DEMOCRATIC DEFENSE CONFERENCE

The Democratic Defense Conference will explore the many ways that democratic principles are abandoned in the name of “defense.” On both small and large levels, the federal and state governments turns blind eyes to the Constitution, international law, labor rights of military employees, and the will of the people in issues regarding the military and war.
  • Should soldiers be forced to work beyond the terms of their enlistment “agreement?”
  • How is it possible for the president to ignore the Constitution and enter military conflict without the approval of Congress?
  • What role does the will of the people have in beginning or ending military conflict?
This conference will look into these questions and many others with experts from both the legal and military communities. Veterans for Peace and the Progressive Magazine are the primary conveners of this conference.

Registration Opens

Registration and information will be in the Atrium.  Please enter on Wisconsin Ave side of building.

Date: 
August 24, 2011 - 12:00pm - August 28, 2011 - 3:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC - Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St Atrium
Session type: 
Panel

Solidarity Sing Along

Solidarity Sing Along began holding sing alongs at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison on March 11, 2011, and has held a sing along at noon every week-day since then. The sing alongs started up as the large protests and the Capitol occupation were ending. They serve to maintain a continuous progressive, pro-labor presence at the Capitol, as well as providing a place where union members, activists, and citizens can come together and rejuvenate their spirits through song.

Date: 
August 24, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location

Wisconsin State Capitol
2 E Main St at the top of State St
Session type: 
Panel

OPENING CEREMONY: Call for Peace Drum and Dance Company

Through the universal language of dance, traditional drums and contemporary music, Call for Peace weaves the pageantry of life, the power of hope and the wisdom of our Elders into a tapestry of rhythm, color and dance.

Date: 
August 24, 2011 - 7:00pm - 7:15pm

Location

The Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St Wisconsin/Capitol Ballroom
Session type: 
Keynote

Join the Military; Say Goodbye to Your Rights

Enlistment/recruitment “contracts.”  Military service and immigrants.  Workers’ rights, hazardous conditions, DoD immunity from lawsuits, forced medical experimentation.  Stop loss.  DADT.  Non-judicial punishment. Religion (pushing of Christianity), Atheists not allowed to file for CO status, persons as govt property.

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 9:00am - 10:30am

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D332
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Annie Laurie Gaylor
Speaker(s): 
Leah Bolger
Speaker(s): 
Will Williams

Classified for Their Protection

Government/defense transparency—ability of defense dept to classify information to prevent the public from information and to protect themselves from prosecution.  Black programs—budgeting.  No whistle-blower protection for military.

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D332
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Coleen Rowley
Speaker(s): 
Ray McGovern

Solidarity Sing Along

Solidarity Sing Along began holding sing alongs at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison on March 11, 2011, and has held a sing along at noon every week-day since then. The sing alongs started up as the large protests and the Capitol occupation were ending. They serve to maintain a continuous progressive, pro-labor presence at the Capitol, as well as providing a place where union members, activists, and citizens can come together and rejuvenate their spirits through song.

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location

Wisconsin State Capitol
2 E Main St at the top of State St
Session type: 
Panel

Warfare Not Healthcare—The Federal Budget Priorities

The federal budget does not match the people’s priorities.

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D332
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
George Martin
Speaker(s): 
Jodie Evans
Speaker(s): 
Steve Burns

Corporate Censorship, Military Research, and Academic Freedom

Increasingly the classroom is becoming an extension of the corporate domination of U.S. culture. Whether in K-12 or Colleges and Universities, faculty and students are seeing their studies and activities taken over by corporate—and not public—interests. In this panel, you will hear from many perspectives how this is happening and what they’re doing to fight it, from the military industrial complex to corporately funded university research and everything in between.

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D333
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Allen Ruff
Speaker(s): 
Erika Wolf
Speaker(s): 
John Wilson

Skill Building: Core Values & History of Civil Disobedience

Looking back on history, we invite you to construct a timeline of civil disobedience -- drawing from moments in history as well as your personal experiences. What made non-violence an integral and effective element of the Civil Rights movement? We'll explore the core values of peaceful civil disobedience, through the looking glass of lunch counter sit-ins and the Freedom Rides of the 1960s, as well as the Reverend James Lawson's workshops that led to an unconditional commitment from participating activists -- what Martin Luther King, Jr, referred to as the "self-purification" step.

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D229
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Henia Belalia

Solidarity Rally with State Workers

We Won't Pay For Your Crisis! On August 25th, Wisconsin state employees will receive a pay cut of up to 13%,  courtesy of Governor Walker and the State Legislature. Stand with State Workers to say: "Enough!" It's time that the corporate class pays its fair share.

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 5:00pm

Location

Wisconsin State Capitol
Session type: 
Panel

Raging Grannies

Raging Grannies will sing at 6:45, so get the plenary early!

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 6:45pm - 7:00pm

Location

The Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St Wisconsin/Capitol Ballroom
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Raging Grannies

The Military-Industrial-Media Complex

How the media is complicit in the promotion of war.

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 9:00am - 10:30am

Location

The Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St Capitol Ballroom B
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
John Nichols
Speaker(s): 
Lisa Graves
Speaker(s): 
Ray McGovern

Skill Building: The General Strike

On February 21st, the South Central Federation of Labor adopted a resolution that "endorse[d] a general strike, possibly for the day Walker sign[ed] his budget repair bill." That resolution caught the imaginations of many people nationwide, and set off an internal debate within the labor movement over whether to get behind the call for a general strike. What happened? Could it, should it happen in the future? And if so, what should proponents of the use of the general strike do to make certain that a general strike call is not suppressed, but instead, spreads to other regions and sectors?

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D302
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Ben Manski
Speaker(s): 
Ed Sadlowski
Speaker(s): 
Eric Cobb
Speaker(s): 
Samantha Jordan

Solidarity Sing Along

Solidarity Sing Along began holding sing alongs at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison on March 11, 2011, and has held a sing along at noon every week-day since then. The sing alongs started up as the large protests and the Capitol occupation were ending. They serve to maintain a continuous progressive, pro-labor presence at the Capitol, as well as providing a place where union members, activists, and citizens can come together and rejuvenate their spirits through song.

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location

Wisconsin State Capitol
2 E Main St at the top of State St
Session type: 
Panel

Above the Law--Remember the Constitution?

Justice system.  Court-martials vs trials vs military tribunals.  International Criminal Court.  Gitmo.  International law.  Geneva conventions.  Rendition.  Torture.  Constitution, war powers, AUMFs.  War Powers Act.  Congress vs President.  Funding war in lieu of authorizing it.  Will of the people?

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 2:00pm - 5:30pm

Location

The Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St Capitol Ballroom B
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Ben Manski
Speaker(s): 
Coleen Rowley
Speaker(s): 
John Bonifaz
Speaker(s): 
Matt Rothschild

Skill Building: Building Multi-Racial Movements

Learn about experiences, positive and not-so, others have had building multi-racial unity. Share your experiences, learn about resources and make connections to strengthen your ability to do this essential work.

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D333
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
kimayana johnson
Speaker(s): 
M Adams
Speaker(s): 
Ted Glick
Speaker(s): 
Z! Haukeness

Skill Building: Nov-Violent Direct Action as a Strategy in a Peaceful Movement

What is the difference between non-violence as a strategy and a tactic, as opposed to a way of life? How is non-violence effective and why does our Climate Justice movement need it? How can we learn from the past to create a sustained peaceful resistance, as opposed to random bursts of action?

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D306
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Henia Belalia

Offensive Defense

Weapons that the U.S. uses which violate international law and the Geneva Conventions

Date: 
August 27, 2011 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D333
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Jeff Patterson
Speaker(s): 
John LaForge
Speaker(s): 
Leah Bolger

PARTY FOR DEMOCRACY AT THE TERRACE with MICHELLE SHOCKED and EMMA's REVOLUTION and V05

It's a Madison tradition not to be missed: a summer evening at the Memorial Union Terrace. Join national musical acts Michelle Shocked, Emma's Revolution, and Madison's own VO5 at the Memorial Union Terrace. Music begins at 8:00pm, and runs late into the night. Get there early to secure your seat!

Date: 
August 27, 2011 - 8:00pm - August 28, 2011 - 12:00am

Location

Memorial Union Terrace
800 Langdon St.
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Emma's Revolution
Speaker(s): 
Michelle Shocked
Speaker(s): 
VO5

Skill Building: Being an Effective Ally in the Struggle for Equality

Rooted in the ways we each hold privilege and face oppression based on various systems such as race, class, gender, sexuality and age, we will discuss strategies together for taking principled action as an ally. 

Date: 
August 28, 2011 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D333
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Ted Glick
Speaker(s): 
Z! Haukeness

Skill Building: Wielding the Graphic Arts

Tyler from the Beehive Design Collective will lead a hands-on workshop demonstrating collaborative methods of making "Graphics for the Commons" - powerful story-telling images that boost our movements.  Including collaborative idea-generation, the value of graphics to our work, and hands-on collaborative design. Everyone is welcome - YOU DON'T HAVE TO DRAW TO MAKE GREAT GRAPHICS!

Date: 
August 28, 2011 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D229
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Tyler Norman

Wisconsin People's Assembly

This second Wisconsin People's Assembly will unite Wisconsinites from across the state in resolving how to move forward in the coming months to overcome corporatization and austerity, and to achieve democracy and shared prosperity for all. This session is for Wisconsin residents; friendly folks from out-of-state are welcome to observe.

Date: 
August 28, 2011 - 3:30pm - 6:00pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D240
Session type: 
Workshop
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