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Aug. 25, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Represent Phoenix Presents: Sunday Speaker

Organizer: RepresentUs

In 2018, RepresentUs members around the country helped pass 23 transformative anti-corruption reforms—that's more than any other point in history. These campaigns have succeeded in large part because of the work RepresentUs members around the country have done—and this is your chance to get involved. At this event, you'll hear about the story in Arizona, where RepresentUs members helped to pass Tempe's Prop 403, "Keep Dark Money Out of Tempe Elections." This law would've brought much-needed transparency to Arizona elections. However, special interest groups, eager to keep their grasp on power in AZ, lobbied and persuaded State legislators to quickly introduce and pass HB2153. This amended the Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) to nullify the very proposition voters had approved to kick dark money out of their government. This blatant attempt to undo the will of the voters prompted Former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard (D) to found Outlaw Dirty Money in 2018. He recruited fellow Former Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne (R) to co-chair his non-partisan efforts. Their grassroots team began a campaign to revise the State Constitution to undo the legislature's HB2153 and bring Arizona the transparency voters deserve. Join us in speaking with former AG Terry Goddard and Represent Phoenix Chapter leader Carl Parrish about what this means and how to get involved to ensure Arizona represents the people, not special interests and lobbyists.

Location: Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix, 627 W Rio Salado Pkwy., Mesa, AZ 85201

Aug. 8-18, 2019

Campaign Finance Reform at the Iowa State Fair

Organizer: End Citizens United

End Citizens United announced it will have a booth at the 2019 Iowa State Fair that will highlight the disastrous effects of Citizens United and the need to unrig the system so it works for everyone, not just big donors. The booth will have information, merchandise, and games available to fairgoers and will be open August 8-18.

Location: Iowa State Fairgrounds, 3000 East Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50317

Aug. 20-22, 2019

Women in Legislative Leadership Program

Organizer: State Legislative Leaders Foundation

The inaugural meeting of Women in Legislative Leadership is scheduled to take place this August 20–22 on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. This is the only program designed exclusively for women in leadership positions in our state legislatures. The focus of the program is Women in Legislative Leadership: Inspire and Be inspired. During the program leaders will gather and learn from one another, share stories, and be inspired by their peers and by other women who have paved the way.

Location: Cape Cod, MA

Sept. 5, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Breaking Through the Noise: Effectively Advocate Congress by Traditional & Digital Means

Organizer: Grassroots Professional Network

With constant media attention around presidential tweets and congressional gridlock, it's harder than ever for government relations, grassroots, and public affairs professionals to garner attention for their policy issues in the halls of Congress. Join your peers for a catered lunch and learn from an expert panel about how leveraging specific traditional and digital strategies can break through the noise and improve results.

Location: WeWork, 80 M St. SE, Washington, DC

Sept. 5, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

No-Party Party

Organizer: R Street Institute

Join R Street Institute in celebrating the end of August recess. Leave your "R" and "D" at the door, grab a drink at the bar, and mingle with think-tank nerds.

Location: Sonoma Wine Bar, 223 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC

Sept. 7, 2019
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Inspire Leadership Summit - San Diego

Organizer: Inspire U.S.

Calling all junior and senior high school students! Register your peers to Vote! Develop your leadership and communication skills, and make a difference in your community. The Inspire U.S. Leadership Summit is one of the most important components of the Inspire U.S. Program. The Summit, which kicks off your Inspired Experience, you'll develop effective leadership skills, learn how to build teams, and grow the knowledge and abilities needed to participate as an active and effective citizen. As an Inspired Leader, you will collaborate with fellow students, community leaders, and elected officials on issues that face your local communities and develop strategies and actions aimed at improving the civic health of your state.

Location: University of San Diego, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110

Sept. 8, 2019
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Solano Stroll

Organizer: RepresentUs

Since 1974 Solano Avenue and the twin-cities of Albany and Berkeley CA, have hosted the Solano Avenue Stroll, the East Bay's largest street festival! There will be over five hundred vendors including 50 entertainers, 50 food booths, 150 government and non-profit agencies, 150 juried hand-crafters, a 75 entry parade, state of the art mechanical rides and much more! So! During all the fun and festivities take a second to stop and visit the RepresentUs Booth! There you'll find a ton of SWAG (Stuff We All Get) as well as a plethora of information on RepresentUS and the American Anti Corruption Act (AACA). You'll also have an opportunity to meet members of the RepresentUs west coast family who will be there to connect you to the frequent events hosted by them.

Location: Solano Ave., Albany, CA 94707

Sept. 10, 2019
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Inspire Leadership Summit - Harrisburg

Organizer: Inspire U.S.

Calling all junior and senior high school students! Register your peers to Vote! Develop your leadership and communication skills, and make a difference in your community. The Inspire U.S. Leadership Summit is one of the most important components of the Inspire U.S. Program. The Summit, which kicks off your Inspired Experience, you'll develop effective leadership skills, learn how to build teams, and grow the knowledge and abilities needed to participate as an active and effective citizen. As an Inspired Leader, you will collaborate with fellow students, community leaders, and elected officials on issues that face your local communities and develop strategies and actions aimed at improving the civic health of your state.

Location: TBD, Harrisburg, PA

Sept. 10, 2019
6:00 - 9:00 PM

Advocacy Leaders Network: Fall Happy Hour

Organizer: Congressional Management Foundation

Please join us for our annual spring Advocacy Leaders Network happy hour. Over the past seven years, many of you have joined us for substantive sessions on all aspects of maximizing your advocacy campaigns, but sometimes the best learning comes from just talking to your peers over drinks! The Advocacy Leaders Network is a community of senior advocacy, government affairs, and public relations professionals. In addition to our quarterly event series, we will be providing these professional networking opportunities as a chance for us all to meet in a fun, informal setting.

Location: Beekeeper Group, 1101 14th Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005

Sept. 10, 2019
8:00 PM (EDT)

Ideas at Work: Katherine Mangu-Ward

Organizer: Center for the Study of Liberty

The Center for the Study of Liberty is excited to bring you a live interview and discussion with Katherine Mangu-Ward, editor-in-chief of Reason, the magazine of "free minds and free markets." A few of her more memorable cover stories include a defense of plastic bags, an argument for why you almost certainly shouldn't vote, and a welcome to our new robot overlords. She started at Reason as an intern in 2000, and has worked at The Weekly Standard and The New York Times. Her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Slate, and other publications. She is a frequent commentator on radio and television networks such as National Public Radio, CNBC, C-SPAN, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. She is a Future Tense Fellow at New America. Join us for this special event to learn more about the evolution of political journalism, current threats to free speech and the free press, the debate over social media regulations, and more.

Location: Virtual

Sept. 12, 2019
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Inspire Leadership Summit - Philadelphia

Organizer: Inspire U.S.

Calling all junior and senior high school students! Register your peers to Vote! Develop your leadership and communication skills, and make a difference in your community. The Inspire U.S. Leadership Summit is one of the most important components of the Inspire U.S. Program. The Summit, which kicks off your Inspired Experience, you'll develop effective leadership skills, learn how to build teams, and grow the knowledge and abilities needed to participate as an active and effective citizen. As an Inspired Leader, you will collaborate with fellow students, community leaders, and elected officials on issues that face your local communities and develop strategies and actions aimed at improving the civic health of your state.

Location: TBD, Philadelphia, PA

Sept. 16, 2019

Facilitating for Public Engagement

Organizer: New Hampshire Listens

This daylong workshop is designed to give participants an understanding of the critical role of facilitators in the broad spectrum of public engagement work. We spend time discussing local and statewide projects, walking through a typical "talk to action" process, and emphasizing the principles that guide our work. Prior facilitation experience is helpful but not necessary. Dress is casual and meals, refreshments, and training materials will be provided. This training may be augmented by more extensive facilitator training offered annually by UNH Cooperative Extension. A $50 fee is waived for students and those with financial need.

Location: Plymouth, NH

Sept. 18-21, 2019

2019 National Speakers Conference

Organizer: State Legislative Leaders Foundation

The 28th Annual Meeting of the National Speakers Conference will be hosted by Speaker Nicholas Mattiello in Newport, Rhode Island from September 18-21, 2019. Join us on the rocky shores of Narragansett Bay in beautiful Newport, Rhode Island. The breathtaking Gurney's Hotel is situated on its own private island with sweeping water views. We'll hear from oceanographer, Robert Ballard, as he details the process of locating the Titanic, and JFK's PT-109 as well as his latest expeditions. You'll also have ample opportunity to build friendships with speakers from all across the country, compare notes and share ideas.

Location: Newport, RI

Sept. 21, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

New Jersey: New Campaign Kickoff

Organizer: RepresentUs

How do you feel about ranked choice voting in the state of New Jersey? How about the role that dark money plays on politics? If you have any opinions to share bring them with you to attend the New Jersey Chapter of RepresentUs's campaign kickoff. The event will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton church where special guest Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker will be talking about his bill to bring Ranked Choice Voting to New Jersey (A-5205). The meeting will also serve to participants by providing for them the latest court challenges and remedies to the "Dark Money" Law (S-150), where we should expect great insight from Assemblyman Zwicker as well, so plan to come early, bring friends, and claim your seat!

Location: Fahs Theater, 50 Cherry Hill Rd., Princeton, NJ 08540

Sept. 23-24, 2019

Hill Days 2019 – Secure Our Elections

Organizer: Stand Up Republic

This two-day event will bring democracy activists together from across the nation for training and direct advocacy with your elected representatives. On Monday, September 23rd you'll meet SUR staff, hear from experts in the reform movement, network with like-minded advocates from across the country, and receive advocacy and organizing training. Then, on Tuesday the 24th, we take to the Hill! You'll meet with your members of Congress and their staff about legislation focused on securing our elections and improving our democracy.

Location: Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

Aug. 21, 2019
8:00 - 8:30 EDT

RepresentUs Volunteer Introductory Call

Organizer: RepresentUs

Are you new to RepresentUs? Wondering what all this is about? Confused about how to take action? This is the training for you! Our weekly Volunteer Introductory calls will help orient you with our volunteer paths and familiarize you with the many ways you can take action within RepresentUs and the anti-corruption movement as whole.

Location: Virtual

Oct. 3-5, 2019

Kitchen Table Democracy Annual Conference

Organizer: Kitchen Table Democracy

Excellence and Innovation in the Theory, Practice and Teaching of Collaborative Governance: The UNCG Conference is open to all people interested in collaborative governance and connected to a college or university. UNCG has student and working professional memberships.

Location: School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington, 1315 E. Tenth Street, Bloomington, IN 47405-1701

Oct. 5, 2019

Civic Saturday: Seattle

Organizer: Citizen University

Civic Saturday is a gathering of friends and strangers in a common place to nurture a spirit of shared purpose. At the gathering we reflect and connect around the values and practices of being an active citizen, reckon with and reflect on our nation's creed, and build civic fellowship to create new civic traditions that are joyful and communal.

Location: Hillman City Collaboratory, 5623 Rainier Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98118

Oct. 16, 2019
8:00 PM (EDT)

Ideas at Work: A Better Way to Talk Politics

Organizer: Center for the Study of Liberty

The Center for the Study of Liberty is delighted to bring you a live online interview and discussion with Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers, hosts of the popular podcast "Pantsuit Politics" and authors of I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening). "Pantsuit Politics" launched in November 2015 and has since grown into a thriving community of bi-partisan listeners dedicated to the idea that our relationships and values can help us navigate complex and difficult political conversations. As hosts, Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers commit to "listening to each other first and talking politics second" as they discuss current events, analyze the news, and explore their own ideological differences in their twice-weekly episodes. Together, they've navigated topics ranging from campaign finance reform to immigration, and interviewed politicians and leaders on both sides of the aisle. Sarah and Beth believe there's a better way of talking about politics - a way that elevates nuance and empathy over our need to win arguments and represent our "team." How do we find that better way? What habits can we cultivate in our lives and communities to get us there?

