Formula for Success: How Do Education and the Racial Wealth Gap Impact the American Dream

This workshop invites participants to debate and discuss the idea of education as the great ‘leveler’ in U.S. society, the supposed equitable playing field on which all people can take steps to work toward the American Dream. We will talk about the links between the widening racial wealth gap and education policies, like the predominance […]

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Health Care is a Human Right! Stopping the Attacks on our Health.

Missouri state lawmakers are considering several proposals that would cut funding for health and mental health services. In Kansas, recent success in garnering legislative approval to expand KanCare hit a wall when the Governor vetoed the bill. Simultaneously, Congress is considering proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and make severe cuts to health […]

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Moving from Grievance to Governance: Strategic Use of Statewide Ballot Initiatives to Win Long-Term Political Power in Missouri

We will discuss our work to build grassroots, volunteer-based community organizing infrastructure as a means to run ballot initiatives and win governing power for working people in Missouri.  We will examine how combining ballot initiative efforts with issue-based organizing campaigns can allow us not to just enact pro-worker public policies, but also to change the […]

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Rethinking the Game Plan: Making ProActive Policy Change On a Local Level

Grounded in current and past examples of success, this workshop will cover the strategies that advocates and elected officials can use to advance reproductive rights at the local level, including both legislative strategies (e.g. resolutions and ordinances), as well as community engagement within this process. This workshop will highlight why the advancement of reproductive rights […]

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Non-Violent Direct Action 101

Nonviolence is a strategy that has been crucial in transforming societies the world over. Join Mike Enriquez and Nick Pickrell in a workshop that will look at how nonviolent direct action has led to incredible change over time, and how nonviolent direct action can be used effectively today. Additionally, we will discuss the variety of ways […]

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Beyond Trump: How We Got into This Mess

Trump did not make the moment. The moment and the movement made Trump. We will examine how the far right moved from the margins to the mainstream, outline the current struggles, and cast a gaze to future battles. We’ll have frank discussion about mistakes progressives have made in the past, and how to avoid them […]

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Race, Poverty, and the Criminal Justice System

This panel explores the touch points within our criminal justice system where bias and comes into play and highlights the very real consequences, particularly for minority communities, of that bias. Death row Exonerees Joe Amrine and Reggie Griffin will share their powerful stories and the ways in which that bias affected their lives and families. […]

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No Ban, No Wall: Perspectives from the Immigrant Community

In this panel discussion, learn more about the experiences and challenges of immigrants in our country and how things have shifted under the Trump administration. Hear the powerful first-hand stories from immigrants and engage the panel with your questions and comments to better understand the state of immigration today. Hosted by Advocates for Immigrants Rights […]

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Indivisible 101: Tools and Tactics for Making Your Voice Heard

In this hands-on, skills-building workshop, learn from the local organizers of Indivisible about the best techniques for engaging your elected officials and amplifying your message. By the end of this workshop, you will have a social activist toolkit, including making effective phone calls, running office visits, letter writing, and social media engagement. Hillary Shields has […]

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Reproductive Justice and Movement Building

Across our nation and in our state, reproductive rights and health care are under attack. We must build a foundational understanding of reproductive justice and building an intersectional movement. This workshop will use group exercises to help participants work through how systems of oppression intersect and learn ways to address the resulting issues without further […]

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