Leaders of the Equality Summit have released their lineup of the long Jan. 24th events. Registration is required before January 20th! Go to www.eqca.org/equalitysummit.
The opening plenary sessions will be webcast on www.eqca.org with a 30-minute delay.
There has been a lot of debate over access to the press - but organizers finally agreed to have an open summit - though people in the workshops may ask for their remarks to be reported without attribution.
Additionally, there is a 30-minute question and answer period where I will ask questions submitted in advance.
Since researcher (and Obama pollster) David Binder's new survey information may be too in-depth for thorough answers in this session - during which other presenters will also be asked questions - I have asked the organizers to create a Press Availability with Binder during the lunch period. He will be leaving after he does the people of color workshop scheduled for right after lunch. All the other presenters will be available throughout the summit.
Additionally, I have asked that Binder's findings be available in advance. Organizers agreed to send an embargoed copy - with the embargo lifted after Binder makes his presentation. He and the other presenters will also be available for some one-on-one interviews.
Requests for press credentials (including bloggers), the embargoed Binder survey and requests for interviews should go to Vaishalee Raja at Vaishalee@eqca.org.
Since I am now a participant, I will not actually report on the event. However, I will write up a blog on The Bilerico Project with notes, quotes, observations and pictures - which may be used by anyone who wishes. I also intend to cover the Courage Campaign's training the next day and will provide a brief summary and pictures of that, as well.
Here is the Equality Summit agenda, as of Jan. 17:
7:45 AM Registration begins. Coffee, Pastries & Networking in Main Room
8:00 AM Shabbat services available with Rabbi Denise L. Eger
9:00 AM OPENING PLENARY SESSION - Looking Backward and Moving Forward
Welcome by State Assemblymember John A. Perez
Presentations from NO on 8 and Let California Ring Staff and Marriage Equality USA
Proposition 8 Post-Election California Voter Survey, presented by David Binder, Consultant to Obama/Biden Campaign
Question & Answer session
Keynote Speech by Eva Paterson, Equal Justice Society 11:20 AM
Break 11:30 AM
BREAKOUT SESSIONS for networking & strategy by interest/constituency:
African American; Asian & Pacific Islander; Faith Communities; Families; Government/elected officials/legislative advocates; Grassroots Community Organizers; Labor Unions; Latino; Legal; Media (Earned and Paid); Netroots/Web 2.0; Transgender; and Youth
12:30 PM lunch break (food court open and available)
1:30 PM PLENARY SESSION - Race, Religion & the LGBT Movement Presentation and Q&A Prop 8 polling data analysis released by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute, by Patrick J. Egan, Ph.D., of New York University, and Kenneth Sherrill, Ph.D., of Hunter College, CUNY Discussion facilitated by Jan Adams and Bob Wing
3:00 PM break
3:10 PM BREAKOUT SESSIONS for networking & strategy by region: Central Valley/Central Coast/Nor Cal Rural areas; Inland Empire/Coachella Valley; Los Angeles County; Orange County/Long Beach; Sacramento Area; San Diego area; San Francisco Bay Area; and Statewide & National
4:10 PM break
4:20 PM PLENARY SESSION - What's Next?
Panel update on legal and electoral issues
Open Source development of strategy ideas from attendees
5:20 PM break, snacks
5:30 PM BREAKOUT SESSIONS for next step strategy planning
Sessions proposed and led by summit attendees.
6:30 PM break, snacks
6:40 PM CLOSING PLENARY SESSION - What's Next?
Report back from breakout groups, facilitated by Lawrence Ellis
Closing at 7:30
Equality Summit Coordinator
Remember to register for the Equality Summit before January 20th! Go to www.eqca.org/equalitysummit