Democracy Convention

Democracy is coming... to the U.S.A.

REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY CONFERENCE

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Our representative democracy falls far short of what Americans need and deserve. Every adult citizen should have fair and secure access to the ballot, grounded in a Constitutional right to vote. Every voter should have the freedom to vote for the candidates they like the most without fearing they will help elect the candidates they like the least. Our votes should earn a fair share of seats in our legislatures no matter where we live, and our current gerrymandered, winner-take-all system needs to be replaced. The White House should go to the candidate who seeks and earns votes from all Americans in a direct popular vote.

Wins in cities and states are showing the way forward, and energy for reform is soaring. Find out what can be done to restore and sustain truly Representative Democracy that is inclusive with ease of participation and accessibility to all.

In the Representative Democracy Conference we’ll discuss and share best practices on the following issues relating to representation and participation at all levels of elected office:

- Proportional representation

- Comprehensive solutions to gerrymandering

- Campaign finance reform

- Felony re-enfranchisement

- Ranked choice voting

- Voter registration

- Constitutional right to vote

FairVote, a non-partisan election reform resource, is the principal convener of the Representative Democracy Conference with No More Stolen Elections! and FairVote Minnesota as co-conveners. Contact Austin Plier for more info.

If you haven't already done so, be sure to register now!

Conference Sessions

Registration

When:
Where:
Willy Hall
229 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55454

CONVENTION PLENARY: Opening Ceremonies and Keynotes

When: Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 125 Willey Hall
229 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55454

2016 Recounts

When: Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:15am
Where:
University of Minnesota, 135 Blegen
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Getting Progressives Elected

When: Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:45am
Where:
University of Minnesota, 135 Blegen
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Automatic Voter Registration

When: Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:15pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 135 Blegen
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Taking Over Local Government

When: Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:15pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 215 Blegen
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Why We Need Ranked Choice Voting

When: Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 135 Blegen
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

The Current State of Redistricting

When: Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 215 Blegen
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Breaking the Gridlock in Washington, DC

When: Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 135 Blegen
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Film Screening: Divided We Fall

When: Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 310 Anderson
257 19th Avenue S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Reflective politics: The myth of identity politics

When: Friday, August 4, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:15am
Where:
University of Minnesota, 125 Blegen Hall
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Direct Democracy: Putting the 28th Amendment on the Ballot!

When: Friday, August 4, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:15am
Where:
University of Minnesota, 135 Blegen
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Money in Politics Panel

When: Friday, August 4, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:45am
Where:
University of Minnesota, 135 Blegen
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Left Elect

When: Friday, August 4, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:15pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 215 Blegen Hall
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Voting Rights Restoration

When: Friday, August 4, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 135 Blegen
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Congress Is Broken, Lets Fix it - The Fair Representation Act

When: Friday, August 4, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 135 Blegen
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Recounts: Lessons Learned from 2004 to 2016

When: Friday, August 4, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 215 Blegen
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

CONVENTION PLENARY: Overcoming Oppression, Building Inclusion: Jen Epps-Addison, Keith Ellison, Jacqui Patterson, and Jill Stein

When: Friday, August 4, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 125 Willey Hall
229 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55454

CONVENTION PLENARY: Democracy's Struggle with Rep. Pocan

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:15am
Where:
University of Minnesota, 125 Willey Hall
229 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55454

Foreign Policy Primer for Candidates

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:45am
Where:
University of Minnesota, 215 Blegen
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Draft Bernie for a New Party

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:45am
Where:
University of Minnesota, 135 Blegen
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

National Institute for Verified Elections

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:15pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 215 Blegen
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

How To Bring Ranked Choice Voting To Your Community

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:15pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 135 Blegen
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

CFAR or Green: Turnkey Revolution

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 135 Blegen
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Lowering the Voting Age

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 215 Blegen
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Recount Reports from MI, PA, and WI

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 135 Blegen
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

The Census

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 215 Blegen
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Concert: Emma's Revolution

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
Where:
Pipefitters Local 539
312 Central Ave SE Minneapolis, MN 55414

CONVENTION PLENARY: People's Movement Assembly (PMA)

When: Sunday, August 6, 2017 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 125 Willey Hall
229 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55454