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The folks who make up today’s progressive movement share a set of fundamentally American values: equal opportunity and mutual responsibility, effective government, and hope for a better, more prosperous future for all Americans. At the Summit, we celebrate these shared values and build them into our discussions of strategy, programs, messaging, and policy. Register now for the sixth annual Pennsylvania Progressive Summit, in Harrisburg on February 6-7, 2015. Join hundreds of social justice advocates, labor organizers and grassroots activists for training, networking  -- and the catalyst we all need to make real progress.
If you’re staying overnight, ask for the Keystone Progressive Summit rate at the Hilton. 717-233-6000

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Friday, February 6
 

1:00pm

Progressive Change Campaign Committee Candidate Media Training: How to Organize Kick-Ass Press Events and Get Your Campaign Covered
Limited Capacity seats available

Earned media can be one of the most important (free) resources on your campaign, especially when you are strapped for cash. Our exercise-based curriculum will help you learn hands-on how to plan and execute a great press event—and generate thousands of dollars in media for your campaign. With Lacey Connelly, Training Director, and Laura Friedenbach, Press Secretary, Progressive Change Campaign Committee. This session is free with your Summit registration, but you need to sign up with PCCC in advance. Click here to apply.

Presenters
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Lacey Connelly

Training Director, Progressive Change Campaign Committee
The P100 Training Project is equipping hundreds of activists, campaign staff, and candidates around the country with the nuts-and-bolts tools they need to run smart, competent campaigns from Day One. Our trainings use hands-on exercises to make sure folks don't just learn — but... Read More →
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Laura Friedenbach

Progressive Change Campaign Committee


Friday February 6, 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Juniata Room Hilton Harrisburg

1:00pm

Why Courts Matter
Limited Capacity seats available

Keystone Progress joins the Center for American Progress in hosting an intensive session on Why Courts Matter, a CAP project seeking to better communicate the importance of filling judicial vacancies in the federal court system and promoting diverse, qualified judges to be nominated. We'll talk about diversity on the bench and how the federal courts affect many of the issues important to you and your organization. This Friday session is for a select group interested in the status of judicial vacancies and how they and their organization can engage our Senators on this issue; a workshop on the topic is open to all Summit attendees on Saturday. Please contact John Neurohr if interested in attending.

Moderators
avatar for John Neurohr

John Neurohr

Communications Director, Keystone Progress

Staff
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Michael Morrill

Executive Director, Keystone Progress
Michael Morrill is the executive director of Keystone Progress, Pennsylvania’s largest and most effective online progressive action network. Morrill has been involved in organizing since childhood, working for numerous unions, civic engagement organizations and political campaigns... Read More →


Friday February 6, 2015 1:00pm - 5:30pm
Allegheny Room Hilton Harrisburg

6:00pm

Friday Night with Cecile Richards
Cecile Richards is president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, national organizations that work for a healthier world for women and teens. More than 700 Planned Parenthood health centers provide health care services to nearly three million people and sex education to more than one million people every year.  Since joining Planned Parenthood in 2006, Ms. Richards has expanded its advocacy power and developed a unified national web presence receiving 60 million online visits annually.  A frequent commentator on women’s rights, reproductive health, and sex education, she is a contributor to the Huffington Post and serves on the board of the Ford Foundation.

Othe speakers TBA. 

Moderators
avatar for Michael Morrill

Michael Morrill

Executive Director, Keystone Progress
Michael Morrill is the executive director of Keystone Progress, Pennsylvania’s largest and most effective online progressive action network. Morrill has been involved in organizing since childhood, working for numerous unions, civic engagement organizations and political campaigns... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Anne Feeney

Anne Feeney

Anne Feeney is a much beloved unionmaid, hell-raiser, labor activist, and award-winning folk singer.
avatar for Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards

President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Cecile Richards is president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, national organizations that work for a healthier world for women and teens. More than 700 Planned Parenthood health centers provide health care services to nearly three million... Read More →



Friday February 6, 2015 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Harrisburg Ballroom Hilton Harrisburg, 1 North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

7:30pm

Keystone Progress Fundraiser Reception
You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: Keystone Progress Fundraiser Reception.  Cost $100
This is a fundraising reception for Keystone Progress, Pennsylvania's largest and most effective multi-issue progressive organization. All funds raised at this event will go to KP's work building a progressive Pennsylvania. Entry to the fundraiser is not included in your Summit registration. Donation $100.

Moderators
avatar for Michael Morrill

Michael Morrill

Executive Director, Keystone Progress
Michael Morrill is the executive director of Keystone Progress, Pennsylvania’s largest and most effective online progressive action network. Morrill has been involved in organizing since childhood, working for numerous unions, civic engagement organizations and political campaigns... Read More →

Friday February 6, 2015 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Juniata Room Hilton Harrisburg

9:30pm

Karaoke with Manan Trivedi
Join Keystone Progress board member Manan Trivedi for his annual Friday Night Summit Karaoke Party. This year the celebration is at Zembie's, 226 N. Second St. Harrisburg (2 blocks from the Hilton). Singing starts at 10PM after the KP fundraiser reception. No admission charge. You pay for your own food and drinks.

