REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY CONFERENCE

Is there Representative Democracy in the U.S.; was there ever? We have never had the experience of every person living in this country having an equal right to vote. We've never had equality of access to run as candidates for elective office. There are escalating efforts by some to hijack voting and elections, as well as continued determination by those already elected, to construct districts and voting procedures that weaken efforts to build political power locally or to broaden the base of voters.

What can be done to restore and sustain truly Representative Democracy that is inclusive with ease of participation and accessibility to all?

During the Representative Democracy Conference there will be opportunities to discuss and share best practices on the following issues relating to election integrity and instituting real democracy to grow your communities:

  • Campaign finance reform
  • Alec Exposed Project
  • Election integrity relating to electronic voting
  • Felony re-enfranchisement
  • Immigrant voting rights
  • Verifying election outcomes
  • Ranked choice voting
  • Voter registration
  • Recapturing legislative redistricting
  • Constitutional right to vote

The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign and Independent Progressive Politics Network are co-conveners of this conference. Send questions or suggestions to speer@wisdc.org or ippn@igc.org.

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

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

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

Campaign Finance Reform

Learn about how shareholder activism, full disclosure of election spending and public financing of election campaigns can effectively mitigate the impact of the Citizens United decision before another election is bought by monied special interests and corporations.

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 9:00am - 12:30pm

Location

The Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St University ABC
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Annabel Park
Speaker(s): 
Michael Dean
Speaker(s): 
Mike McCabe

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

Ranked Choice Voting

A discussion of the proportional voting, multiseat version of Ranked Choice Voting as well as one-seat, winner-take-all RCV-Instant Runoff Voting.

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D306
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Rick Kissell

Verifying Election Outcomes- Audits/Recounts

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D333
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Jim Mueller
Speaker(s): 
Mark Halvorson
Speaker(s): 
Sean Flaherty

Voter ID & Felon Re-enfranchisement

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D227
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Kathy Bonnifield
Speaker(s): 
Renee Shavers
Speaker(s): 
Sarah Walker

Winning Election Integrity

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D302
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Jonathan D. Simon
Speaker(s): 
Sheila Parks
Speaker(s): 
Victoria Collier

Immigrant Voting Rights

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 2:45pm - 3:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D333
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
David Cobb

ALEC Exposed Project

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

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St Room D040
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Brendan Fischer
Speaker(s): 
Laura Dresser
Speaker(s): 
Lisa Graves

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

Election Integrity

Date: 
August 27, 2011 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D306
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Jonathan D. Simon
Speaker(s): 
Sheila Parks
Speaker(s): 
Victoria Collier

Home Rule: How to Exercise Real Democracy at the Local Level

This session will explore the theory and practice of using local governments to make more democratic local decisions *and* to challenge the state and federal principles that often deny local autonomy and self-government.

Date: 
August 27, 2011 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D225
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Ben Manski

Recapturing Redistricting

Date: 
August 27, 2011 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D227
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Juan Carlos Ruiz
Speaker(s): 
Keesha Gaskins
Speaker(s): 
Michael Dean
Speaker(s): 
Satya Rhodes-Conway

Voter ID & Felon Re-enfranchisement

Date: 
August 27, 2011 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D333
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Kathy Bonnifield
Speaker(s): 
Sarah Walker

Voting: What’s the Difference?

Date: 
August 27, 2011 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D302
Session type: 
Panel

Democracy in Our Hands: Hand-Counted Paper Ballots NOW

Date: 
August 27, 2011 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D306
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Sheila Parks
Speaker(s): 
Victoria Collier

Voter Registration

Date: 
August 27, 2011 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D333
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Sarah Whitt

Synthesis, Collective: Work for representative democracy & next steps

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

Location

The Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St Madison Ballroom
Session type: 
Workshop

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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