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In Defense of American Democracy

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2019 | 9:00am

This all-day event, held at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., was organized by the Albert Shanker Institute, the American Federation of Teachers, and Onward Together, the organization founded and led by Hillary Clinton.

In America today, the norms and institutions that provide the foundation of democracy are under assault. Self-government by “we the people” is demanding, requiring a degree of mutual respect, civility and understanding that is little in evidence today. We also believe that citizen engagement, at every level, is both possible and central to rebuilding a strong and vibrant democracy. Thus, the conference will draw together intellectuals and activists to examine and explore different dimensions of the current crisis, with a particular focus on Civic Engagement and Voter Rights and Voter Suppression.

PROGRAM

INTRODUCTION: Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers, Albert Shanker Institute

OPENING KEYNOTE
The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of State

CIVIC PARTICIPATION IN AN AGE OF DEMOCRATIC PERIL

Moderator: Michelle Ringuette, Assistant to the President, American Federation of Teachers

Leah Greenberg, Co-Executive Director, Indivisible

Gara LaMarche, President, Democracy Alliance

Joy-Ann Reid, Political Analyst, MSNBC

Amanda Terkel, Washington Bureau Chief, HuffPost

Morning session:

LUNCH SESSION

INTRODUCTION: Regena Thomas, Co-Director, Human Rights and Community Relations, American Federation of Teachers

REMARKS: Senator Ron Wyden; (D-OR)

LIFT EVERY VOICE: VOTER RIGHTS AND VOTER SUPPRESSION

Moderator: Leo Casey, Executive Director, Albert Shanker Institute

Ari Berman, author, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America; senior reporter, Mother Jones; former senior contributing writer, The Nation.

The Honorable Eric Holder, former Attorney General of the United States; Chairman, National Democratic Redistricting Committee

The Honorable Andrew Gillum, chair, Forward Florida; former Mayor of Tallahassee; 2018 Democratic Nominee for Governor of Florida; 

Maria Teresa Kumar, President and CEO, Voto Latino; MSNBC Commentator