2016 National Citizen Leadership Conference
Schedule and Documents

Friday, September 30th

2:00 - 8:00

Registration/Check-In

2:00 - 4:00

Pre-conference Reception/Caucuses

4:00 - 6:30

Together We Win

Opening Song
Children's Chorus of Washington

Welcome
Jeff Clements, President - American Promise

The Constitutional Crisis & the 28th Amendment
Caroline Fredrickson, President - American Constitutional Society
Jamie Raskin, State Senator, Maryland; Professor of Law, American University; Congressional candidate
Rep. James Leach (R-Iowa)
Justice (ret.) James Nelson, Montana Supreme Court

Citizen Leadership Awards
Presenter: Jeff Clements
Awardees:
Rep Donna Edwards (D-Maryland
Rep. James Leach (R-Iowa) 1977-2007
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Massachusetts)
Rep Walter Jones (R- North Carolina)

What Citizen Leaders Need To Know About Congress
Marge Baker, Executive Vice President, People for the American Way
Rep Donna Edwards (D-Maryland
Rep. James Leach (R-Iowa) 1977-2007
Rep Jim McGovern (D-Massachusetts)
Rep Walter Jones (R- North Carolina)

Call to Service
Joe Goodwin, US Army Veteran (Afghanistan, Iraq) Executive Director, National Service Now

6:30

Welcome Reception and Dinner


8:00 - 10:00

Evening Breakouts
Pay 2 Play Film (1.5 hours)
Iron Jawed Angels Film (2 hours)
Go, Granny D! Live Theatre (45 minutes)


Saturday, October 1st

7:30 - 8:30am

Continental Breakfast


All Day

Art of Collaboration: American Portrait
Nancy Heselton & friends, Fine Artists, You!


8:30 - 10:40

Our Historic Challenge & opportunity


Oligarchy v. Democracy: Why We Need a Constitutional Amendment Now
Rep. James Leach (R-Iowa) 1977-2007

Equal Citizens: The 28th Amendment, Money & Free Speech
Adam Lioz, Counsel & Senior Advisor - Policy & outreach, Demos
Timothy K. Kuhner, Assoc. Professor of Law, Georgia State University
John Bonifaz, President, Free Speech for People
Wendy Fields, Executive Director, Democracy Initiative,
Trellis Stepter, Program Director, Mertz Gilmore Foundation

We the Humans: The Constitution & Corporations
Elizabeth Wydra, President, Constitutional Accountability Center
John Coates, Professor, Law and Economics, Harvard University
Tamara Piety, Author & Professor, University of Tulsa
Dan Greenwood, Professor of Law, Hofstra University
Michele Sutter, CO-founder, Money out, Voters in (MOVI)

What Should The 28th Amendment Do?
Jamie Raskin, State Senator, Maryland; Professor of Law, American University; Congressional candidate
Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, National Director, Move to Amend
Ben Cohen, Stamp Stampede; Co-founder, Ben & Jerry's
Rob Weissman, President, Public Citizen

Networking Break

11:00 - 12:00

Morning Breakout Sessions/Conversations


What Should the 28th Amendment do? (Part 1)
Facilitated Citizen Roundtable deliberation concerning the objectives of the 28th Amendment, different versions now offered in Congress, pros and cons of different approaches

Getting Ready to Ratify in the States
Jeff Clements, President, American Promise
Olivia Zink, Executive Director, Open Democracy/NH Rebellion
Pam Wilmot, Executive Director,Common Cause Massachusetts
Dan Smith, USPIRG
Derek Cressman, Author, When Money Talks

Breaking Boundaries: Reaching Everyone in Your Community
Michael Ostrolenk, National Director, Liberty Coalition
Matt Patsky, CEO Trillium Asset Management
Judy Wicks, Entrepreneur & Author
John Pudner, Executive Director, Take Back Our Republic
Wendy Fields, Executive Director, Democracy Initiative

Best Practices: Organizing in Your Community
Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, National Director, Move to Amend
Aquene Freechild, Co-Director, Public Citizen/ Democracy Is For People Campaign
Ben Gubits, Associate Director-Citizen Action, American Promise
Cheryl Crawford, MassVOTE Donnel Baird, Founder, BlocPower

