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, Day 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
    • Economic Justice
    • Town Hall Listening Session
    • Reproductive Rights and Justice
  • Seed Session: Civil Rights and Justice, Day 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.

During this panel, Professor Angela A. Allen-Bell, director of SULC’s Louis A. Berry Institute for Civil Rights and Justice, will moderate a discussion by her Civil Rights Litigation students about ongoing civil rights era projects where restorative justice is being sought.  In addition to sharing insights on the interplay of race and justice, restorative justice, investigative research and advocacy, this panel will unearth suppressed historical episodes, such as the fate of students who fought to integrate establishments in Baton Rouge, African American men questionably and quickly convicted of crimes involving white women, preservation of historical landmarks and African American men who engaged in armed defense against the Ku Klux KlanThe project discussions will be different on 3/9/19 and 3/10/19. 

  • Seed Session: Organizer Skills Training on Leadership Tools – Utilizing Online Shared Space to Get Work Done: Progressive Social Network of Baton Rouge (PSNBR) will be offering a training on how to use online work spaces to improve leadership coordination.  They will focus specifically on how to use Google Drive and Slack shared work spaces to improve project development and event planning.

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 EBR School Board Candidate
  • Panelists:
    • Maria Harmon, Step Up Louisiana
    • Deborah Meaux, Louisiana Association of Educators President
    • Eva Kemp, Democrats for Education Reform
    • Caroline Roemer, Louisiana Association of Charter Schools
    • Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, LA House Education Committee
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…

6:00- 8:00pm – Socializing for Solidarity and Happy Hour – Eat, Drink, and Be Merry with the RootsCampLA family.  Location: Pit ‘n Peel located at 2101 Government St, Baton Rouge, LA 70806 (It’s one mile in the opposite direction of Downtown BR).   Yes!  There will be music, dancing, and karaoke – all of ‘dat.

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, Day 2 – These women will be leading a seed session as well as additional sessions after lunch.  #BalanceForBetter
    • Equal Rights Amendment
    • Incarceration and Women
    • Electoral – Run, woman. Run!
  • Seed Session: Civil Rights and Justice, Day 2 – Lead by Southern University Law Center’s Louis A. Berry Civil Rights and Justice Institute.

During this panel, Professor Angela A. Allen-Bell, director of SULC’s Louis A. Berry Institute for Civil Rights and Justice, will moderate a discussion by her Civil Rights Litigation students about ongoing civil rights era projects where restorative justice is being sought.  In addition to sharing insights on the interplay of race and justice, restorative justice, investigative research and advocacy, this panel will unearth suppressed historical episodes, such as the fate of students who fought to integrate establishments in Baton Rouge, African American men questionably and quickly convicted of crimes involving white women, preservation of historical landmarks and African American men who engaged in armed defense against the Ku Klux KlanThe project discussions will be different on 3/9/19 and 3/10/19.

  • Seed Session: Organizer Skills Training on Coalition Building – The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice will be offering an in-depth overview of coalition building  through meaningful partnerships with organizations like theirs.  Using their work as an example, this session will also discuss the tools and resources necessary to be most effective. The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice is a civic engagement table that helps connect and extend the organizing capacity of their partners through collective mobilizing and targeted voter engagement.

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:
    • Jasiri Basel, Support Black Biz and Grow Baton Rouge
    • 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.)