Karen Ocamb

Equality Summit Includes New Prop 8 Polling Data

Filed By Karen Ocamb | January 18, 2009 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics, Politics
Tags: David Binder, Equality California, Equality Summit, Eva Paterson, gay marriage, John A Perez, Let California Ring, LGBT politics, marriage equality, Marriage Equality USA, NGLTF, No On 8, press access, Prop 8, Prop. 8, Rabbi Denise Eger, same-sex marriage

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.

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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

- What's Next?
Report back from breakout groups, facilitated by Lawrence Ellis

Closing at 7:30

Anne Marks
Equality Summit Coordinator

Remember to register for the Equality Summit before January 20th! Go to www.eqca.org/equalitysummit

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Interesting lineup. I wish them well. Check out this mission statement by the key note speakers organization. "The Equal Justice Society ("EJS") is a national strategy group heightening consciousness on race in the law and popular discourse. Using a three-prong strategy of law and public policy advocacy, cross-disciplinary convenings and strategic public communications, EJS seeks to restore race equity issues to the national consciousness, build effective progressive alliances, and advance the discourse on the positive role of government. While we're migrating our site, click the link below to view our old site." Quite a mouthfull of Internet solutions speak. What would Jasmyne Cannick would say about a three-prong strategy ?

I just don't see why the Equality Summit doesn't do the same thing Creating Change conference does.

Media are allowed to attend any event. Some events are off the record. Credible journalists (and most bloggers) are willing to listen to off-the-record sources speak without writing about it then or writing about it at a later time when the need for secrecy isn't there.

Karen! I was about to write you an e-mail detailing how I missed your contributions on TBP. I though you had vanished ;*(.

Thanks for keeping us up to date on this.