Friday February 6, 2015 9:30pm - Saturday February 7, 2015 12:00am
Zembie's 226 N. Second St., Harrisburg, PA 17101

9:30pm

Summit Afterparty with PA Senator Daylin Leach
Summit Afterparty with PA Senator Daylin Leach. At the Federal Tap House. 234 2nd Street, Harrisburg

Friday February 6, 2015 9:30pm - Saturday February 7, 2015 12:00am
Federal Tap House 234 2nd Street, Harrisburg
 
Saturday, February 7
 

8:00am

Fundraising reception for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders
Fundraising reception for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. This is not part of the Summit, but is listed as a related event that attendees might be interested in. Money raised goes to Bernie Sanders' campaign committee. $50 suggested contribution. Call 802-862-1505 to register or for more information. Or you can register online at https://act.myngp.com/Forms/-5548304398166915072


Speakers
avatar for Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

United States Senate
Bernie Sanders is serving his second term in the U.S. Senate after winning re-election in 2012 with 71 percent of the vote. His previous 16 years in the House of Representatives make him the longest serving independent member of Congress in American history. As chairman of the Senate... Read More →


Saturday February 7, 2015 8:00am - 8:45am
Pennsylvania Room Hilton Harrisburg

9:00am

Opening Plenary
Moderators
avatar for Michael Morrill

Michael Morrill

Executive Director, Keystone Progress
Michael Morrill is the executive director of Keystone Progress, Pennsylvania’s largest and most effective online progressive action network. Morrill has been involved in organizing since childhood, working for numerous unions, civic engagement organizations and political campaigns... Read More →
avatar for Jane Palmer

Jane Palmer

Coordinator, Progressive Summit, Keystone Progress
Jane coordinates the Progressive Summit, working for months each year with a team of volunteers on programming, logistics, outreach and fundraising to ensure that every Summit is a success.
avatar for Ritchie  Tabachnick

Ritchie Tabachnick

President & CEO, Equipment & Controls Africa Inc
Energy industry entrepreneur and progressive activist. Obama Presidential Partner. Chairman of the board of Keystone Progress.

Speakers
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Fred Azcarate

Executive Director, USAction
avatar for Melanie Campbell

Melanie Campbell

President and CEO, National Center for Black Civic Participation
Known for her unique ability to build powerful coalitions that bring diverse people together for the common good,Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network, has... Read More →
avatar for Jim Dean

Jim Dean

Chair, Democracy for America
avatar for Arshad Hasan

Arshad Hasan

Executive Director, Progress Now
Arshad Hasan is Executive Director of Progress Now, a national grassroots communication organization of which Keystone Progress is a part. He was training director of Democracy for America, and sits on the board of Netroots Nation.
avatar for Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

United States Senate
Bernie Sanders is serving his second term in the U.S. Senate after winning re-election in 2012 with 71 percent of the vote. His previous 16 years in the House of Representatives make him the longest serving independent member of Congress in American history. As chairman of the Senate... Read More →



Saturday February 7, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Harrisburg Ballroom Hilton Harrisburg, 1 North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

11:00am

Immigration: President Obama's Administrative Relief Policy and What It Means for Pennsylvania
President Obama's recent Executive Action will allow as many as 4.5 million undocumented immigrants (including 55,000 in Pennsylvania) to remain in the US without fear of deportation. This session will clarify who qualifies for the program and what documentation they need for the application process. We will describe the work of PA Is Ready, a coalition of almost thirty organizations that trains immigrant community leaders to provide education about Administrative Relief and assist immigrants in the application process. The continuing growth of community leaders will strengthen our fight for full comprehensive immigration reform and pro-immigrant state legislation. Attendees will learn how they can become involved in this fight to bring the immigrant community out of the shadows.

Presenters
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Mark Lyons

Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition


Saturday February 7, 2015 11:00am - 12:15pm
Penn Harris A Hilton Harrisburg

11:00am

Preaching Beyond the Choir: Using Social Media to Reach Audiences Outside Your Own Echo Chamber
Most people who use social media are pretty good at creating and sharing content that gets their friends excited. But as progressives our goal has to go beyond that -- we have to get the rest of the population psyched up and behind our ideas. Participants will learn how to 1) Create, phrase and share social media content that can influence more than just the progressive community, but a broader social media audience. 2) Not be annoying and drive other social media users nuts. 3) Message content so it applies to the general audience, not just the progressive community.

Presenters
avatar for Alan Rosenblatt

Alan Rosenblatt

Partner, Turner Strategies
I am passionate about social media and politics. The Internet has ALWAYS been about connecting people. I saw that 20 years ago when a friend showed me Mosaic. I've been working to integrate it into politics, advocacy and media ever since. I taught the world's first college course... Read More →


Saturday February 7, 2015 11:00am - 12:15pm
Metropolitan Room C Hilton Harrisburg

11:00am

Fair Shot: a 2015 Strategy for a Women’s Economic Security Agenda
Policies that enable women and men to respond to the dual demands of work and family, promote fair treatment in the workplace, and ensure access to quality health care are essential to the overall economic stability and well-being of families. This session will educate and train new and experienced advocates on how they can best contribute, locally and nationally, to build a campaign for economic security and opportunity for hardworking women and families, with an emphasis on equal pay, raising the minimum wage, paid family leave and paid sick days, and workplace flexibility. It is a strategy and skill-building workshop to arm advocates with the tools and messaging needed to take action on these issues in order to give women and families a fair shot.

Moderators
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Emily Baxter

Research Assistant, Center for American Progress

Presenters
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Adam Goldman

Organizer, Philadelphia Unemployment Project
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Kate Black

Executive Director, American Women
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Sarah Jane Glynn

Director, Women's Economic Policy, Center for American Progress


Saturday February 7, 2015 11:00am - 12:15pm
Metropolitan Room B Hilton Harrisburg

11:00am

Starving the Beast: ALEC, Minimum Wage, Privatization, and How the Right is Destroying Working People
The American Legislative Exchange Council has been behind virtually every major right-wing state law in the past few years, including union-busting, teacher-bashing, voter suppression, attacks on immigrants, and gutting environmental and health regulations. ALEC has also led the crusade to privatize everything about state government at the expense of working people. Learn more about ALEC, who backs them and what you can do to stand in their way.

