Summit Schedule

Friday, October 18th, 2019

3:00 - 9:00 PM
Conference registration opens

4:00 PM – Late
Hotel check-in
Early check-in based on availability; please check with the hotel directly.

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Friday Night Reception

Opening night reception with remarks from Governor Kate Brown.

9:30 PM — Late
Join progressive organizations, candidates, and campaigns for revelry in hospitality suites across Sunriver Resort.
Note: not sponsored or organized by the Democratic Party of Oregon

Saturday, October 19th, 2019

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Breakfast & Welcoming Remarks
In order of appearance: Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum,
Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle, Treasurer Tobias Read,
Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea

9:45 AM – 11:00 AM
Morning workshops

¡Sí Se Puede! Immigrant Rights in Oregon
Since 2016, attacks on the immigrant community have been rampant across the nation. In the great state of Oregon, we have actively resisted and fought back. Come and learn more about Oregon immigrant rights battles, victories, and the work ahead with U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Oregon’s largest immigrant rights organizations.

Panelists: U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, Joel Iboa (Coalition Manager, Causa Oregon), and Reyna Lopez (Executive Director, PCUN)

Housing Justice in 2019: Where We Go from Here
Every Oregonian deserves the dignity of a safe home. The ongoing housing crisis in Oregon is not just a matter of affordable housing access for our growing population — it is a human rights issue. Lack of housing critically impacts public health, access to opportunity, employment, education, and our goals for a sustainable future. This panel will focus on the impact of the crisis on low-income and marginalized communities, and solutions we can fight for to bring justice to our state.

Panelists: State Senator Shemia Fagan, State Representative Diego Hernandez, Metro Councilor Christine Lewis, and Matt Swanson (Political Director, Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters)

The Road to Milwaukee: Delegate Selection for the 2020 Democratic National Convention
Want to be a Delegate to the 2020 National Convention in Milwaukee? Join us to get the scoop on how to be a Delegate and to learn more about what the Democratic Party of Oregon will be doing to ensure our Delegation matches Oregon’s diverse electorate.

Panelists: Candy Emmons (Operations Director, Democratic Party of Oregon), Travis Nelson (Democratic National Committee Member, Oregon), Tanya Shively (Democratic National Committee Member, Oregon), Matt Keating (Democratic National Committee Member, Oregon)

Building a Future-Ready Transportation System
What’s next on the horizon for transportation in Oregon? How do we afford our future transportation needs as we move toward electric, hydrogen, and hybrid vehicles? Urban growth; heightened attention to transportation equity; questions of safety and affordability; technological advances in vehicles and fuels; new models of service delivery and vehicle ownership; changes in the nature of commerce and employment; and the need to both mitigate and adapt to climate disruption all present both challenges and opportunities for policy makers, service providers, and Oregonians at large. This panel of leaders will discuss trends in mobility and the innovative ways people are responding to create the transportation system of the future.

Panelists: Metro Council President Lynn Peterson, State Representative Karin Power, Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson, Alando Simpson (Vice Chair, Oregon Transportation Commission), Brendan Finn (Transportation Policy Advisor, Office of Oregon Governor Kate Brown)

11:15 AM – 12:45 PM
Lunch & National Update
Join Congressman Peter DeFazio, Congressman Kurt Schrader, and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici for a discussion on local and national issues, moderated by the Democratic Party of Oregon Asian American & Pacific Islander Caucus Chair Chrissy Erguiza.

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
First afternoon workshops

The State of LGBTQ+ Youth in Oregon
Oregon has made great strides on LGBTQ+ policy issues, from marriage equality to employment and housing protections to a ban on conversion therapy. One place where there is still much work to do is protecting LGBTQ+ youth. Young people from the LGBTQ+ community endure higher rates of bullying and harassment, depression and anxiety, homelessness, and suicide than their peers. This panel will explore the experiences of the LGBTQ+ community through the voices of students and educators, with a focus on policy solutions.

Panelists: Ben Bowman (School Board Member, Tigard-Tualatin School District), Lindsay Ray (Teacher, Beaverton School District; Region 1 Vice President, Oregon Education Association), Paula Nolan (School Administrator, Eugene School District), JJ Riddell (Student Leader, Oregon Association Of Student Councils), Daniel Paulsen (President, College Democrats of Oregon)

Injustice: Race, Bias, and Disparity in the Criminal Justice System
Our criminal justice system must be perceived as fair to be accepted as legitimate. But at every step of the chain, people of color are disproportionately impacted — more frequently stopped, more frequently arrested, more frequently incarcerated, and more frequently targeted as victims of hate. Join Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, Senators Lew Frederick and James Manning, and Department of Justice Legislative Director Aaron Knott for a panel discussion examining disproportionality in our criminal justice system, the steps taken by the Oregon Legislature to protect our diverse communities, and the path forward for a more equitable criminal justice system for all Oregonians.

