The Conference will highlight:
1. TENETS OF NON-VIOLENT PHILOSOPHY
2. BASIC PRINCIPLES OF AMERICA'S FOUNDING
3. AMERICAN CIVICS -- HOW BILLS BECOME LAW, AND HOW CITIZENS AFFECT
4. THE EFFORT TO ESTABLISH A DEPARTMENT OF PEACE
5. THE EFFORT TO BAN THE WEAPONIZATION OF SPACE
6. CURRENT LEGISLATORS REFLECTING ON CURRENT POLITICS
7. VISITS TO THE WASHINGTON MONUMENTS
8. A DAY OF LOBBYING YOUR OWN REPRESENTATIVES
Explore the many ways that nonviolence and peacemaking can change
the course of our world.
Join Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Marianne Williamson, Thom Hartmann
and others for the Global Renaissance Alliance's next Democracy
Conference, to be held in Washington DC on September 13- 16. Here
at the GRA, we feel that every generation of Americans must rediscover
for itself the value, privileges and responsibilities of American
democracy. The Democracy Conference is a tool for teaching the basic
Civics we either learned in school and no longer remember, or never
learned at all.
Over two hundred years ago, our Founders laid out an essential
vision for the United States that has guided this nation throughout
its history. Central to that vision is the role of the individual
citizen in guiding the course of our nation. Yet Americans now are
too often unaware of the fundamentals of citizenship, and most particularly,
how to wield its power.
The Democracy Conference is a way to restore and revitalize the
power of your own citizenship. The September Conference, like our
last one in April - a great success - will be partly dedicated to
the support of Congressman Kucinich's proposed legislation to create
a U.S. Department of Peace. At the Conference, you will both learn
how laws are made, and participate in supporting the passage of
historic legislation. There are now 49 co-sponsors of the Dept.
of Peace legislation in the House of Representatives, with 218 being
necessary to take the Bill to the next step. We will spend the 15th
and 16th of September on Capitol Hill, lobbying our Congressional
Representatives to support it.
Also speaking at the conference will be Lynn McMullen, GRA's Director
of Citizen Action and Training, and others. We will also be taking
a tour of the monuments with Marianne Williamson. You can check
our website to learn more about this conference and its featured
speakers as the weeks and months progress. Register online now!
Read below for pricing and location.
GRA CONFERENCE (WORKING AGENDA)
Hosted by Marianne Williamson
FRIDAY NIGHT -Arrival and opening reception
-The day will focus on the principles of non-violence, and their
historic political significance. Marianne Williamson will lead the
day's interactive workshop.
-During the evening, Williamson will lead a bus and walking tour
of the Washington monuments.
-On this day, we will give you the Civics class you either took
in high school and don't remember, or never even took at all. You'll
receive a fascinating overview of the US Constitution, including
an in-depth look at the Founders' vision and the First Principles
inscribed in our founding documents.
-During the afternoon, Lynn McMullen, former Executive Director
of RESULTS and the GRA's Director of Citizen Action and Training,
will lead a training on citizen activism, lobbying, etc.
-Sunday evening, we will host a Congressional panel. Hear legislators
give their first-hand impressions of serving on the Hill.
-Today, we present the two issues we've chosen to focus on for this
Democracy Conference: establishing a Cabinet level Department of
Peace, and banning the weaponization of space. Learn about both
issues and the bills that would establish them as law. You will
be trained in how to lobby for their passage.
-Carol Rosin, President of the Institute for Co-operation in Space,
will give an in-depth presentation regarding the Space Preservation
Act being introduced into the House of Representatives on this day.
Her website is www.peaceinspace.com
-This evening, Dennis Kucinich will talk about both the peace and
weapons in space issues at our GRA banquet.
-Lobbying at the Capitol.
-Planned press conference on the DoP legislation.
-Leave feeling fantastic, like you made a difference. Because you
Feedback from our April 2003 conference:
" The conference was much more than I expected. For the first
time in my life, I saw a way to positively make a difference through
being an activist, my Spirit felt like it was soaring! I got to
know all of the leaders of the conference personally and I met so
many people from all over the country who share my passions -- what
a great time we had connecting!
Thank you again for creating this amazing event! For the first time
in my life I feel excited about politics and the future of our country
and world! This conference has changed my life and the lives of
so many people! I can't wait for the next conference!"
Michelle Benoit - San Francisco, CA
"My teenagers and I attended the GRA conference in DC this past
April and I wanted to write and thank you for a phenomenal experience!
With our country at war, we met with great people from all over
the country and found inspiration in each other as we worked for
I have written letters, made phone calls and marched in the street
with signs but there is something special about talking face to
face with your representative in their offices, with the Capitol
Dome right outside the window. You can feel the power of the place
and you know they hear you. They may not agree, but you can sense
when your discussion moves them and that is incredibly powerful."
Susan McPeak- Lansing, MI
Conference fee: Sliding scale fee of $150 to $250. Students $75.
Those who are able to pay at the higher end of the scale will help
defray costs for those who are only able to pay at the lower end
or those who need scholarships. This fee includes a banquet on Monday
night September 15. Click here to read some tips on getting financial
support to come to this conference.
The conference will be held at the Hyatt Crystal City in Arlington
VA. Special room rates will be available. Please check back here
soon for more details. www.renaissancealliance.org