The Agenda and How Sessions Work

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

Saturday – March 10th

9:00-10:00am – 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 A – Skill Based Training: “Data Driven Outreach with the Voter Activation Network.” Led by Mary Pritchard.
  • Seed Session B – Skill Based Training: “Traditional Media. Yes, It’s Still Relevant.” Led by Clare Stagg (with Louisiana Progress) and Doug Daigle (with Baton Rouge Grassroots Democrats).
  • Seed Session C – Issue Based Forum: “The Good, The Bad, and The Gerrymandered.” Led by Mike Stagg (with 50 States of Blue and Where the Alligators Roam).
  • Seed Session D – Issue Based Forum: “Women’s Movement: #MeToo and Beyond.” Led by the following dynamite women: Camille Moran, Julie Schwamm Harris, Eva Lessinger, Winter Randall, Brittany Hunt, and Melissa Flournoy.
  • Seed Session E – Self-Care Session: “Your Thoughts: A Silent Threat” led by Kyndra Joi with I Am My Sister.

12:00-1:15pm – LUNCH PANEL DISCUSSION: “Cooperative Economics” 

  • Moderator: Dawn Chanet Collins, Executive Director for Solidarity Project Advocacy Network
  • Panelists:
    • Collectivism vs Individualism: Megan Sorensen, Standing Rock Activist
    • Community-Based Economics: Jasiri Basel, Serial Entrepreneur and founder of 
    • Economic Alternatives: Joshua Fini, Indivisble Baton Rouge
    • Thinking Outside the Economic Box: Jan Moeller, Louisiana Budget Project
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: Azul Tequila Mexican Restaurant 308 LA-93, Scott, LA 70583

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


Sunday – March 11th

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 A – Skill Based Training: “It’s Targeted Canvassing, Cher.” Led by Mary Pritchard and Ben Zucker (with Poor People’s Campaign).
  • Seed Session B – Skill Based Training: “Communications and Social Media.” Led by Lynda Woolard (with Blue Dat).
  • Seed Session C – Issue Based Forum: “Environmental Justice for Cancer Alley.” Led by Robert Taylor with Concerned Citizens of St. John The Baptist Parish.
  • Seed Session D –  Issue Based Forum: “Move the Mindset and Take ‘Em Down Caddo – Against the Glorification of the Confederation.” Led by Greg Davis.

12:00-1:15pm – LUNCH PANEL DISCUSSION: “Bursting the Bubble: Getting Outside Our Political Comfort Zones” Description: Because everybody likes to think their ideology is the isht, it’s time for us to have a “come to Jesus” meeting of the minds.

  • Moderator: Alicia Cooke, Activist Extraordinaire
  • Panelists:
    • Kim Ford, Community Organizer Extraordinaire
    • Larry Richard, Iberia Parish President
    • Bambi Polotzola with Louisiana Federation of Democratic Women
    • Leslie Bourque with Lady Dems of Acadiana
    • Kristie Bardell with Louisiana Public Health Institute

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.)

The Wall:  How Sessions Work 

Everyone is encouraged to come prepared to post a session on “The Wall.”  Those who aren’t presenting are free to move to any session, and are encouraged to move around if they’d like during sessions (because sometimes more than one awesome thing is happening at the same time).  The principle is to vote with your feet!

First, about Seed Sessions:  Seed sessions are pre-planned by the event organizers – think of them by their name “seed” sessions.  The event organizer is planting a few seed sessions, and the nourishment your energy brings to the event makes the roots grow for the remaining sessions.

So, how do the remaining sessions get created?  Read more below:

Creating Sessions

As a participant, you have great experiences to share – Standing up for Your Children’s Rights at School; Using Votebuilder to target constituents; Fighting Against Police Brutality; Messaging and Communications; Building an Activist Base; Organizing Your Neighborhood – etc.  Others need your knowledge and you also need their knowledge.

So, ask yourself:

  • “What skills should I share?”
  • “How do I do/ build/ create…?”
  • “What experiences have I had that others may have had and want to discuss and learn from?”
  • “What issue do I work with or group am I a part of that needs to caucus? Youth? Asian?  Clean Energy? Housing? African-American?”
  • “How can it fit into the agenda?”
  • “How did that campaign work? How do we do it again (or never again)?
  • I have an idea about…
  • Let’s chat about…

After you think about it, and maybe think about it some more, come to RootsCampLA and do these three simple steps:

Step 1:
Gather together.
Step 2:
Build “The Wall” by putting your idea, workshop, or discussion in one of the time and space slots.

Step 3:
Break out!  Pick your first workshop — or go to the room assigned for the session you are facilitating — and let the conversation begin.
One more wall shot!

Yes.  It’s that simple.

Never experienced anything quite like it?  That’s why you don’t want to miss it 🙂

A special Louisiana thank you to Massachusetts’ RootsCamp for some of the illustrations on “How Sessions Work”