3 days, 2 nights, 1 goal:


FEB. 2 – 4, 2018 | NEW ORLEANS

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, 1pm. 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

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington

Actor & Member of Represent.Us Creative Council

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

Buddy Roemer

Buddy Roemer

Former Louisiana Governor and Presidential Candidate (R)

Anita Earls

Anita Earls

Executive Director, Southern Coalition for Social Justice

Cenk Uygur

Cenk Uygur

Host and Founder, TYT - The Young Turks

Nina Turner

Nina Turner

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

Ann Ravel (D), Trevor Potter (R) + Ellen Weintraub (D)

Ann Ravel (D), Trevor Potter (R) + Ellen Weintraub (D)

Federal Election Commissioners (past and present)

Zach Wamp

Zach Wamp

Former U.S. House Rep. (R), Tennessee; Issue One ReFormers Caucus

Kathay Feng

Kathay Feng

Executive Director, California Common Cause

Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig

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

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.

Friday Night Welcome Party

Have a drink and meet the movement at an authentic New Orleans nightclub with live bands, top comedians, celebrity speakers and more.

Tickets: FREE with registration

Saturday Night Live Performance

An intimate evening of live music, standup comedy and inspired (short) speeches in an 1,800-seat historic New Orleans theater. Let’s celebrate our movement like never before.

Tickets: FREE with registration

The Power of Storytelling

From winning 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. Learn the narrative skills that power winning campaigns from the people who organized some of our country’s best.

Frenemies with Benefits

Not sure how to talk to politicians or activists on the other side of the political spectrum? Learn what tactics have worked and what messaging appeals to decision makers on the right and the left, so you can build more effective coalitions.

Iron Campaign: Iron Chef for Activists

Get off the sidelines and get your hands dirty! In this interactive training, you’ll join a team to create a campaign live at the summit. Starting with the same ingredients, you and your crew will be guided through a campaign planning simulation. Walk away victorious with the recipe for success!

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

The upcoming Supreme Court decision in Gill v. Whitford will either amplify our ability to take down partisan gerrymandering or send advocates back to the drawing board. What are the potential — and most likely — outcomes from the Court, and how should we focus our efforts going forward?

From Russia, with Facebook

The 2016 presidential cycle showed how vulnerable our elections are to foreign influence. And out-of-state money continues to flood our most high-profile state elections. How can we limit the influence of non-constituents and those beyond the reach of our laws, and should we?

What to do about Citizens United?

Hear from the best legal minds on how reformers can work – and are already working – to challenge Citizens United, super PACs, dark money, and more.

Sliding Scale Registration

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

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

Travel Plans

Schedule your flight to Louis Armstrong Airport in New Orleans, code MSY.

Louis Armstrong Airport

The Saint Charles Streetcar runs between hotels and Tulane campus. More information:

New Orleans Regional Transit Authority

Between summit sessions, eat at Tulane University’s Student Life Center

Lavin-Bernick Center Food Court Guide

Or head off-campus to explore some fine New Orleans cuisine.

New Orleans Menu Guide

We have reserved a limited number of reduced rate rooms at the Sheraton Hotel, $175:

Click here to book now

For additional lodging guidance, please see Tulane University’s Lodging Guide

Tulane Lodging

Or consider an affordable hostel.

Hostel Lodging

Have a question? Just ask!

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