Montgomery, Alabama

As The South Goes:

Shaping the Future of Our Nation

2019 ConveningRegister

September 4-6, 2019. Montgomery, AL

Southern Strategies, Building Power, and Strategic Investments

GSP 2019 Convening Overview

Southern Strategies, Building Power, and Strategic Investments.

On September 4-6, 2019, Grantmakers for Southern Progress (GSP) will host a funder gathering in Montgomery, Alabama of members, national and regional foundations, and regional leaders to share and discuss mission critical opportunities, challenges, best practices, and call to action for supporting structural change and advancing progress in the South.

During the 3-Day gathering we will kick-off the Convening experience with a self-guided tour of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) Museum and Memorial followed by an opening reception, dinner, and program. The gathering will create an opportunity for southern, regional and national funders, and movement leaders to take action in developing critical strategies that are guided by a shared understanding of how we move towards progress in the region.

Goals of the 2019 Gathering:

Learning From the Field

Create opportunities for funders to learn from Southern leaders, both in philanthropy and on-the-ground practitioners, as the best thinkers and doers around what success looks like in the region.

Learning Together

Bring together national and regional funders within the GSP network as a mutual learning community, particularly around what structural racism, structural change and racial equity.

Taking Action Together

Explore and Discuss how we as individuals, institutions, practitioners, collectively support structural change work in the South.

We look forward to you joining us this year.

Convening Registration

Registration Information & Policies

Registration Fees

Regular registration fee:  $425 per person

Registration Confirmation

Once GSP has processed your registration, you will be sent a confirmation email. If you have not received a registration confirmation email before the Convening, please contact Special Gathering to make sure we have received your registration.

On-Site Registrations

Individuals not registered within 3 business days of the Convening, must register on-site. On-site registration is on a “space-available” basis; late registrants are not guaranteed materials or meals. Please call Special Gathering to confirm space and availability.

Cancellations and Refunds

Registrations may be cancelled for a full refund (less a $50 processing fee) if Special Gathering is notified in writing by 5pm (ET), ten business days before the GSP Convening. Registrations may be transferred one time to another individual. Because of costs that GSP incurs, registration fees will not be refunded if notification of a cancellation or request for transfer is received after the cut-off date. All cancellations must be in writing. No refunds will be given to no-shows. In the event that the GSP cancels a meeting, GSP is not responsible for any airfare, hotel, or other costs incurred by registrants. All refunds and price adjustments will be applied against the original form of payment.

All cancellations MUST be submitted in writing and emailed to G4SP@aspecialgathering.com or faxed to 443-927-7074. All refunds are issued via the payment method within 14 business days after notification.

 

 

Payment Policy

You can pay by credit card, check, or request an invoice. 

Pay by Check: Please submit your payment to:

Southern Education Foundation

101 Marietta St., NW Suite 1650 Atlanta, GA 30303

IMPORTANT NOTE:

On the memo line of your check, please reference “GSP19 Convening Registration Fee”.

*You are required to remit the conference registration fee(s) within 10 business days from the day of registration.  If failure to remit payment within 10 business days, understand that GSP will cancel your registration for the 2019 Convening.

After GSP cancels your registration due to non-payment, you will have to re-register at the current rate available. Please refer to the cancellation policy for refund details.   

Request for Invoice 

Please email Dani Johnson at G4SP@aspecialgathering.com to request an invoice to pay for your registration to the 2019 GSP Covening.

Photography/Video Documentation Policy

In consideration for being able to attend GSP 2019 Convening, you agree to allow authorized associates/vendors of the GSP Convening, its licensees, successors, and assignees full and complete irrevocable permission, without reservation or restriction, to be photographed and/or recorded at the GSP Convening, in any manner (video, audio or electronic, etc.) and for them to use said photograph(s) and/or recording(s) as they deem appropriate in connection with GSP or any related activities. If you do not authorize use, you must submit in writing to G4SP@aspecialgathering.com.

For More Information

We are working with an event management firm, Special Gathering. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact them at 410-685-7664 or g4sp@aspecialgathering.com. Please also visit our website at www.G4SP.org.

