Guest speakers: SLO Mayor Heidi Harmon; co-founder Bill McKibben; Lakota People’s Law Project Dakotas Counsel Chase Iron Eyes; Lakota People’s Law Project Chief Counsel Danny Sheehan; former SFBOS President Matt Gonzalez, former Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin

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Why attend the CPA Founding Convention?

Because we’ll miss you if you don’t! Join us to build an independent grassroots movement organizing for a progressive future in California. At the convention, we’ll set priorities for 2019 – including the work of our Outreach, Electoral, and Legislative Action Teams. We’ll also elect our first slate of officers. 

What are some lodging options?

We’re organizing room shares and have also scouted out some local hotels. Book early!


Sunbeam Motel

Lexington Inn

Rose Garden Inn

Motel 6 San Luis Obispo: South – North


Best Western Royal Oak hotel

Hampton Inn and Suites

Room to share

Embassy Suites Hotel – 2-room suites with pull-out sofas available

Courtyard by Marriott

The Madonna Inn

Apple Farm Inn – two 2-bedroom suites available

How do I get there?

Information regarding transportation by air, rail, or car can be found here:

How about childcare?

Yes! We’ll have expert childcare on site.

Other questions? Email us at [email protected]


Saturday, March 30

8:30 a.m.  – Registration, breakfast, and tabling

9:30 – Call to order, welcome

10:00 – Opening speakers: Heidi Harmon, Gayle McLaughlin, Matt Gonzalez

10:30 – Presentation of proposed CPA bylaws

10:45 – Break

11:00 – