District 3 Indivisible Colorado, a non-partisan resource hub and action platform for Colorado’s third congressional district, is thrilled to announce the first ever Congressional District 3 Summit on July 20-22 in Ridgway, CO. In an effort to promote progressive policymaking & leadership, the first-of-its-kind summit will feature seminars on effective organizing, voter outreach, vital rural issues, and campaign strategies led by local, state and national facilitators. Also in attendance will be gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis, three current and potential candidates for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District seat in 2018, and over 100 progressive leaders from around the district and state.
Jared Polis, whose opening remarks will kick off the July 21st day-long workshop, is currently the Colorado District 2 congressional representative and is campaigning to replace term-limited Governor John Hickenlooper. While attending Princeton University, Polis co-founded American Information Systems, an internet-access, web hosting and application service provider. For his subsequent ventures in e-commerce, Ernst and Young named him “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2000. Polis’ platform will focus on getting the state to 100 percent renewable energy by 2040, providing free access to full-day preschool or kindergarten for children three and older, and encouraging companies in Colorado to provide stock options to employees.
The afternoon “Candidates’ Forum” will be an opportunity for constituents to hear from three current and potential candidates for the 2018 congressional election. Bob Baer, potential candidate, is an American author and former CIA case officer who was based primarily in the Middle East throughout his long career. As well as being Time’s intelligence columnist, Mr. Baer is a frequent commentator and author on issues pertaining to international relations, U.S. foreign policy and espionage. He has contributed to Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the History Channel and CNN. Baer has also written several books including “See No Evil” and “Sleeping with the Devil,” which were the basis for the Academy Award-winning film, Syriana.
Diane Mitsch Bush, who officially declared her candidacy on July 6 in Pueblo, Colorado, is currently a State Representative for Eagle and Routt Counties and has held this post since 2013. She has focused on: the expansion of economic and educational opportunities for District 26, increasing funding for schools, helping small businesses grow and creating jobs, renewable energy and protecting the environment via air and water quality, wildlife habitat and public lands. Additionally, she has worked to improve infrastructure by creating state tax incentives for affordable housing, increase funding for highways, and bring high speed broadband to rural areas.
Potential candidate, Chris Kennedy was elected to Grand Junction City Council in 2015, on which he still serves. He owns Kennedy Telecommunications Services, LLC and hopes to help the region become “technologically innovative, economically diverse and a must-see destination.” Following a career in the military, Chris began his path in technology. His priorities include infrastructure, fairness to all businesses, support for the arts and support for improving education, among others. Mr. Kennedy is also an accomplished tenor sax player, graduating from Berklee College of music in Boston, MA.
Additional guests and speakers include Gail Schwartz, 2016 CO District 3 Congressional candidate, as well as member of Indivisible National’s Organizing Team, Kunoor Ojha. Prior to working with Indivisible, Kunoor, age 26, was the Bernie Sanders campaign’s top student organizer and Campus Director, and was then hired by Hilary Clinton to serve as her National Campus and Student Organizing Director.
The Summit is dedicated to helping District 3 leaders and voters effectively represent and advocate for their communities. Summit workshops will cover key concepts and tools for activists including Understanding the Activist’s Journey: how power works, and the role of stories. Tools and concepts will be provided for building a grassroots movement that bridges the gap rather than deepens the divide, as well as an A-Z manual on voter outreach - from voter registration and targeted conversations, to messaging and data driven plans. Participants will be given an opportunity tohear from a panel of campaigners and elected officials on communication strategies for different issues and audiences in Voices of the District, and will learn ways to build strong organizational power for 2018. Other topics include:Digital & Earned Media for the Win, Building Volunteer Power, and how to understand and engage Millennials as volunteers and voters.
Over 100 leaders from Indivisible, progressive, environmental, social welfare, education, political and other diverse advocacy groups have already signed up to attend. D3 is committed to serving as an umbrella for regional entities to gather and disseminate information, raise public awareness, organize coordinated political actions that further responsible and intelligent public policy, and to function as a public, inclusive platform to unite our diverse communities.
The Summit begins at a “Meet + Greet” on Thursday night. Immediately following, participants are encouraged to head to Hartwell Park for Ridgway’s free Concert Series featuring the musical talents of Eilen Jewell and Carrie Rodriguez, and presented by the Town of Ridgway and Pickin’ Productions. Friday will make up the bulk of the workshops. On Saturday, local D3 members will share some outdoor adventures with out of town guests, to enjoy the beauty of the San Juans and to create further opportunity for discourse.
Advance registration for the D3 Summit is required. The last day to register is July 16, 2017. Lodging assistance will be provided on an as-needed basis.
LAST DAY TO REGISTER: JULY 16
District 3 Indivisible Colorado Summit 2017
Thursday, July 20 – Saturday, July 22, 2017
Ridgway, CO USA
Summit Registration $25, Friday Lunch $15