Hotel/Lodging

Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center

201 Tallapoosa St. Montgomery, AL, 36104
T 334.481.5130

Hotel Lodging

Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center, Grantmakers for Southern Progress special group rate:  $159.00 USD per night, plus tax

Start Date: Tuesday, September 3, 2019

End Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019

Last Day to Book: Sunday, August 4, 2019

Book your group rate for Grantmakers for Southern Progress Conference

Important Hotel Lodging Insights:

Check-in: 4:00 PM

Check-out: 11:00 AM

Link to all hotel details to prepare for your stay

sessions & speakers

2019 Convening Schedule

During the 3-Day gathering we will kick-off the Convening experience with a self-guided tour of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) Museum and Memorial followed by an opening reception, dinner, and program. The gathering will create an opportunity for southern, regional and national funders, and movement leaders to take action in developing critical strategies that are guided by a shared understanding of how we move towards progress in the region.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH

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9:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Alabama Ballroom D, Renaissance Montgomery

Registration Lounge & Check-in

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11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Alabama Ballroom D, Renaissance Montgomery

Welcome and Luncheon

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1:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Legacy Museum and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice

GSP Learning Tours

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5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Alabama Ballroom D, Renaissance Montgomery

Dinner and Networking

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6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Alabama Ballroom D, Renaissance Montgomery

Debrief Conversation with Equal Justice Initiative

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7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Alabama Ballroom D, Renaissance Montgomery

Small-Group Caucusing (Optional)

Thursday, September 5th

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7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Alabama Ballroom D, Renaissance Montgomery

Registration Lounge & Check-in

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7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Alabama Ballroom D, Renaissance Montgomery

Breakfast, Wellness and Healing Lounge

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8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Alabama Ballroom D, Renaissance Montgomery

Opening Session

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9:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Alabama Ballroom D, Renaissance Montgomery

Opening Plenary with Small Group Conversations & Report Backs

Radical Solidarity: Southern Movements Power Building and Defeating White Nationalism (Plenary)

DescriptionNow more than ever Philanthropy and Movement Building Organizations have to join forces to protect communities across the south while saving our democracy. Join us  in a critical conversation about the state of southern communities and the rise of legislation and white extremist hate groups aimed at devastating the social, political, and economic infrastructures of marginalized communities.

Together we can strengthen the capacity of frontline organizations to fight against these forces and win. Join this discussion and discover the most effective ways to invest and work with Movement Building Organizations in the South.

Plenary Session Speakers:

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11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Alabama Ballroom D, Renaissance Montgomery

Networking Luncheon

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1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

TBA

GSP Strategy Sessions (Concurrent) - Midday

Building an Equitable Ecosystem in the South - What does it mean to have a thriving and sustainable ecosystem in the South?

Description: To reach a thriving and sustainable ecosystem in the south, it’s imperative to address the racial and social inequities that exist within our systems; systems that prevent large segments of communities in the South from thriving. This session will examine four strategic areas affecting the growth and sustainability of marginalized communities across the south: Energy Equity, Economic Inclusion, Health Equity, and Equitable Development. Join this strategy session to develop a plan of action for supporting the development of a thriving Ecosystem across all communities in the South.

Session Speakers:

Building Movement Momentum and Power through Imagination, Narrative, and Culture

Description: In a world where human rights are not fully realized for all, movement organizations must be vocal and tell the real stories of communities in the south. To engage and mobilize communities these organizations need the capacity to shape the real narrative and control how information is being disseminated across the South and throughout the country. Join this session to understand how movement organizations have used culture, innovative tactics, and imagination to build power and strengthen movements across the South.

Ending Mass Incarceration & Reforming the Legal System

Description: There are many drivers of mass incarceration. From over-policing to a corporate thirst for free labor, an overarching culture of extraction, oppression, and control of black and brown people, Southern people disproportionately are entrapped in the criminal legal system - a practice that robs families of their loved ones, their humanity and their stability. This session will explore the work of Southern leaders and movement organizations in restoring safety for their communities, winning the freedom of family, friends, and neighbors and holding private prisons and governments accountable. Funders interested in bail reform, police accountability, shareholder activism, and narrative change work should join this session.