Moderators
avatar for Michael Morrill

Michael Morrill

Executive Director, Keystone Progress
Michael Morrill is the executive director of Keystone Progress, Pennsylvania’s largest and most effective online progressive action network. Morrill has been involved in organizing since childhood, working for numerous unions, civic engagement organizations and political campaigns... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Arshad Hasan

Arshad Hasan

Executive Director, Progress Now
Arshad Hasan is Executive Director of Progress Now, a national grassroots communication organization of which Keystone Progress is a part. He was training director of Democracy for America, and sits on the board of Netroots Nation.
avatar for Don Cohen

Don Cohen

Executive Director, In the Public Interest
Donald Cohen is the founder and executive director of In the Public Interest, a national resource and policy center on privatization and responsible contracting. Donald is a founding board member of the Partnership for Working Families. He is the former Political Director of the San... Read More →


Saturday February 7, 2015 11:00am - 12:15pm
Juniata Room Hilton Harrisburg

11:00am

The Affordable Housing Crisis: How We Got Here and How We Solve It
We all know that some people can’t afford a decent place to live. Why is the housing market unaffordable to so many? Why do we have more vacant house than homeless people in Pennsylvania? This session will give you answers to these questions and solutions for ending homelessness, revitalizing communities, and addressing the shortage of homes within reach of low wage workers and people on fixed income. You can take action to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have a place to call home.

Presenters
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Cynthia Witman Daley

Policy Direcctor, Housing Alliance of PA
The Housing Alliance advocates for homes within reach of low wage workers and people on fixed incomes. We also work to advance state policy for community revitalization.
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Pat LaMarche

Supervisor: Supportive Services, Carlisle CARES
Housing advocate for the homeless. Writer


Saturday February 7, 2015 11:00am - 12:15pm
Harrisburger B Hilton Harrisburg

11:00am

The Progressive Economic Narrative: Using Story to Organize Around Shared Goals
The Progressive Economic Narrative is a unique opportunity to bring a wide variety of progressive efforts together around a meaningful, shared message and goal. When used across the progressive movement, we tell a powerful story consistently through words and actions, in our communications and organizing. In this session, we will review a power point of the four planks of the narrative and engage in exercises to apply the narrative to work in our communities.

Presenters
avatar for Brenda Barron

Brenda Barron

Organizing Director, Keystone Progress
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Fred Azcarate

Executive Director, USAction


Saturday February 7, 2015 11:00am - 12:15pm
Harrisburger A Hilton Harrisburg

11:00am

Higher Education, Not Higher Debt: Organizing 40 Million Student Loan Borrowers
Student loan debt has nearly tripled over the past eight years, and now tops $1.2 trillion. This session will be a robust discussion of the student loan crisis, including how we got to this point, what needs to be done about it, and how and why the 40 million student loan borrowers should be organized into a progressive voting block. 

Staff
avatar for John Neurohr

John Neurohr

Communications Director, Keystone Progress

Presenters
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Scot Ross

Executive Director, One WI Now
Voter rights, student loan debt, economic justice.


Saturday February 7, 2015 11:00am - 12:15pm
Delaware Room Hilton Harrisburg

11:00am

Why Pennsylvania Must Stop Fracking: Keys to Saving the Keystone State
Over the last few years, more and more Pennsylvanians have learned about the dangers of fracking -- from toxic air pollution to contaminated drinking water. Combine the inherent dangers of fracking with a failed regulatory structure and its clear that this practice should end once and for all. Learn more about the failed regulatory structure in Pennsylvania, opportunities for action, and what the new coalition, Pennsylvanians Against Fracking, plans for 2015.

Moderators
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Sam Bernhardt

Senior Organizer, Food & Water Watch

Presenters
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Diane Sipe

Marcellus Outreach Butler


Saturday February 7, 2015 11:00am - 12:15pm
Allegheny Room Hilton Harrisburg

11:00am

Abortion in the U.S.: The Good and the Bad, and the Local
This panel will describe the state of abortion rights after the 2014 state legislative session, including both harmful and progressive laws, implications for abortion care and law in Pennsylvania, and how the way we talk about abortion can change the way people think and legislators act. The panel will also discuss opportunities to change abortion access and the culture around abortion in your local community, regardless of the politics at the state capitol.

Moderators
JG

Jordan Goldberg

Senior Counsel, Policy and State Strategies, National Institute for Reproductive Health

Presenters
RD

Ravina Daphtary

Senior State Strategies Manager, All Above All
SF

Sue Frietsche

Senior Staff Attorney, Women's Law Project


Saturday February 7, 2015 11:00am - 12:15pm
Leland Room Hilton Harrisburg

11:00am

Getting Real About Single Payer: the Economic Argument for the Long Term
The big three fiscal issues confronting Governor Wolf are education funding, pensions, and Medicaid. No other pot of money has the billions of dollars necessary to address these issues, except potential money from a single payer health plan. A 2009 Health Care 4 All PA study of the school districts in Pennsylvania showed over $1.1 billion could be saved by school districts on employee health care costs under the proposed state single payer bills, SB400/HB1660. A major part of state pensions is for health care, which could best be controlled under a single payer plan. Since the ACA allows states to develop their own health care in 2017, now is the time to explore how single payer legislation can address the major problems facing the new governor.

Presenters
DS

Dave Steil

Former Representative, PA House 31st District
PD

Pam DeLissio

PA House 194th District
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Walter Tsou

Secretary, Health Care for All PA
health policy, single payer health care


Saturday February 7, 2015 11:00am - 12:15pm
Metropolitan Room A Hilton Harrisburg

11:00am

Getting Real About Single Payer: the Economic Argument for the Long Term
The big three fiscal issues confronting Governor Wolf are education funding, pensions, and Medicaid. No other pot of money has the billions of dollars necessary to address these issues, except potential money from a single payer health plan. A 2009 Health Care 4 All PA study of the school districts in Pennsylvania showed over $1.1 billion could be saved by school districts on employee health care costs under the proposed state single payer bills, SB400/HB1660. A major part of state pensions is for health care, which could best be controlled under a single payer plan. Since the ACA allows states to develop their own health care in 2017, now is the time to explore how single payer legislation can address the major problems facing the new governor.

