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Saturday, June 29
 

8:30am

Registration
Saturday June 29, 2013 8:30am - 10:00am
West Gallery Hilton Albany

10:00am

Welcome & Remarks: L. Toni Lewis, Ivette Alfonso, Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, Karen Scharff, Fred Azcarate
Speakers
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Ivette Alfonso

President, Citizen Action of New York
President, Citizen Action of New York
avatar for Fred Azcarate

Fred Azcarate

Executive Director, USAction
Fred Azcarate is the Executive Director of USAction. Azcarate, the former Executive Director of Jobs with Justice and President of the US Student Association, most recently led the AFL-CIO’s jobs campaign as director of America Wants to Work. Last year, Azcarate was named one of “50 Young Progressive Activists Who Are Changing America” cited in the Huffington Post. His hire represents a significant alignment between... Read More →
avatar for Toni Lewis

Toni Lewis

Chair, SEIU Healthcare
Dr. L. Toni Lewis, Immediate Past President of the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR/SEIU Healthcare), was named chair of the union's healthcare division in June 2010 by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry. Dr. Lewis brings a great deal of experience as a voice for resident physician rights and improved patient care to her new role, leading efforts of SEIU's 1.2 million nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers to deliver the benefits of the... Read More →
avatar for Karen Scharff

Karen Scharff

Executive Director, Citizen Action of New York
Executive Director, Citizen Action of New York
avatar for Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk

Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk had a long record of community service before deciding to run for the State Senate.  As a member of the Duanesburg Central School District Board of Education, she was known as a strong advocate of our public schools, and was, in fact, elected by her colleagues to serve as Vice President of the Board. | | Senator Tkaczyk is the Ranking Member on both the Elections Committee and the Committee on Mental Health and... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Ballroom A/B Hilton Albany

11:30am

Damon Silvers: The Path to Shared Prosperity - Addressing Our Nation's Solidarity Deficit
Speakers
avatar for Damon Silvers

Damon Silvers

Director of Policy and Special Counsel, AFL-CIO
Damon A. Silvers is the Director of Policy and Special Counsel for the AFL-CIO.  He joined the AFL-CIO as Associate General Counsel in 1997.  Mr. Silvers serves on a pro bono basis as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the state of New York.  Mr. Silvers is also a member of the Investor Advisory Committee of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Treasury Department’s Financial Research Advisory Committee, the... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2013 11:30am - 12:15pm
Ballroom A/B Hilton Albany

12:15pm

Lunch & Remarks by City of Albany Treasurer Kathy Sheehan
Speakers
avatar for Kathy Sheehan

Kathy Sheehan

Treasurer, City of Albany


Saturday June 29, 2013 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Ballroom A/B Hilton Albany

1:00pm

Without A Strategy You're Spinning Your Wheels
There is so much work to do in this movement, but without a well-planned, thought-through strategy, campaigns and activists can waste critical time, energy and resources. Come learn how to figure out what to work on when, strategic openings and opportunities and how to chart out a strategy that takes you through each aspect of a winning campaign.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Wisneski

Jessica Wisneski

Legislative and Campaigns Director, Citizen Action of New York
Campaigns Director, Citizen Action of New York


Saturday June 29, 2013 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Hudson Ballroom Hilton Albany

1:00pm

Documentary: Gasland
Watch this 106 minute documentary.

It is happening all across America-rural landowners wake up one day to find a lucrative offer from an energy company wanting to lease their property. Reason? The company hopes to tap into a reservoir dubbed the "Saudi Arabia of natural gas." Halliburton developed a way to get the gas out of the ground-a hydraulic drilling process called "fracking"-and suddenly America finds itself on the precipice of becoming an energy superpower.

Saturday June 29, 2013 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Chambers Room Hilton Albany

1:00pm

Have You Ever Considered Running?
A workshop for those who are not completely repulsed by the idea.

Have you ever felt like your elected officials are out of touch with your values and the needs of their constituents?  Well its true, elected officials are more conservative than the voters they represent. Its not that surprising though, of the hundreds of progressive activists attending this conference, hardly any will ever even consider a run for public office. In this workshop, presenters will work one on one and in small groups with participants to discuss the process, benefits, drawbacks and costs of mounting a serious campaign for elected office. Participants will also learn about resources and trainings available to first time candidates.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Boland

Mike Boland

Organizing Director, Working Families Party
Mike Boland is Organizing Director for the New York Working Families Party. The Working Families Party is fighting for a more just world, one where the economy works for everyone. One where politicians are held accountable to working people, instead of big-money backers. One where all of us, no matter where we come from, can find a good job, get healthcare when we need it, afford a home, send our kids to good schools, and have a secure... Read More →
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Jess Carrano

Long Island Political Director, Working Families Party
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Sarah Johnson

NYC Elections Director, Working Families Party


Saturday June 29, 2013 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Empire Room Hilton Albany

1:00pm

How to get the Press’ Attention: Earned Media 101
Have you ever planned an exciting, engaging and interesting event only to be disappointed because it didn't appear in any of the news headlines the next day? This workshop provides a step by step plan to succeed in getting media at your next big event. It will cover everything from writing a press release to speaking to reporters.

