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1:00pm – 2:00pm

1:00pm – 2:00pm

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Opening Plenary

Plenary

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At Friday’s opening plenary, Nashville Mayor David Briley and longtime public official Howard Gentry will welcome you to Music City to kick off Unrig Summit 2019. You will hear from Nina Turner, president of Our Revolution, Zoe Reiter of Transparency International, and Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI), with a special live music performance by Jason Eskridge.

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2:15pm – 3:15pm

2:15pm – 3:15pm

207

Bold Bipartisan Strategies for Winning the Next Constitutional Amendment

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Do you know about the growing cross-partisan movement for the next amendment to the U.S. Constitution? The 28th Amendment will empower citizens, combat corruption, and ensure equal rights for Americans to be represented and participate in self-government. American democracy is a story of Constitutional amendments. That’s how we got the Bill of Rights, a ban on slavery, equal voting rights regardless of race, gender, and age over 18, the election of senators, and more. Now it’s our turn. Come hear from bipartisan leaders on the front lines of this effort about how grassroots, citizen-driven campaigns are advancing in the states and in Congress, and how you can help.

If you want to dive deeper on this subject, check out the masterclass:

  • Winning Cross-Partisan Support for the Next Constitutional Amendment (Friday, 4:45-5:45 PM).
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Speakers

Jeff Clements, Rep. Ted Deutch, Rep. John Katko, Sen. Jim Rubens

2:15pm – 3:15pm

205

Debate: What’s Wrong with a Little Transparency?

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While the political reform community continues to push for greater government transparency and stronger campaign finance disclosure laws, some say these reforms would go too far. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) views donor privacy as critical to free speech, and the Congressional Research Institute sees pitfalls in the rise of legislative transparency. Panelists from these two organizations square off with two leading advocates for reform.

If you want to dive deeper on this subject, check out the masterclass:

  • Winning Cross-Partisan Support for the Next Constitutional Amendment (Friday, 4:45-5:45 PM).
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Moderator

Lawrence Lessig

2:15pm – 3:15pm

208

Building Up Your Digital Defenses

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As digital technology has become more and more integral to American politics, it’s opened up major vulnerabilities that damage our democracy, from deceptive ads to online surveillance, election interference to organized disinformation, hate speech to harassment, data breaches, and more. The good news: You can help solve the problem. Join our panel of experts to learn how you can construct a personal technological arsenal to protect your data, battle misinformation, and build a better democracy.

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Moderator

Ben Scott

2:15pm – 3:15pm

202 AB

How to Start a Local Group

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In order to make big change, you’ve got start locally. In 2018, local organizing fueled a landslide of anti-corruption victories across the country. But how do you recruit and sustain a local group? Come learn what it takes to launch a local group and build power in your community.

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Speakers

Razul Branch, Gemeem Davis, Helen Humphreys

2:15pm – 3:15pm

202 C

How to Connect Across Ideological Differences

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If you want to pass meaningful reform, you’ll have to build alliances and gain votes from people you disagree with. But it doesn’t have to feel like pulling teeth to talk to someone with different views. This workshop will give you the tools and practice to you need to connect with people across differences. Turn that feeling of dread in meeting someone with different viewpoints into one of excitement!

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2:15pm – 3:15pm

204

Persuasive Storytelling Workshop

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Storytelling is a powerful vehicle for social change – but we’re not all born storytellers. What sets apart an impactful story from a dud? In this interactive workshop you’ll learn the key theories behind persuasive communication, and how to build a meaningful connection with your audience. Then we’ll apply this model to building a compelling personal narrative you can use to tell your story.

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Speakers

Kaveh Sadeghian

2:15pm – 3:15pm

209 Charge & Recharge Lounge

Spark Stage

Spark Stage

About

Every good idea begins with a spark. On the Spark! Stage at Unrig Summit, leaders from Tennessee and across the United States will deliver 5-minute, TED-style presentations to share inspiration and insights from their bold work making change.

Moms Defending Our Democracy — The Power of Our Voices and Stories
Donna Norton, Founding Member, Executive VP, and Chief Advancement & Strategy Officer
MomsRising

Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
Rabbi Michael Pollack
Poor People’s Campaign

Electing Women to Challenge the Status Quo
Ariel Hill-Davis, Policy Director
GOP Women for Progress

Building a Diverse and Inclusive Electorate
Jill Brownfield, Partnerships Manager
Democracy Works

The Three Bones
The Honorable Senator Nina Turner
Advocate and Activist

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3:30pm – 4:30pm

3:30pm – 4:30pm

207

Ranked Choice Voting On the Rise

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Our election system is broken, and our nation feels increasingly polarized. Things might appear hopeless, but cities and states around the country are taking a different tack with ranked choice voting, a reform that strikes at the heart of the problems ailing our political system. By giving voters more voice and more choice, eliminating the spoiler effect, and spurring candidates to build broader, deeper support, ranked choice voting has the power to unrig our elections. These speakers hail from the advocacy, business, and political worlds—join them as they chart a course toward a more perfect union, and learn how you can join the movement.

If you want to dive deeper on this subject, check out the masterclasses:

  • Ranked Choice Voting: From Step One to the Win (Saturday, 10:45-12:45 PM — *2 hour session)
  • Ranked Choice Voting: After the Win (Saturday, 4:30-5:30 PM)
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Moderator

Grace Ramsey

Speakers

Mike Griffin, Evan McMullin, Maria Perez, Alan Schwartz

3:30pm – 4:30pm

205

Cast Out Corruption: Building a Better Tennessee

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In 2005, the FBI carried out a landmark anti-corruption sting operation called the “Tennessee Waltz,” which led to the conviction of several Tennessee public officials and led to the creation of the Tennessee Ethics Commission. Fourteen years since the scandal, there’s still much work to be done. Join us for an interactive discussion with an experts about the past and present state of corruption in Tennessee and how you can plug into the ongoing fights to end it.

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Moderator

Michael Reicher

3:30pm – 4:30pm

202 AB

Ballot Initiatives: A Powerful Tool to Unrig Your State

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In the 22 states that allow them, ballot initiatives are a powerful form of direct democracy and one of the most promising strategies for passing meaningful reforms. In this training, you’ll learn from experts at Ballot Initiative Strategy Center the role ballot measures can play in building power, the process you need to follow to succeed, and real-life examples of regular people taking on the establishment… and winning.

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3:30pm – 4:30pm

202 C

How to Create a Social Media Strategy from Scratch

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Social media channels are increasingly where voters, volunteers, and donors hear about campaigns – or even start them. But how can you use each channel to bring in and engage supporters? In this session, you’ll learn the different advantages of each social media platform and how to create your social media strategy from scratch.

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3:30pm – 4:30pm

204

Design Thinking for the Republic: How to Put People at the Center of Your Campaign

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From volunteers to voters, every campaign seeks to engage diverse audiences in order to succeed. Too often, however, we make decisions without truly considering the perspectives of potential supporters. In this training, you’ll learn how design thinking – a repeatable problem-solving methodology that engages multiple stakeholders – can be leveraged for electoral and advocacy campaigns. Whether you’re starting a new public-facing campaign or project, reimagining an existing program, or are simply curious about innovation methods used in both the public and private sectors, join CivicMakers for this interactive, hands-on training.