Presenters
DS

Dave Steil

Former Representative, PA House 31st District
PD

Pam DeLissio

PA House 194th District
avatar for Walter Tsou

Walter Tsou

Secretary, Health Care for All PA
health policy, single payer health care


Saturday February 7, 2015 11:00am - 12:15pm
Metropolitan Room A Hilton Harrisburg

11:00am

2015 Legislative Update
What bills will move in 2015 when Pennsylvania has a new Democratic governor but an increasingly conservative legislative branch? Hear members of the 2015 PA General Assembly discuss the legislative priorities of the majority and ask about their strategies for fighting the extreme conservative agenda.

Presenters
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Madeleine Dean

PA House, 153rd District
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Stephen Bruder

Policy Director, PA Senate Democratic Caucus


Saturday February 7, 2015 11:00am - 12:15pm
Penn Harris B Hilton Harrisburg

12:30pm

Women, Politics and the Media: A discussion with Krystal Ball
MSNBC host Krystal Ball will talk about Women, Politics and the Media.  Moderated by form Congressman and current MSNBC host Patrick Murphy.

Moderators
avatar for Patrick Murphy

Patrick Murphy

Anchor, Taking the Hill, MSNBC
Patrick J. Murphy was America's first Iraq Vet elected to Congress and is now the anchor of "Taking the Hill," the MSNBC show dedicated to leadership, public service and breaking down the civil-military divide in the country. Patrick provides in-depth reporting for the veterans who... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Krystal Ball

Krystal Ball

Co-host, The Cycle, MSNBC
Krystall Ball is co-host on MSNBC’s ensemble show "The Cycle." She’s also a political writer, former congressional candidate and CPA. Her writing has appeared in publications such as US News and World Report, the Atlantic, the Huffington Post, and Politico; she has been a featured... Read More →


Saturday February 7, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Harrisburg Ballroom Hilton Harrisburg, 1 North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

1:45pm

Ferguson is Everywhere
This panel discussion will focus on the confluence of institutional racial bias, the militarization of law enforcement, "broken windows" policing, white privilege and black disenfranchisement, and their deleterious effects on communities of color in the United States. We will look in-depth at the Black Lives Matter movement as it is unfolding in Harrisburg and across the nation. Grassroots organizers Frank Henley and Sarah Schubert of This Stops Today Harrisburg will discuss their local efforts, and ACLU attorney Molly Tack-Hooper will provide legal and historical background to the movement.

Presenters
avatar for Molly Tack-Hooper

Molly Tack-Hooper

Staff Attorney, ACLU of Pennsylvania
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Sarah Schubert

Black Lives Matter Harrisburg


Saturday February 7, 2015 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Penn Harris A Hilton Harrisburg

1:45pm

Why Courts Matter
No matter the issue — marriage equality, voting rights, employment discrimination, environmental regulation, health care, immigration — our federal judiciary plays an important role in the lives of hardworking Americans. Panelists will discuss how the courts can shape policy just as much, if not more, than the legislative branch, and how many judicial seats are vacant because of unprecedented obstruction in Washington. The backlog in the courts undermines our system of justice and makes it difficult for most Americans to have their cases heard in a timely manner. The panel will discuss what you can do to be sure the court vacancies are not only filled, but filled with diverse judges.

Presenters
avatar for Christine Stone

Christine Stone

Chair, Benchmark/CourtsMatter, National Council of Jewish Women


Saturday February 7, 2015 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Metropolitan Room A Hilton Harrisburg

1:45pm

Banking on the Common Wealth: How Public Banks Create Funding for a New Public-Interest Future
Experts in municipal finance,banking and citizen-group stakeholders discuss the creation of publicly-owned banks in Pennsylvania that could dramatically change the horizon of local investment, community commerce, taxation and financial support for a wide variety locally-focused community initiatives and needs. The panel will review progress already underway at municipal levels in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Reading and others, and demonstrate how Pennsylvania is leading the nation in grassroots support for this proven financial resource.

Moderators
avatar for Walt McRee

Walt McRee

Directorr of Communications, Public Banking Institute and the PA Project
Let's talk about the creation of local public banks in your city, county, or other municipality and how these banks can dramatically transform the power of local economies.

Presenters
avatar for Eron Lloyd

Eron Lloyd

Advisory Board, Pennsylvania Project
Economist and Special Assistant to the Mayor of Reading, PA, and member of the Advisory Board, PA Project.
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Jeffrey D. Beck

Advisory Board, PA Project
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Mike Krauss

Founding Board Member, Public Banking Institute


Saturday February 7, 2015 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Juniata Room Hilton Harrisburg

1:45pm

The Realpolitik of Transitioning to a Low-Carbon Economy
In this clear-eyed look at how our changing energy profile affects the economy, we will explore the economic, political, scientific and environmental issues that must be addressed as the US and other developed countries migrate to low-carbon energy sources. We will focus on environmental realities and priorities, positive and negative economic impacts of our changing sources of energy, scientific and technological limitations and enablers of change, and the political barriers to progress.

Moderators
avatar for Ritchie  Tabachnick

Ritchie Tabachnick

President & CEO, Equipment & Controls Africa Inc
Energy industry entrepreneur and progressive activist. Obama Presidential Partner. Chairman of the board of Keystone Progress.

Presenters
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Joshua Low

Voices For Progress
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Shaughnessy Naughton

President, Naughton Publishing Inc;
Executive Director of 314PAC
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Steve Todd

Dauphin County Democratic Committee, Candidate for Bernie Sanders Delegate
Former candidate for Derry Twp Supervisor, and Write-In for 106th PA House. Former Chair, and current Treasurer of Derry Twp Democratic Committee, and former Hanger for Governor Dauphin County Coordinator. Passions are generally campaign reform, particularly finance; and environment... Read More →


Saturday February 7, 2015 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Harrisburger B Hilton Harrisburg

1:45pm

Mobilizing Voters for Fair and Equitable Education Funding
With a new governor in office this year, Pennsylvanians have an very real opportunity to ensure that every child has an equal opportunity to learn. Panelists will share information about legislative priorities, the education funding lawsuit, and how to mobilize parents and community members throughout Pennsylvania to support fair and equitable funding for all public schools. By taking action and speaking loudly and with one voice, education advocates can influence the debate about public education in Harrisburg and help bring about a system of fair funding for public schools.