Location: Virtual

Oct. 19-21, 2019

National Citizen Leadership Conference

Organizer: American Promise

In the face of toxic political divisiveness and pay-to-play government, American Promise brings together and empowers Americans of widely varying political viewpoints with a common goal - eliminating the corrupting influence of super PAC and special interest money in politics and securing our rights as equal citizens. Nationwide, we are rising to the challenge, building an unstoppable network and movement, locally and nationally, to pass and ratify a powerful amendment to United States Constitution so that people, not money govern America. Join us at the National Citizen Leadership Conference (NCLC) to see how we can achieve this urgent, historic reform. Come away empowered, knowing that together, we can amplify our message in communities, statehouses and Congress. It's time take on super PACs and special interests to get money out of politics by passing the 28th Amendment.

Location: Hilton Crystal City, 2399 Clark St., Arlington, VA 22202

Oct. 24, 2019
6:30 PM

FIRE's 20th Anniversary Celebration

Organizer: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

Twenty years ago, Harvey Silverglate and Alan Charles Kors opened up the doors to a small nonprofit in Philadelphia to answer calls for help from students and professors facing violations of their individual rights. Now, 20 years later, FIRE is the leading authority on campus civil liberties, having helped millions of students defend and enjoy their rights. With each day, FIRE's voice grows and its reputation becomes stronger. This is a testament to all the people who have supported our work throughout the years. And it is those people who we want to celebrate with us in October. Please join us for a fun, thought-provoking, and celebratory evening with your favorite free speech friends. Don't forget, this is not an annual event, so don't miss out! Formal invitations and registration to come soon.

Location: Mandarin Oriental, 80 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023

Oct. 24, 2019
12:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Convergence 10th Anniversary Symposium & Celebration

Organizer: Convergence

For 10 years, Convergence has convened people with divergent views to build trust, identify solutions, and form alliances for transformative action on critical national issues. To celebrate our anniversary, we invite you to explore the impact we've had and imagine the future we can build together. Join us this fall to consider the kind of country we want to live in. Long-time stakeholders, current partners, and new supporters are invited to a unique conversation on what we know and what we dream about in our work supporting breakthrough collaborations on the issues that matter most.

Location: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, 2001 K St. NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20006

Oct. 25, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Advocacy Leaders Network: What’s Next for the Advocacy World

Organizer: Congressional Management Foundation

Could you have imagined that advocacy professionals would be tweeting at Members of Congress? And that you would be geofencing the hill to deliver a targeted ad? Hear from a forward-thinking group of practitioners who DID see these changes coming to the industry and what they think we are in for next.

Location: Beekeeper Group, 1101 14th Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005

Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2019

2019 FIRE Faculty Conference

Organizer: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

As with our previous conferences, FIRE welcomes proposals for papers on a wide array of topics related to academic freedom and freedom of expression in modern higher education. Presented work may take the form of original research or a critical narrative, and presentation of research-in-progress is also acceptable. Topics may be examined through the lens of a particular field or discipline, or in the context of higher education more broadly. Each presentation will be accompanied by a moderated panel discussion in which invited participants will give brief responses, followed by a discussion among all attendees. Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the published volumes from our 2017 and 2018 conferences to get a sense of the scope of the conference and the variety of ideas presented.

For our 2019 conference, FIRE is additionally interested not only in presenting academic research, but in examining the academic profession itself and the infrastructure supporting academic research and discovery. Recent academic controversies and trends have presented new challenges to longstanding pillars of academic research such as Institutional Review Boards and the peer review process. The internet and social media have diversified the outlets available for faculty to disseminate their research and offer commentary, while at the same time those outlets have frequently been weaponized to stifle faculty voices and threaten academic research. Tenure remains vulnerable and available to few, and faculty expertise is frequently overridden from within the university and viewed with hostility from without. What other fault lines might exist? How well does the academic process work at protecting academic freedom? We welcome papers exploring this issue from a variety of perspectives.

