February 18-February 21st, 2010 (NY)
WHERE: NY Retreat Facility: The Woodhull Retreat Center, Ancramdale, NY 2-1/2 hours north of New York City in the beautiful Berkshire Mountain region.
WHY: Most U.S. citizens, even those with the most to offer as citizen leaders, know very little about how this country works and what they can do to make it better.
FORMAT: In a long weekend, a team of professionals will lead a true non-partisan “Democracy 911”. Retreatants will receive a core grounding in the principles of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, as well as a refresher on the separation of powers. Furthermore, the retreat will provide participants with intensive modules on how to start a campaign, pressure your representative, create your own media, write op-eds, craft an initiative or referendum, draft a bill, lobby and petition for your most cherished issues, run a protest and excel at public speaking.
Gain the Skills to:
Write Op-Eds; Writing for Change
Draft a Bill
Run a Protest
Excel at Public Speaking
Start a Campaign
Pressure Your Representative
Lobby and Petition for Issues
Craft an Initiative or Referendum
COST: $395 plus $200 lodging, totaling $595. We encourage you to seek scholarship from your institution or place of employment. Limited scholarships are available.
Professionals will Include: Naomi Wolf, Shahid Buttar, Catherine Orenstein, Wende Jager-Hyman, Jacquette Timmons and Sgt. Matthis Chiroux.