Nearly 90% of Americans agree that we need to take action to stop government corruption. Dear 90% of America: This conference is for you.
On April 20, 2013 in San Francisco, California, Rootstrikers will convene activists, experts, and citizens of all political stripes to debate some of the most challenging questions about the reform this country needs. Whether you're new to the issue and not sure where to start or still trying to understand the variety of solutions proposed to fight corruption, this event is your opportunity to find clarity and community.
We welcome all organizations and individuals to join us in this first step towards restoring our republic.
Subject to change.
Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, and Founder of Rootstrikers.
Marge Baker oversees People For the American Way’s policy and programmatic work, including its campaigns on the courts, nominations, LGBT equality, voting rights and elections.
David Cobb is Co-Founder of the Move to Amend Coalition and National Projects Director of Democracy Unlimited. He graduated from the University of Houston Law School in 1993 and maintained a successful private law practice in Houston for several years before devoting himself to full time activism to achieve real democracy in the United States.
Jakada Imani is the Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and has led many of the organization's flagship initiatives for local, state, and national policy reform, including campaigns to pass the Green Jobs Act and to defeat California Proposition 6 and Proposition 23.
Trent Lange has served on the board of the California Clean Money Campaign since 2003. Dr. Lange has a Ph.D. from UCLA, with a multidisciplinary academic background in computer science, cognitive science, and cognitive psychology, and is the author of over 20 academic publications.
Adam Lioz is a lawyer and policy advocate at Demos, focusing on political equality and democratic fairness through safeguarding the right to vote and curbing the influence of big money on the political process.
Mark Meckler is an American political activist and attorney. He was a co-founder and national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots.
Daniel G. Newman is President and Co-Founder of MapLight, a nonpartisan nonprofit revealing money's influence on politics. He is also a 2011-13 Network Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.
Richard W. Painter is the S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. From February 2005 to July 2007, he was Associate Counsel to the President in the White House Counsel's office, serving as the chief ethics lawyer for the President, White House employees and senior nominees to Senate-confirmed positions in the Executive Branch.
Trevor Potter is a lawyer, former commissioner (1991–1995) and chairman (1994) of the FEC. He is the founder, President, and General Counsel of the Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit organization which works in the areas of campaign finance and elections, political communication and government ethics.
Ann Ravel is the Chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, appointed by Governor Brown in March of 2011.
Buddy Roemer is an American politician and banker who served as the 76th Governor of Louisiana from 1988 to 1992, and previously as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 1988.
Cenk Uygur is the main host and co-founder of the Internet and talk radio show, The Young Turks. He worked as an attorney in Washington, D.C. and New York before beginning his career as a political commentator.