Convening the Brightest Minds from the Right and Left to Fix American Politics...and Party in New Orleans

Conservatives. Progressives. Solutions.

This is no ordinary conference. No endless panels and speeches. It’s fast-paced and fun, with plenty of time to self-organize as you mingle with top advocacy leaders, academics, comedians, musicians, celebrities, activists, philanthropists and journalists. This is about crossing partisan and ideological divides and working together on concrete solutions to unrig America’s political system…. with plenty of New Orleans fun mixed in. 

The Summit runs from Friday, February 2nd, 1pm through Sunday, February 4th, 2pm CT. Key programming will take place all 3 days, so plan on being in attendance for the entire event. More specific information coming soon.

Featured Speakers from Across the Political Spectrum

Richard Painter

Richard Painter

Professor & Former White House Ethics Counsel for President George W. Bush

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

Actor & Member of Represent.Us Board of Directors

Steve Hilton

Steve Hilton

FOX News Host; CEO & Founder, Crowdpac

Nina Turner

Nina Turner

President of Our Revolution, Former Ohio State Senator (D)

Buddy Roemer

Buddy Roemer

Former Louisiana Governor and Presidential Candidate (R)

Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard

U.S. Representative (D-HI)

Mike Gallagher

Mike Gallagher

U.S. Representative (R-WI)

Kathay Feng

Kathay Feng

Executive Director, California Common Cause

Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig

Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Founder, Equal Citizens

Anita Earls

Anita Earls

Executive Director, Southern Coalition for Social Justice

Ellen Weintraub

Ellen Weintraub

Commissioner, Federal Election Commission

Josh Silver

Josh Silver

Co-Founder and Director, Represent.Us

Musicians, speakers, activists, authors, & entertainers… and more being added every day.

Tracks for Advocacy, Policy and One Helluva Good Time

Shape the future of: Money in Politics, Gerrymandering, Citizens United, Voting Reform, Transparency and more.

See the hour-by-hour agenda here, or get the Unrig Summit App to plan your personal agenda.

Friday Night Welcome Party

Join us for a night on the town, and meet the movement at one of New Orleans’ most prolific venues: The Howlin’ Wolf, featuring local live music from Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, and Brass-A-Holics. Make sure to arrive on time to catch the open bar happy hour sponsored by Center for Secure and Modern Elections. This mixer is designed to help you meet new allies. Don’t be shy!

Howlin’ Wolf
907 S Peters Street
New Orleans, LA

8-11pm
Tickets: FREE with registration

Saturday Night Live Performance

Saturday night is the marquee event of the Summit: an inspiring evening of live music, stand-up comedy, and short speeches in a 1,800-seat historic New Orleans theater. The evening will be hosted by Jennifer Lawrence and Adam McKay and will be livestreamed on multiple platforms. Speakers include Represent.Us Director Josh Silver; Professor Richard Painter; comedians Nikki Glaser, and Adam Yenser; astronaut Ron Garan; former State Senator and Our Revolution President Nina Turner and more, with live music from HoneyHoney, and the legendary New Orleans-based Preservation All-Stars.

McAlister Auditorium
Tulane University

8-10:30pm
Tickets:
FREE with registration

The Power of Storytelling

Learn the narrative skills that power winning campaigns from the experts who have organized some of the best. From gaining new recruits to getting press coverage, so much of what we do relies on our ability to tell a compelling story about our work and ourselves.

Fighting Big Money While Running for Office

If you’re running for office, thinking about running for office, supporting a candidate, or just interested in any of the above, come learn about how candidates can embrace a pro-democracy agenda on the campaign trail. You will learn about how to use the right language, how to raise money, how to run a winning campaign and build the next generation of elected champions who will fight to end the influence of big money.

Campaign Design Lab

In this interactive training, you’ll join a team to create a campaign live at the summit. You will be guided through a campaign planning simulation, and walk away with the recipe for designing and building groundbreaking new campaigns! After the workshop you may continue by participating in one of several follow-up workshops during the Summit. Build something great and it may even be showcased live from stage on Sunday!

At Our Whit(ford)’s End With Gerrymandering?

Join the lawyer who argued on behalf of Wisconsin’s voters in the Supreme Court’s recent Gill v. Whitford gerrymandering case and other redistricting experts to find out how the Court might rule, and how to prepare for next steps in each possible scenario. Gill v. Whitford is a potential blockbuster case to decide whether partisan gerrymandering is constitutional — and we expect a decision soon after the Summit.

From Russia, with Facebook: Foreign Influence in American Elections

Join leading experts in a discussion on how we can limit the influence of people who are beyond the reach of our laws — and if we should. The 2016 presidential cycle showed how vulnerable our elections are to foreign influence.

What to Do About Citizens United?

Hear from the best legal minds in the country about how we can fight Citizens United, super PACs, dark money, and more. What are the most promising avenues for legal reform, and where should we be focusing our efforts? What’s the near- and long-term game?

Sliding Scale Registration

All pricing levels include all events, sessions and entertainment.
Please pay what you can afford.

$130
  • Limited Income/Student
$300
  • Individual
$800
  • Organization
  • + 2 individuals
  • + Meeting Room Access
  • + Listing on our Website
  • + Social & Email Promotion
  • + more...
$1500
  • Benefactor
  • Includes your registration, plus enables registration, travel and lodging for lower income participants

A Beautifully-Timed New Orleans Experience

Unrig the System is one week before the big tourist rush for Mardi Gras. Local celebrations, parades and live music abound — a mellower taste of Mardi Gras magic without the massive crowds. Stay for the Super Bowl Sunday night, or depart when Unrig ends and you’ll still be home in time to catch the game.

For press credentials, contact press@represent.us

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