The 2012 Michigan Summit Agenda

  • Agenda  

    8:00 AM – 9:00 AM  Registration in the Centennial Room

    8:00 AM – 4:00 PM  National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” food collection site. 

    9:00 – 10:15 AM

    Opening Session: “A Unifying Vision: the Michigan Narrative”

    Our state faces tremendous challenges, and in order to drive the change we want for Michigan, we must understand that our individual fates are linked and that we must find new mechanisms for working together toward a common goal.  In this session, we will discuss tools and strategies to help us bridge our differences and work together toward a common, shared vision in our state, utilizing a messaging framework that speaks to our values as Michiganders.

    10:15 AM – 10:30 AM

    Break / Organizational Showcase

    10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

    Morning Breakouts I, II, and III

    Morning Breakout I: “People-Powered Democracy”

    Corporate powers continue to gain tremendous influence in every aspect of our public lives, and, as a result, we are experiencing unprecedented challenges to our democratic process and civil rights.  In this session, panel members and participants will discuss how organizing for corporate accountability, collective bargaining rights, and the Occupy Movement are linked.

    Morning Breakout II:  “Our Vote, Our Voice”

    Michigan’s future success depends on having a responsive democracy that guarantees rights to all our people and a political system where everyone’s voice is heard.  This session will focus on the organizing efforts to protect and replicate human rights ordinances throughout our state, fight back on attacks on voting rights, and to rescind Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law.

    Morning Breakout III:  A Progressive Approach to Investing in our Future”

    What is the common thread shared by immigration reform, investment in our education system, and a public commitment to increasing clean energy usage?  Our panel explores the key actions, projects, and ballot initiative efforts that are advancing these issues, and the critical link that connects them to our collective future.

    11:45 AM – 12:00 PM

    Break / Organizational Showcase

    12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

    Keynote Speakers George Goehl and Barbara Arnwine

    Presentation of the Organizer of the Year Award

    1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

    Afternoon Skill Building Breakouts I, II, and III

    Afternoon Skill Building Breakout I: “Movement Building”

    In this session, we will be using a modified, presentation-style General Assembly to discuss panel members’ diverse organizing experiences and methods within their various issue advocacy groups.

    Afternoon Skill Building Breakout II: “Voting is Power: Mobilizing in 2012”

    Today, many people feel disenfranchised and that their voices are not being heard. We can and must counteract this cynicism and apathy. We can engage our fellow citizens in a process of renewal and hope.  We can begin by talking with one another, our friends, and our neighbors about why voting matters. Then we can organize for the changes that are so necessary to make our communities better. In this session you’ll hear from experts from Wellstone Action on non-partisan voter mobilization about the unique role non-profits and their members can play in 2012.

    Afternoon Skill Building Breakout III: “Effective Usage of Social Media as an Organizing Tool” 

    By now, we have all experienced how quickly the written word can travel via digital media. In recent years, usage of digital media has revolutionized the way that activists use the Internet to reach supporters and organize volunteers. Join Progress Michigan’s digital team for a discussion of the impact and limitations that the Internet has in the world of organizing.

    3:00 PM  Closing Session and Amazon Kindle Fire Giveaway


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