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In addition to our Sponsors (many of whom will have a presence in our Town Square) we would like to thank our many exhibitors who are part of providing a great experience for our attendees.
American Atheists is a national nonprofit membership organization dedicated to separation of religion and government and equality of atheists. American Atheists focuses on three areas: activism, education, and public policy. Our staff, volunteers, and members work at the local level using protests and citizen lobbying to fight elected officials’ insertion of religion into government. We network with groups nationwide to educate people about equality for all Americans, not just those whose religion is the majority. American Atheists advocates in the courts to overturn bigoted laws that provide religious privilege. Find out more at atheists.org and follow us on Twitter @AmericanAtheist.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State is a nonpartisan, non-profit, educational organization dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans. Based in Washington, D.C., the organization was founded in 1947. Americans United works in the courts, in Congress and state legislatures, at the White House and in the arena of public opinion. We address an array of issues including faith-based initiatives, taxpayer funded school vouchers, religion in public schools and religious prayer at government-sponsored events. We also work on marriage equality and reproductive justices issues where they intersect with church-state separation. Americans United is led by Executive Director Barry W. Lynn, who regularly appears on major cable news outlets, and who hosts the radio program “Culture Shocks with Barry Lynn.” For more information on AU visit www.au.org.
Campaigns & Elections (C&E) is the preeminent “how-to” journal of politics, focused on the tools, tactics and techniques of the political consulting profession. In C&E’s inaugural issue in the spring of 1980, Reed wrote: “In political campaigns and in business, it is management that makes the difference. Management of resources: money, media, people. That’s what Campaigns & Elections is all about, and will be about: how to manage the hundreds of millions of dollars that are annually poured into political campaigns. C&E is and will continue to be a ‘how-to’ journal, bringing you the best in strategies and tactics–what works and what doesn’t, where, why and under what circumstances.”
The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) is a non-profit investigative reporting group. Our reporting and analysis focus on exposing corporate spin and government propaganda. We publish PRWatch, SourceWatch, and BanksterUSA. Our newest investigative site is ALECexposed.org. This national, independent, non-partisan public interest newsgroup is led by Lisa Graves, who formerly served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice and Chief Counsel for Nominations for the chair of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. She is the Editor-in-Chief of CMD’s publications. We accept no funding from for-profit corporations or grants from the government.
EccaNova – Strategic Digital Advertising. EccaNova’s experienced team will provide your organization with the strategy and tools necessary to maximize the efficiency of your digital outreach and effectively target your audience. EccaNova specializes in strategic digital advertising by pairing the most innovative big data targeting tools with exclusive access to digital, mobile, and pre-roll ad inventory across all the major ad exchanges. EccaNova’s exchange access gives your organization the advantage of purchasing digital ad inventory at wholesale prices before it becomes available on the consumer platforms. Simply, with EccaNova you can target your audience and spend your budget more efficiently.
Favianna Rodriguez (favianna.com) is one of today’s most prolific political artists. Her prints and posters address some of the hottest issues of our time: war, immigration, globalization and climate change. Her work can be seen in community fights throughout the country. You can get your hands on her highly demanded hand-made posters, fine art pieces, shirts, and political graphics in the vendor area, while supporting a Latina feminist artist of the movement.
Food and Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced. So we can all enjoy and trust in what we eat and drink, we help people take charge of where their food comes from, keep clean, affordable, public tap water flowing freely to our homes, protect the environmental quality of oceans, force government to do its job protecting citizens, and educate about the importance of keeping the global commons — our shared resources — under public control.
The Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice, an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported by education stakeholders across the country. The mission of the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice is to support and disseminate high quality research and reviews of research for the purpose of informing education policy and to develop research-based resources for use by those who advocate for education reform. The Great Lakes Center funds policy briefs on important education issues with the goal of providing the public and policymakers with a concise summary of current research on a specific topics along with policy recommendations that are supported by research.
More than four decades after its creation, the Guttmacher Institute (guttmacher.org) continues to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide through an interrelated program of research, policy analysis and public education designed to generate new ideas, encourage enlightened public debate and promote sound policy and program development.
Since 2002, speakers for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition have led the public debate on drug policy. As current and former criminal justice professionals LEAP speakers bring an unassailable credibility to the conversation. LEAP believes existing drug policies have failed to address the problems of crime, drug abuse, addiction and the flow of illegal drugs. This group of international law enforcement professionals and concerned citizens agree that by fighting a war on drugs, governments have increased the societal problems associated with drug abuse.LEAP believes a system of regulation is less harmful, more ethical and a more effective policy than prohibition.
At The Metaphor Project booth, Executive Director Susan C. Strong will offer pro bono coaching on “speaking American” about your progressive issue. Booth visitors will also get an intro to our free online resources for American Framing. I’ll have information about our new book, Move Our Message: How to Get America’s Ear (2012, 172 pp. $10, trade paperback) too. My booth partner, Jason Koskimaki, of The Democratic Hub, will demo his exciting new startup social network, designed to help you and your friends find just the right arguments for your message.
Muslim Advocates works on the frontlines of civil rights to guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths. We are experts with deep experience in the courtroom and have strong relationships in Congress and the White House. As a thoughtful voice in Washington, we ensure the concerns of American Muslims are heard by leaders at the highest levels of government. We focus on countering anti-Muslim hate by challenging bigotry and hate crimes; empower communities by strengthening American Muslim charities; and fight discrimination with high impact lawsuits against those who wrongfully target American Muslims.
Netroots For The Troops (netrootsforthetroops.com) is a joint venture of the IGTNT and MoJo Friday communities of dailykos.com, an online political news and activist hub. Our mission is two-fold: annual shipment of CARE packages to US soldiers in serving in hostile regions of Iraq and Afghanistan for the duration of their deployment, and on-going financial assistance for veterans and their families upon their return to the states.
Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy is built on a distinctive philosophy of nurturing leaders to use the tools of analysis and policy design to effect successful implementation and real change. This requires critical insights that only a broad exposure to great ideas, courageous thinkers, and extraordinary leaders can encourage. It is based on the conviction that an elevated and elevating culture, as well as personal moral certainties, are the valid concern of higher education and as important as the tools of analysis. This unique perspective is reflected in the curriculum and unashamedly differentiates it from most other public policy programs.
ProgressivePunch (progressivepunch.org) is the most encompassing searchable database of Congressional voting records available on the web. Searchable by individual member of Congress, zip code & any one of 160 different issue categories it offers detailed, non-partisan, easy-to-read narrative vote descriptions and uses an algorithm contrasting the most progressive Democrats vs. the Republican Caucus to generate various scores (Lifetime, Crucial Votes etc.) indicating how progressive each member of Congress is.
Team Rural created to empower Southern Rural Progressives to engage locally through role-modeling political values. We learned Team practices from years of winning southern strategies and we surpass pricey DC and Atlanta consultants who do not win elections! Want to leave an indelible change? Team Rural empowers constituents to engage with vigorous, credible, winning, campaigns while building lasting relationships with new leaders.
Union Jobs Clearinghouse is the central site for posting the open staffing and trades positions in unions and socially allied and community organizations that are currently accepting applications. We have been putting people to work since 1997.