Washington CAN! members come together for annual Summer Leadership Conference

On Saturday, over 120 Washington CAN! and Main Street Alliance members came together for our annual Summer Leadership Conference.

Members made the trip from Spokane, Olympia, Lynnwood, Bellevue, Bellingham, Tacoma and Seattle to enhance their skills, meet new people and take action for racial, social and economic justice.

It was a powerful day, filled with great workshops, wonderful speakers and enthusiastic members! This year’s keynote was led by Richard Kirsch, former National Campaign Director of Health Care for America Now and author of Fighting for Our Health: The Epic Battle to Make Health Care a Right in the United States.

Richard spoke about the campaign that led to the passage of health care reform and the vital role Washington CAN! played in that campaign. His plenary focused on the importance of organizing, collecting stories, and engaging lawmakers and how that behind-the-scenes work ultimately created the climate that allowed the Affordable Care Act to be signed into law.

We had 10 workshop options for members to choose from (5 in the morning block and 5 in the afternoon block). The workshops covered a variety of different topics and focused on building skills as well as educating our members on the different issues & campaigns we’re working on.

In our closing plenary, we were joined by:

  • Rich Stolz, Executive Director for OneAmerica
  • Leann Hall, Executive Director of Alliance for a Just Society and┬ámember of the national expansion committee of the Working Families Party
  • Anthony Whittaker from Washington United, the Marriage Equality Campaign

Each panelist spoke to the strategies and tactics the progressive movement should be utilizing to build and increase our political power – specifically among the constituents that they work with. We left the plenary with concrete ways we can work with our members to expand our organization’s political power to stand up for our values of racial, social and economic justice.

A huge thank you to all of our members who attended (and especially those who traveled to attend)! We had a great day with you all and hope that you found the conference to be both educational and fun! We left feeling inspired and excited about our upcoming work and we’ll see you all again soon.

We’ll be putting photos up on our Facebook page soon, so make sure to take a look!

One thought on “Washington CAN! members come together for annual Summer Leadership Conference

  1. Your front page note of millionaires is why I write (& did you forget billionaires?).

    Some of those latter do more than influence our government; they are our unelected rulers and must be overthrown.

    This will never happen from within the box of our two parties, wherein we do but argue Da or Nyet.

    Dem.s seem threatened by a multi-party system. This is the our severest limit. It is self inflicted and need not be.

    IRV (instant runoff voting) breaks us out, to win, or at least know who wins. And there will never be a better time.


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