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Speakers

Judi Brown

3:30pm – 4:30pm

201 B

Money in Politics and Racial Equity: Organizing Principles to Repair Our Democracy

Masterclass

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What are some effective strategies for organizing across lines of race and class? Led by grassroots organizers from across the United States, participants in this workshop will learn principles of cross-racial and cross-cultural organizing to increase civic participation and help repair our democracy.

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3:30pm – 4:30pm

209 Charge & Recharge Lounge

Spark Stage

Spark Stage

About

Every good idea begins with a spark. On the Spark! Stage at Unrig Summit, leaders from Tennessee and across the United States will deliver 5-minute, TED-style presentations to share inspiration and insights from their bold work making change.

Running for Office: Women in Politics
Nancy Metayer, Program Manager
The New Florida Majority

Protecting the Movement from Partisan Politics: How Picking Teams Hurts Us
Nicole Laurent, Grassroots Activist and Organizer
Represent Us Washington

Reclaiming Lobbying As Our Own
Ben Brown, Founder
Association of Young Americans

Environmental Justice, Social Justice, Educational Justice, and Electoral Justice
Scott Banbury, Conservation Program Coordinator
TN Chapter of the Sierra Club

Getting Big Money Out: Securing Our Constitutional Foundation
Ben Gubits, Director, Political Strategy
American Promise

Steve Lipscomb
Fix it America.Org

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4:45pm – 5:45pm

4:45pm – 5:45pm

207

A Tipping Point for Voting Rights: How Your Voice Can Make a Difference in 2019

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With the 2020 presidential cycle already underway, our political system remains haunted by barriers to participation and representation that uniquely afflict some of America’s most marginalized communities. From voter restoration to fortifying the right to vote, this all-star panel will map out the obstacles and opportunities that lie ahead for the movement for full political representation, and outline inspiring new efforts to preserve and expand the right to vote as the cornerstone of our democracy.

If you want to dive deeper on this subject, check out the masterclasses:

  • Protecting the Vote: How You Can Defend Voting Rights (Saturday, 10:45-11:45 AM)
  • Restoring the Vote: State Strategies for Re-Enfranchisement (Saturday, 2:00-3:00 PM)
  • Making the Case for Automatic Voter Registration (Saturday, 4:30-5:30 PM)
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4:45pm – 5:45pm

205

A Presidential Election for Everyone

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The presidential race is heating up, and before long we’ll watch television analysts running the numbers with one question in mind: which candidate will secure 270 Electoral College votes? Our unique mechanism for deciding the presidency has its share of detractors, and conversations about reforming the system often end at the brick wall of the Constitution. But things are changing, as scholars, legislators, and advocates consider creative ways to more closely link the national popular vote with the Electoral College (hint:no constitutional amendment needed). Join them and learn more about the many states that have made the switch, and how you can help expand the map.

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Moderator

Victoria Bassetti

4:45pm – 5:45pm

202 AB

One Conversation at a Time: Using Canvassing to Win Campaigns

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From signature collection drives to Get Out the Vote efforts, canvassing is an essential tool for launching and winning campaigns. In this interactive training, you’ll learn the fundamentals of canvassing and petition circulation that Voters Not Politicians used to collect 425,000 signatures and knock on 465,000 doors – resulting in a historic victory against gerrymandering in Michigan.

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Speakers

Jamie Lyons-Eddy

4:45pm – 5:45pm

202 C

Smart Networking Tools and Practice: Learn How to Get the Most Out of Unrig

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Learn how to get the most out of Unrig at this facilitated networking workshop. We’ll leverage the “genius in the room” to catalyze connections and collaboration opportunities. Most “lucky breaks” come from casual acquaintances and people we don’t know very well (like your fellow Summit attendees). Join this session for a guided activity to distill one ask you’d like to make of the community, then form groups that will yield some lucky breaks.

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Speakers

Kaveh Sadeghian

4:45pm – 5:45pm

204

Making the Case for Reform With Data

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Everyone knows money in politics is a problem – but how exactly does it work, and what data can you use to make the case for reform in your community? In this session you’ll learn where to find campaign finance data, how to pick out relevant information, and how to present data to make an evidence-based, compelling case for reform.

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4:45pm – 5:45pm

201 B

Winning Cross-Partisan Support for the Next Constitutional Amendment

Masterclass

About

A series of Supreme Court decisions put our political system on a reckless path, with billions of dollars from a tiny percentage of Americans, global corporations, unions, and special interests flooding our elections. Addressing the problems caused by the flood of money in politics requires more than treating the symptoms; the 28th Amendment will go to root causes for a comprehensive solution that paves the way for widespread reforms.

This workshop focuses on grassroots lobbying and building cross-partisan support to secure our constitutional foundation. Participants will leave the Unrig Summit with the critical tools necessary to build effective relationships with elected officials. During the workshop, participants will be engaged in an interactive session demonstrating how to get a meeting with a member of Congress, how to have a good meeting, and best practices for following up.

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4:45pm – 5:45pm

209 Charge & Recharge Lounge

Spark Stage

Spark Stage

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Every good idea begins with a spark. On the Spark! Stage at Unrig Summit, leaders from Tennessee and across the United States will deliver 5-minute, TED-style presentations to share inspiration and insights from their bold work making change.

Lowering the Barrier for Inclusion in Politics
Emily Cherniack, Founder and Executive Director
New Politics

The South’s “It” City, If You Can Afford It
Brenda Gadd
Advocate, Welcome Home! The Movement for Affordable Housing

Creation of a New Political Party and an Ally in the ‘Unrigging’ of America
Brian Mistrot, National Chair
The Alliance Party

Game Design Thinking for Grassroots Organizing
Libby Falck, Student
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Automatic Voter Registration + Young Voters
Zachary Fisch, Student

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6:00pm – 8:30pm

6:00pm – 7:00pm

205

Debate: Making Sense of the Mueller Report Summary

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Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the much-anticipated Mueller Report is out. What does it say (and not say), and what comes next? Join three of the country’s premier political and legal minds for their reactions, analyses, and predictions—with added time for audience Q&A.

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Moderator

Meredith McGehee

6:00pm – 8:30pm

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Dark Money Screening & Conversation

Film Screening

About

DARK MONEY, a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana—a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide—to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Through this gripping story, DARK MONEY uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold. This Sundance award-winning documentary is directed/produced by Kimberly Reed (PRODIGAL SONS) and produced by Katy Chevigny (E-TEAM).

Following the screening, Reed will be joined by Federal Election Commission Chair, Ellen Weintraub, and Representative John Sarbanes (D-MD) for a conversation about the legal corruption that plagues American elections.

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Moderator

Jon Turteltaub

4:00pm – 10:00pm

4:00pm – 5:30pm

Happy Hour Hosted by Vote at Home
RSVP Required

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Vote at Home invites you to join them for a private happy hour to learn more about their mission and how you can get involved. Vote at Home works across the country to promote increased voter engagement and election security.

No Cost, but RSVP Required.

RSVP by contacting Katlynn Crine at
katlynn@thestarboardgroup.com or (720) 524-7332

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
150 3rd Ave South
Nashville, TN 37201

Find out more on their website.

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6:00pm – 8:00pm

Ranked Choice Voting Meetup Hosted by Ranked Choice Tennessee

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Join Ranked Choice Tennessee and others working on RCV for a happy hour meetup! Come get to know the people making RCV happen around the country.

There will be a “Ranked Choice Voting” sign in the main hallway area of the 2nd Floor, so you can head over in groups, if you’d like.

