of Digital Organizing for People’s Action, a new national organization bringing together affiliate organizations from the Alliance for a Just Society, National People’s Action and USAction organizing networks. | | Libero previously worked for organizations such as Alliance for a Just Society, the Applied Research Center (now Race Forward) and peoplesworld.org. Libero has extensive experience as a curriculum... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2016 1:15pm - 2:15pm
King Street Ballroom

2:30pm

Digital Organizing Workshop
Speakers
avatar for Charles Khan

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 specializes in campaign logistics, social media, coalition building, and grasstops organizing.
avatar for Roberto LoBianco

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 and budget cuts and fought to implement a sustainable food policy.


Saturday July 23, 2016 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Town Hall Amphitheatre

2:30pm

Fighting Against Climate Change and for Environmental Justice
Climate change is among the greatest threats to our future - worldwide and in our nation and state. Storms have ravaged the New York metro area, Long Island and upstate New York. Proposals to build and expand oil and gas infrastructure threaten the health and safety of countless rural, suburban and urban New Yorkers. This participatory workshop will review the basics of climate change and provide a landscape of the campaigns in New York fighting climate change and for climate justice. We’ll also have an open discussion about how groups across the state can help build this critical and growing movement.

Speakers
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Rae Breaux

Lead Climate Justice Organizer, People's Action - People's Action Institute
avatar for Bob Cohen

Bob Cohen

Policy Director, Citizen Action of New York
Policy Director, Citizen Action of New York & steering committee member, NY Renews
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Ruth Foster

board member Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline & co-founder, United Against Fossil Fuels
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John Washington II

Community Organizer, PUSH Buffalo
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Ryan Madden

Sustainability Organizer, Long Island Progressive Coalition & Member, SustainUS


Saturday July 23, 2016 2:30pm - 5:00pm
The Lodge

2:30pm

Our Vision for A Just Justice System
Ending mass incarceration, achieving justice in policing, and creating a justice system that is actually just, is a big, multifaceted job - from people's first interaction with police, to the statewide policies that could drastically reduce incarceration. Even talking about the issue brings up raw emotions and personal anxiety that remind us that this issue is a one of life and death. Join us to hear from organizers on the front lines, get comprehensive and easy to use resources to begin digging in locally, and discuss how we unite statewide to turn our criminal justice system upside down.

Moderators
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Rosemary Rivera

Organizing Director, Citizen Action of New Y
Organizing Director, Citizen Action of New York

Speakers
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Chris Alexander

Policy Coordinator, Drug Policy Alliance
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Danielle Ponder

Assistant Public Defender, Monroe County Public Defender's Office
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Michael Velarde

Director of Policy & Organizing, Communities United for Police Reform


Saturday July 23, 2016 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Fort Orange 9

2:30pm

Owning Your Economy: Community Wealth Building at the State and Local Level
We know we want more control over our economy, but how do we get there? This session will introduce tools that you can use, as well provide a chance to map out ways to use them at home. Come prepared to workshop ideas of how you might develop campaigns that generate jobs, build community wealth, and increase your organizational capacity in the process.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Dubb

Steve Dubb

Director of Special Projects, Democracy Colloborative
Based in Washington, D.C., Steve Dubb is Director of Special Projects and Senior Advisor to the President at The Democracy Collaborative. Steve has been with the Collaborative since 2004. In 2005, Steve was lead author of Building Wealth: The New Asset-Based Approach to Solving Social and Economic Problems, published by The Aspen Institute. Steve is also a co-author (with Rita Axelroth Hodges) of The Road Half Traveled: University Engagement at a... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2016 2:30pm - 5:00pm
High Street 24

2:30pm

Racial Justice in Education
Our current education system perpetuates racist policies that consistently leave children of color neglected in underfunded schools. In order for education to be the great equalizer we need our schools to align with the needs of our communities. Bringing parents and community members in as true partners to transform the system and create a positive school climate where all students can thrive.

Speakers
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Jasmine Gripper

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


Saturday July 23, 2016 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Fort Orange 5

2:30pm

Stopping the Military Industrial Complex: the Pentagon's Budget = Runaway Inequality
Join us in a dynamic 'moving the money - getting the people's money back' workshop, that will provide you opportunity to learn facts of the military industrial complex and Congress' backwards budget priorities that have led to funding an excessive, bloated Pentagon budget, while our communities are left in poverty. Come learn how we can and why we must change our country's priorities. Come share your ideas & enhance your consciousness and ability to connect the dots on issues in our movement.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Anderson

Jim Anderson

Vice President, Citizen Action of New York
Vice President, Citizen Action of New York and President, Peace Action New York State
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William Hartung

Director, Arms & Security Project, Center for International Policy


Saturday July 23, 2016 2:30pm - 5:00pm
High Street 26

2:30pm

We Must Win: Here's How
We are in a moment when beating back those who want to destroy our vision for social justice will stop at nothing. To win a just society at every level, we must be as strategic as possible with our limited time, energy and resources. The Midwest Academy Strategy Chart is a time tested tool that not only lays the groundwork for a successful campaign to win concrete, positive changes in our communities, but if used correctly, also builds long term power to take on the next fight. We must challenge ourselves to use all tools at our disposal to take on power and build power, while we win progressive change. Join us as we learn together how to make it happen.