Panelists: Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, State Senator Lew Frederick, State Senator James Manning, Aaron Knott (Legislative Director, Oregon Department of Justice)

Voting Rights: What’s Next for Oregon’s Electorate?
Oregon is rightly proud of our status as a leader in broadening access to the ballot — through vote by mail, online voter registration, and now automatic voter registration, including provisional registration for 16 year olds. But we aren’t stopping there. This panel will discuss next steps for expanding access to the ballot for voters and how Oregon can continue to lead the way on innovative voting policies.

Panelists: Former Oregon Secretary of State and Former DPO Chair Jeanne Atkins, Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, State Representative Diego Hernandez, Samantha Gladu (Executive Director, Next Up)

Organizing in Rural & Red Districts: Building a Bench in CD 2 and Beyond
Join us for a conversation on how to build a Blue Bench in Rural and Red districts in Oregon. Organizers and experienced elected Democrats will speak on this panel about the unique challenges of running a campaign in rural areas, and how Democrats win when we build a movement from the ground up.

Panelists: State Representative Paul Evans, Nathan Soltz (Chair, DPO 2nd Congressional District Committee), Cheyenne Davis (National Training Director, DNC/ASDC Best Practices Institute), Sam Parkinson (Western Regional Director, Association of State Democratic Committees), Carina Miller (Tribal Council Representative, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs)

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM
Second afternoon workshops

Red for Ed: Collective Action and the Student Success Act
Passage of the educationally game-changing Student Success Act in 2019 was achieved in no small way because of years of organizing by educators and allies. The Oregon Education Association’s Red for Ed movement began in earnest in 2016 with Measure 97 and crescendoed on May 8th’s statewide Day of Action, with more than 25,000 people rallying in Portland, teach-ins and walkouts all over the state, and a rally of 5,000 more at the State Capitol. Now, as the Act is poised to become the official law of the land, educators are once again collaborating with community partners and school officials to implement this comprehensive investment in Oregon’s 565,000 public school students and pre-K programs. Panelists will describe key elements of the plan, how we achieved it, and what’s in store moving forward.

Panelists: Laurie Wimmer (Lobbyist, Oregon Education Association), Celine Buczek (Educator), Shannon Foxley (Educator), Becky Torres (Community College Classified Staff), Elizabeth Nahl (Educator & Counselor)

Financial Security: Personal and Political
Building financial security is both personal and political. Join the conversation on how personal finance interacts with the larger financial system and how we can better advocate and fight for people at all income levels. We will be discussing access to higher education, the student loan crisis, retirement savings, financial literacy, and the right to organize.

Panelists: Oregon Treasurer Tobias Read, Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle, Nkenge Harmon Johnson (President and CEO, Urban League of Portland), Matt Swanson (Political Director, Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters)

The Rise of the New Electorate
We are witnessing a massive shift of our growing electorate across the state and nationally. Organizations and community organizers are seeing the urgency of activating and mobilizing a new base of historically underrepresented voters to help elect a new bench of qualified, diverse leaders to office. Engaging new voters also increases the likelihood of passing new policies that aim at correcting power imbalances, establishing accountability measures for racial and economic justice, and helping advance restorative solutions to the myriad of issues rooted in poverty and racism. Join us for a conversation with community leaders and organizers to learn about their work, and best organizing practices for how to engage the new electorate for 2020.

Panelists: Luz Reyna (Executive Director, East County Rising), Eddy Morales (Treasurer, Democratic Party of Oregon; City Councilor, Gresham), Reyna Lopez (Executive Director, PCUN), Annie Naranjo-Rivera (Statewide Census Coordinator, Unite Oregon), Chrissy Erguiza (Democratic Party of Oregon Asian American & Pacific Islander Caucus Chair)

The 2020 Ballot Measure Landscape: A Preview
Last year, Oregon’s progressive community worked together in a historic coalition to defeat attacks on choice and immigrant communities, reject deceptive special-interest carveouts, and expand affordable housing options. But our work is far from over, and 2020 is already shaping up to be another pivotal ballot measure test. Come hear from folks working to protect and advance Oregon values on the ballot in 2020 — from defending immigrant and worker rights to protecting our forests and water to expanding healthcare access. Subject experts from key campaigns will share what’s at stake and how you can take action to secure additional progressive wins in 2020.