Getting Your Message Out: Empowering Citizen Leaders with Effective Communication Skills
Martha Stone, Communications Director, American Promise
Ed Erikson, President, Erikson Communications Group
Tyler Creighton, Senior Media Associate, Money in Politics/Fair Courts
Bri Holmes, Digital Media Strategist, Free Speech for People
Charlie Stuart, Journalist & Award-winning Documentary Film Maker

Information Please: Finding & Using Just What You Need
Marge Baker, Exec. VP, People for the American Way
Sheila Krumholz, Executive Director Center for Responsive Politics
Edwin Bender, Exec. Dir., Nat’l Institute on Money in State Politics
Lisa Graves, Executive Director Center for Media and Democracy
Brian Muldoon, Assoc. Director- Digital Services, American Promise

12:15

Lunch with Bill Moyers, Award Winning Journalist


2:00 - 3:15

Afternoon Breakout Sessions/Conversations


Citizen Roundtable: What Should the 28th Amendment DO? (Part 2)
Facilitated Citizen Roundtable deliberation concerning the objectives of the 28th Amendment, different versions now offered in Congress, pros and cons of different approaches.

How the 28th Amendment Supports/Drives Other Reforms
John Bonifaz, President, Free Speech For People
Andrew Bossie, Executive Director, Maine Citizens for Clean Elections;
Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist & author
Cheryl Crawford, MassVOTE

Article V Issues & Strategies: Getting the 28th Amendment Out to the States for Ratification
Jeff Clements, President, American Promise
Doug Miller, Get Money Out Maryland
Alison Hartson, Co-National Director Wolf-Pac
Karen Hobart Flynn, President, Common Cause
Lisa Graves, Exec Vice President, Center For Media & Democracy

Our Jobs & Communities: The 28th Amendment & The American Economy
John Coates, Professor, Law and Economics, Harvard University
Judy Wicks, Entrepreneur & Author
Donnel Baird, President & CEO, Bloc Power
Matt Patsy, President & CEO, Trillium Asset Management, Inc.
John Pudner, Executive Director, Take Back Our Republic

Millennial Roundtable Road to the 28th!
Scott Greytak, Senior Counsel, Free Speech for People
Ben Gubits, Associate Director-Citizen Action, American Promise
Rio Tazewell, Manager, People for the American Way Gov’t By the People Campaign
Yael Bromberg, Fellow, Institute for Public Representation/Georgetown Law

Winning State by State: WA and CA State Ballot Initiatives
Derek Cressman, Author, Former Director Public Interest Research Group
Michele Sutter, Co-founder, Money Out, Voters In (MOVI)
Cindy Black, Executive Director, WAMEND/Yes on I-735
CB Pearson, SVP, M+R, Public Policy Consultant

3:15 - 5:10 Citizen Café Process

Facilitated all-conference Citizen deliberation & brainstorm with Larry Scarff, Image Science Lead and PED Strategic Vision, UTC Aerospace Systems


5:45 - 6:30

Cocktail Reception & Networking


6:30 -10:00

Dinner and entertainment


Dinner with Nina Turner
Nina TurnerState Senator, Ohio (2008 – 2014)

Dessert with Ben Cohen
Ben Cohen, Founder, Stamp Stampede, Co-founder, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

Dancing
Donna the Buffalo Band

Sunday, October 2nd

7:00 am Optional Activities

Run to Lincoln Memorial (4-mile round trip) Walk to White House (2-miles round trip) Yoga (all levels)


8:15 - 9:15, Special Breakout Session: Next Steps for Citizen Leaders

Ben Gubits, Associate Director-Citizen Action, American Promise


9:30- 9:45 Faith, Morality & the 28th Amendment

Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson, President, Auburn Theological Seminary


9:45- 10:45

Panel Discussion
Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson, President Auburn Theological Seminary
Patrick Carolan, Executive Director, Franciscan Action Network
Keesha Gaskins, Program Director, Democratic Practice-US, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director, Religious Action Center

Citizen Leadership Awards
Presenter: Ben Gubits, Assoc. Director-Citizen Action, American Promise

Together We Win
Jeff Clements, President, American Promise
Wendy Fields, Executive Director, Democracy Initiative
John Pudner, Executive Director, Take Back Our Republic
Frances Moore Lappe, Founder, Small Planet Initiative
Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize Journalist & Author

Next Steps for Citizen Leaders
Presenter: Ben Gubits, Assoc. Director-Citizen Action, American Promise

11:30 - Closing