Speakers
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Billy Easton

Executive Director, Alliance for Quality Education
Since 2005 Mr. Easton has been the Executive Director of AQE.  He brings 30 years of experience in community and union organizing and a wealth of experience in strategy, media relations, politics and legislative activity to his work at AQE.  Billy provides significant leadership to the organizing, policy, media relations and strategic work of AQE and partner organizations. He has provided a major leadership role in... Read More →
avatar for Emily Karol

Emily Karol

Communications Associate, Alliance for Quality Education


Saturday June 29, 2013 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom C Hilton Albany

1:00pm

Relationship Building: The One-On-One
One key tool we use to change the world is through one-on-one meetings that build deeper realationships by tapping into one's self interest. In this workshop, we'll teach you the pieces of this crucial meeting style and why it's so important for our organizing work. And, you'll get the chance to practice!

Speakers
avatar for Lee Ann Hall

Lee Ann Hall

Executive Director, Alliance for a Just Society
LeeAnn has been the Executive Director of the Alliance for a Just Society (formerly the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations) since its founding in 1993 and has over 28 years of organizing experience.  She guides the development of campaigns and reports, and was at the forefront of designing testing models to address under-enrollment in public benefits programs.  She has worked as the Director for Idaho Community... Read More →
avatar for Rosemary Rivera

Rosemary Rivera

Organizing Director, Citizen Action of New Y
Organizing Director, Citizen Action of New York


Saturday June 29, 2013 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom D Hilton Albany

1:00pm

Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act: Long Overdue
This workshop will cover the campaign to pass the Gender Expression Non Discrimination Act. This bill has been in the mix for eleven years, and the NYS Senate fails to bring it to the floor every year, this year included, with the legislative session coming to an end a few days ago. The difference between the first ten years and this last year is the aggressive, focused campaign on GENDA as the main LGBT initiative. The campaign this year, for the first time, included legislative strategy, media and outreach, a broad based coalition, paid lobbyists, public education and outreach and “boots on the ground” statewide, grassroots organizing from Buffalo to Montauk.  This panel will cover: how important all of these components are in a campaign for civil rights legislation; how each component dovetails with the others; critiques of the campaign; strategies; major players; how incredibly infuriating it is when, despite massive efforts on behalf of 80 individual, organizational and funding partners in a coalition, the NYS legislative process fails the people of New York; next steps and moving forward.

Speakers
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Drew Cordes

Transgender Advocates of the Capital Region
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Camerin Sarah Coughtry

Transgender Advocates of the Capital Region
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Sheilah Sable

Director of Orgainzing, Empire State Pride Agenda


Saturday June 29, 2013 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Room Hilton Albany

1:00pm

Justice and Fairness for Immigrants
The fight for justice for immigrants is at a critical point both nationally and here in New York. While Congress debates immigration reform packages, there’s a strong campaign in our state to pass the DREAM Act. Learn the latest about both of these legislative battles and what you can do to help move them forward.

Moderators
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Diana Reyes

Community Organizer, Citizen Action of New York

Speakers
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Milan Bhatt

Co-Executive Director, Worker Justice Center of New York
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Alan Kaplan

Director of Political Engagement, New York Immigration Coalition
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Maria Ubiergo

Member, Make the Road NY


Saturday June 29, 2013 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom E Hilton Albany

1:00pm

History of the Labor Movement
The new surge of labor activism is built on a proud legacy of labor history. There are lessons for today's activists in the struggles and victories of the past.

Labor and the progressive movement have a long record of cooperation to win gains that have helped all Americans, from the New Deal, to the civil rights movement, to the current struggles to give a stronger voice to low-wage and immigrant workers.

By examining and learning from some of the most positive examples of labor and progressive coalition building, we can use them as guideposts for the current strugles we face.

Speakers
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Paul Cole

Executive Director, American Labor Studies Center
Paul Cole is the founder and Executive Director of the American Labor Studies Center, which collects, evaluates and disseminates labor studies and labor history materals across the nation.The ALSC is housed in the Kate Mullany National Historic Site in Troy, which Paul helped create with the assistance of then-Senator Hillary Clinton and Congressman Mike McNulty.  In the 1860's, Mullany was the leader of the first women's union in the... Read More →
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Alan Lubin

Alan Lubin has helped shape labor's political program in New York. He served as the Executive Vice President of the New York State United Teachers from 1993-2010. In that role he helped guide the union's political mobilization and legislative efforts. He created a unique political network of member activists in every electoral district around the state.Lubin's statewide mobiization efforts won important victories for educators, parents and... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2013 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Capital Room Hilton Albany

2:30pm

Heather McGhee: Fighting for the Democracy We Deserve
Speakers
avatar for Heather McGhee

Heather McGhee

Vice President of Policy and Outreach, Demos
Heather C. McGhee is the Vice President of Policy and Outreach at Demos. She helps to set Demos’ strategy organization-wide and oversees the Communications and Advocacy Departments.  She is a frequent writer, speaker and media commentator on issues of democracy reform, economic opportunity, racial equity and financial regulation.  In 2010, she became a contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann on Current TV.  She is... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Ballroom A/B Hilton Albany

3:30pm

Break
Saturday June 29, 2013 3:30pm - 3:45pm
East Gallery Hilton Albany

3:45pm

Speak for Your Cause: A Spokesperson Training
Learn how to hone your message and convey it in a clear, engaging way. We'll share with you tips and techniques to help you ensure that your interactions with media will advance your oragnization's goals and campaigns.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Ann Hall

Lee Ann Hall

Executive Director, Alliance for a Just Society
LeeAnn has been the Executive Director of the Alliance for a Just Society (formerly the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations) since its founding in 1993 and has over 28 years of organizing experience.  She guides the development of campaigns and reports, and was at the forefront of designing testing models to address under-enrollment in public benefits programs.  She has worked as the Director for Idaho Community... Read More →
avatar for Rosemary Rivera

Rosemary Rivera

Organizing Director, Citizen Action of New Y
Organizing Director, Citizen Action of New York


Saturday June 29, 2013 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Ballroom D Hilton Albany

3:45pm

Have You Ever Considered Running?
A workshop for those who are not completely repulsed by the idea.

Have you ever felt like your elected officials are out of touch with your values and the needs of their constituents?  Well its true, elected officials are more conservative than the voters they represent. Its not that surprising though, of the hundreds of progressive activists attending this conference, hardly any will ever even consider a run for public office. In this workshop, presenters will work one on one and in small groups with participants to discuss the process, benefits, drawbacks and costs of mounting a serious campaign for elected office. Participants will also learn about resources and trainings available to first time candidates.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Boland

Mike Boland

Organizing Director, Working Families Party
Mike Boland is Organizing Director for the New York Working Families Party. The Working Families Party is fighting for a more just world, one where the economy works for everyone. One where politicians are held accountable to working people, instead of big-money backers. One where all of us, no matter where we come from, can find a good job, get healthcare when we need it, afford a home, send our kids to good schools, and have a secure... Read More →
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Jess Carrano

Long Island Political Director, Working Families Party
SJ

Sarah Johnson

NYC Elections Director, Working Families Party


Saturday June 29, 2013 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Empire Room Hilton Albany

3:45pm

Better Meetings, More Progress: Meeting Facilitation
Meetings are an essential part of organizing, but a poorly run meeting can lead to chaos, hurt feelings, and make your work harder. Learn proven techniques to help build consensus, and keep your meetings efficient and productive.

Speakers
avatar for Maurice Mitchell

Maurice Mitchell

Coordinator, New York Civic Engagement Table
Maurice has worked in social change and democracy as a student activist, volunteer, and staff member for more than 15 years. Maurice’s work includes deep organizing in local communities as well as statewide and national coalition work. His experience includes electoral and issue-based organizing, leadership development, and communications. He is a native Long Islander, current nomad, and has spent significant time in Washington, DC... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2013 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Hudson Ballroom Hilton Albany

3:45pm

Facebook for Organizers and Activists 101
Bring your organizing skills to where the people are: on Facebook. This workshop will teach you some ways to use Facebook more effectively for organizing. Workshop attendees will choose to learn: how to create a Facebook meme without pricey software, or how to make your first Facebook ad, or how to build a Facebook event page like a champ.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Lenchner

Charles Lenchner

Executive Director, Organizing 2.0
Executive Director of Organizing 2.0
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Elana Levin

Director of Strategy & Client Relations, Advomatic
Elana Levin is Director of Strategy and Client Relations for Advomatic, a web development firm working for awesome progressive clients like the AFT, Global Zero, GLAAD and the ACLU. She previously served as Communications Director of the Writers Guild of America, East where she helped Reality TV employees fight for a union. Prior to that she served as Assistant Director of Communications for New Media at Workers United/SEIU and UNITE HERE. She... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2013 3:45pm - 5:15pm
State Room Hilton Albany

3:45pm

No Excuses: Educate Every Student
35,000 teachers cut. $2.7 billion taken away from classrooms in last 2 years. One-third of Advanced Placement, art, music and sports reduced. New York State’s schools are in crisis, and it is time to change course. The state knows what works, and now it’s time to turn rhetoric into reality. Join the Alliance for Quality Education for a workshop focused on strategies to improve education in New York State.

Speakers
avatar for Chad Radock

Chad Radock

Campaign Coordinator, Alliance for Quality Education
As AQE’s Campaign Coordinator, Chad knows the landscape of education issues from Buffalo to Yonkers. Having been a high school teacher as well as an education board member, he brings on the ground experience to AQE’s campaigns. He will be facilitating this workshop with help from AQE’s leaders.


Saturday June 29, 2013 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Ballroom C Hilton Albany

3:45pm

Women's Equality Agenda: Next Steps
The 2013 legislative session provided a unique chance for our movement to unite in words and actions around the Women’s Equality Agenda (WEA), particularly in the face of the “War on Women” being waged in many state capitals - a war primarily meant to restrict women’s reproductive rights. Our discussion will focus on how to better integrate gender justice struggles into the broader social justice agenda, and ways for our organizations to work together more collaboratively, given New York’s increasingly challenging political landscape.

Speakers
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Blue Carreker

Vice President of Public Affairs and Media Relations, Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood
Blue Carreker is Vice President of Public Affairs and Media Relations at Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood (UHPP), a non-profit organization providing medical services, health education and advocacy in Albany, Columbia, Greene and Rensselear counties. Her current UHPP responsibilities include lobbying in Albany and Washington, D.C., grassroots organization and mobilization, media relations and volunteer recruitment. She also coordinates the... Read More →
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Christopher Casey

Grassroots Organizer, NARAL Pro-Choice New York
Christopher Casey is the Grassroots Organizer at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute of Reproductive Health.  Before joining the staff in January 2013, Christopher was the National Lead Organizer at MoveOn.org Political Action where, as a member of MoveOn’s Field Team, he helped design, execute, and organize hard-hitting legislative and political campaigns such as helping to ensure the passage of the Affordable Care... Read More →
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Sunshine Ludder

New York Civic Engagement Table
Sunshine brings a range of experience to the civic engagement table from electoral campaigns, union organizing drives, legislative issue campaigns, and filmmaking.  She is interested in fostering the role the civic engagement table plays as a collaborative venture across many partners and shares an ethos for strategic analysis and experimentation with her colleagues at the table.  Originally from Washington, D.C., she has lived in... Read More →
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Sheilah Sable

Director of Orgainzing, Empire State Pride Agenda


Saturday June 29, 2013 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Capital Room Hilton Albany

3:45pm

Labor & Community: Building Progressive Power by Working Together
We win victories and defend our gains when we work together. In this era of expanded corporate power and consistent attacks against our rights, strong, ongoing working relationships between unions, community and progressive organizations are essential.

How do progressive organizations and labor unions work together in the fight for social and economic justice? What community issues have brought our forces together and what successes have we achieved?

This workshop will give you ideas and tools to strengthe the relationship between the labor and progressive movement in your area. 

Moderators
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Charlene Benton

Community Organizer, Citizen Action of New York

Speakers
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Marvin Holland

Political and Legislative Director, Transport Workers Union Local 100
Marvin is the Political and Legislative Director of the Transport Workers Union Local 100. Currently, he sits on the Advisory Board of the Murphy Instiute for Worker and Labor Studies at (CUNY) and the Solidarity Board of Community Voices Heard (CVH). He served on the TWU Local 100 Executive Board from 2003 to 2006, and in 2007 was awarded Black Heritage Man of the Year for Labor/community outreach. In 2008, Marvin founded Take Back Our Union... Read More →
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Matt Ryan

Executive Director, ALIGN NY
Matt is the Executive Director of ALIGN NY. ALIGN unites community and labor to create good jobs, vibrant communities and accountable democracy for all New Yorkers. | | Before coming to New York to join Jobs withy Justice, Matt organized low-wage worker unions in cities across the Midwest. In Cincinatti, he led the Justice for Janitors campaign that united 1,500 commercial office janitors and uilt broad community support with local faith... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2013 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Ballroom E Hilton Albany

5:15pm

Cocktail Hour
Saturday June 29, 2013 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chambers Room Hilton Albany

6:15pm

Dinner & Special Guest Speakers: Rep. Paul Tonko, SEIU 32BJ's Shirley Aldebol
Speakers
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Shirley Aldebol

Vice President, SEIU 32BJ
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Rep. Paul Tonko

Congressman Paul Tonko represents New York’s 20th Congressional District, including the communities of Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga Springs and Amsterdam. He represents all of Albany and Schenectady Counties and parts of Montgomery, Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties. | | He is serving his third term, after first being sworn into Congress in 2009. | | Paul serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee, the oldest standing committee... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2013 6:15pm - 8:00pm
Ballroom A/B Hilton Albany

8:00pm

Evening Entertainment: Dr. Horton & the Jay Street Band. Cash Bar.
Dr. Horton and the Jay Street Band bring the classic sounds of Motown, soul, funk and rhythm & blues alive. They combine wonderful vocals and musicianship with great grooves. Make sure you bring your dancing shoes!

Saturday June 29, 2013 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Ballroom C Hilton Albany

8:00pm

Documentary: Makers: Women Who Make America
Watch this 180 minute documentary.

MAKERS: Women Who Make America tells the remarkable story of the most sweeping social revolution in American history, as women have asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy. It’s a revolution that has unfolded in public and private, in courts and Congress, in the boardroom and the bedroom, changing not only what the world expects from women, but what women expect from themselves. MAKERS brings this story to life with priceless archival treasures and poignant, often funny interviews with those who led the fight, those who opposed it, and those first generations to benefit from its success. Trailblazing women like Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey share their memories, as do countless women who challenged the status quo in industries from coal-mining to medicine. Makers captures with music, humor, and the voices of the women who lived through these turbulent times the dizzying joy, aching frustration and ultimate triumph of a movement that turned America upside-down.

Saturday June 29, 2013 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Chambers Room Hilton Albany
 
Sunday, June 30
 

7:30am

Interfaith Service
Speakers
avatar for Jim Anderson

Jim Anderson

Vice President, Citizen Action of New York
Vice President, Citizen Action of New York and President, Peace Action New York State


Sunday June 30, 2013 7:30am - 8:30am
Chambers Room Hilton Albany

8:00am

Breakfast
Sunday June 30, 2013 8:00am - 9:00am
Ballroom A/B Hilton Albany

8:30am

Citizen Action of New York At-Large Directors Election
This session is only for Citizen Action of New York members who have been determined to be eligible to vote. Please check your conference nametag to determine eligibility.

Sunday June 30, 2013 8:30am - 9:00am
Hudson Ballroom Hilton Albany

9:00am

Welcome & Special Guest Speaker: Dan Cantor "An Opportunity for Change: The 2014 Elections"
Speakers
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Dan Cantor

Executive Director, Working Families Party


Sunday June 30, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Ballroom A/B Hilton Albany

10:00am

Civic Engagement Best Practices Snapshot: What Works, What Doesn’t and How to Tell the Difference
A scientific experiment can determine if your program had real impact and if a strategy is working.  This workshop will cover the recent findings of Civic Engagement Table experiments and the basics on how to conduct an experiment on your program. We will then broaden the discussion to cover the latest in academic research on tactics for both GOTV and persuasion to ensure we incorporate lessons learned by our peers.

Speakers
avatar for Sonya Reynolds

Sonya Reynolds

Data and Targeting Manager, New York Civic Engagement Table
Sonya is the civic engagement table’s Data and Targeting Manager, helping partners learn new skills, evaluate their programs and implement best practices in their everyday work. She graduated from Swarthmore College with a BA in Economics and Art History; in January 2012, after years volunteering in issue advocacy for the Taskforce, she ditched her corporate gig as an art market analyst to join the table and considers it her best decision... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2013 10:00am - 11:30am
State Room Hilton Albany

10:00am

Documentary: The Throwaways
Watch this full length documentary.

The Throwaways tells the story of activist filmmaker and ex-felon, Ira McKinley, documenting his struggle to bring positive changes to his community in inner-city Albany, NY.  Weaving McKinleyʼs personal narrative of survival with stories of social movements rising up, the film takes an intimate look at the challenges facing urban America. As he strives to get his voice heard, McKinley also confronts the unavoidable stories of his past, battling against personal demons and the stigma of being an ex-felon. Guided by McKinley’s story, The Throwaways intimately explores the complex challenges facing African American males, specifically issues of mass incarceration and police violence.  The Throwaways is more than just an illumination of marginalized people at their weakest moments; it is a call to action, a story of directly engaging in the struggle for justice. 

Sunday June 30, 2013 10:00am - 11:30am
Chambers Room Hilton Albany

10:00am

How Elections Are Won (and Lost)
A workshop that will expose the myths of how elections are won. What's more persuasive, one mail piece or two robo calls? Does negative campaigning work? We'll discuss these questions and many others as we explore the different elements of political campaigns.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Boland

Mike Boland

Organizing Director, Working Families Party
Mike Boland is Organizing Director for the New York Working Families Party. The Working Families Party is fighting for a more just world, one where the economy works for everyone. One where politicians are held accountable to working people, instead of big-money backers. One where all of us, no matter where we come from, can find a good job, get healthcare when we need it, afford a home, send our kids to good schools, and have a secure... Read More →
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Jess Carrano

Long Island Political Director, Working Families Party


Sunday June 30, 2013 10:00am - 11:30am
Empire Room Hilton Albany

10:00am

New York State Government 101
Ever wonder how a law gets made? Come to this workshop to learn the ins and outs of our state government. From three (or four) men in a room to the state budget and program bills, we’ll teach you what’s happening behind the scene at the Capitol.

Speakers
avatar for Charlie King

Charlie King

Charlie King is an attorney, politician, and civic leader in New York. After graduating from the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, he attended Brown University, and New York University Law School. King served as the chairman of the Democratic County Committee in New York County. King was a volunteer attorney for the Mollen Commission in the early 1990s, and was a member of the Election Monitoring Committee in South Africa when Nelson Mandela... Read More →
avatar for Michael Kink

Michael Kink

Strong for All Coalition
Michael Kink is Executive Director of the Strong Economy for All Coalition, a labor-community coalition working on issues jobs, economic justice and income inequality. | He led the 2011 to win progressive tax reform and a new “Millionaires Tax” for New York; the 2012 campaign that swung New York GOP votes in Congress on the “fiscal cliff”; and this year’s successful push to raise the minimum wage.


Sunday June 30, 2013 10:00am - 11:30am
Hudson Ballroom Hilton Albany

10:00am

Recruiting Volunteers and Keeping Them Around
Volunteers are the cornerstone of the progressive movement. Come to this workshop to learn about proven ways to get more volunteers involved in your work and keep them engaged. 

Speakers
avatar for Lee Ann Hall

Lee Ann Hall

Executive Director, Alliance for a Just Society
LeeAnn has been the Executive Director of the Alliance for a Just Society (formerly the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations) since its founding in 1993 and has over 28 years of organizing experience.  She guides the development of campaigns and reports, and was at the forefront of designing testing models to address under-enrollment in public benefits programs.  She has worked as the Director for Idaho Community... Read More →
avatar for Rosemary Rivera

Rosemary Rivera

Organizing Director, Citizen Action of New Y
Organizing Director, Citizen Action of New York


Sunday June 30, 2013 10:00am - 11:30am
Ballroom D Hilton Albany

10:00am

Fracking's Not the Answer: How Fighting Climate Change Could Spur a Jobs Revolution
Gas industry executives and the elected officials they buy claim that fracking is the answer to Upstate's economic woes. They're wrong. In this workshop, we'll debunk the myths about fracking and the economy and talk about the viable solution with climate change jobs in New York.


Sunday June 30, 2013 10:00am - 11:30am
Ballroom E Hilton Albany

10:00am

Health Care: Getting New Yorkers Insured
The fight to win the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) was a gigantic national struggle. On October 1, a major landmark will be achieved - individuals and small businesses will be able to enroll in the new health insurance exchanges, marketplaces for cheaper coverage. More than one million New Yorkers are expected to enroll.

This presents a great opportunity and a great challenge for the progressive movement. If enrollment goals are met in New York and other states, the opinion climate will change about the law itself, and about government's ability to do good.

The purpose of this workshop is to involve activists to meet this challenge. In addition to an update on the law's benefits, we'll review the steps the State should take to meet its enrollment goals and to reach communities of color, low-income people and immigrant enclaves. And we'll have a discussion of what progressives can do to help promote enrollment ad help build the progressive movement, through using door-to-door canvassing and other tactics that build issue and electoral campaigns.

Speakers
avatar for Bob Cohen

Bob Cohen

Policy Director, Citizen Action of New York
Policy Director, Citizen Action of New York & steering committee member, NY Renews
avatar for Mark Hannay

Mark Hannay

Director, Metro New York Health Care for All
avatar for Toni Lewis

Toni Lewis

Chair, SEIU Healthcare
Dr. L. Toni Lewis, Immediate Past President of the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR/SEIU Healthcare), was named chair of the union's healthcare division in June 2010 by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry. Dr. Lewis brings a great deal of experience as a voice for resident physician rights and improved patient care to her new role, leading efforts of SEIU's 1.2 million nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers to deliver the benefits of the... Read More →
avatar for Linda Ricci

Linda Ricci

Health Care Task Force Lead, NYC for Action
Linda Ricci is the Health Care Task Force Lead for NYC for Action. Her work for NYC for Action, an issues-oriented group made up of former Obama volunteers, grew out of the 2012 Presidential campaign where she was Coordinator of Chelsea/West Village for Change. In that role, she recruited and trained volunteers and ran regular phone banks, including in the final four days of the campaign's successful Get Out the Vote operation... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2013 10:00am - 11:30am
Capital Room Hilton Albany

10:00am

Unions 101: The Building Blocks of the Labor Movement
The labor movement is built on member activism and strong relationships with community partners. But the structure of the labor movement - and how those pieces fit together - is often confusing for new union members and allies.

How does a local union function? How can a member become more involved? What is the relationship between your local union and its national affiliate? What are central labor councils and area labor federations, and how are they important in our fights for social and economic justice? How do these activities relate to the state and national AFL-CIO?

The goal of this workshop is to arm members and allies with new information to create stronger unions and closer ties with non-workplace struggles.

Speakers
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Mindy Berman

Communications Director, 1199SEIU, United Healthcare Workers East
Mindy Berman is the Communications Director at 1199SEIU, United Healthcare Workers East. Mindy is veteran communicator, field operative and policy analyst. | | She has spent the last 40 years working with labor unions, state legislatures and not-for-profits. Her commitment is to influence progressive public policy and educate and engage the public.
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Steve Redler

Chair, Legislative Committee, Albany County Central Labor Federation
Steve Redler is a life-long labor and community activist, who chairs the legislative committee of the Albany Co Labor Federation, is a steering committee member of the Capital District Working Families Party, a PAC member for the Public Employees Federation and the political committee chair for the local Sierra Club. | | | Steve has also been a local leader in PEF and CSEA. His commitment and focus is to bring together labor, community and... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2013 10:00am - 11:30am
Ballroom C Hilton Albany

11:30am

Break
Sunday June 30, 2013 11:30am - 11:45am
East Gallery Hilton Albany

11:45am

Stopping the Push Out: School Climate and Discipline
Did you know that in some communities across New York State a student is being suspended every 3 minutes? By pushing students out of the classrooms, we are shutting them out of an education.  From Buffalo to New York City, this plenary will explore the strategies that keep students in school and learning and help you decipher whether your school is creating solutions not suspensions.

Moderators
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Betty Lewis

Lead Organizer, Citizen Action
Brian Trzeciak has been with Citizen Action for three years, working on campaigns ranging from fair elections to suspensions. For many years, Buffalo had one of the highest suspension rates in New York State with a student being suspended nearly every three minutes. After two years of hard work bringing together the Buffalo community around suspensions, Brian and the Buffalo team won a great victory in the passage of a new Code of Conduct that is... Read More →

Speakers
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Kaitlin Banner

Staff Attorney, Advancement Project
Kaitlin Banner is a staff attorney in the Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track program.  Prior to joining Advancement Project, Kaitlin was Clinical Instructor at the Took Crowell Institute for At-Risk Youth at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law.  Students and professors in the clinic (among other things) represent families in special education and school discipline cases, and advocate for policies that promote positive... Read More →
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Isobel Davies

Restorative Rochester
Isobel Davies is part of the Restorative Rochester network, a group that hopes to make Rochester the most restorative city in the US, with a current focus on the Rochester City School System. She coordinates the Restorative Transition Circles program for Volunteers of America of Western New York, primarily working with individuals in the local correction facility and their families. She also volunteers with Partners in... Read More →
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Maria Fernandez

Senior Coordinator, Urban Youth Collaborative
Maria Fernandez coordinates the Annenberg Institute’s support for the work of the Urban Youth Collaborative, a citywide coalition of youth organizing groups for comprehensive educational improvement in New York City. For the past nine years, she has been organizing young people around educational justice issues, including ending the criminalization and push-out of low-income students of color in New York City public schools; implementing... Read More →
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Neissa Fils

Neissa Fils is a 17 year old junior at Bronx International Highschool, a school of the Morris Campus Highschool in the Bronx. She was born in Haiti and came to the United States a year and a half go. Since then Neissa has been very active in the campus wide Morris student leadership council. The Morris Student Leadership Council is a student led group that works to promote restorative justice and campus unity at Morris Campus while developing... Read More →
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James Payne

James Payne is a graduate of Wilberforce University and holds a Masters of Arts degree from Clark Atlanta University. He is currently employed by the Buffalo Board of Education and is also a member of 100 Black Men of Greater Buffalo,Inc.  He has helped to developed one of the most progressive mentoring programs in Western New York and attends the Friendship Baptist church and teaches Sunday school.  James is a Board Member of... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2013 11:45am - 1:15pm
Ballroom C Hilton Albany

11:45am

Fighting for Workers' Rights: Creative New Organizing
The drive for justice for low-wage workers is building.

