Watch: Closing Plenary with U.S. Representatives Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Mike Gallagher (R-WI)

Learn what people are doing to unrig the system every day. The summit’s final plenary session will include short speeches from grassroots anti-corruption leaders:

  • Take Back Our Republic’s John Pudner;
  • End Citizens United’s Tiffany Muller;
  • Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s Tom Saenz; and
  • Issue One’s Nick Penniman.

With closing remarks from U.S. Representatives Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI).

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Unrigged Live! with Jennifer Lawrence, Tig Notaro, Richard Painter, and more

We’re live at Unrig the System Summit in New Orleans for Unrigged Live! hosted by Jennifer Lawrence, with speakers including:

Represent.Us Director Josh Silver;
Professor and former White House Ethics Lawyer Richard Painter;
Comedians Tig Notaro, Nikki Glaser, and Adam Yenser;
NASA astronaut Ron Garan; and
Former State Senator and Our Revolution President Nina Turner.
With live music from HoneyHoney, and the legendary New Orleans-based Preservation All-Stars.

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#UnrigTheSystem

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Variety: Jennifer Lawrence to Host Bipartisan Political Performance in New Orleans

Jennifer Lawrence will host “Unrigged Live!,” appearing alongside Tig Notaro and Nikki Glaser in a politically charged variety show of comedy, music and other acts that will cap off a three-day political summit at Tulane University in New Orleans.

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Campaign Legal Center’s David Kolker on Free Speech vs Citizens United

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Spotted at Unrig

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Tweets from around Unrig

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Citizen Lobbying 101 with Issue One’s Meredith McGehee

Workshop Notes: 

  • Know your policy, not just the message and the passion – you have to know what you’re talking about
  • Know what success looks like; come to work every day with a dynamic plan that evolves.

Advice to take home:

Democracy is a marathon. Be prepared for the long haul, be prepared to lose, and stay tough through the wins and losses. Cultivate unlikely allies and view lobbying like dating, by checking in regularly and getting to know your allies and your enemies.

Tips for Communication:

  • Text – direct and short. No sarcasm, no jokes. Just don’t do it! Keep it pithy.
  • Email can be misinterpreted, so be direct and get to the point.
  • Personal calls – pick up the phone!
  • Coalition meeting – No more than 1 hour for a coalition meeting with maximum of ten people. If it’s a 2 hour coalition meeting, provide food!

Be able to articulate your message and your ask in 1-2 minutes. Make your ask more open ended by asking something like “has your boss made a commitment on that yet?” instead of “so do we have your support?”

Regular contact should be monthly communication – sharing a specific article, extending an invitation to an event or briefing, informing a new bill introduced.

Phone banking is rapidly losing impact. It’s more about a process that has already identified people who are with you and who are already responding.

Final Thought:

“If you’re a good lobbyist, you listen.”

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Attendees React at Unrig!

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Funding Reform: Trends and Challenges in 2018

Funding Reform: Trends and Challenges in 2018
“We’re trying to unrig the system by changing the rules of the game,” says Carmen Lopez-Wilson, during an interactive panel about how to work with and approach donors, such as those trends and challenges that arrive with applying for, accessing and effectively utilizing funds for organizations and causes.
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