The People's Convergence Conference

September 8 – 10, 2017

American University, Washington School of Law

4300 Nebraska Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.

Featuring:

The Draft Bernie Town Hall with Dr. Cornel West, Kshama Sawant, Jimmy Dore and Nick Brana on Saturday Sept. 9 at 8:00 pm. If you can’t attend, find a watch party here.

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The Delivery of the Draft Bernie Petition to Sen. Sanders on Friday Sept. 8, beginning with a rally from 1:30-2:30 pm on the National Mall, 7th St and Madison Dr. NW. More details here and  below.

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OUR MISSION

Our nation stands at a crossroads. In the words of Bernie Sanders, “We have won the battle of ideas,” and there is an awakening sense of purpose and possibility. A new generation is taking up the struggle for revolutionary change. Yet Trump and the Republicans are in power, and represent a profound threat to ordinary people and the environment.

This September, people from around the country will gather in the nation’s capitol to discuss the great questions facing our movement. What will it take to defeat the right wing and build a powerful alternative? How do we achieve the policies that the majority of Americans seek and Bernie campaigned for, like Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage, and free public college education? Should progressives continue the fight to reform the Democratic Party or should we launch a new people’s party, free from corporate money and influence.

Now that our struggle turns to achieving power, a dilemma has emerged. The more progressive that working people become, the more disenchanted they grow with the Democratic Party, a dynamic that propels Republicans to power with disasterous consequences.

Americans are fed up with the policies of the billionaire class, and nearly 70 percent believe the two parties don’t represent them. On September 9, Dr. Cornel West, Kshama Sawant and Nick Brana will host a conversation about the way forward for our movement at the Draft Bernie Town Hall. Thousands of working people who supported Bernie during the campaign are united once more in extending a hand of invitation to Bernie to join this discussion about the future of our movement and our country.

Join us at The People’s Convergence Conference and let’s make history!

This September, join progressives from across the country to illuminate the path forward.

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Featured Speakers

Dr. Jill Stein

Green Party presidential nominee 2012 and 2016. Physician and activist.

Dr. Cornel West

Author, professor, prominent and provocative public intellectual

Lee Camp

Comedian, Political Commentator, TV Host

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Schedule

Saturday September 9th 8 PM

Draft Bernie Town Hall

American University Washington College of Law – Grossman Hall
Featuring Cornel West, Kshama Sawant, Jimmy Dore and Nick Brana

Friday

1:30 PM: Rally on the National Mall
Meet at the corner of 7th St. and Madison Dr
With Jimmy Dore, Tim Black, Kshama Sawant & John F. O’Donnell

2:30 PM: Delivery of the Draft Bernie petition to Sen. Sanders
We head straight from the National Mall to his office

8 PM: American University Washington College of Law/Grossman Hall:
Plenary Session: Building the Movement to Defeat the Right

With Eljeer Hawkins & Chase Iron Eyes

10 PM: Live Jimmy Dore Show
Featuring Jimmy Dore, Ron Placone, Stef Zamorano, Lee Camp, Tim Black

Saturday

10 AM: American University Washington College of Law/Grossman Hall:
Plenary Session: Paths to a People’s Party
With Gar Alperovitz, Medea Benjamin, Dan LaBotz, & Tom Crean


12 PM: Box Lunch – Yuma Courtyard


1-6 PM: Panels and Workshops
Yuma Building classrooms

1 PM: Session One:
– Fighting Racism in the Era of Trump:
– Back From The Brink – Stopping The War Machine
– Social Media: Empowering Your Movement
– Rebuilding the Labor Movement


2:45 PM: Session Two:

– Election Integrity: Making Sure Votes Count
– What is Democratic Socialism?
– Breaking the Stranglehold of Corporate Media
– Independent Politics & Left Coalition Parties
– The New Human Rights Movement


4:30 PM: Session Three:

– From Standing Rock to Flint: Issues Of Environmental Justice
– The Future of Media
– Lessons from History: Movements that Sought to Reform the Democratic Party
– Single Payer Health Care: How do we Achieve it?


6 PM: Dinner – options in Tenleytown

8 PM: Draft Bernie Town Hall:
Featuring Cornel West, Kshama Sawant, Jimmy Dore and Nick Brana


9:30 PM: Reception on The Quad

Sunday

10 AM: American University Washington College of Law/Grossman Hall:
10 AM Plenary Session: Progressive Prospects in 2018 and 2020
With Jill Stein, Araqual Bloss, Jackie Salit

12 PM: Lunch – options in Tenleytown

1:30-4:45 PM: Panels and Workshops
Yuma Building classrooms

1:30 PM: Session Four:
– Electoral Stratigies for Progressive Policies
– Defending Dreamers, Immigrants and Refugees
– Modern Monetary Theory
– “Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock” Movie Screening

3:15 PM: Session Five:
– Our Ultimate Vision: The Fight for a Better World
– Progressive Parties: Prospects for Collaboration
– Nonviolent Direct Action Training

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