Workers from dozens of countries, united by their desire for a better life for themselves and their families in the face of a brutal economy, have begun to organize and tell their stories.

Whether taking on giant corporations like Walmart, or a chain of car washes or supermarkets, these workers are creating a new atmosphere in which the struggle for workers' rights is on the front burner of the social justice agenda.

This workshop will discuss how unity is built in the new workplace, the important role of community allies and the main fights that need our support now. 

Moderators
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Jonathan Westin

Executive Director, NY Communities for Change
Jonathan Westin is the Executive Director of NY Communities for Change.Jon helped homeowners to fight foreclosures in SE Queens and was a primary advocate for the '08 state anti-foreclosure law, one of the strongest in the nation.His efforts in 2011 helped build and spread the Occupy movement, from the May march on Wall St. to to protest school and service cuts, to the October rally and march that brought together labor forces with Occupy and the... Read More →

Speakers
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Deborah Axt

Co-Executive Director, Make the Road New York
Deborah Axt is Co-Executive Director of Make the Road New York, the largest immigrant base-building organization in New York State.  Deborah leads Make the Road's new worker organizing and low-wage worker policy work, as well as the organization's legal, services, finance and development operations. She is one of the architects of the WASH NY campaign to organize car wash workers in NYC as well as a soon-to-publicly-launch bankworker... Read More →
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Daisy Chung

Executive Director, Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY)
Daisy Chung is the Executive Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY). Prior to her current position, she was an organizer and Associate Director at ROC-NY. Daisy also has experience working on other campaigns and issues concerning low-wage workers, such as food service and domestic workers, welfare rights, and prisoners' rights. Daisy is a former restaurant worker and a graduate of CUNY Law School. 
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Camille Rivera

Executive Director, United NY
Camille Rivera is the Executive Director of United NY, which has been instrumental in framing the 99 percent / one percent narrative. United NY is active in building support for job creation, wage fairness and worker justice in New York City.  | | Working closely with Occupy, United NY was an active part of the coalition that successfully saved the mllionaires' tax in New York and in organizing low-wage workers into unions. ... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2013 11:45am - 1:15pm
Ballroom E Hilton Albany

11:45am

Protecting & Expanding the Vote: What's Next on Voting Rights in New York
Moderators
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Maurice Mitchell

Coordinator, New York Civic Engagement Table
Maurice has worked in social change and democracy as a student activist, volunteer, and staff member for more than 15 years. Maurice’s work includes deep organizing in local communities as well as statewide and national coalition work. His experience includes electoral and issue-based organizing, leadership development, and communications. He is a native Long Islander, current nomad, and has spent significant time in Washington, DC... Read More →

Speakers
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Diana Kasdan

Senior Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice
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Rashad Robinson

Executive Director, ColorOfChange
Rashad Robinson serves as Executive Director of ColorOfChange, the nation’s largest online civil rights organization. Under Robinson’s leadership, ColorOfChange has been at the forefront of issues ranging from fighting for justice for Trayvon Martin, to battling attempts to suppress the Black vote, to ending Pat Buchanan’s tenure as an MSNBC analyst. Robinson spearheaded ColorOfChange’s American Legislative Council... Read More →
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Marilyn Scales

Member, VOCAL-NY
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L. Joy Williams

President, LJW Community Strategies, LLC
National Political Strategist. @MSNBC Commentator. #TWIBNation Host/Producer. Founder @LJWstrategies. President @BrooklynNAACP.


Sunday June 30, 2013 11:45am - 1:15pm
Ballroom D Hilton Albany

1:15pm

Lunch & Keynote Speaker: Rashad Robinson
Speakers
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Rashad Robinson

Executive Director, ColorOfChange
Rashad Robinson serves as Executive Director of ColorOfChange, the nation’s largest online civil rights organization. Under Robinson’s leadership, ColorOfChange has been at the forefront of issues ranging from fighting for justice for Trayvon Martin, to battling attempts to suppress the Black vote, to ending Pat Buchanan’s tenure as an MSNBC analyst. Robinson spearheaded ColorOfChange’s American Legislative Council... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Ballroom A/B Hilton Albany

2:15pm

Fair Elections Campaign - Debrief and Next Steps Planning Session
Sunday June 30, 2013 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Ballroom C Hilton Albany