Frequently Asked Questions


I’m already engaged in my local political scene. Should I attend the conference?
Yes! One of the most important features of Rock the Congress is that team captains and leaders will have structured time to create an operational plan, in collaboration with other grassroots groups, for the midterm and state elections in November. In addition to connecting with activists who have similar priorities and can help you amplify your work, you’ll also hear from leadership development pros about how to sustainably structure your organization and how to effectively coordinate with other groups for bigger impact.

What if I’m new to activism?
Rock the Congress is a great place to build your activist toolkit. Direct action workshops will train you in deep canvassing and voter registration tactics, campaign technology, media and messaging, and more. You’ll also get to build your knowledge base thanks to presentations from issue experts and organizers deeply connected to swing district communities.

Do you have more events coming up?
Yes! In addition to the SF & Peninsula conference on March 24th, Rock the Congress: Napa Valley will be held on April 15th. We are also looking into events in other Bay Area regions, including red districts. Stay tuned!

Why do you charge for tickets?
Rock the Congress is a 100% volunteer-led event. All funds go toward covering venue and catering costs. That said, we don’t want budgets to be a barrier for participation, so we do offer scholarship options. Please email events@rockthecongress.org for ticket help. (And if you’re in the position to sponsor another activist, we have donor options on our Eventbrite registration pages!)

How do I get to your event?
The SF & Peninsula conference will be held at Balboa High School, which is under a 10-minute walk from the Balboa Park BART Station. It’s also accessible by the J Muni line and 8, 14, 43, and 54 buses. (Note: There is very limited street parking, but Onondaga and Cayuga Avenues tend to have more available spots. If you plan on driving, we recommend arriving early and first dropping off passengers at the entrance on Onondaga.)

The Napa Valley conference will be held at The CIA at Copia in downtown Napa. We recommend driving or carpooling to get to Napa Valley, though car and ridesharing services are available in the area.

[SF & Peninsula] Is the conference still going to be on the same day as March for Our Lives?
Almost every day there are incredibly important causes that will and should bring us to the streets, and we’re proud to support March for Our Lives in a complementary way: by building the political capital that will allow for people and organizations to make an impact at all levels, in the area of gun control and more broadly. Our venue has been confirmed for the 24th, and we’re moving forward in solidarity for our youth and fellow activists who are working to stop the continued mass murders that have taken the lives of so many in our country.

To show our support, we have incorporated programming such as a session on how to advocate for better gun laws, featuring Moms Demand Action, a class on how to lead demonstrations and rallies, and an “activism sampler” for new activists. These sessions are scheduled in the morning so that attendees may participate in March for Our Lives (an easy BART ride away) in the afternoon. To empower young activists, we are also offering an additional discount for students tickets.
 

If you have other general questions, please email events@rockthecongress.org.
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