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Plutocracy, Its Consequences, and the Fight for Democracy

National Education Association- Auditorium| 1201 16th St NW │ Washington DC │March 8 – 9

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Over the course of these two days, we will examine the ways in which our democracy is failing  people and communities.  We will focus on highlighting places and battles where people are standing up and winning, and policies that will make a difference. This is the third annual conference sponsored by Common Cause with a generous grant from the WhyNot Initiative. For more information about the conference, please email Marilyn Carpinteyro at mcarpinteyro@commoncause.org.

Conference Agenda

Selected Speakers


 Sayu Bhojwani

Sayu Bhojwani

Founder and President
The New American Leaders Project

Jonathan Capehart

Jonathan Capehart

Opinion Writer & Editorial Board Member
Washington Post

 George Cheung

George Cheung

Program Director
Joyce Foundation's Democracy Program

 Kathay Feng

Kathay Feng

Executive Director
California Common Cause

 Caroline Fredrickson

Caroline Fredrickson

President
American Constitution Society

 Evan Greer

Evan Greer

Campaign Director
Fight for the Future

 Edward Hailes, Jr.

Edward Hailes, Jr.

Civil Rights Attorney
The Advancement Project

 Ian Haney Lopez

Ian Haney Lopez

University of California, Berkeley
Author of Dog Whistle Politics and White By Law

 Karen Hobert Flynn

Karen Hobert Flynn

Senior Vice President
Common Cause

 Ernest Herrera

Ernest Herrera

Staff Attorney
Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund

 Karen Hobert Flynn

Gara LaMarche

President
Democracy Alliance

 Rachel Levinson-Waldman

Rachel Levinson-Waldman

Senior Counsel, Liberty and National Security Program
Brennan Center

 Eduardo Martinez

Eduardo Martinez

City Council Member
Richmond, CA

 Desmond Meade

Desmond Meade

President
Florida Rights Restoration Coalition

 Kary Moss

Kary Moss

Executive Director
ACLU of Michigan

 Norman Ornstein

Norman Ornstein

Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Columnist, National Journal & The Atlantic

 Miles Rapoport

Miles Rapoport

President
Common Cause

 Jaime Raskin

Jamie Raskin

State Senator
Maryland

 Allison Riggs

Allison Riggs

Staff Attorney
Southern Coalition for Social Justice

 Illana Soloman

Ilana Soloman

Director, Responsible Trade Program
Sierra Club

 Nayyirah Shariff

Nayyirah Shariff

Activist
Democracy Defense League

 Natalie Thompson

Natalie Thompson

Project Coordinator
Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition

Delvone Michael

Delvone Michael

Executive Director
DC Working Families

Gina Green

Ginna Green

Managing Director, Money in Politics and Fair Courts
ReThink Media

Greisa Martinez

Greisa Martinez

Advocacy Director
United We Dream Network

Harlo Holmes

Harlo Holmes

Digital Security Trainer
Freedom of the Press Foundation

Jay Stanley

Jay Stanley

Senior Policy Analyst
ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project

Jamal Watkins

Jamal Watkins

National Outreach Director, Campaigns
AFL-CIO

Jodeen Olguín-Tayler

Jodeen Olguín-Tayler

Vice President, Policy & Strategic Partnerships
Demos

Michael Ettlinger

Michael Ettlinger

Director, Carsey School of Public Policy
University of New Hampshire

Myrna Pérez

Myrna Pérez

Deputy Director
Brennan Center for Justice

Ruth Martin

Ruth Martin

Senior Campaign Director
MomsRising

Walter Olson

Walter Olson

Senior Fellow
Cato Institute

 Anastasia Khoo

Anastasia Khoo

Chief Marketing Officer
Human Rights Campaign

 Michael Silberman

Michael Silberman

Global Director
Greenpeace Mobilisation Lab

 Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

Associate Professor of Law
Stetson University

 Stephen Spaulding

Stephen Spaulding

Senior Policy Counsel and Legal Director
Common Cause

 Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden

Whistleblower &
Former NSA Contractor

Malkia Cyril

Malkia Cyril

Executive Director
Center for Media Justice

Frances Moore Lappe

Frances Moore Lappe 

Co-Founder
Small Planet Institute 

Corrine Yu

Corrine Yu

Managing Policy Director
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights 

 

 larry cohen

Larry Cohen

President
Democracy Initiative

 Adriana Alvarez

Adriana Alvarez

Activist
Fight for 15

 Darius Charney

Darius Charney

Senior Staff Attorney
Center for Constitutional Rights
Angela Kuefler

Angela Kuefler

Director, Research
Global Strategy Group
 April Goggans,

April Goggans

Core Organizer
Black Lives Matter DMV

Scott Swenson

Scott Swenson

Vice President for Communications
Common Cause

John-Henry Heckendorn

John-Henry Heckendorn

Projects Director
Ship Creek Group LLC

John-Henry Heckendorn

Fred Azcarate

Executive Director
US Action
Wendy Fields

Wendy Fields

Vice President, Campaigns and Strategic Partnerships
Common Cause

Dan Froomkin

Dan Froomkin

Washington Editor
The Intercept
   

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