Session Speakers:

A Conversation about Power, not Politics – The 2020 Census & Redistricting

Description: Understanding what’s at stake with the 2020 Census & Redistricting in South is incredibly important. Join this session to understand how investing in the south to support movement work around the census and redistricting will position organizations to fully engage and support affected communities and learn ways to prepare for this critical moment. Not engaging because it’s “Too Political” will be a missed opportunity to help communities build real power and representation in the south.

Session Speakers:

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2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

TBA

Break

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3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

TBA

GSP Strategy Sessions (Concurrent) - Afternoon

The Real Storm: Environmental Justice in the South

Description: To build power in the south we have to address the environmental conditions that are impacting the lives of those most vulnerable in the south. As natural disasters are on the rise, weakening an already overburdened infrastructure, and for-profit industry practices continue to put low-income/rural communities at risk, we need to answer and understand how philanthropy can use its sphere of influence and resources to support the capacity of movement building organizations to protect the South’s coastline and beyond.

Session Speakers:

Immigration Crisis: Centering Racial Justice

Description: The criminalization and desecration of immigrant families and people of color in the South is a threat to us all. In this post-civil rights era, we have to continue to center racial justice and create legislation that protects the rights of people to be treated and adjudicated fairly and humanely. Funders will use this session to examine what’s working and strategize with practitioners to develop new innovative strategies to help continue to move this work forward.

Session Speakers:

Reproductive Justice: The Ban on Abortions is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Description: Movement building organizations have worked hard to strengthen the voices of women and girls across to the south for reproductive health rights. This session makes the case that it’s not just about the ban on abortions; it’s about racial equity and creating legislation that grants access to healthcare that supports the health and vitality of women and their families.

Session Speakers:

Resourcing Shared Movement Strategies in the South

Description: This session will feature the work of the Southern Movement Assembly which is an organizing strategy for community and movement governance based on the political commitment spoken by Southern Freedom Fighter Fannie Lou Hamer: "Nobody is Free until Everybody is Free". The Southern Movement Assembly is made up of a broad base of Southern-based leaders and communities who live and fight on many frontlines. Members of the SMA participate in grassroots democracy to exercise political power at the community, city, state, and regional levels through their shared visionary framework, the Southern Peoples Initiative. Join us to learn how funders can better resource efforts to build and strengthen southern movement infrastructure. We will share the lessons we've learned over the past 7 years and highlight how funders can make critical investments in regional movement strategy and infrastructure as we move toward 2020 and beyond.

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5:30 pm

Alabama Ballroom D, Renaissance Montgomery

Dinner Buffet Opens

Dinner, Conversation, and a Movie: Groundswell of the Georgia Elections & Its strategy for Building Power in Black Communities Across the South East

 

Description: We have a real opportunity to build power and change the “guard” in the South. Today voter suppression tactics are being amplified and gerrymandering of political district lines are becoming stranger and stranger with every passing day. We need to understand that our time for change is here; a moment to shift the balance of power to favor marginalized communities and communities of color across the south. Join us to discuss how we can take full advantage of this moment. Be clear of what’s at stake and understand, as funders, how we need to move with the community.

Friday, September 6th

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7:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Alabama Ballroom D, Renaissance Montgomery

Registration Lounge & Check-in

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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Alabama Ballroom D, Renaissance Montgomery

GSP First Annual Membership Breakfast Meeting

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9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Alabama Ballroom D, Renaissance Montgomery

GSP Call to Action & Closing

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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Main Entrance, Renaissance Montgomery

Transition Break (Load Buses)

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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Main Entrance, Renaissance Montgomery

Travel to Selma

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11:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Healing Waters Retreat Center, Selma, AL

Building Economically Just Communities in the South

Learning Tour

DescriptionThe Blackbelt is at a pivotal moment in history. Strategies are being developed and movements are growing to support an economically inclusive community where all residents have the opportunity to thrive and create their own vision for success.

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3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Healing Waters Retreat Center, Selma, AL

Transition Break (Load Buses)

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4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Healing Waters Retreat Center, Selma, AL

Travel to Montgomery

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