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We are excited to unveil the four, ok five, dynamic workshops being presented by our great guest speakers.
This year, back by popular demand, you will have the opportunity to attend TWO workshops instead of just one! Rest assured, all the workshops will have one common underlying theme – confronting corporate power.
Moral action in the fight to confront corporate power:
What are some of the direct actions and demonstrations over the past year that stick out most in your mind? Why do you remember those? Together we’ll dig in on our own history of direct action as an organization and look at recent examples of those that utilized the power of personal stories (think the I am the 99% tumbler photos and OccupyourHomesMN). Sally will guide break out group discussions on we can inject our personal stories and more to move hearts and minds and up the level of pressure in our fight to confront corporate power!
Speaker: Sally Kohn — Sharp as a tack, witty, and a tough, speak-truth-to-power commentator, Sally is brave enough to be the progressive voice on Fox News. Yes, Fox News.
Exposing ALEC and other corporate lies:
You’ve probably seen the headlines – people pressure has forced 25 giant corporations to pull out of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). But there’s still more to be done. In this revealing workshop, Lisa will lay out the breadth of their pro-corporate agenda and what that means for our communities and our democracy and discuss what grassroots groups can do to stay on the offense against big-money corporate front groups locally and nationally.
Speaker: Lisa Graves — We wouldn’t know nearly as much as we do about ALEC were it not for Lisa and the Center for Media & Democracy, a leading organization on exposing corporate spin and disinformation over the past 20 years.
The long road to justice: how corporate power feeds on racism:
In this riveting workshop Heather will dig deep on the ties between corporate power and institutionalized racism and how views that we now see as fringe and extreme have actually, and intentionally, come to form the basis for several key economic policies that exist today. She’ll also share some big ideas for what we need to do to reverse this trend with a progressive economy that works for all.
Speaker: Heather McGhee — a forward-thinker with years of experience dismantling racism and envisioning a new economy that works for all, Heather is VP of populist think–tank Demos.
Taking on corporate power in Minnesota – Lessons for Iowa:
From affordable healthcare to factory farming, corporate power is getting in the way. Mark will share hopeful organizing stories from the Minnesota countryside about everyday people standing together to get action on these issues and discuss how we must take on corporate power with racial equity and escalating tactics.
Speaker: Mark Schultz—a long-time powerhouse organizer, Mark is the associate director of the Land Stewardship Project, a CCI ally organization.
“Fire Bruce Rastetter” Strategy Session:
We’ll take this session to dig in and develop strategy for our “Fire Bruce Rastetter” campaign. Rastetter abused his position on the Board of Regents, exploited African refugees and diminished Iowa State’s Ag reputation all for his own personal financial gain. This is our best chance to show that this type of politics is not what we want in Iowa and this is not the future we want for our land grant universities. We want big thinkers in this session, but more importantly members who are willing to play an active role in some way – be it calls, letters to the editors, turnout.
Speakers: Mark Schultz, CCI staff and members
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