Sunday, January 25, 2009

Summit Video

Did you blog the summit?

I just read George's liveblog of the summit:
and I thought it was a great recap...

Who else was blogging there?  Give us your links!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

Parking Info in Downtown LA

All day parking at the LA Convention Center West Hall (enter on Cherry St) is $12. There are other nearby options, however:

Summit Final Agenda

7:45 AM Registration opens
Coffee, Pastries & Networking in Room 502

8:00 AM Shabbat services with Rabbi Denise Eger, Congregation Kol Ami – Room 514

9:00 AM PLENARY - Looking Backward and Moving Forward – Room 502
Invocation by Rabbi Denise Eger and Reverend Jonipher Kwong
Welcome by State Assemblymember John A. Perez
Election ’08 Summary with:
Staff and Executive Committee of Let California Ring (Geoff Kors & Vaishalee Raja)
Staff and Executive Committee of, and Experts on, NO on 8 campaign and (Chad Griffin, Yvette Martinez, Sarah Reece, Lorri Jean, Kate Kendall, Geoff Kors, Delores Jacobs, Marty Rouse, Chris Maliwat, and Julie Davis)
Staff from Marriage Equality USA (Pamela Brown, Policy Director and Molly McKay, Media Director)
Proposition 8 Post-Election California Voter Survey, presented by David Binder, David Binder Research
Question & Answer Period, Moderated by Karen Ocamb, News Editor, IN Los Angeles Magazine
Introductory Remarks by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano
Keynote Speech by Eva Paterson, Equal Justice Society

11:20 AM break

11:30 AM BREAKOUT - networking & strategy sessions by interest/constituency
Group, Facilitator, Room
African American, Darnell Grisby, 504
Asian & Pacific Islander, Tawal Panyacosit & Doreena Wong, 506
Earned and Paid Media, Jo Hoenninger, 507
Faith Communities , Joel Kushner, 510
Families, Judy Appel & Meredith Fenton , 508A
Government/Elected officials/Legislative advocates, Alice Kessler, 512
Grassroots Community Organizing, Fernando Lopez, 502A
Labor, T Santora & Conrado Terrazas, 513
Latino, Coral Lopez, 505
Legal, Loren Javier, 514
Netroots/Web 2.0, Naomi Fine, 502B
Transgender, Al Miller, 516
Youth, Anthony Dietrich, 508C

12:30 PM Lunch Break (Food courts open and available)

12:50 PM David Binder Lunchtime Q&A Session (Optional) – Room 507

1:30 PM PLENARY - Race, Religion & the LGBT Movement – Room 502
Opening Comments by Senator Mark Leno
Introduction of Goals and Key Issues by Jan Adams, Bob Wing, Andrea Shorter, Ron Buckmire, & Catherine Thienmann
Presentation and Q&A Prop 8 polling data analysis released by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute, by Patrick J. Egan, Ph.D., of New York University, and Kenneth Sherrill, Ph.D., of Hunter College, CUNY
Small group discussion and report back facilitated by Jan Adams and Bob Wing
Closing Comments by Senator Christine Kehoe

3:00 PM break

3:10 PM BREAKOUT - networking & strategy sessions by region
Group, Facilitator, Room
Central Valley/Central Coast/Nor Cal/Sacramento, Lisa Cisneros, 510
Los Angeles Area, Daniel Gould, 502
National, Sarah Reece, 505
Orange County/Long Beach/Inland Empire, Laura Kanter, 508A
San Diego Area, Denise Serrano & Jose Letayf, 512
San Francisco Bay Area, Julie Davis, 504
Statewide, Shayna Gelender, 507

4:10 PM break

4:20 PM LARGE BREAKOUT – Next Steps – Room 502
Panel moderated by Assemblymember Mike Feuer
Legal Update by Kate Kendall, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Jenny Pizer, Lambda Legal, & Elizabeth Gill, ACLU of Northern California
Organizing lessons from the Obama campaign by Mary Jane Stevenson, California Field Director, Obama/Biden
How to Qualify a Ballot Initiative by John Henning, Love Honor Cherish
Ballot initiative Strategy Issues by Chad Griffin, Griffin Schake, Geoff Kors, Equality California, & Robin Tyler, The Equality Campaign

4:20 PM BREAKOUT – Various Rooms (simultaneous with large breakout above)
Rooms available for breakout sessions led by summit attendees

5:20 PM break, snacks

5:30 PM Open Space Strategy Groups – Meet in Room 502 to begin
Sessions proposed and led by summit attendees

6:45 PM PLENARY - What's Next?
Report back from breakout groups, facilitated by Lawrence Ellis
Closing Remarks from Equality Summit Planning Committee Co-Chairs
Closing Call to Action by Senator Gloria Romero

Los Angeles Marriage Equality Summit TOMORROW

***Crossposted from The California Ripple Effect***

I can’t wait. The summit this weekend should prove to be an excellent opportunity for current and emerging leaders in the movement to come together and talk shop. With such a diverse and dedicated group, we should be able to come up with some great ideas, and all get behind the best ones.

I’m especially excited that it’s here in my hometown, Los Angeles. Frankly, I think there’s a lot of work to be done here, so I’m glad our gargantuan and unwieldy city is getting some deserved attention at such an early stage.

For all the deets, just go to
Registration is closed, but the roughly fifty organizations on the planning committee are dedicated to making the summit transparent and accessible to the entire community, whether they can attend in person, or not. For the latest conference agenda, videos and up-to-date info from summit organizers, check out the Official Equality Summit Blog.

Yours truly will be liveblogging the summit and posting videos as well. This way members of the netroots community who are unable to attend in the flesh will be able follow and comment on the proceedings. Press is also invited.

For me, a highlight will be the presentation on the Prop 8 post-election California voter survey, presented by Obama consultant David Binder.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Asian American Voting on Prop 8 Was Significantly Influenced by Age, English Proficiency and Religiosity

The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), API Equality-LA, API Equality, and California Faith for Equality (CAFFE) released a study today on Asian American voting trends on Prop 8. 

The survey shows that age and religiosity are determining factors, a trend similar to other racial and ethnic groups. Here are the main results:

'Overall, Asian Americans narrowly supported Prop 8 - 54% Yes to 46% No.' The more useful information, however, is the analysis by age, English proficiency, religiosity. 

'Asian Americans between the ages of 18 to 34 voted significantly against Prop 8 (69% to 31%), with some Asian ethnic groups showing more than three-fourths of its young voters opposing Prop 8.'

'Asian Americans who were fluent in English clearly opposed Prop 8 (58% opposed) whereas few of those who were limited English speaking opposed Prop 8 (25% opposed).'

'Asian American voters regardless of ethnic group were overwhelmingly more likely to oppose Prop 8 if they "never" attended a church, temple, or mosque (71%) than if they "never" attended (25%). For those that "sometimes" attended, a majority (55%) opposed Prop 8.'

The full study is available at