This past Wednesday, we at DPN, along with the Run for Something Action Fund, hosted Statehouse Futures, the year’s largest gathering of policy and strategy for deepening democracy in the states. 290 statehouse leaders, staffers and advocates representing 31 states joined dozens of legislators and wonks to discuss six bold state policy ideas (from public banks to social housing to green buildings) and four strategies for change (from campaign cooperatives to merging racial and economic justice to progressive caucuses).
If you missed the summit, we have video:
Green Buildings w/ Rep. Alex Ramel (WA), Rep. Davina Duerr (WA), and Caroline Spears (Climate Cabinet)
Drug War Abolition w/ Theshia Naidoo (Drug Policy Alliance), Hubert Mathews (Central City Concern), Sen. Kayse Jama (OR), and Thea Sebastian (Civil Rights Corps)
Social Housing w/ Saoirse Gowan (Metro DC DSA), Asm. Alex Lee (CA), Del. Vaughn Stewart (MD), and Tara Raghuveer (KC Tenants)
Worker Ownership w/ Jason Wiener (Jason Wiener P.C.), Rep. Carol Ammons (IL), and Ana Guajardo (Centro de Trabajadores Unidos)
Democracy Vouchers w/ Estevan Muñoz-Howard (Piper Fund), Olivia Zink (Open Democracy NH), and Kristin Eberhard (Sightline Institute)
Public Banks with Jenny Zhang (NYC-DSA Debt & Finance Working Group), Bob Hockett (Cornell), Amara Enyia (Movement for Black Lives Policy), Asm. Ron Kim (NY)
Banding Together: Progressive Caucuses and Political Cooperatives w/ Sen. Cynthia Mendes (RI), Rep. Will Guzzardi (IL), and Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler (PA)
How to Communicate Progressive Policies w/ Marcela Mulholland (Data for Progress)
How to Run a Successful, Progressive Campaign in a Conservative District w/ Ross Morales Rocketto (Run for Something), Rep. Ricky Hurtado (NC), Sen. Emily Randall (WA)
Building Economic Liberation, Yes, in a Generation w/ Solana Rice (Liberation in a Generation), Taifa Smith Butler (Demos)
We also appeared on two podcasts to promote the conference:
More events like this to come in the coming months! If you have an idea for a future policy briefing, reach out: Pete@DemocracyPolicy.network.
And, as always, if you are interested in organizing policy with DPN — or if you are a statehouse leader and want to join our statehouse network — please join up. And if you want to support our work to raise up state policy ideas for deepening democracy, consider becoming a supporter on our patreon:
Onward to a deeper democracy,