Out to Philadelphia This Weekend
for a National Pro-Democracy Convention
Shaping the Future of Democracy in America:
From Voter Disenfranchisement to a Voters' Bill of Rights
A National Pro-Democracy Convention
June 29 - July 1, 2001
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia
This weekend in Philadelphia, the Center for Constitutional Rights
and a coalition of more than sixty organizations are sponsoring a National
Pro-Democracy Convention. The Pro-Democracy Convention will be a vehicle
to gather up and galvanize the disparate communities and movements outraged
by the flawed election to build a permanent force for real democracy. The
proposed Voter's Bill of Rights, the primary focus of the Convention,
calls for everything from clean money elections to the abolition of the
electoral college and statehood for D.C.
* The Convention kicks off with a National Town Hall Meeting. A
partial list of Town Hall speakers include: Melanie Campbell (National
Coalition for Black Civic Participation), Representative John Conyers
(Michigan), Granny D (Alliance for Democracy), Cheri Honkala (Kensington
Welfare Rights Union), Reverend Jesse Jackson (Rainbow/PUSH), Martin
Luther King III (Southern Christian Leadership Conference). The Town Hall
Meeting is free and open to the public.
Doors open at 6 p.m.; come early to get a seat.
* On Saturday and Sunday of the Convention, there will be workshops
and plenaries on the principles outlined in the Voters' Bill of Rights and
strategies for strengthening the pro-democracy movement. Presenters
include Manning Marable (Black Radical Congress), Eleanor Smeal (Feminist
Majority), and members of Urban Think Tank.
See www.pro-democracy.com for a current list of workshops and presenters.
* Time will also be allotted for caucuses. Some pre-identified topics
include: the Struggle Against the Corporate Takeover of Pacifica Radio,
Centralizing Race, Internet Activism, and Gender and Youth Caucuses.
There will be time for additional caucus issues that arise.
LOCATION CHANGE: All sessions of the Pro-Democracy will take place at the
Pennsylvania Convention Center. Address: 1101 Arch Street.
HOTEL: Walking distance from the Pennsylvania Convention Center is the
Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel. The group rate for Convention participants
has been extended through the Convention. T: 215.614.6452. Address: 17th
and Race Streets.
REGISTRATION: Registration will be available on-site, however
pre-registration is greatly appreciated.
CONTACT US: To register or for more information, write firstname.lastname@example.org,
see www.pro-democracy.com (up-to-date), or contact the Center for
Constitutional Rights at 212.614.6452