Address:
The Flying Saucer
111 10th Ave S #310, Nashville, TN 37203

No RSVP necessary.

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6:00pm – 8:00pm

Issue Area Meetups

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Come meet other activists and practitioners working on the issues you care about most. Nerd out about gerrymandering, money in politics, voting reform and more.

Meet in the main hallway area of the 200-level and look for signs with your issue area on it. From there, you’ll head out to various locations in downtown Nashville. Check the app for information on location if you’re running late.

Hosted Issue Area Meetups

Ranked Choice Voting

Hosted by Ranked Choice Tennessee
The Flying Saucer
111 10th Ave S #310, Nashville, TN 37203

Other Issue Area Meetups
  • Gerrymandering
  • Voting Rights
  • Money in Politics
  • Racial Equity
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8:00pm – 10:00pm

American Promise Amendment Party
A free event with drinks and hors d’oeuvres – RSVP needed – SOLD OUT

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Going to the Unrig Summit? Join American Promise’s Amendment Party at the City Tap Sobro Nashville! Only two blocks away from the Music City Center. Enjoy free drinks and hors d’oeuvres with American Promise staff, APA members and business and citizen leaders from across the country. RSVP with the link above. We hope you will join us!

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American Promise

American Promise

The goal of American Promise is to organize Americans to win the 28th Amendment to the Constitution to restore American democracy in which We the People—not big money, not corporations, not unions, not special interests—govern ourselves.

American Promise exists to empower, inspire, and organize Americans to win the 28th Amendment to the Constitution.

This lasting reform will re-balance our politics and government by putting the rights of individual citizens before the privileges of concentrated money, corporations, unions, political parties, and superPACs.

Contact
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9:00am – 10:30am

9:00am – 9:45am

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Morning Plenary

Plenary

About

Part 1 | Spoken word artist Regie Gibson will open Saturday’s programming at Unrig, featuring short talks from Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig, North Dakota Legislator Ruth Buffalo, and Tequila M. Johnson of The Equity Alliance. Campaign Legal Center’s Trevor Potter, Erin Chlopak, and Paul Smith will have a short discussion on some of the biggest developments in democracy issues.

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9:45am – 10:30am

207

Morning Plenary Panel | How They Won: Strategies from the 2018 Frontlines

Plenary

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2018 was an unprecedented year for democracy reform. Since last year’s Unrig Summit, participants have gone on to lead successful campaigns to stop gerrymandering in Michigan and Utah (Katie Fahey, Voters Not Politicians; Catherine Kanter, Better Boundaries), re-enfranchise 1.4M Floridians (Desmond Meade, Florida Rights Restoration), close the revolving door between lawmakers and lobbyists in Missouri (Sean Nicholson, Clean Missouri), pass sweeping anti-corruption reform in North Dakota (Dina Butcher, North Dakotans for Public Integrity), and become the first state in the nation to use Ranked Choice Voting (Kyle Bailey, The Committee for Ranked Choice Voting). Come hear directly from the leaders of stand-out campaigns and learn how to become a part of the next wave of Unrig victories.

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Moderator

Jennifer Lawrence

10:45am – 11:45am

10:45am – 11:45am

207

The Future is On the Lines — Fighting Gerrymandering in the Lead-Up to 2021

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Five statewide victories in 2018, all won with support from the right and the left. A Facebook post that started a movement. And now, two blockbuster cases before the Supreme Court, with oral arguments taking place just days before Unrig. With less than two years until the new congressional districts are drawn, how can advocates build upon an unprecedented year of reforms and “slay the gerrymander” once and for all? Hear directly from an all-star lineup about why redistricting is so important, and where the fight to end gerrymandering is headed.

If you want to dive deeper on this subject, check out the masterclasses:

  • Building Your Coalition and Campaign to Fix Gerrymandering (Saturday, 2:00-3:00 PM)
  • Legal & Math Deep Dive: Gerrymandering & Redistricting (Saturday, 3:15-4:15 PM)
  • Power (Back) to the People: Independent Redistricting from Inception to Implementation (Sunday, 11:30-12:30 PM)
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Moderator

Kathay Feng

10:45am – 11:45am

205

Bipartisan Solutions for Ending the Prison-Industrial Complex Once and For All

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Special interests exploit our corrupt political system to pad their bottom lines, maligning our criminal justice system and keeping Americans behind bars in the process. Now, an unresponsive Congress and a hardened Department of Justice have pushed the issue of criminal justice reform to the state and local levels—especially here in Tennessee, the home of the largest private prison company in the country. But exciting new bipartisan coalitions are pushing back, coming together on high-impact solutions, and redefining what’s possible for both the democracy and criminal justice communities. Come hear from national and local leaders about how two particular reforms—overhauling our lobbying laws and changing how we choose state court judges—can help unrig our criminal justice system once and for all.

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Moderator

DeRay Mckesson

10:45am – 11:45am

208

Democracy Is Good for Business: The Business Case for Political Reform

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Is business an enemy or ally in the fight for a truly representative democracy? Most businesspeople understand that our unstable, ineffective political system hinders economic progress and competitiveness, and distracts from other challenges facing our country. Our broken political system is just failing American citizens—it’s bad for American business, too.

The business community can be a powerful ally in protecting democratic institutions by making the economic case for reform. Join us to learn important new tools to the strategic political reformer’s toolbox, including 1) how business interests are aligned with the public interest in having a well-functioning democracy, 2) what business leaders are doing to advance reforms, and 3) how you can make persuasive business and economic arguments for change.

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Moderator

Sarah Bonk

10:45am – 11:45am

202 AB

Set the Internet on Fire: How to Make Online Content that Goes Viral

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Why do some videos and social media posts go viral, while others reach only a few people? It’s not just luck — some campaigns truly are designed and released in a way that makes them more shareable. Two creative and marketing experts, who drove the success of multi-million view political videos like Unbreaking America and Honest Gil, will teach you all you need to know about creating content that sticks. In this session, you’ll learn what makes things shareable and why, plus promotion tricks that will give your content the best chance at reaching a larger audience.

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10:45am – 11:45am

202 C

Collaboration Cafe for Campaigners

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Want to tap into the collective wisdom of your fellow Unrig attendees and get rapid feedback on your projects? Join us for Collaboration Cafe, designed to connect people and projects in a fun, facilitated gathering. You’ll meet other Unrig attendees and learn about their inspiring work, while helping them to answer the “What? How? and Why?” of early stage projects or campaigns. This session is open to everyone, whether you have a project you’re ready to workshop or you want to hear pitches and give feedback.

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Speakers

Judi Brown

10:45am – 12:45pm

204

Ranked Choice Voting: From Step One to the Win

Masterclass

About

Our political system is becoming more polarized and divisive every day, and it’s leaving voters feeling alienated and powerless. We know that the problem lies in our broken elections, and that we need systemic overhaul to fix it. Ranked choice voting (RCV) is a proven reform that gives voters more choice, reduces mud-slinging among candidates, and creates a more fair and functional democracy. Join leaders from across the country to learn how to educate yourself and your community about RCV, organize your team, and build successful campaigns from the ground up. Note: This is a 2-hour masterclass. Please ensure you can stay for the entire session.

