THE STATE SUMMIT IS A MAINSTAY IN PROGRESSIVE ORGANIZING. This event brings hundreds of state and national experts to Washington, D.C. for two days of strategizing, networking and energizing for the road ahead.

The following is an overview of the America Votes State Summit 2018 agenda and can also be viewed here  Times, sessions and speakers are all subject to change.

Agenda for February 27, 2018

10:30 AM – 4:30 PM:

Registration open

11:30 AM:

Lunch served

12:00 PM:

The America Votes State Summit 2018 will kick off with welcoming remarks during which attendees will hear compelling stories from state leaders about the power of coordination in a year of #resistance.

12:30 PM – 5:30 PM:

Day 1 sessions will kick off with a look back at the last 476 days since November 8, 2016, how the progressive community has persevered amid great threats, and challenges and the opportunities to fight back and win in the dangerous, dysfunctional Trump era. Then, we will look 252 days ahead at the 2018 election cycle, analyze the maps and electorate and discuss trends and strategies to build back progressive power. Attendees will participate in breakout sessions led by progressive leaders digging deeper into the 2018 election cycle, and looking at the impact of changing demographics, voter engagement and mobilization and the economy. Later in the afternoon, newly elected progressives who won in 2017 will discuss the candidate recruitment landscape and running and winning in the divisive Trump era.

5:30 PM:

America Votes celebrates 15 years building progressive power. The anniversary party will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Agenda for February 28, 2018

8:30 AM – 1:00 PM:

Registration open

8:30 AM:

Breakfast served

9:00 AM – 12:15 PM:

Day 2 will kick off with remarks from progressive champion U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-7) and a conversation diving deep into the redistricting landscape with the 82nd Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder, Jr. Attendees will then break out into mini training sessions around key organizational issues and skills-building ahead of campaign season.

12:15 PM:

Lunch served

12:45 PM – 6:00 PM:

The afternoon will dive into what’s at stake in the Janus v. AFSCME case following oral arguments. The America Votes team will roll out the America Votes Coordination Console as a coordination tool for-state-based programming and tracking. Then, a set of breakouts will offer discussion on strategies and tactics to win in 2018. The day will wrap up with a discussion of the measure of success in the 2018 election and beyond.

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