Panelists: Katherine Driessen (Communications Director, Our Oregon), Lamar Wise (Political Coordinator, AFSCME Council 75), Sean Stevens (Executive Director, Oregon Wild), Catie Theisen (Political Organizer, Oregon Nurses Association), Joel Iboa (Coalition Manager, Causa Oregon)

Medicare for All: Oregon’s Path to Payer Reform
There is no avoiding the current debate with our presidential candidates around health care payer reform and specifically, Medicare for All. But what if Congress doesn’t act to move toward a single payer system, or moves too slowly? Is there an opportunity for Oregon to blaze its own trail and stay ahead of the curve in health care reform?

Panelists: State Representative Andrea Salinas, State Representative Rob Nosse, Eric Hunter (President & CEO, CareOregon), Glendora Claybrooks (PhD Candidate & Health Care Advocate)

6:15 PM – 7:15 PM
Keynote Dinner Reception

Keynote Dinner ticket required for both the reception and dinner

7:15 PM – 9:30 PM
Keynote Dinner

In order of appearance: Democratic Party of Oregon Chair KC Hanson,
Mark and Adele Cerny, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, U.S. Senator
Jeff Merkley, Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle, Congressman Peter DeFazio,
Congresswoman Sharice Davids

9:30 PM — Late
Join progressive organizations, candidates, and campaigns for revelry in hospitality suites across Sunriver Resort.
Note: not sponsored or organized by the Democratic Party of Oregon

Sunday, October 20th, 2019

8:15 AM – 9:30 AM
Breakfast & Oregon Legislative Update
In order of appearance: Oregon State Representative Barbara Smith Warner, House Majority Leader; Oregon State Senator Rob Wagner, Senate Majority Whip; Mũthoni Wambu Kraal, National Political and Organizing Director, Democratic National Committee

9:45 AM – 11:00 AM
Morning Workshops

Abortion-Forward Campaigns: Winning with Reproductive Justice Values
Across the United States, access to abortion has never been more threatened. Just last year Oregon saw an abortion ban on November’s ballot. But we won, and we won big because we put our values at the center of the campaign against Measure 106. Join us to learn from leaders of today’s reproductive health equity movement about how running an inclusive, abortion-forward campaign is not only important for our values, but also a highly effective, winning strategy.

Panelists: Christel Allen (Political Director, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon), An Do (Political Director, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon), State Representative Rachel Prusak, Chi Nguyen (Executive Director, APANO), Michele Ruffin (Oregon Advocacy Director, Forward Together)

New & Innovative Campaign Communications Strategies
Seemingly each election, new campaign and communications strategies emerge and change the nature of elections as we know them. The 2020 election will be no exception. This panel will discuss what we learned from the 2018 Blue Wave and how to harness new and innovative approaches to reach voters and elect Democrats up and down the ballot.

Panelists: State Senator Lew Frederick, Kathleen Stuart (President, Beckman Stuart & Co.), Scott Simpson (Founder and Managing Partner, Resonance Campaigns), Jen Hernandez (Senior Account Executive, The Pivot Group), Kasra Shokat (Senior Strategist, Winning Mark), John Jameson (President and Founder, Winning Connections)

Solidarity Forever: The Generational Fight to Protect Unions
What are the issues facing Unions today that allies can be a part of? What issues are unions working on outside of their traditional roles and how can they impact the public at-large? Join leaders from Oregon’s Labor Movement as they discuss what exactly lays ahead for the movement, in Oregon and beyond.

Panelists: Joe Baessler (Associate Director, Oregon AFSCME), Jess Giannettino Villatoro (Political Director, Oregon AFL-CIO), Felisa Hagins (Political Director, SEIU 49), Matt Swanson (Political Director, Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters), Beth Cooke (Lobbyist, UFCW 555)

What’s Next on Clean Energy Jobs: 2019’s Unfinished Business
Join us for a discussion on the Clean Energy Jobs bill — the one critical piece of unfinished business from the 2019 Legislative Session. You’ll hear from experts who will correct the record on what this bill really means for all regions of Oregon. Learn more about how it will infuse our economy with hundreds of millions of dollars per year to create good-paying jobs. And how it’s specially designed to benefit climate impacted and economically distressed communities first — like low-income, rural, and communities of color. Finally, hear what’s next to pass this important bill and finally make Oregon a leader on addressing climate change.

Panelists: State Representative Karin Power, Lindsey Scholten (Political Director, Oregon League of Conservation Voters), Dave Metz (Partner & President of FM3 Research), Reyna Lopez (Executive Director, PCUN)

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM
Oregon Democratic Secretary of State Debate

Democrats have a great history of accomplishments as Secretary of State. Who will be our candidate in 2020? Hear from the Democratic Candidates for the Oregon Secretary of State Primary before you head home from the Summit.