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10:45am – 11:45am

201 B

Protecting the Vote: How You Can Defend Voting Rights

Masterclass

About

Truly representative democracy can only be achieved through fair elections in which all citizens are free to make their voices heard. Unfortunately, many Americans – particularly voters of color, language minorities, students, low-income voters, and voters with disabilities – face obstacles that prevent them from voting. Join the movement to to defend voting rights by fighting bad laws and policies, poor election administration, and misinformation. You’ll learn what you can you can do in your community and your state to protect the vote and make sure all Americans can make their voices heard.

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10:45am – 11:45am

209 Charge & Recharge Lounge

Spark Stage

Spark Stage

About

Every good idea begins with a spark. On the Spark! Stage at Unrig Summit, leaders from Tennessee and across the United States will deliver 5-minute, TED-style presentations to share inspiration and insights from their bold work making change.

Kate Gilmore Vs. Indifference: Why We Should All Stand Up For Human Rights
Kate Gilmore, Human Rights Activist, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations

Feminist Patriotism
Erin Vilardi, CEO
Vote Run Lead

Take Your Seat At The Table
Odessa Kelly, Activist, and Community Organizer
Stand Up Nashville

Rejecting the Scare Tactics of the Gun Lobby
Beth Joslin Roth, Policy Director
Safe Tennessee Project

Nashville Oversight Board: Community Uprising
Theeda Murphy, Life Coach/Crisis Counselor
Justice for Jocques

From Parent To Advocate To Leader
Jessica Fox, Advocate
Little Lobbyists

Moving Past Partisanship to Get Results
Justin Owen, President, and CEO
Beacon Center of Tennessee

Tennessee Calling
Carlos G. Ochoa
Fair Vote Tennessee

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12:00pm – 1:45pm

12:30pm – 1:30pm

207

Congressional Roundtable: Can Congress Fix Itself?

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How do you reform a system that you participate in and have benefitted from? Is it possible to push forward meaningful change across the partisan divide? This session features leading Members of Congress from across the aisle, discussing the importance of democratic institutions and policies that ensure all Americans are represented in government. Come hear sitting Members of Congress in candid conversation about the opportunities and challenges of fighting to fix the system from the inside.

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Moderator

Meredith McGehee

12:00pm – 1:30pm

202 AB

Regional Lunch Meetups
Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, Mountain West, West Coast, Alaska, & Hawaii

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Looking to connect with people in your neck of the woods? At the regional meetup, you’ll have the chance to meet other activists and practitioners in your state. This lunch hour meetup will be organized by region, so you can easily find people from your area. Grab your lunch and come on over to find out what people in your area are working on, and bring new connections back home with you.

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12:00pm – 1:30pm

202 C

Regional Lunch Meetups
Tennessee & Southeast

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Looking to connect with people in your neck of the woods? At the regional meetup, you’ll have the chance to meet other activists and practitioners in your state. This lunch hour meetup will be organized by region, so you can easily find people from your area. Grab your lunch and come on over to find out what people in your area are working on, and bring new connections back home with you.

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12:15pm – 1:45pm

209 Charge & Recharge Lounge

Spark Stage

Spark Stage

About

Every good idea begins with a spark. On the Spark! Stage at Unrig Summit, leaders from Tennessee and across the United States will deliver 5-minute, TED-style presentations to share inspiration and insights from their bold work making change.

The Power of Celebration To Change Our Voting Culture & Increase Turnout
Angie M Jean-Marie, Director of #VoteTogether
Civic Nation

Roadmap to a New Democracy
Liz Dupee, Activist, Policy Advocate
WA Democracy Hub

Darkest Before Dawn: Systemic Reform Is Coming
Adav Noti, Senior Director, Trial Litigation & Chief of Staff
Campaign Legal Center

Investing in the Future of Democracy
Manu Meel, CEO
Bridge USA

Organized People Vs. Organized Money in New Mexico
Javier Benavidez, Campaign Director
Common Cause

Rules of the Game
George Cheung, Director
More Equitable Democracy

How to Keep Your Head Out of the Sand (Post-2016)
Audrey Scagnelli, Founder
Sanity Media

The Rhetoric of Us Versus Them
Zulfat Suara, President Elect
TN Women Political Caucus

“It’s Not The Fish” Process Correction Over People Persuasion
Marcus Bass, Executive Director
Advance Carolina

Diverse Young Women Re-IGNITING Our Democracy
Kristin Hayden, Chief Partnership Officer
IGNITE

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12:15pm – 1:45pm

208

Unrig Summit Video Showcase

Film Screening

About

Worried that you’ll waste precious time during your Saturday lunch break when you could be learning more? Fear not! Grab your lunch and join us for the Unrig Summit Video Showcase where you can enjoy your meal and learn how people around the nation are fighting to reform our democracy–at the same time!

The film agenda will be as follows:

The Battle for Ranked Choice Voting
Directed by Julie Mallozzi
Maine leads the way, fighting entrenched interests to enact a reform that reduces negative campaigning, eliminates the “spoiler effect,” and opens races to minority & third-party candidates.

The Big Money Agenda: Democracy on the Brink
Directed by Vincent Mondillo
This documentary explores the effects of money in politics, dark money, the revolving door as well as common sense solutions that will get our democracy back on track.

Unbreaking America
Directed by MJ Delaney
In just 11 minutes, Unbreaking America shows why nearly every issue we face as a nation is caught in the grip of corruption–and what we can do to stop it.

Bill McKibben Virtual Spark Talk
Directed by Bill McKibben
Bill McKibben discusses how the democracy reform movement is directly linked to the climate movement and how their integration will benefit us all.

Coming Together | National Association of Nonpartisan Reforms
Directed by IVC Media
The National Association was founded in 2017 by 10 successful reform organizations across the country. This is a promotional video describing the purpose of the organization and how other reformers can get involved.

Slay the Dragon
Directed by Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance
A secretive, high-tech gerrymandering initiative launched 10 years ago threatens to undermine our democracy. Slay the Dragon follows everyday people as they fight to make their votes matter.

Winning Back Our Democracy
Directed by Hedrick Smith
Learn how organizers find a powerful tool for civic education, stimulating local action, and mobilizing civic engagement on voters’ rights, gerrymandering reform, exposing dark money, and empowering small donors.

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2:00pm – 3:00pm

2:00pm – 3:00pm

207

Forget the Supreme Court: How Leaders Like You Can Break Money’s Grip on Power

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The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court has left even the strongest supporters of campaign finance reform shaken, and discouraged.

Don’t believe the hype. More anti-corruption laws were passed at the state and local level than ever before in 2018. And new strategies—from candidate pledges to forego corporate cash or Super PAC support, to the full launch of the breakthrough “democracy vouchers” program, to new leadership at the FEC and the most important campaign finance legislation in congressional history—give us plenty of reasons to keep pushing the limits of what’s possible.

This is a panel about opportunity, about hope, and about you as the future of our movement. Come hear from and exchange ideas with an unrivaled group of experts and activists about how there’s never been a better time than right now to fight to renew American democracy.

If you want to dive deeper on this subject, check out the masterclasses:

  • How to End Dark Money and Super PAC Loopholes (Saturday, 3:15-4:15 PM)
  • Clearing the Lobbyist Influence Pipeline (Sunday, 10:15-11:15 AM)
  • Fighting Big Money by Empowering Small Donors (Sunday, 11:30-12:30 PM)
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Moderator

Scott Greytak

2:00pm – 3:00pm

205

The Future of Voting Is Here

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Over the past several years, a handful of states have been making names for themselves in reform circles for the innovative ways they approach elections, from security and efficiency to accessibility and trust. Behold the future: Voters in Colorado, Washington, and Michigan now have or will soon have more flexibility to think over, complete, and securely return their ballots, allowing for better engagement and greater participation in elections. Join the advocates, administrators, and officials who’ve made better elections possible—and learn how you can push for stronger democracy in your community, too.

