Rock The Congress - SF & Peninsula
Uniting Progressives to Win in 2018
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Balboa High School in SF
Rock the Congress: San Francisco & Peninsula was a one-day conference that provided over 300 Bay Area activists with the skills and training needed to flip seats blue, with the goal of cultivating a strong, lasting coalition of progressive organizations laser-focused on regaining control in Congress as well as state legislatures.
The day-long conference had five main components: keynote speakers (CA State Controller Betty Yee, Pod Save America’s Dan Pfieffer, and CA-15 Congressman Eric Swalwell); intensive sessions for new and experienced activists on topics such as direct action, technology, and messaging; interactive, facilitated sessions for groups to collaborate on operational plans for 2018 midterm and state elections; networking with Bay Area organizers; and an afterparty to solidify new and existing connections.
In solidarity with March for Our Lives, we incorporated programming like an “activism sampler” for new activists, a class on how to lead demonstrations, and a workshop on how to advocate for safe gun laws — scheduled in the morning before the rally so that people could attend the conference before taking BART downtown. We also offered fully sponsored student tickets.