Reclaiming Our Democracy: The PA Conference to End Gerrymandering

Saturday, November 16th, 2019 | 9:00am-4:30pm
Harrisburg, PA

Venue Information

Crowne Plaza Harrisburg
23 S 2nd St.
Harrisburg, PA

Event Type

Statewide Event

Event Description

Join volunteers, supporters, academics, press and legislators for a one-day redistricting conference in Harrisburg. Featured speakers will include

Expect breakout sessions on redistricting reform, mapping technology, advocacy best practices and coalition building, with time to network, collect new material and prepare for the continued fight ahead.


$40 regular price / $20 for retirees, students, and unemployed (Lunch and coffee breaks are included in the registration fee)

Register now.



8:00 am Registration and coffee
Spend time at our “messaging wall”—vote for your favorite messages

9:00 am Welcome and Introduction
Carol Kuniholm, Chair, Fair Districts PA

9:10 am Gerrymandering: The larger story

Losing the Center: Gerrymandering, Gridlock and Inaction
Jason Altmire

The Maryland Story and the Libertarian Case for Reform
Walter Olson

The California Story: Reclaiming Trust and Transparency
Gil Ontai, Jean Raya, Andre Prevenu

Across the States: The LWVUS #FairMaps Initiative
Jessica Jones Chapparell

10:15 am Break

10:30 am Getting it right: Weighing the options for reform

What Voters Said: Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission Report
David Thornburg

The House Bill 22/23 story: A Continuing Conversation
Carol Kuniholm

What We’ve Learned and Are Still Learning: Creating an Independent Commission
Panel conversation with David Thornburgh, Walter Olson, Jason Altmire, Pat Beaty, Jessica Jones Capparell, Gil Ontai, Jeanne Raya, Andre Parvenu, moderated by Carol Kuniholm

11:45 Lunch
Tables grouped by regions or topics

1:15-3:00 Breakout Sessions:

Round One

Ballroom A: The Problem of Prison Gerrymandering and What We Can Do How counting incarcerated persons shifts power and harms communities.
Rory Kramer, Darrell Bell, Sara Stroman

Ballroom B: Effective Lobbying: The Advocacy Team Approach A non-confrontational, respectful approach to effecive legislative visits.
Tony Crocamo, Mark Pavlovich

Ballroom C: Connect the Dots/Reform the Rules
Procedural rules in our state Legislature and the tight knot of dysfunction held in place by our redistricting process
Rachel Sorokin Goff, Pat and Ed Krebs, Michael Pollack, Carol Kuniholm

Round Two

Ballroom A: Census 2020: Broadening our coalition to ensure a complete count in our under-counted, under-resourced, under-represented communities.
Alicia Dorsey, Norman Bristol Colon

Ballroom B: California Commissioners: YES, Citizens Can Draw the Maps. Lessons learned from three members of California’s first independent citizens commission.
Gil Ontai, Jeanne Raya, Andre Parvenu

Ballroom C: Lean In, Learn More, Dig Deeper: Connecting the dots between gerrymandering, dysfunction, corruption and control. Interactive strategy session for research and data visualization.
Carol Kuniholm, Rachel Sorokin Goff, Stefanie Ostfeld

3:00 pm Coffee break and social networking

3:30 pm Reclaiming Our Democracy

Connecting the Dots: Corporate Undue Influence over the PA Legislature
Stefanie Ostfeld

Yes, We Can Win! How Citizens Are Battling Back to Save Democracy
David Daley

Finding a Way Out by Engaging the Other: Reflections from an Activist Rabbi
Michael Pollack

Conference Closing What we’ve learned, how we’ll win this. Closing thoughts for the road head. Carol Kuniholm