If you want to dive deeper on this subject, check out the masterclass:

  • Let’s Put Voters First (Sunday, 9:00-10:00 AM).
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Moderator

Seth Flaxman

2:00pm – 3:00pm

208

Overpriced and Overprescribed: Healthcare Costs in the Age of Big Money

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The United States has the most expensive healthcare system in the world and faces an unprecedented opioid epidemic. How did we get here? For starters, the healthcare industry spent $337 million lobbying politicians in 2018 alone. We see the impact of this outsized influence everywhere—from cancer drugs that cost $400,000 a year to the 115 people a day who die needlessly from opioid overdoses. Come learn how money in politics rigs the healthcare system and hear about the solutions that could bring down prices and save lives.

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Moderator

Wendell Potter

2:00pm – 3:00pm

202 AB

Stepping Up to Lead: How to Build Volunteer Power for Your Cause

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Whether you’re working on a campaign or growing a grassroots organization, your volunteer program can make or break your success. In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn the conversational secrets to enroll new volunteers, methods for unlocking the leadership of your existing supporters, and tips for building grassroots people power both online and in-person.

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2:00pm – 3:00pm

202 C

Citizen Lobbying Training

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Don’t let special interests be the only groups politicians hear from. Lobbying is a valuable skill that can be used by grassroots campaigns to build relationships with lawmakers and pressure them to act. In this session you’ll learn how to work with and influence elected officials to achieve your policy outcomes – and what to do when politicians don’t listen to you.

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2:00pm – 3:00pm

204

Restoring the Vote: State Strategies for Re-Enfranchisement

Masterclass

About

Around 5 million Americans have lost their right to vote because of a past criminal conviction; up to 18 million more may be silenced because they believe or have been told they cannot vote even where that is not the case. To have a truly representative democracy, these voices must be heard. Join movement leaders from across the country to learn how you can engage strategies from legislation to litigation to direct services to effectively fight felony disenfranchisement in your state.

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2:00pm – 3:00pm

201 B

Building Your Coalition and Campaign to Fix Gerrymandering

Masterclass

About

We’re in an anti-gerrymandering moment, and for good reason — in 2021, new congressional lines we’ll be drawn for the next decade. In some states, independent citizen redistricting commissions will create those maps, thanks to the advocates and organizers who built coalitions for change and won difficult campaigns. In other states, the fight is in the courts or in the legislature. Come join some of those leaders to learn best practices for reform, ask questions, and forge connections to make the fight back against gerrymandering even stronger.

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2:00pm – 3:00pm

209 Charge & Recharge Lounge

Spark Stage

Spark Stage

About

Every good idea begins with a spark. On the Spark! Stage at Unrig Summit, leaders from Tennessee and across the United States will deliver 5-minute, TED-style presentations to share inspiration and insights from their bold work making change.

Admit It: You Know Less Than You’re Willing To Admit
Ben Sheehan, Founder, Executive Director
OMG WTF

Democracy, Plutocracy, and America in 2019
Daniel Biss, Executive Director
Rust Belt Rising

Redemption?
Rev. Jeannie Alexander, Executive Director
No Exceptions Prison Collective

Unrigging the System through Front Porch Politics
Leslie K Danks Burke, Founder and President
Trailblazers PAC

Barnstorming the US — To End Corruption in DC
Doug Hughes, Activist
Barnstorming the US

Debt and Democracy: An Alternative to Austerity
Julio E. López Varona, Co-Director of Community Dignity Campaigns
Center for Popular Democracy

What Does Winning Look Like? Video With A Message
Hedrick Smith, Journalist
reclaimtheamericandream.com

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3:15pm – 4:15pm

3:15pm – 4:15pm

207

Women Leading: Breaking Barriers to Equal Representation

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Big money plagues our politics, and its impact on candidates is not equal. In this panel, you’ll hear directly from top women leaders who will describe how money corrupts our election cycle, makes it more difficult for people at the intersection of one or more marginalized identities to run and win, and how fighting against money in politics will bring us closer to equal representation for all.

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3:15pm – 4:15pm

205

Save Democracy, Save the Planet

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While the fossil fuel industry spends top dollar lobbying Congress and stymieing federal reform, Americans face unprecedented environmental crises. Intensifying hurricanes and wildfires, contaminated drinking water and air pollution, heat waves and polar vortexes, rising sea levels and drought have all become the new normal. Come hear from leading advocates and activists working from the community to the congressional level to protect and preserve our planet.

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Moderator

Jamie Henn

3:15pm – 4:15pm

208

Funding Reform in 2019

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About

A changing global economy, concentrated wealth and a crowded reform field all impact our ability to raise funds for organizations and campaigns. This panel of leading philanthropists will discuss how to navigate this dynamic challenge, and new revenue models for nonprofits that are emerging.

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Moderator

Stephen Foster

Speakers

Rupa Balasubramanian, Allison Barlow, Steve Lipscomb, Wesley Panek

3:15pm – 4:15pm

202 AB

How to Get Media Coverage

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About

Getting media attention is a powerful tool to rally support and influence decision makers. Find out what reporters look for when they’re choosing their next story, how to build relationships with them, and how to develop media plan that lands you in the news.

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Speakers

Jennifer Pae

3:15pm – 4:15pm

202 C

Campaign Planning 101: How to Get Started With a New Campaign

Build Your Skills

About

To jump-start any campaign, you’re going to need a strong plan — but it can be hard to know how to get started. Join this interactive training to learn from a lobbyist and non-profit executive what ingredients you need to kick off a viable campaign. For new and experienced campaigners alike, this session will provide a framework for developing core messages, identifying likely supporters, and other critical questions to answer every time you start a new initiative. Come with a cause, and leave with actionable steps to turn your vision into a winnable campaign.

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3:15pm – 4:15pm

204

Legal & Math Deep Dive: Gerrymandering & Redistricting

Masterclass

About

Redistricting the right way can be complicated, but these experts want to shed some light on how to avoid gerrymandering. When we say experts, we mean it—the litigators, scholars, and organizers leading this session are steeped in the intricacies of the issue, and they’re here to answer all your thorniest questions about how to draw our political lines in a way that promotes democracy. If ever you’ve wanted to dig deeper on the math and legal questions around redistricting, this is the masterclass for you.

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3:15pm – 4:15pm

201 B

How to End Dark Money and Super PAC Loopholes

Masterclass

About

Over the course of the last decade, money in politics has changed dramatically, thanks in large part to two phenomena: dark money and super PACs. The torrent of unaccountable dollars influencing American elections has almost completely dismantled the transparency we depend on for open elections, and super PACs rarely operate as “independently” as they claim, allowing wealthy donors and special interests to contribute unlimited sums to PACs closely tied to their favorite candidates. These big-money vehicles erode the integrity of our political system, but they aren’t set in stone. The attorneys and advocates at the forefront of the fight against dark money and super PACs are here to explain how you can help pass laws that unveil secret and unlimited spending in your elections.

