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Expanding Democracy in an Age of Polarization and Resistance

A conference for inspiration, education, networking, and action

Formerly: Serve & Protect Conference.

Save the dates: May 11-14, 2017
(Thursday evening through Sunday noon)

Friends, in light of the dramatically shifting political landscape, we are led to expand the scope of our original May conference theme to embrace a larger vision than we originally held. We accept the challenges and embrace the opportunities that this historical moment offers us, and we invite you to join us in “Expanding Democracy in an Age of Polarization and Resistance.”

Because we want to make this conference as accessible as possible, we are offering a tiered registration scale from $300 to $850. Click the following link for registration information.

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We face a polarized body politic with poor civic discourse. Embattled segments of the population confront greater harassment, fear, and violence. Dissenters are met with increasing surveillance and curtailment of civil liberties. Many who have stood on the sidelines and hoped for more progressive outcomes feel challenged to engage more actively in making social change happen. How can we seize the opportunity of greater polarization to reach beyond our own circles to engage our neighbors in civil conversation to strengthen our democratic institutions? Learning from experienced front-line experts, let us sharpen our analysis, hone our skills, and create ways to support each other in resisting further erosion of basic constitutional rights and expanding our nations’ long-delayed promise of liberty and justice for all.

There will be:

  • Front-line experts discussing the history and trends of law enforcement in the United States, including policing of targeted communities, such as immigrants, Latin Americans, African-Americans, Muslims, LGBTQ folks, and others;
  • Exercises to increase awareness of internalized biases to enable us to act with greater intention and integrity;
  • Exercises to improve our capacity to confront repression and de-escalate violence;
  • Exercises in planning a strategic nonviolent campaign with winning steps that increase our momentum and draw wider participation – using creativity, drama, humor, and people power;
  • Experiential learning on how to have the difficult conversations that we must have with our peers;
  • Training and practice in the art of moral advocacy with decision makers; and
  • Reflection groups to process our experiences in small groups.

Travel directions to Pendle Hill.