Presenters
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Michael Churchill

Attorney, Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia
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Susan Gobreski

Education Voters PA


Saturday February 7, 2015 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Delaware Room Hilton Harrisburg

1:45pm

Public Health and Factory Farms: How Local Control Can Help Keep us Safe
The health of people in rural communities where intensive agriculture is prevalent is being threatened and ignored. Since the passage of the ACRE law in 2005, more communities are experiencing severe health impacts as industrialized agricultural production grows more intense and where thousands, sometimes millions of animals are confined. Since both the Municipal Planning Code and ACRE recognize the responsibility of local government in zoning for health, safety and welfare, it is time for municipalities to establish comprehensive health ordinances that can protect their people.

Moderators
Presenters
avatar for Brent Kim

Brent Kim

Program Officer, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
An epidemiologist by training and a native of PA, Brent is a frequent teacher, author, and consultant on the public health challenges that arise from seed to plate. Since joining the Center for a Livable Future in 2008, his work has focused on the public health harms associated with... Read More →


Saturday February 7, 2015 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Allegheny Room Hilton Harrisburg

1:45pm

The Agenda for Women’s Health: Where This Groundbreaking Package of Bills is Heading in 2015
The Agenda for Women's Health is a package of bills that changed the conversation around reproductive healthcare in the Capitol and the public sphere last legislative session, and the model has spread across the nation. This session will explore the legislative successes of 2013-2014 and lessons learned, and the opportunities and challenges that are ahead in the next legislative session. With a pro-women's health governor at the helm, will we see the attacks on reproductive health diminish and efforts to strengthen women and families flourish? This session will explore those questions.

Presenters
avatar for Abigail Hurst

Abigail Hurst

Policy Specialist, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
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Judy Schwank

Pennslvania Senator, 11th District, and co-chair, Women's Health Caucus
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Meghan Eirkson

Director of Policy, Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates


Saturday February 7, 2015 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Leland Room Hilton Harrisburg

1:45pm

It's Our God, Too: Progressive Advocacy Within and Across Faith Communities
For many years, the Right monopolized the language of faith and the ability to build relationships based on fath, which had a particularly big impact on rural and small-town Pennsylvanians. Progressive religious groups are now claiming that language and power to fight for social justice issues. This panel presents efforts within denominations and across faiths to build advocacy for a wide range of issues, from education and hunger to gun availability and climate change.

Presenters
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Hank Butler

Executive Director, Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition


Saturday February 7, 2015 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Metropolitan Room B Hilton Harrisburg

1:45pm

Lobbying from the Legislators' Point of View
Back by popular demand! Lobbying is one of the best ways for engaged citizens to communicate with their elected officials. Learn directly from legislators about what works, what doesn’t (hint: asking them to do something that will cost them votes), and the most effective ways to make your voice heard.

Presenters
avatar for Mark Rozzi

Mark Rozzi

State Representative Mark Rozzi was elected to represent the 126th Legislative District in 2012. Prior to seeking elected office Rozzi owned and operated Rozzi Brothers Incorporated, a well-respected window and door company. Rozzi graduated in 1989 from Muhlenberg High School. He... Read More →
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Matt Smith

Pennsylvania Senator, 37th District


Saturday February 7, 2015 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Penn Harris B Hilton Harrisburg

1:45pm

Messaging: Lessons Learned in 2014, and a Progressive Roadmap to 2016
While the governor’s race in Pennsylvania was a bright spot, overall turnout was far too low and progressive candidates failed to effectively communicate their message and policy goals. In order to appeal to a more conservative electorate in 2014, Republicans doubled down on their far-right positions on immigration, climate change, voting restrictions, and women’s economic and health issues. While these positions helped drive the intensity of their base in the short term, they risk alienating the rising American electorate of 2016 and beyond — Latinos, Millennials, African Americans, and single women. This session will explore lessons learned in 2014, offer concrete ways to transform conservative missteps into opportunities, and enable progressives to start paving the way for 2016.

Moderators
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Sarah Baron

State Advocacy Coordinator, Center for American Progress

Presenters
avatar for Leslie Elder

Leslie Elder

Political, Field and Operations Director, America Votes Pennsylvania


Saturday February 7, 2015 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Metropolitan Room C Hilton Harrisburg

1:45pm

Mobilizing Millennial Voters in an Era of Disenfranchisement
A generation of voters growing up in a hyper-partisan environment with shifting election laws has developed a low opinion of political parties and politicians. Yet young voters make up 24% of the voting age population and this share will increase as the remainder of the Millennial generation becomes eligible. These young voters express greater support for progressive issues -- including higher minimum wages, support for public education and climate change -- than older voters. Panelists will discuss describe how to overcome barriers and motivate young voters, particularly in community colleges where the majority of college students of color are studying.

Presenters
avatar for Alex Peay

Alex Peay

Rising Sons, Rising Sons
Pennsylvania Coordinator, Black Youth Vote, and Founder & President Rising Sons
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Jared Schaaf

Regional Coordinator, Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition
PSEC, Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition, is Pennsylvania's LGBTQIA youth run, youth led coalition working on a local and statewide level to advocate for the representation and protection of all Pennsylvania youth.
avatar for Mike Burns

Mike Burns

Director, Campus Vote Project


Saturday February 7, 2015 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Harrisburger A Hilton Harrisburg

3:30pm

Killing the Death Penalty: What's Next After Pennslvania's Moratorium
Governor Wolf has declared a moratorium on executions, and while that's an improvement, there is a lot more to do. The capital punishment system is not the deterrent it purports to be, and its application is skewed against racial minorities and the economically disadvantaged. Learn how the death penalty harms victims’ families, risks executing innocent people, wastes taxpayers’ money, and is just plain bad public policy. Hear first-hand from a mother of a murdered girl, a death row exoneree, and a legal expert who will discuss the implications of Pennsylvania having the highest overturn rate in the country.