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3:25pm – 4:15pm

209 Charge & Recharge Lounge

Spark Stage

Spark Stage

About

Every good idea begins with a spark. On the Spark! Stage at Unrig Summit, leaders from Tennessee and across the United States will deliver 5-minute, TED-style presentations to share inspiration and insights from their bold work making change.

Releasing Your Own “Better Angel”
Lynn Heady
Better Angels

Mismatch: Connecting Across Distance and Divides
Kristin Hansen, Co-Director
Project Mismatch

Can Independents Win? Lessons From the 2018 Election
Charles Wheelan, Co-Chair
Unite America

Our Stories Create Change
Sara Scott, Regional Organizer
Family Voices of Tennessee

Defusing Disinfo
Greg Spenchian, Director of Policy and Partnerships
Stand Up Republic

Strengthening Democracy With Candidate Contracts
Scott Ferguson, President
Candidates With A Contract

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4:30pm – 5:30pm

4:30pm – 5:30pm

207

We Know the System is Rigged: Fixing Big Money’s Disparate Impact on Voters of Color

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Voter suppression is a battery of tactics that protect the interests of the wealthiest among us and prevent working-class communities and communities of color from participating and having confidence in our democracy. Leaders of grassroots organizations will kick off this panel discussion by sharing what they have learned in recent campaigns about the impact of big money in local and state politics. Attendees will learn that centering racial equity in the fight against money in politics will protect voters and strengthen our democracy.

If you want to dive deeper on this subject, check out the masterclasses:

  • Money in Politics and Racial Equity: Organizing Principles to Repair Our Democracy (Friday, 3:30-4:30 PM)
  • The Dangers of Privatization: How Big Money Endangers Education, Water, and Other Public Goods and Utilities (Sunday, 10:15-11:15 AM)
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Moderator

Carol Lautier

4:30pm – 5:30pm

205

How Civic Engagement Can Rebuild America

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America’s civic infrastructure—the places, policies, programs, and practices that enable us to connect with one another—is broken. Politics have increasingly stepped in to fill the void left by other community-building activities, leading to divisiveness and fueling political tension. How can Americans improve their relationship with politics—and each other?

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Moderator

Greg Lukianoff

4:30pm – 5:30pm

208

Tipping the Scales: How Special Interests Distort the Market

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About

Special interests often use their influence to gain an unfair advantage at the expense of taxpayers, competitors, and consumers. Experts from the right and the left will discuss the forms this behavior takes — and the best solutions to end it.

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Moderator

John Cerasuolo

Speakers

Jeff Clements, Mark Cunningham, Janne Flisrand, Debra Nutall Williams

4:30pm – 5:30pm

202 AB

Non-Violent Direct Action & Civil Disobedience

Build Your Skills

About

From the founding revolution to abolition, women’s suffrage, and civil rights, no major struggle in American history has been won without nonviolent direct action. The fight to unrig our democracy will be no different. Join leaders from Democracy Spring, organizers of the largest single American civil disobedience action of the 21st century, and leaders from March on Harrisburg for an introduction to nonviolent direct action. You’ll learn the basics of this strategic field, including core theory, historic examples, essential skills, and actual practice that will empower you to start bringing this tool to bear in your campaigns.

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4:30pm – 5:30pm

202 C

Grassroots Fundraising 101

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About

To win any campaign, you need the funds to make it happen. Not sure where to start? Come learn the best practices for launching a fundraising campaign – from goal-setting to identifying prospective donors to making your pitch. You’ll leave empowered to take grassroots fundraising head on.

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4:30pm – 5:30pm

204

Making the Case for Automatic Voter Registration

Masterclass

About

Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) can improve the security, accuracy and accessibility of our elections through automatic verification of voter eligibility, secure electronic data transfer, effective list maintenance, and more. But how do we talk about AVR with people who aren’t familiar with it yet? This session explores the Voting Mindset—how people think and feel about voting and pro-voter reforms—and looks at messaging approaches that make a compelling case for AVR, answer voters’ questions about the policy, and avoid common mistakes.

Talking About Pro-Voter Policies

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Speakers

Sean Lund, Eric Ming

4:30pm – 5:30pm

201 B

Ranked Choice Voting: After the Win

Masterclass

About

In 2019, as many as 9 cities will use ranked choice voting (RCV) for the first time. In this rapidly growing movement, winning is just the first step. It takes a lot to make an election successful, from effective voting systems to robust voter education. These former election administrators and voter education specialists are here to teach you best practices for building relationships with election administrators, implementing ranked choice voting, and working together to educate your community.

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4:30pm – 5:45pm

209 Charge & Recharge Lounge

Spark Stage

Spark Stage

About

Every good idea begins with a spark. On the Spark! Stage at Unrig Summit, leaders from Tennessee and across the United States will deliver 5-minute, TED-style presentations to share inspiration and insights from their bold work making change.

How Fargo Took The Lead With Approval Voting
Aaron Hamlin, Executive Director, Co-Founder
The Center for Election Science

Top Ten Reasons Volunteers Are Worth The Effort
Jamie Lyons-Eddy, State Field Director
Voters Not Politicians

Electoral Reform in An Ideological World
Drisana Hughes, Associate Director
Serve America Movement

Creating Equal Access to the Ballot Box Across Indian Country
O.J. Semans, Co-Executive Director
Four Directions

A New Citizen’s Fresh Take on American Democracy
Sangita Sigdyal, Managing Director
Fair Vote

Vote for US: How to Take Back Our Elections and Change the Future of Voting
Joshua A. Douglas
University of Kentucky, College of Law

System Strategies to Win Gender Parity
Cynthia Richie Terrell, Founder, Executive Director
RepresentWomen

Political Innovation Will Save Us
Katherine M. Gehl, Entrepreneur
Katherine Gehl

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5:45pm – 6:45pm

5:45pm – 6:45pm

202 AB

Democracy Tech Showcase

Build Your Skills

About

The internet hasn’t yet ushered in the golden age of democracy we were promised – but that doesn’t mean it can’t be useful! Come see the cutting edge of democracy technology showcased by voting, disclosure, and political tech experts. Through a series of short, accessible presentations, you’ll be introduced to innovative tools and organizations that are powering cutting‐edge campaigns and arming voters with information to Unrig the System.

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5:45pm – 6:45pm

202 C

How Telling Your Story Can Help Your Campaign Win

Build Your Skills

About

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. In this session, you’ll develop and workshop your own personal narrative and learn how to leverage your connection to the campaigns you’re working on to help drive them forward.

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6:30pm – 7:45pm

6:30pm – 7:45pm

Grand Ballroom Foyer, 4th Floor

Pre-Show Happy Hour

Connect with Peers

About

Join us on the 400-level before Unrigged Live! for a happy hour that is open to all conference attendees. Cash bar.

Limited tickets to Unrigged Live! are available to the public at the door on a first come first served basis, for a recommended donation of $5-$10.

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6:30pm – 7:30pm

Caucus Meetups

Connect with Peers

About

These are informal caucus meetups for attendees who identify as being a part of or particularly engaged with these communities. Meet on the 4th Floor outside the Grand Ballroom and look for the signs for your caucus. The caucuses are an opportunity for you to network, discuss the themes of the summit, grow your community’s strength and presence within the anti-corruption movement, or simply relax and get to know your peers better.
Caucuses include:

  • Independents
  • Veterans
  • LGTBQIA+
  • People of Color
  • Under 25
  • Local
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7:15pm – 7:30pm

Grand Ballroom, 4th Floor

Unrig Bingo Raffle

Connect with Peers

About

If you’ve played the game and submitted for the raffle, then join us in the 4th-floor ballroom as we draw names for prizes! Remember, you have until 7pm to enter the raffle at the info desk.

