Opening Plenary: Learning from Our Past, Looking to the Future

Get ready for speeches and performances from some of the movement’s best thinkers, artists and rabble-rousers. Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and our emcee for the afternoon, Denver’s own David Sirota, will welcome us to the festivities. We’ll feature a roundtable of historians and activists discussing the media, race and activism. And we’ll hear from feminist and movement leaders about what we’ve accomplished — and what fights lie ahead. For extra inspiration, we’ll have poetry plus a special performance prepared just for us by acclaimed artist Staceyann Chin. You won’t want to miss this!


  • Craig Aaron, Free Press
  • Hakim Bellamy, Albuquerque poet laureate
  • Staceyann Chin, artist
  • Mary Alice Crim, Free Press
  • Kim Gandy, National Network to End Domestic Violence
  • Juan González, Democracy Now!
  • Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock
  • Ilyse Hogue, NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • Robert W. McChesney, media scholar
  • Rinku Sen, Applied Research Center and
  • David Sirota, columnist, bestselling author and TV commentator
  • Joseph Torres, Free Press
  • Carlotta Walls LaNier, Little Rock Nine

People + Policy

= Positive Change for the Public Good

people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good