Fwd: "Claim Democracy" on Nov. 21-23. - Earlybird Rate Ends today

From: Dennis Paull <dpaull_at_svpal_dot_org>
Date: Fri Oct 31 2003 - 12:03:15 CST

Hi all,

For anyone who may be in the DC area on Nov 21-23.
Note that 'our' issue is on the agenda.


>From: "Democracy USA" <address@fairvote.org>
>To: "dpaull@svpal.org" <dpaull@svpal.org>
>Subject: "Claim Democracy" on Nov. 21-23 . - Earlybird Rate Ends on October 31
>Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2003 05:08:35 -0500
>Securing, Enhancing and Exercising the Right to Vote
>Leaders from the nation's top democracy and civil rights
>groups, elected officials and presidential candidates will
>descend on Washington, D.C. on November 21-23, 2003
>for the Claim Democracy conference. The conference is
>an exciting mix of high-profile plenaries, hands-on workshops,
>book signings and break-out sessions that will give a
>diverse range of scholars, elected officials, national,
>state and local reformers and young activists an opportunity
>to learn from past pro-democracy movements and help
>build strong new movements for the future.
>There will be more than 55 workshops and plenary sessions,
>covering a full range of electoral reform and voter turnout topics --
>from the controversy over touchscreen voting equipment to
>instant runoff voting, clean elections, securing voting rights
>for residents of Washington, D.C. and former felons, election
>day registration, get-out-the-vote drives in 2004 and much more.
>Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. will make the case for
>amending the Constitution for an affirmative right to vote. Texas
>state legislator Garnet Coleman will explain how political
>gerrymandering is more out of control than ever. Ms. Foundation
>President Marie Wilson will tout new approaches to electing
>more women to office. Common Cause president Chellie Pingree
>will address whether there is a war on democracy in the United
>States. John Anderson will argue for opening up elections through
>challenging winner-take-all elections. And that's just a beginning.
>In addition, on Saturday evening, November 22, Common Cause
>and the Center for Voting and Democracy have joined to sponsor
>a dinner to "Celebrate Democracy." The dinner will feature
>remarks about reform and the 2004 elections by Hendrik
>Hertzberg, the senior editor of the New Yorker Magazine.
>Registration is $65, with earlybird registration ($40) ending
>on October 31, 2003. Students and low-income people can
>register for $25, and there are group rates available.The separate
>dinner admission of $100 helps the work of the Center for Voting
>and Democracy and Common Cause. For information on all
>conference details, see www.democracyusa.org or call the
>Center for Voting and Democracy at (301) 270-4616.
>We hope you can join us to help claim our democracy
>and, if you live in a city or state that is voting this coming
>Tuesday, we hope that you will take the time to vote. Thank you!
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