Reclaiming Our Democracy - The Pennsylvania Conference to End Gerrymandering

Start: October 14, 2017 9:00 AM

End: October 14, 2017 4:30 PM

Join us for a one-day redistricting conference in Harrisburg for volunteers, supporters, academics, press and legislators.

 At this unique event, you will:

  • Hear from candidates, legislative leaders, and national redistricting experts.
  • Join breakout sessions on topics like grassroots organizing, growing movements using social media, and citizen lobbying.
  • Hear the latest on litigation in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and other states.

Register now to reserve your seat. Tickets are $40 ($20 for retirees, students, and unemployed). Lunch and coffee breaks are included in the registration fee.


8:00am: Registration and coffee

9:00am: Welcome and introduction
Carol Kuniholm, Chair, Fair Districts PA

9:10am: Reforming the Process
Kathay Feng, Executive Director, California Common Cause & National Redistricting Director, Common Cause
Overview of the rationale for independent commissions, reform and results in California and ongoing efforts across the states.

9:40am: Amending the PA Constitution: Remarks from the Primary Sponsors of SB 22 and HB 722
Explanation of the intent and process behind the amendments we support.

10:00am: Gubernatorial Candidate Perspectives on Redistricting and Reform

10:15am: Break

10:30am: Gerrymandering Standards and their Role in Litigation
Thomas Wolf, Counsel with the Democracy Program, The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
An overview of attempts to introduce judicable gerrymandering standards and their application in current partisan-gerrymandering lawsuits in states other than PA.

11:00am: League of Women Voters v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania - The PA Case
Benjamin D. Geffen, Staff Attorney, Public Interest Law Center
Gerrymandering standards as applied in Pennsylvania; history of redistricting litigation in PA and rationale and structure of the PA redistricting lawsuit.

11:30am: Draw the Lines: Preview of a Citizen Mapping Initiative
David Thornburgh & Chris Satullo, Committee of Seventy
Introduction of a Committee of Seventy project providing citizens with free and easy-to-use software to create their own electoral maps.

12:00pm: Lunch—by regions

1:15—2:45pm: Breakout sessions
We’ll host two rounds of breakout sessions. Topics include:

  • Redistricting 201:Economic Impacts, New Research and FAQs - Carol Kuniholm, Chair, Fair Districts PA
  • Advocacy and Lobbying from an Apolitical Perspective—José Woss, Legislative Manager for Criminal Justice and Election Integrity, Friends Committee on National Legislation
  • Draw the Lines: A Closer Look—David Thornburgh, Committee of Seventy
  • Social Media and Messaging: Best Practices for Growing Your Base across Diverse Demographics—Albert Eisenberg, Digital Marketer and Social Media Strategist
  • A Deeper Conversation on Litigation and Gerrymandering Standards—What We Know, What We’re Still Learning, and the Uncertain Road Forward—Thomas Wolf & Ben Geffen
  • Outreach Initiatives: Resolutions, Polling Place Petition Drive and Other Next Steps-—Jamie Mogil, FDPA Resolutions Coordinator & Rebecca Womack, Leader of West Philadelphia Working Group

2:45-3:15 Coffee break and networking opportunity

3:15–4:25pm: The Indefeasible Right to Reform
A conversation about avenues of reform in a state without initiative and referendum.

  • Pat Beaty, FDPA Director of Legislative Strategy, moderator
  • Khalif Ali, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, The Pittsburgh Foundation
  • Albert Eisenberg, Digital Marketer and Social Media Strategist
  • Kathay Feng, Common Cause California
  • Michael Pollack, March on Harrisburg

4:25pm: Final remarks and thank-yous
Carol Kuniholm, Chair, Fair Districts PA

Sponsored by
Harrisburg, PA