Speakers
avatar for Callie Jayne

Callie Jayne

Community Organizer, Citizen Action of New York
avatar for Jessica Wisneski

Jessica Wisneski

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


Saturday July 23, 2016 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Fort Orange 7

5:30pm

6:30pm

Dinner
Saturday July 23, 2016 6:30pm - 7:15pm
King Street Ballroom

7:15pm

Featured Speaker: Saru Jayaraman
Speakers
avatar for Saru Jayaraman

Saru Jayaraman

Saru Jayaraman is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley. After 9/11, together with displaced World Trade Center workers, she co-founded ROC, which now has more than 18,000 worker members, 200 employer partners, and several thousand consumer members in dozen of states nationwide. The story of Saru and her... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2016 7:15pm - 8:30pm
King Street Ballroom

7:15pm

9:00pm

Performance: Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People

When Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People hit the stage things get torqued up quickly like a tent revival during tornado season. Named Top Ten Bands to watch by CityPaper, and winner of the 2015 Roc Awards, "Best Local Band", Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People transcend musical genres with a blast of deep, powerful groove and soul. The band is the groove while Ponder’s pipes keep it rooted in soul. And according to Ponder, soul is more than a sound.

“Soul music is something you feel,” she says. “It gives you goose bumps.”

This Rochester, NY Native has spent the past years rendering goose bumps by perfecting her style and charismatic performance. She sings, you listen, you melt. The result of her focus and dedication is a tone that is both enchanting and seductive along with a riveting, honest stage presence. It is this voice that has helped her secure gigs opening up for powerhouses such as George Clinton, Ledisi and The Roots.  The band has also completed two successful European tours. Boyd Kletter of Bourbon Street Blues Club in Amsterdam said "Danielle shines bright both on and off the stage. She's truly is a star!"

In 2016 the singer released her debut EP Blow Out The Sun. Soultracks.com said  “Ponder’s vocals combine the spirit of the church with the speak-truth- to-power assertiveness of a movement leader. “  Jeff Speak of the Democrat & Chronicle wrote "Ponder’s tough-sounding vocals on “Three Word Revolution (I Love Myself)” is a defiant call to self worth. That title track feels custom built as a room-shaking anthem for women in the audience.”

It is clear that Ponder writes to empower and uplift. But Ponder's commitment goes beyond her stage performance. Like a  soul singing superhero, during the day Ponder works as an attorney for the poor. Her work as a Public Defender was recently highlighted in The Guardians Side Hustle podcast. 

To Ponder, the community is integral to the performance. They are, in a sense, part of the band. We are all tomorrow people.

"When I get on stage I want the audience to be just as important as the musicians. I want to hear them, feel them, and see them dancing and moving.”

And the crowd does just that. This daughter of a preacher take the audience to church, as she dances across stage and belts out her notes, it is clear that her gospel roots have had a strong influence.  This sensational singer also lists powerful influences that lit her fuse like Nina Simone, Big Mama Thornton, Koko Taylor, and Lauryn Hill. Ponder opens her mouth to sing and it’s readily apparent; there’s another name that belongs in that pantheon as well. Danielle Ponder, and her time is now.



Saturday July 23, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Tavern
 
Sunday, July 24
 

7:45am

Nondenominational Service
Sunday July 24, 2016 7:45am - 8:30am
Suite 120

8:30am

8:45am

Breakfast
Sunday July 24, 2016 8:45am - 9:45am
King Street Ballroom

8:45am

The Battle Against Billionaires
In 2014, twelve hedge fund billionaires spent $4.8 million to change the course of New York State elections and tipped the scales of power in Albany. Now they're about to spend millions more. Along with Wall Street, they have used their money to influence government and politics in order to expand their wealth, influence and power - but we're fighting back, and winning.  Join us for a look at the successful blueprint on how to take down hedge funds, take on Wall Street and reclaim our democracy.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Khan

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 specializes in campaign logistics, social media, coalition building, and grasstops organizing.


Sunday July 24, 2016 8:45am - 9:45am
King Street Ballroom

10:00am

Civic Engagement Experiments!
How do we know if our strategies and tactics are effective? The best way to find out is to run an experiment! In this workshop we'll discuss some of the latest research and come up together with ideas for future experiments.

Speakers
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Tajpaul Persaud

Data Manager, New York Civic Engagement Table
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Sonya Reynolds

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


Sunday July 24, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Town Hall Amphitheatre

10:00am

Volunteers: How to Recruit Them and Keep Them
We will cover the key elements of effective volunteer recruitment. During this workshop participants will learn how to engage potential volunteers, retain volunteers and move them to action - whether it is an electoral, union or issue-based campaign you’re working on.

Sunday July 24, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
High Street 26

10:00am

10:00am

Reversing Runaway Inequality
Sunday July 24, 2016 10:00am - 4:00pm
High Street 24

12:00pm

Training Day Lunch
Sunday July 24, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
King Street Courtyard

12:15pm

1:00pm

Mapping for Organizing
Want to see where your members are; determine the best geographies to focus your outreach; see which neighborhoods your twitter followers live in? Map it! This session will teach you the nuts and bolts of how to create and interpret maps using free software (QGIS) and online platforms (cartoDB). We will also look at how creating maps can help with building your campaign and organizing strategy.

Speakers
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Amir Arman

Data Management Coordinator, New York City Central Labor Council
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Sonya Reynolds

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


Sunday July 24, 2016 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Town Hall Amphitheatre

1:00pm

Mobilizing Voters to Win in 2016
Integrating voter engagement is more critical than ever if we want to change the power dynamics in the state and win on our issues. In this workshop we will discuss the importance of effective one-on-one conversations with potential voters and strategies to mobilize voters to the polls. This workshop will present participants the opportunity to discuss best practices and brainstorm new methods to engage voters as we approach the 2016 election.

Speakers
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Marcela Barrientos

Training and Leadership Development Director, New York Civic Engagement Table


Sunday July 24, 2016 1:00pm - 4:00pm
High Street 26