Third Parties '96: Round Two Agenda

Thursday, January 4

Reception at 6:00 p.m. at Luna Books and Democracy Center,
1633 P St. N.W., WDC (take the Metro to the Dupont Circle stop)
$25 at the door, includes dinner and a complimentary drink.

Friday, January 5
Marvin Center Ballroom
George Washington University
800 21st St. NW

8:30 to 10:00 Registration and a Roundtable orientation for new participants with Planning Group members. Coffee and refreshments.

10:00 to 11:00 Keynote Address
Shaking the System: What Real Campaign Finance Reform Will Do
Ellen Miller,
Center for Responsive Politics
Introduced by Linda Martin, National Coordinator, Third Parties '96

11:00 to 11:30 Third Parties '96: The Road Ahead
John Rensenbrink, National Coordinator, Third Parties '96

11:30 to 1:00 Lunch in the neighborhood (restaurant guide supplied)

1:00 to 2:15 Workshops
Marvin Center (rooms TBA)

l. Building a Winning Team in Your State
Scott Becker, Libertarian Party of Maryland
Laurie Geller, Boulder Progressive Coalition
Tom Cadorette Virginia Green Party

2. Third Parties '96: Strategic Vision, Nuts and Bolts for the Coming Year, and What's in a Name?
Led by members of the TP'96 Planning/Coordinating Team:
Andrew Hammer, Socialist Party
John Rensenbrink, Maine Green Party
Linda Martin,NOVA Greens

3. Targeting the New Mainstream Message
Barbara Brandt, Shorter Work Time Group, Boston MA
Walt Sheasby,Green Party of California
Sam Smith, Progressive Review,Washington D.C.

4. Campaign Finance Reform: Key to Political Transformation
Ellen Miller, Center for Responsive Politics

5. From Here to Democracy: the Surge for Proportional Representation
John Anderson and Rob Richie, Center for Voting and Democracy

2:15 to 3:30 Workshops Repeated
except Campaign Finance Reform, replaced by
Brainstorming the Presidential Team
Walt Sheasby,Green Party of California
Steve Cobble, New Party
Mike Feinstein, California Green Party

3:30 to 4:30 Identity Politics: Reaching Across Differences
Laurie Geller, Moderator

Invited Speakers:
Dee Berry, Women Empowered, Sophia's Circle, Kansas City
Ted Glick, National Independent Politics Summit
Scott MacLarty, Act Up! Washington D.C.
Mark Thompson, Umoja Party

4:30 to 6:00 Caucus Time

6:00 to 7:30 Dinner in the Neighborhood

7:30 to 9:30 Cross-Over Politics: Transcending the Old Labels of Left, Right, and Center
Joe McCormick, Howard University, Moderator

Invited Speakers:
Tony Affigne, Green Party of Rhode Island
John Anderson, Center for Voting and Democracy
Ronnie Dugger, Citizens Alliance
Sam Jordan, D.C. Statehood Party
Steve Perez, Student Caucus, University of Maryland

Saturday, January 6
Marvin Center Ballroom

8:30 to 9:00 Registration

9:00 to 10:00 Beyond the Sandbox: Expanding and Deepening our Common Ground
Andrew Hammer, Socialist Party, TP'96 Planning Team
Linda Martin, National Coordinator, Third Parties '96

10:00 to 11:30 Small Groups discuss additions to the Common Ground Declaration
Overall facilitators are Judy Dixon (Center for Dispute Resolution) and Judith Mohling, (Colorado Peace Mission)

11:30 to 12:30 Open Mike:
A session for the entire group to comment and debate additions to the Common Ground Declaration

12:30 to 1:45 Lunch in the Neighborhood

1:45 to 3:30 General Assembly
Voting on additions to the Common Ground Declaration

3:45 to 5:30 Open Mike:
Discussion on the '96 Election and mounting a Third Parties '96 national campaign.
Time also for small groups to meet on this topic.

5:30 to 6:00 Press Conference

6:00 to 7:30 Dinner in the neighborhood

7:30 to 9:00 Opportunity for Caucuses to meet again.

Sunday January 7

8:30-9:00 Registration

9:00 to 10:30 Action Workshops
Marvin Center Ballroom

l. Nuts and Bolts of getting started and/or going forward more effectively in your state:
Tom Cadorette, Virginia Petition Campaign Coordinator

2. Developing and expanding the network of regional coordinators:
Steve Cavietes, NM Green Party

3. Maximizing media opportunities:
Carla Selby, Boulder Alliance

4. The Presidential Team: Brainstorming:
Steve Cobble, New Party, alternative political consultant
Walt Sheasby and Mike Feinstein, Green Party of California

10:30 to 12:00 General Assembly
Voting on any decisions that need to be made.

12:00 to 12:30 Closing

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