For the People, a political media organization that breaks down politics affecting people of color and young people, announced they will host the first ever “People’s Conference” in July 2022. Over the course of four days, a bipartisan, nationwide elected group of voters will discuss, and learn more about, policies affecting our future, and will vote to support, or not support them.
Tayon Kulos, President and Editor-in-Chief of For the People said in a statement: “This historic meeting of young people and people of color will address the most pressing issues of this moment, and our future. For the first time in our nation’s history, we will provide an amazing look into the beliefs of upcoming leaders. We are truly thrilled for this happen.”
Participants will be chosen through a series of national “mini-conventions,” and the conference will be hosted in Atlanta, Georgia from July 3, 2022 to July 7, 2022.
Beginning in January 2022, the Conference will hold a series of “mini-conventions” in all fifty states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, allowing voters ages 18-26, of color, and from marginalized and underrepresented communities, to make the case for attending the first of its kind event in speeches -- the terms of which will be set by each state. At the state conference, voters will also have the opportunity to share issues they wish to address during the July meeting, before taking a vote.
Winners will be chosen by state leaders of The People’s Conference. 25 delegates from each state will be chosen, allowing for the participation of 1,300 people total.
Here is the temporary, initial list of major events at the 2022 People’s Conference -- this is subject to change.
SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2022 (Delegates arrive in Atlanta, Georgia for the 1st Annual THE PEOPLE’S CONFERENCE throughout the day)
8:00PM: Delegate Ceremony and Dinner
MONDAY, JULY 4, 2022 | Day One: America, The Beautiful
9:00AM: Swearing In of the 1st Annual People’s Conference and National Roll Call
10:00M: Presentation On the Issues (The Clerk will announce the issues we’ll be discussing, learning more about, and voting on. Delegates will have an option to remove, or add an issue, with at least 200 signatures. EXPERTS on each issue will present interactive presentations.)
2:00PM: Presentation On the Issues (Experts on each issue will continue to present.)
7:30PM: Keynote Speaker: TBA
8:00PM-10:00PM: Entertainment (The People’s Conference will host numerous vendors to educate or entertain participants on social justice, civil rights & personal issues -- ie., self-defense, meditation, basketball, live music, three movie screenings, political movie screenings)
TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2022 | Day Two: We Are The Future
9:00AM: Call to Order/Roll Call
9:15AM: Continuation of Presentations On the Issues
1:00PM: Continuation of Presentations On the Issues
3:00PM: Questions On the Issues (The People’s Conference will allow for a three-hour, uncut Q&A for the experts on the issues from delegates).
8:00PM: Debate of the Issues (A three hour opportunity for the delegates, chosen by State Directors, to make the case for positions on issues).
WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2022 | Day Three: Our Country Tis Of Thee
9:00AM: Call To Order/Roll Call
9:15AM: Keynote Address: TBA
9:15AM: Coalition Building (Voters in favor/in opposition to certain issues will meet to discuss position points and address any remaining questions on the issues. Led by People’s Convention staffers.)
12:00PM: Coalition Building
2:15PM: Voting Begins (People’s Conference delegates will begin “voice-voting” on decided issues; delegates can call for a recorded vote as well, which will be done through an app).
6:45PM: Voting Resumes
9:00PM: Voting Concludes
9:15PM: Election Night Party (results of the vote will be announced)*
THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2022 | Day Four: Our America
9:00AM: FINAL CALL TO ORDER
9:15AM: Certification of the Votes, and Announcement of the Votes
10:30AM: Election of the Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary
10:50AM: Announcement of the Election
11:00AM: End of 1st Annual People’s Conference
11:05AM: “The People’s Brunch for the Newly Elected Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary