DI Annual Meeting November 12, 2019!

Events and Information

Democracy Initiative 2019 Annual Meeting

 November 12 | 1:00-4:30PM
 815 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

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Setting the Table for Governing in 2021

Democracy Initiative 8th Annual Meeting Agenda

November 12, 2019

1:00 PM


1:10 PM

Organizing to Defeat the Opposition: Unifying Around the Reforms HR 1 & HR 4

Wendy Fields (Executive Director, Democracy Initiative) on how money in politics creates a system that was never designed to work for us, how the opposition wins because they have undermined our democracy, and DI's priorities in 2020 and beyond.

1:25 PM

Welcome and Introductions

DI Co-Chairs, Tefere Gebre (Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO) and Karen Hobert Flynn (President, Common Cause) and Board Members Derrick Johnson (President & CEO, NAACP), Erich Pica (Preisdent, Friends of the Earth), and Gustavo Torres (Executive Director, CASA) formally welcome the participants to the 2019 DI Annual Meeting.

2:00 PM

Solidarity Panel & Discussion

Rodney McKenzie (Executive Vice-Preisdent, Movement Strategies, Demos); Nan Aron (President, Alliance for Justice); Ashley Dwrie (Director of State and Local Programs, SEIU); Robert Weissman (President, Public Citizen); Virginia Kase (CEO, League of Women Voters)

2:35 PM

Democracy Initiative Campaign 2020 & Partner Commitments

Introduced by Jennifer Lamson (Deputy Director, Democracy Initiative), Getachew Kassa (National Field Manager, Democracy Initiative). Presentations will include utilizing Vote by Mail (Amber McReynolds, Executive Director, Vote at Home Institute; Mark Dimondstein, President, APWU) toward maximizing civic participation in 2020 and mobilizing for disruption (Annie Leonard, Executive Director, Greenpeace USA).

3:25 PM

Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) on Senate Governance

Introduced by Larry Cohen (Chair, Our Revolution) & Jennifer Lamson (Deputy Director, Democracy Initiative)
Topics: How can we pass our priorities and stay unified in 2021 if just 41 Senators can block legislation addressing comprehensive democracy reform, climate change, and inequality?

4:10 PM

Wrap Up and Adjourn

Presented by Wendy Fields (Executive Director, Democracy Initiative).

4:30 PM

Democracy Champions Reception

Join us for a reception honoring the 2019 Democracy Champion Award recipients.


Mike Brune, Sierra Club, Executive Director

Clean Water Action

Baltimore Fair Elections Coalition

Let NY Vote Coalition

Jonathan Butler, Greenpeace, Democracy Organizer

Annie Leonard, Greenpeace USA, Executive Director