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8:00pm – 10:00pm

8:00pm – 10:00pm

Grand Ballroom, 4th Floor

Unrigged Live!

Unrigged Live!

About

Unrigged Live! is the marquee event of the Summit: an inspiring evening of live music, stand-up comedy, and short speeches. The evening will be hosted by Jennifer Lawrence and Ed Helms, and will be live-streamed on multiple platforms. Speakers include RepresentUs Director Josh Silver; UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore; Activist Emma González; voting rights leader Desmond Meade, and comedian Sasheer Zamata, with incredible live music from soon-to-be-announced special guests!

Doors open at 7:30 PM CT. Arrive early to hear music by our Unrig Summit house band. Entry to Unrigged Live! is included for Summit attendees.

Limited tickets to Unrigged Live! are available to the public at the door on a first come first served basis, for a recommended donation of $5-$10.

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9:00am – 10:00am

9:00am – 10:00am

207

In Need of a Turnaround: Voter Turnout in Tennessee

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Tennessee was ranked second-to-last for voter turnout and nearly as badly for voter registration prior to the 2018 elections. We’ll hear from experts why Tennesseans aren’t turning out to vote and what we can do to fix this black eye on the Volunteer State. (And yes, we will probably talk about Taylor Swift.)

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9:00am – 10:00am

202 AB

How to Use Compelling and Inclusive Visuals to Galvanize the Movement

Build Your Skills

About

Powerful imagery can inspire change, galvanize movements, and shift the balance of power. This session will teach you what makes compelling visual imagery and how you can create photos and designs for the democracy movement that reach a broad and diverse audience. You’ll leave this session with the tools and inspiration you need to make movement-changing visual imagery.

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9:00am – 10:00am

202 C

How to Develop a Message That Sticks

Build Your Skills

About

You can’t win unless you deliver a message that sticks with people days, weeks and months after they hear it. But what facts should you share and how can you connect with your audience – especially someone who disagrees with you? In this interactive training, you’ll learn the recipe for creating persuasive messages that will help you win over skeptics, pitch to funders, motivate volunteers, and more.

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Speakers

Cathy McNally

9:00am – 10:00am

204

Let’s Put Voters First

Masterclass

About

Improving the voting experience means putting voters first. States like Colorado, Washington, and Oregon–all of which continue to lead in voter engagement—have made tremendous strides toward full participation by seamlessly connecting voter registration with balloting. In place of the traditional approach to voting, imagine a system where voting is more akin to ordering a product online—from placing an order (registering to vote) to getting updates on your product’s status (a ballot tracking system) to the product (your ballot) arriving to you directly. This masterclass will discuss how by re-imagining the voting process and working to center customer service, we can increase engagement, convenience, security, and trust in the system to all voters.

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Speakers

Amber McReynolds

9:00am – 10:00am

201 B

Becoming a Democracy Entrepreneur: How to Launch & Sustain Your Civic Startup

Masterclass

About

Have an idea to improve democracy? This masterclass will share insights and experiences from an array of democracy entrepreneurs about how to take your idea and turn it into a sustainable and impactful non-profit or for-profit enterprise. From recruiting a team, to raising funds, to building an effective organization –– we’ll apply universal startup principles to the unique challenge of making civic change.

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9:00am – 10:00am

205 A

Working WITH (Not Just On) Campuses to Increase the Youth Vote

Unconference

About

Learn about a recent movement at the intersection of higher education and democracy and will have the opportunity to brainstorm what resources, expertise and experiences you have that could further empower institutions in your community to engage young people as voters.

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Moderator

Clarissa Unger

9:00am – 10:00am

205 B

Open Precincts: Crowdsourcing to Fight Gerrymandering

Unconference

About

Learn how to crowdsource a national database of accurate voting precinct information, and how this information will help citizens talk back to redisrictors in 2021 and beyond.

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Moderator

Hannah Wheelen

9:00am – 10:00am

205 C

Unf*ck Politics

Unconference

About

Get off your ass, out of your head, and stop “telling jokes” – learn to use comedy to cut through the bullshit.

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Moderator

Sam Bonar

9:00am – 10:00am

208 AB

Will Your Vote Be Rigged?

Unconference

About

Explore how to get involved locally and nationally to help ensure your vote – and all the votes – are counted accurately.

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Moderator

Lulu Friesdat

9:00am – 10:00am

209 Charge & Recharge Lounge

Unconference: Soapbox Talks

Unconference

About

From Z to You: How to Engage with Young People Politically
  • Riley Dolan
Stories Take Planning
  • Jed Miller
Finding Common Ground
  • Blake Huber
Promoting Digital Ballots
  • Cyrus Krohn
A Golden Opportunity to Hold Our Senators Accountable
  • Jared Krupnick
Participatory Budgeting: Lessons from Louisville
  • Dr. Neal Turpin
How We Engage for Change
  • Alicia Bonner Ness
The Domestic Corrupt Practices Act
  • Stephen Clayton
State of Emergency: Not Where We Want to Be
  • Aguene Freechild
Unrigging Child Welfare
  • Connie Reguli
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10:15am – 11:15am

10:15am – 11:15am

207

The Next Generation of Democracy Reform

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About

Millennials and Gen Zers are inheriting a broken political system that’s simultaneously responsible for some of the most consequential issues in their lives—from unprecedented student loan debt to waning job prospects to a warming planet—and yet ignores their concerns. In this panel, some of the anti-corruption movement’s sharpest emerging leaders will discuss how they’re working past party affiliations to drive youth engagement, build political power, and lead the charge to unrig America’s failed political system in the years to come.

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Moderator

Helen Humphreys

10:15am – 11:15am

202 AB

Birddogging: The Art and Science of Extracting Public Commitments

Build Your Skills

About

If you’re ready to get real policy commitments from politicians and candidates, it’s time to learn how to birddog. Birddogging is more than asking a question of a candidate in a public forum – it’s asking the right question, in the right way, to get an enforceable promise. In this practical training, Paul Davis, National Advocacy Coordinator at Housing Works, will share how he and a couple dozen activists were able to use birddogging to lower the cost of AIDS medicine around the world, and how you can apply these tactics to your own campaigns.

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Speakers

Paul Davis

10:15am – 11:15am

202 C

Pitching 101: How to Win Funds and Influence People

Build Your Skills

About

Whether you’re launching a new campaign, applying for funding, or securing a new partner, at some point you’ll need to convince funders or potential supporters to get involved. In other words, you’re going to need to pitch. In this interactive workshop with an experienced civic investor, you’ll get first-hand guidance on how to build a strong pitch presentation, and then will practice your pitch and share feedback with other participants in an open and collaborative environment. No preparation is required, but you should come with a project or something else in mind that you’d like to workshop.

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Speakers

Wesley Panek

10:15am – 11:15am

204

Clearing the Lobbying Influence Pipeline

Masterclass

About

Money in politics covers more than campaigns. In fact, some of the biggest concerns can come after election day, when special interests and lobbyists converge on the halls of power to curry favor and win influence with elected officials, often at the expense of the constituents who put them there. We depend on lobbying limits to ensure integrity in government, and 2018 saw reformers around the country notch impressive victories in the fight for accountability. If you want to dig into the details of what works, what doesn’t, and what to look for, these experts are ready to guide you, from ethics rules, gift limits, and disclosure requirements to revolving doors and golden parachutes.