Presenters
MB

Marc Bookman

Director, Atlantic Center for Capital Representation
SG

Shujaa Graham

Death row exoneree, Witness to Innocence


Saturday February 7, 2015 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Harrisburger B Hilton Harrisburg

3:30pm

Preventing and Prosecuting Child Sexual Abuse
Advocates engage in an depth discussion about child sexual abuse and how the laws in Pennsylvania are letting our children down. Pennsylvania’s archaic statute laws make it very difficult for victims to come forward and expose their perpetrator which in turn allows perpetrators to remain in our communities, victimizing additional generations of children. Rep. Rozzi will discuss his personal journey with child sexual abuse and statute of limitation reform and his pieces of legislation to deal with this issue, and Tammy Lerner will discuss the economic and health impacts.

Presenters
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Mark Rozzi

State Representative Mark Rozzi was elected to represent the 126th Legislative District in 2012. Prior to seeking elected office Rozzi owned and operated Rozzi Brothers Incorporated, a well-respected window and door company. Rozzi graduated in 1989 from Muhlenberg High School. He... Read More →
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Tammy Lerner

Vice President, Foundation to Abolish Child Sex Abuse
Tammy Lerner is the Vice President and a founding member of FACSA (Foundation to Abolish Child Sex Abuse), a 501c.4 organization dedicated to effecting policy change on issues surrounding social justice for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. She has over 15 years of experience working... Read More →


Saturday February 7, 2015 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Delaware Room Hilton Harrisburg

3:30pm

The State of LGBT Equality in Pennsylvania
Marriage equality is now the law of the land in Pennsylvania, and Equality Pennsylvania volunteers across the state made historic progress in building public support for non-discrimination and hate crimes protections. Yet it is still currently legal to discriminate against LGBT Pennsylvanians in housing, employment, and public services. Presenters will discuss these challenges, describe the lived experiences of transgender people in Pennsylvania and how they contribute to our communities and our movement, and identify tangible ways that leaders from the faith and business communities support LGBT equality. PA House Representative Dan Frankel will share plans for passing non-discrimination and hate crimes legislation in Pennsylvania.

Presenters
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Maureen Gray

Regional Organizer, EqualityPA
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Sarah Spohn

Regional Organizer for Southeastern PA, Equality Pennsylvania
Originally from Central Pennsylvania, Sarah has resided in Philadelphia for nearly 20 years. During a break from her successful career as an eCommerce infrastructure professional, she fell in love with community organizing while volunteering as a Neighborhood Team Leader on President... Read More →


Saturday February 7, 2015 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Metropolitan Room A Hilton Harrisburg

3:30pm

Fox Won the Midterms: How We Fight Back
In the last election, fear won in a landslide as the Fox “News” demographic ran to the polls in mortal panic over ISIS and Ebola. Under the influence of right-wing demagogues, millions of Americans have moved into an alternate universe of hatred and paranoia from which they are making real-world decisions based on profound misinformation -- while young voters retreat into cynicism and apathy. The “Fox Effect” is spreading like a toxic fog across our politics and culture, choking out deliberative thought, civility, and simple human decency. Documentarian Jen Senko, currently working on “The Brainwashing Of My Dad,” will join us for a discussion on fighting back against the “Fox Effect” at home, at work, at church, in our organizing campaigns, and in our daily interactions and conversations.

Presenters
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Dave Ninehouser

Co-Director, The HearYourselfThink Project
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Erin Ninehouser

Co-Director, The HearYourselfThink Project


Saturday February 7, 2015 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Metropolitan Room C Hilton Harrisburg

3:30pm

Environmental Progress in Harrisburg for 2015
From protecting state parks and forests to tackling climate change to protecting communities from fracking, what does the changing political climate in Harrisburg mean for the environmental movement? Learn from some of the state’s leading environmental advocate and legislators about what to expect from Governor-elect Wolf and the new Legislature in 2015.

Presenters

Saturday February 7, 2015 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Penn Harris B Hilton Harrisburg

3:30pm

Frontline Organizing Against Shale Gas Development and Infrastructure
Grassroots organizers from rural shalefield counties will speak about their 2015 goals, campaigns, and struggles to leverage government action on shale gas development, infrastructure, and power plants. Participants will be encouraged to constructively address the environmental shortcomings of Democratic Party leadership, the incoming Wolf administration, the outgoing Obama administration, and 2016 candidates, where a left flank can have the most impact.

Presenters
AP

Allison Petryk

Energy Justice: Shale Initiative
VC

Veronica Coptis

Center for Coalfield Justice


Saturday February 7, 2015 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Allegheny Room Hilton Harrisburg

3:30pm

Moving Forward with Healthcare Reform in Pennsylvania
As the second open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act draws to a close, additional advocacy is still needed to improve coverage and address concerns for those enrolled in the Health Insurance Marketplace. For example, Pennsylvania currently allows the Federal government to operate the Exchange, but is this the best option for consumers or should the Pennsylvania Insurance Department have a greater role? It was a step in the right direction to accept Federal dollars intended for Medicaid expansion to fund the Healthy PA proposal, but executive action is still required to provide a truly healthier Pennsylvania. We will review the steps Governor Wolf is taking and highlight the next steps for advocates to ensure the best outcomes for Medicaid recipients.

Presenters
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Antoinette Kraus

Pennsylvania Health Access Network
Antoinette Kraus currently serves as founding Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN). Since joining PHAN in 2008 Kraus has helped grow the Pennsylvania Health Access Network into the state’s largest consumer driven organization. She works toward quality... Read More →


Saturday February 7, 2015 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Leland Room Hilton Harrisburg

3:30pm

Advancing Gun Violence Prevention in the New Political Landscape
The gun violence prevention movement in Pennsylvania is growing -- in size, determination and activity. But even with a new supportive governor, progress will be tough given the new look of the state legislature. How can we continue to grow the movement, leverage our strengths and work with other progressive partners to succeed?

