Wednesday, March 9

 8:00 – 9:00

Breakfast

 9:00 – 9:15

Plenary – Welcome/Recap

9:15 – 10:30 Plenary: Democracy Undone

Flint, Michigan represents a perfect storm for systemic failure; other impoverished cities have been feeling the effects of austerity for some time. This panel will review how the democracy movement can better serve disadvantaged populations and help to restore civil liberties.

10:30 – 11:45 

Plenary: Working Toward Reflective Democracy in Politics and in Our Movement

Building an inclusive and representative democracy demands our attention. Presenters will discuss strategies for recruiting diverse candidates to run and serve in office as well as the need to engage diverse constituencies in our democracy reform movement. 

11:45 – 12:30

LUNCH – Self-Organized Working Sessions

12:45 – 1:50

Plenary Panel: Bold Reforms to engage the growing electorate

These breakout sessions will look at how citizen engagement in local and national campaigns can work to keep democracy alive.       

2:00 - 3:10

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Increasing the Voice of the People

These breakout sessions will look at how citizen engagement in local and national campaigns can work to keep democracy alive.

3:15 – 3:45

Closing Plenary 

What’s at stake in 2016? How can we inspire and engage people in the face of our democracy challenges?

3:45 – 4:00

Conference Wrap Up

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