Opening Plenary/Session: Plutocracy, Race & the 2016 Election
Journalists, thought leaders, and advocates will discuss the role that money and race are playing in the 2016 elections, through the lens of plutocracy and its effects on an inclusive, representative, and responsive democracy.
Ian Haney López
Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Author of Dog Whistle Politics, White by Law, and Racism on Trial
Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Columnist, National Journal & The Atlantic
Brennan Center Fellow
Associate Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law
Moderator - Jonathan Capehart
Opinion Writer and Editorial Board Member
Breakout Sessions: “This is What Plutocracy Looks Like”
These sessions will examine the ways democracy is failing people and communities; how issues are impacted by the structural impediments to democracy; and what opportunities are available for leaders to bring about change.
Session 1: Environmental Justice – Corporate Power and our Globe
This panel will examine how corporations are manipulating the democratic process. Panelists will discuss the effects of unchecked power and effective solutions to corporate greed.
Director, Responsible Trade Program, Sierra Club
City Council Member, Richmond, California
Project Coordinator, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
Moderator - Frances Moore Lappé
Co-Founder, Small Planet Institute
Session 2: Safe Streets For All: Rebuilding Democracy to Ensure a Fair and Effective Criminal Justice System
This panel looks at the systemic racism in our criminal justice system, the history that led us here, and the government reforms and innovative solutions needed to ensure that the American justice system runs according to law and principles of fairness.
Senior Policy Analyst, Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, ACLU
President, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights
Moderator - Eddie Hailes
General Counsel/Managing Director, Advancement Project
Breakout Sessions: Democracy’s Blockade
These breakout sessions will delve into specific barriers to advancing our agenda and what we can do to shift power back to people.
Session 1: Race, Redistricting, and Representation
Recent changes to the structure of the Pasadena, Texas city council threaten to disenfranchise the Latino community. This panel will discuss how the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the Voting Rights Act opened the door to this kind of manipulation, and how election rule manipulation affects Latino, black, and other communities.
Senior Attorney, Southern Coalition for Social Justice
Staff Attorney, MALDEF
Executive Director, California Common Cause & National Redistricting Director
Moderator - George Cheung
Program Director, Joyce Foundation’s Democracy Program
Session 2: Why Big Data Is a Core Democracy Issue
This panel will assess how a variety of overlapping issues, including bulk data collection, algorithmic targeting, and new surveillance tactics pose a challenge to the democracy reform movement. We will pay particular attention to how these practices disproportionately affect communities of color. We will also explore whether Big Data collection can yield benefits, and if so, for whom.
Senior Counsel, Liberty and National Security Program, Brennan Center
Campaign Director, Fight for the Future
Digital Security Trainer, Freedom of the Press Foundation
Moderator - Corrine Yu
Senior Counsel and Managing Policy Director, The Leadership Conference
National Popular Vote
Executive Director, Common Cause Massachusetts
Calls for an Article V Convention and Balanced Budget Amendment
Karen Hobert Flynn
Senior Vice President, Common Cause
Senior Fellow, CATO Institute