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10:15am – 11:15am

201 B

The Dangers of Privatization: How Big Money Endangers Education, Water, and Other Public Goods and Utilities

Masterclass

About

We are all disadvantaged when corporate interests go unchecked because public goods – education, water, utilities – are crucial components of healthy communities, the building blocks of a thriving democracy. This workshop will provide case of communities in New Mexico and Florida impacted by the threat of privatization of public goods. Participants will learn strategies for organizing in support of impacted communities across the country.

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Speakers

Javier Benavidez, Dwight Bullard, David McDougal, Nancy Metayer

10:15am – 11:15am

205 A

Care for the Caravan

Unconference

About

Learn why men, women and children are fleeing Central America, and what WE can do to help.

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Moderator

Rachel Chrane

10:15am – 11:15am

205 B

STAR Voting: Political Courage and Catalyzing a Vision

Unconference

About

Apply ethics of social permaculture to grow and design a diverse, cohesive, sustainable movement.

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Moderator

Sara Wolk

10:15am – 11:15am

205 C

So You Want More Conservatives in Your Organization

Unconference

About

Learn how to determine what goals and actions make sense for your organization re: diversifying politically.

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Moderator

Riley Hart

10:15am – 11:15am

208 AB

Democracy in Jeopardy! The Game Show

Unconference

About

Learn about our actionable plan to combat our broken campaign finance system and restore our representative democracy.

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Moderator

Matthew Mazzola

10:15am – 11:15am

209 Charge & Recharge Lounge

Unconference: Soapbox Talks

Unconference

About

The Popular Initiative Isn’t America’s Only Democratic Mechanism for Bypassing a State Legislature
  • JH Snider
The Supreme Court Can’t Reason Its Way Out of a Bad Metaphor
  • Ken Chestek
Automatic Voter Registration for the People
  • Zachary Fisch
Five Lessons on Defending Democracy from Abroad
  • Nada Zohdy
SECURE Our Democracy! No Bots, No Spammers, No Russians!
  • Liam McCarty
Feel United, Stay United: How to Depolarize America
  • James Coan
Draw the Lines PA
  • Rachel Colker
Unrigging Ourselves
  • Lauren Evans
Universal Basic Income: Empowering Citizens for True Democracy
  • Steven Shafarman
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11:30am – 12:30pm

11:30am – 12:30pm

207

Following the Money: Journalists and Media Pros Teach Their Tools

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About

From holding officials accountable to following the money and amplifying stories of influence and injustice, the media plays a critical role in preserving our democracy. But with local newsrooms gutted, untraceable spending exploding across American elections, and an increasing number of news outlets shifting away from watchdog reporting, connecting the dots can feel more difficult than ever. There’s reason to be hopeful, however: These journalists and media experts know how to dig the dirt—and tell the story. Whether you’re an independent reporter or a concerned citizen, the pros on this panel are here to give you the tools and tricks you need to break the news and bring the truth to light.

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Moderator

Sheila Krumholz

11:30am – 12:30pm

202 AB

How to Run for Office (Because You Should)

Build Your Skills

About

The national conversation about who a candidate can and should be is changing, prompted by a wave of citizen participation, demands for increased representation and the growing power of small dollar donors. Whether you’re planning to run for office already or you’re just secretly curious, this training will introduce you to the key considerations, supports and skills you’ll need to be successful.

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Speakers

Sarah R. Horvitz

11:30am – 12:30pm

204

Power (Back) to the People: Independent Redistricting from Inception to Implementation

Masterclass

About

Every 10 years when politicians are allowed to pick their voters through redistricting, we see what too often happens: gerrymandering flourishes and fair representation vanishes. To change deep partisans politics requires fairly drawn districts. Independent Redistricting Commissions are an answer for improved political representation, and three members of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission are here to show you how. In this session, you’ll dive into redistricting details, from conception, to legislation, to implementation, and beyond. Discussions include key legislative considerations and pitfalls; the many forms of a commission; the implementation of a redistricting process; and the (not so) secret insights you’ll need to know for any successful Independent Redistricting Commission.

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11:30am – 12:30pm

202 C

Translating Vision to Action

Build Your Skills

About

A strong vision is an integral part of successfully driving systemic change — but most visioning exercises stop short of creating an actionable plan that connects your vision to the present. In this interactive session you’ll learn how to make your vision a reality using evidence-based strategies to develop actionable milestones.

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Speakers

Kaveh Sadeghian

11:30am – 12:30pm

201 B

Fighting Big Money by Empowering Small Donors

Masterclass

About

With big money dominating American politics, reformers have started looking to systems that amplify small donors, by matching private contributions with public funding or sending every registered voter a small voucher to give to candidates who swear off big money. The movement to empower everyday citizens has spread across the country, and some of the litigators, organizers, and strategists who made it possible are ready to draw the roadmap for the future.

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11:30am – 12:30pm

205 A

Running AND Winning as an Independent

Unconference

About

Hear why running as an independent is harder than ever, but could be the key in forcing election reform in your community.

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Moderator

Jason Grenn

11:30am – 12:30pm

205 B

11 Million. 3%. How?

Unconference

About

Strategize together about how to cause mass mobilization.

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Moderator

Alice Melendez

11:30am – 12:30pm

205 C

Instead of Elections

Unconference

About

Explore a revolutionary new form of representation.

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Moderator

Byers

11:30am – 12:30pm

208 AB

Open Primaries: Are They Truly Open?

Unconference

About

Learn how to determine if your state primaries are truly open (no matter what they claim).

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Moderators

Steve Hough, John Opdycke, Jackie Salit

11:30am – 12:30pm

209 Charge & Recharge Lounge

WILL YOUR VOTE BE RIGGED?

Unconference

About

Voting equipment in the U.S. is controlled primarily by three corporations that count about 90% of our votes. All of them have a history of producing machines with poor security and outdated technology. These companies use the excuse of having “proprietary software” to block citizens and security experts from finding out more about how our election technology actually works. They sell voting equipment that could be hacked and could allow your vote not to be counted, or not counted in the way you want.

These companies participate in the development of their own regulations and federal standards, most of which have not kept up with the pace of emerging security threats. The structure of the current regulatory system makes it almost impossibly expensive for other companies to compete in the voting technology market, solidifying the position of these companies and providing very limited choices to state and local election officials in selecting voting equipment.

Voters and advocates need to understand the flaws in the current system in order to pick the most secure and accurate options available to them; and to create a new paradigm that will offer jurisdictions more secure, more affordable and more accessible options in the future.

  • Participants in the session will find out
  • What voting equipment their jurisdiction is using
  • What questions to ask about it
  • Steps to ensure their vote is counted accurately
  • How to become a poll worker
  • How to have input now during the “public comment” period of the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG)
  • What can be done to improve the current vendor process
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Moderators

Lulu Friesdat, SMART Elections

12:45pm – 2:00pm

12:45pm – 2:00pm

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Closing Plenary

Plenary

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The summit’s final plenary session will include short talks from Mark McKinnon, Executive Producer of Showtime’s “The Circus”; Renaldo Pearson, Co-Mission Director of Democracy Spring; former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz; and former Lt. Governor (MA) Kerry Healy, with a special live music performance.

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