Location: Boston University, Boston, MA

Nov. 3, 2019
10:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Unity Convention

Organizer: No Labels

At No Labels, we want to shift the focus back to what really matters — how the candidates plan to solve our country's problems. What will they do to bring down health care costs? How will they combat the nation's plummeting entrepreneurial spirit? How will they address the costs of climate change as insurance companies begin to change their risk models to account for more violent storms and more intense flooding? How are we going to fix our nation's broken immigration system and protect our borders? To keep this campaign focused on the issues that matter we're hosting a UNITY convention, an event that will give New Hampshire voters focused on solving problems an opportunity to interact with the candidates on the substance of their ideas. If you're one of those substance-oriented voters, you're invited!

Location: DoubleTree, 700 Elm St., Manchester, NH

Nov. 4, 2019

Facilitating for Public Engagement

Organizer: New Hampshire Listens

This daylong workshop is designed to give participants an understanding of the critical role of facilitators in the broad spectrum of public engagement work. We spend time discussing local and statewide projects, walking through a typical "talk to action" process, and emphasizing the principles that guide our work. Prior facilitation experience is helpful but not necessary. Dress is casual and meals, refreshments, and training materials will be provided. This training may be augmented by more extensive facilitator training offered annually by UNH Cooperative Extension. A $50 fee is waived for students and those with financial need.

Location: Plymouth, NH

Nov. 7-8, 2019

2019 California Economic Summit

Organizer: CA Forward

The 2019 California Economic Summit marks the eighth annual gathering of private, public and civic leaders from across California's diverse regions. The Summit's bipartisan network of business, equity, environmental and civic organizations is unique in championing solutions that meet the triple bottom line—simultaneously growing the economy, improving environmental quality and increasing opportunity for all. The two-day Summit is designed to accelerate coordinated implementation of the Roadmap action plans and strengthen the Summit network.

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Fresno, 2233 Ventura Street, Fresno, CA 93721

Nov. 18, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Introduction to Dialogue Across Differences

Organizer: Essential Partners

This one-day workshop uses real-world case studies to introduce participants to the theory and practice of EP's Reflective Structured Dialogue framework. For three decades, our unique approach has transformed conflicts across the country and the world—but the basic principles of EP's framework are applicable to local community issues, organizational development, congregations, and everyday conversations. Intentional communication helps individuals, organizations, and communities build trust, enhance resilience, and engage in constructive conversations despite deeply-held differences of value, belief, opinion, or identity. This workshop provides a set of simple tools to achieve those goals.

Location: 186 Alewife Brook Parkway, Suite 212, Cambridge, MA 02138

Dec. 7, 2019

Civic Saturday: Seattle

Organizer: Citizen University

Civic Saturday is a gathering of friends and strangers in a common place to nurture a spirit of shared purpose. At the gathering we reflect and connect around the values and practices of being an active citizen, reckon with and reflect on our nation's creed, and build civic fellowship to create new civic traditions that are joyful and communal.

Location: Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Dec. 9, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 PM

How Mail to Congress Moves From the Back Office to the Member Office

Organizer: Congressional Management Foundation

Organizations that encourage grassroots advocacy invest considerable resources to get their supporters to email their Members of Congress. The first person who "opens" these messages are Legislative Correspondents (LC's). Yet how influential are these messages and how are they perceived by LC's who are responsible for processing hundreds of thousands of constituent emails every year? What does it take to get a campaign off this junior staffer's desk and in front of senior staff and the legislator? This presentation will provide findings from CMF's first-of-its-kind survey of Capitol Hill LC's.

Location: Webinar

Dec. 10-11, 2019

Making Capitalism Work for All

Organizer: American Sustainable Business Council

Confidence in America's political and economic institutions is fading fast. CEOs, experts and citizens left and right see erosion of opportunity, systemic economic inequality and a stagnating middle class. They're urging a course correction for capitalism that will revitalize our market-based economy with innovative reforms – and you can help chart that course. Join American Sustainable Business Council, the nation's leading voice for responsible business thought and advocacy, as we tackle issues that will impact your operations and the economy in 2020 and beyond.

Location: Washington, D.C.