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New Details for 2014 Progressive Summit, December 5-6 in Columbia

Plans and details are coming together for our Progressive Summit on December 5-6 in Columbia. If you haven't signed up yet -- or if you've got colleagues, coworkers and friends who need to join us -- the link for registration is www.progressmissouri.org/summit-signup

If you're already signed up, here are more details on the whos, whats, wheres and whys:

  • WHO SHOULD BE THERE? Well, you. And your colleagues, neighbors and friends who are worried about where our state is headed – and ready to do something about it.
    • Cost: $20. This covers cover building costs and afternoon snacks. Lunches, dinners and lodging are not included. 
    • Registration form is here.
  • WHAT WILL BE HAPPENING. A lot. We are finalizing the schedule this week and next, but here’s a breakdown of topics by day.
    • Friday panel/workshop topics:
      • What happened in the 2014 elections? 
      • The 2015-2016 state budget outlook
      • Navigating rules for 501c3 and 501c4 organizations during the 2015 session
      • Effective communications and advocacy on gun safety. Lobby day best practices
      • Voting rights (hint: they’re in danger)
      • The Rex Sinquefield network
      • Predatory lending (still an abomination and embarrassment for Missouri)
      • Presentations that connect with audiences on an emotional level
      • Clean Power
      • Faith-based organizing
      • And probably more stuff
    • Saturday panel/workshop topics:
      • Medicaid Expansion
      • The Missouri Nondiscrimination Act
      • How to not be a terrible advocate, from the legislators' perspective
      • How voters are thinking about reproductive rights
      • Marijuana policy
      • Facebook page management for your org, campaign and cause
      • How to be better at the twitters
      • Low wage worker organizing
      • Organizing on campuses
      • The ALEC and State Policy Network
      • And probably more stuff. 
  • WHERE IS THIS ALL GOING DOWN? Downtown Columbia. More specifically: 
    • All Summit panels and workshops will be in the Missouri United Church annex at 204 S 9th Street in Columbia. Map here. The space has lots of flexible rooms, an auditorium for plenary sessions, a coffee shop for you to get your fix, and close access to all of the great food and drink options that Columbia has to offer. 
    • Looking for a hotel within walking distance? Try The Tiger Hotel (boutique hotel three blocks away) or The Broadway hotel (a Doubletree four blocks away). There are also dozens of hotels just a short drive away. 
  • WHEN SHOULD YOU BE THERE? The action goes from 9am-5pm on Friday, December 5, and 9am-4pm on Saturday, December 6. Stay tuned for nighttime fun options. 
  • WHY ARE WE DOING THIS AGAIN? Because
    • we’ve got some things to learn from the past few years in Missouri, good and bad
    • the 2015 session is almost upon us
    • 2016 isn’t all that far off either

It’s going to be awesome. Sign up here: www.progressmissouri.org/summit-signup

Onward, 
Sean, Pamela and Cameron