Presenters
JL

John Linder

Mayor, City of Chester
MD

Madeleine Dean

PA House, 153rd District
SG

Shira Goodman

CeaseFire PA
TD

Tim Daly

Director for Campaigns, Guns and Crime, Center for American Progress
Director for Campaigns, Guns and Crime, Center for American Progress


Saturday February 7, 2015 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Penn Harris A Hilton Harrisburg

3:30pm

Rural Organizing: Making Progress in Pennsylvania's Overlooked T
Community organizing in rural communities and small towns often goes unnoticed, while big rallies and protests in urban areas get all the attention. But in Central Pennsylvania, local and statewide organizations have been mobilizing rural residents around environmental and social justice issues. The Tire Burner Team successfully worked to halt construction of the National Gypsum/En-Tire tire-burning plant in Union County. In Bloomsburg, End Discrimination Now is rallying support for a non-discrimination ordinance after a bridal salon refused to sell dresses to two women. And in Chambersburg and Gettysburg, Fight for Drivers’ Licenses educates decision-makers about the need for undocumented workers to be licensed, especially in rural areas. Take advantage of their experience to advance progressive issues in your community.

Moderators
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Alison Hirsch

Keystone Progress

Presenters
DB

Desi Burnette

Fight for Drivers' Licenses
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Dwayne Heisler

Founder, Equality Non-Discrimination
Social Justice / Progressive Ideas Equality Non-Discrimination, Founder PA Democratic State Committee Member - Columbia County PA Democratic State Committee LGBT Secretary Lover of Early Music (Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque) Dog Lover (two whippets and a dachshund)


Saturday February 7, 2015 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Harrisburger A Hilton Harrisburg

3:30pm

Using the Gender Gap to Build Lasting Political Power for Women
How can we transform our work on issue campaigns that impact women’s lives into a national demand for structural reforms that address the inequality that leaves women behind in our economy and society? In this session, we will discuss strategies to build a permanent and powerful constituency of women through engagement in year-round organizing around issues and elections that provide women with opportunities to take action on the issues that most affect their families and lives.

Staff
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Nicole Matos

Lehigh Valley Field Organizer, Keystone Progress

Presenters
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Allison Kennedy

National Field Director, Women's Equality Center


Saturday February 7, 2015 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Metropolitan Room B Hilton Harrisburg

3:30pm

Leveling the Playing Field: How to Make Progressive Taxation Happen
One of Governor Tom Wolf’s four main policy priorities is leveling the playing field for working Pennsylvanians and he campaigned for progressive tax reform affecting both individuals and corporations. Progressive options could include a refundable earned income tax credit, shifting taxes from income to wealth through a financial transaction tax or a wealth tax, and real corporate tax reform. This is the best chance in a generation to make real progress on progressive taxation.

Presenters
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Jeff Garis

Outreach & Engagement Director, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center
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Tim Potts

Former member, Carlisle School Board
If you buy a $20,000 car, you will pay $1,200 in sales taxes (6%). If you buy $20,000 of a car company's stock, you will pay $0 in sales taxes (0%). Why does the one who buys the car pay $1,200 while the one who buys the car company pays $0? With a financial transaction tax of... Read More →


Saturday February 7, 2015 3:30pm - 5:15pm
Juniata Room Hilton Harrisburg

5:00pm

Mass Incarceration in Pennsylvania: Putting an End to the Prison Pipeline
Decarcerate PA is a grassroots campaign to end mass incarceration in Pennsylvania, reduce the burgeoning prison population, and reinvest money spent on buidling new prisons in our communities. Presenters will discuss the rise and effect of mass incarceration in Pennsylvania, and Decarcerate PA’s plan of action for building a movement to end mass incarceration in Pennsylvania.

Presenters
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Barbie Fischer

Executive Director/ Steering Committee Member, Restorative Encounters/ Decarcerate PA
Barbie is a social justice advocate. She has worked in prison reform with restorative justice for over 12 years. Beginning her career as a reintegration specialist in central Africa, Barbie worked to develop reintegration programs for child soldiers that were culturally appropriate... Read More →
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Lucy Gleysteen

Institute for Community Justice/Decarcerate PA


Saturday February 7, 2015 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Penn Harris A Hilton Harrisburg

5:00pm

Press Relations 101
This session will detail what to expect when talking to reporters, strategies to keep in mind when trying to get "earned media" for your organization, and how to use all available media platforms to get your message out. Participants will learn about building relationships with journalists and outlets, about proactive and reactive media outreach and how to think about media from the perspective of a journalist, not just from your perspective. Panelists will walk through the basics and answer all your questions.

Staff
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John Neurohr

Communications Director, Keystone Progress

Presenters
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Tara Murtha

Assoc. Director, Strategic Communications, Women's Law Project
I am a longtime Philadelphia-based writer working in strategic communications for Women's Law Project. I work to keep constituents informed about what is happening re: policy effecting women and girls in Pennsylvania, and develop messaging around policy, with a focus on the Pennsylvania... Read More →


Saturday February 7, 2015 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Metropolitan Room C Hilton Harrisburg

5:00pm

Investing in the Transportation Infrastructure, Creating American Jobs
A piecemeal federal policy approach to investing in the nation’s decaying transportation infrastructure has cost America over 900,000 jobs – specifically, more than 97,000 manufacturing jobs – and is creating a significant drag on the economy. However, a large transportation package with significant federal investment to rebuild our underperforming infrastructure would create jobs, make America more competitive and support the basic needs of U.S. businesses and their workers.

