The Agenda and How Sessions Work

Keep scrolling down to view “The Wall” and see how we build up the agenda together.

Pre-RootsCampLA:  Friday – March 8th

The Women of Cancer Alley will premiere their films in New Orleans and travel the United States throughout 2019.  We’ll be showing it in Baton Rouge in partnership with the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, and 350 New Orleans.  Women from around the Cancer Alley area became new filmmakers this year, each crafting two-minute stories of their experience living next to petrochemical plants.  Using footage from their own lives, these new filmmakers are ready to take their stories on the road as leaders and strategists for the Louisiana environmental movement.  Includes a pane discussion with women in the film.

6:00-8:00pm at the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge located at 8470 Goodwood Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70806

RootsCampLA, Day 1:  Saturday – March 9th

9:30-10:00am – Registration, Coffee, and Conversation

10:00-10:30am – Opening Session

10:30-11:00am – Building The Wall for Day 1 (aka The Agenda)

11:00-11:55pm – Session 1  (Session 1 time block includes specific “Seed Sessions.”  The rest of the time blocks are decided by attendees when we Build the Wall after Opening Session at 10:30am.)

  • Seed Session: Women’s Rights, Part 1 – Lead by an awesome collaboration of Louisiana’s pioneering women’s rights organizations.  In recognition of RootsCampLA being on the weekend of International Women’s Day, these women will be leading seed sessions as well as additional sessions after lunch.  #BalanceForBetter
    • Session details are forthcoming.
  • Seed Session: Civil Rights and Justice, Part 1 – Lead by Southern University Law Center’s Louis A. Berry Civil Rights and Justice Institute.  We are so honored to have SULC as an event sponsor and SULC’s Civil Rights and Justice Institute as a leading partner this year.  They are doing amazing work.
    • Panel discussion details forthcoming.
  • Seed Session: Organizer Skills Training, Part 1 – Details forthcoming

12:00-1:15pm – LUNCH PANEL DISCUSSION: “Public Education” The political landscape of public education is pretty intense.  Just this past year, in Baton Rouge alone, over a quarter of a million dollars was spent on two school board races.  This promises to be a very passionate discussion about the future of public education for our children. Come learn about what the hype is all about.  We’ll touch on the hot topics that even people in the progressive community disagree about, as well as those things we are equally passionate about. #BYOPC – Bring Your Own Popcorn and Coke 😉

  • Panel Moderator – Tania Nyman, One Community One School and former School Board Candidate
  • Panelists:
    • Maria Harmon, Step Up Louisiana
    • Eva Kemp Melder, Democrats for Education Reform
    • Caroline Roemer, Louisiana Association of Charter Schools
    • Gretchen Lampe, Louisiana Association of Educators to be determined
1:30-1:55pm – Session 2  (1/2 block sessions, please pay attention… this is a 30 minute block not a full hour block. Some people only need 30 minutes for stuff. If you need more than 30 minutes, do not use this time block for your session – smile)

2:00-2:55pm – Session 3

3:00-3:55pm – Session 4

4:00-4:55pm – Session 5

RootsCampLA After Dark…

5:00- 7:00pm – Socializing for Solidarity Happy Hour – Drink libations (or some sweet Southern Iced Tea) with the RootsCampLA family.  Location: TBA

Don’t forget the time changes that night!!!

RootsCampLA, Day 2:  Sunday – March 10th

10:00-10:55am – Coffee, Conversation, and Building The Wall for Day 2 (Don’t forget the time change!!!) 

11:00-11:55pm – Session 1 (Session 1 time block includes specific “Seed Sessions.”  The rest of the time blocks are decided by attendees when we Build the Wall at 10:30am.)

  • Seed Session: Women’s Rights, Part 2 – These women will be leading a seed session as well as additional sessions after lunch.  #BalanceForBetter
    • Session details are forthcoming.
  • Seed Session: Civil Rights and Justice, Part 2 – Lead by Southern University Law Center’s Louis A. Berry Civil Rights and Justice Institute.
    • Panel discussion details forthcoming.
  • Seed Session: Organizer Skills Training, Part 2 – Details forthcoming

12:00-1:15pm – LUNCH PANEL DISCUSSION: “Imagining Louisiana’s Sustainable Future: Or, How to Have Good Jobs that Won’t Kill Us” Health and safety concerns, lax regulation and outsized subsidies have increasingly called into question the narrative that Louisiana should be defined by the fossil fuel industry.  This panel will paint a concrete vision of what sustainable economic development could look like in Louisiana that both transitions us away from fossil fuel dependency and contributes to the longevity of our communities in culturally responsive ways.

  • Panel Moderator – Alicia Cooke
  • Panelists:
    • Andy Kowalczyk, PosiGen and 350 New Orleans
    • Travis London, Founder of BeEverything and Fine By Me Computers, LLC
    • Perry Perkins, Together Baton Rouge

1:30-1:55pm – Session 2 (1/2 block sessions, please pay attention… this is a 30 minute block, not a full hour block. Some people only need 30 minutes for stuff – smile)

2:00-2:55pm – Session 3

3:00-3:55pm – Session 4

3:55-4:00pm – Closing Thoughts (Complete event evaluations upon departure.)