Moderators
Presenters
KM

Khari Mosley

Pennsylvania Regional Programs Manager, BlueGreen Alliance
RB

Roxanne Brown

Assistant Legislative Director, United Steelworkers


Saturday February 7, 2015 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Juniata Room Hilton Harrisburg

5:00pm

Legalize Democracy: Making Corporations Subordinate to the People
Corporations govern in the United States. They are cloaked in the legal authority to define our economy, communities and political life. How did this happen in a so-called democracy and what are "We the People" doing about it? This workshop will explore the mission and strategies of Move to Amend and invite those present to join its national organizing work committed to a Constitutional Amendment firmly establishing that money is not speech and corporations are not people with constitutional rights.

Presenters
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Virginia Rasmussen

National Leadership Team, Move To Amend (people's organization)
Virginia Rasmussen is a principal with the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy (POCLAD) and worked with the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom in its national campaign to "Challenge Corporate Power, Assert the People's Rights." She taught chemistry and environmental... Read More →


Saturday February 7, 2015 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Metropolitan Room A Hilton Harrisburg

5:00pm

The Fight for Paycheck Equality
Fifty years after passage of the Equal Pay Act, median earnings for Pennsylvania women working full time, year-round were just 76 percent of U.S. men’s median earnings—a gap of 24 percent. Efforts to close the gap have stalled during the last decade and the gap is even larger for women of color. This session will look at the myriad factors contributing to women's economic disadvantage, and what progressives can do to ensure fair pay for everyone.

Presenters
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Caryn Hunt

President, Pennsylvania NOW
MD

Madeleine Dean

PA House, 153rd District
MS

Matt Smith

Pennsylvania Senator, 37th District


Saturday February 7, 2015 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Penn Harris B Hilton Harrisburg

5:00pm

Education Policy in the Wolf Administration: a Roadmap for 2015
In this session, the president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association and a leading voice for education in the Pennsylvania General Assembly will discuss the critical issues facing public education today, including funding, vouchers, charter schools, cyber charters and charter accountability, testing, and attacks on education employees. We'll also take a look at what to expect -- and what to fight for -- from the the Wolf administration. 

Presenters
MC

Mike Crossey

President, Pennsylvania State Education Association


Saturday February 7, 2015 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Delaware Room Hilton Harrisburg

5:00pm

Beyond the Koch Brothers: the Infrastructure of the Right
Progressives lack the funding and interconnected infrastructure of the Right. But smart and efficient activism can be achieved with knowledge of Right’s infrastructure, strategies, and narratives. Beyond the Koch Brothers is a fast-paced, three-part presentation: 1. What are we fighting? Overview of conservative infrastructure with a focus on Pennsylvania, including funding and think tanks, 2. Why are we fighting? Description of what is at risk and where the Right is currently making significant inroads, and 3. How do we fight? Suggestions for fighting back against a better-funded and more interconnected conservative infrastructure.

Presenters
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Rachel Tabachnick

Fellow, Political Research Associates
Rachel Tabachnick is a researcher, analyst, and speaker on conservative infrastructure and activism. Much of her work is focused on the impact of the Religious Right on science, education, foreign policy, and civil rights.


Saturday February 7, 2015 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Harrisburger B Hilton Harrisburg

5:00pm

Building the Movement for Reproductive Justice
For women of color, access to reproductive healthcare is only one part of a vast and interconnected web of issues that are transformed through the framework of reproductive justice. Reproductive justice focuses on the human right of us all to control our bodies, sexuality, gender, work and reproduction free from violence. It addresses racial, gender, economic, political and social disparities and the ways in which they affect healthcare, abortion rights and how those issues specifically impact women of color. New Voices Pittsburgh will describe how they have been successful in organizing around reproductive justice in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and how it can be done elsewhere.

Presenters
JB

Jasmine Burnett

Community Organizer, New Voices Pittsburgh
JJ

Julia Johnson

Community Organizer, New Voices Pittsburgh


Saturday February 7, 2015 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Leland Room Hilton Harrisburg

5:00pm

Field Testing 101: Even the Smallest Campaigns Can Benefit
The Analyst Institute's work with randomized controlled experiments during electoral and advocacy programs is helping the progressive movement build a wealth of shared knowledge about best practices and cost effectiveness. But often it's only larger campaigns and organizations that make use of these revolutionary tools. Learn when you should test and when you should skip it, and how even the smallest campaigns and organizations can use this technology effectively. Takeaways include an understanding of field testing practices in a political context, knowledge about what kinds of research have been done and research priorities moving forward. Testing is one of the most rigorous way we have of knowing whether our strategies and tactics are effective and how to make them more so. 

Presenters
avatar for Kathryn Poindexter

Kathryn Poindexter

Training & Outreach, Analyst Institute


Saturday February 7, 2015 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Harrisburger A Hilton Harrisburg

5:00pm

Progressive Women In Office: Building a More Reflective Democracy
Represent! Co- founders, Kerri Kennedy and Rebecca Johnson discuss the state of women in politics in Pennsylvania, including an analysis of the past election cycle and the current status of women in elected office. Learn about strategies to build a reflective democracy by recruiting progressive women from diverse backgrounds, helping them get elected, and supporting them in office.


Saturday February 7, 2015 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Metropolitan Room B Hilton Harrisburg

5:00pm

Veterans and African Americans: Necessary Allies in the Fight Against Climate Change
Low-income communities and people of color have confronted environmental degradation for decades – experiencing first-hand the interconnections between pollution, climate change, and public health – yet whites have dominated national environmental organizations. Environmental activists must rethink strategies that may have worked in the past and recruit non-traditional allies to continue making progress. Learn how Sierra Club volunteers built relationships with veterans and African Americans, and got them involved in multiple ways in acting to stop climate change. From hikes to lobbying to testifying at hearings to demonstrating, veterans and African Americans are fighting for the planet, though sometimes they also have to fight for a seat at the environmental table.

Moderators
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Sue Edwards

Diversity Chair, Sierra Club Pennsylvania

Presenters
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Clifton Bennett

U.S. Military Veteran and Organizer, Veterans for Clean Air, Sierra Club Pennsylvania
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Karen Melton

Climate Reality Project speaker


Saturday February 7, 2015 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Allegheny Room Hilton Harrisburg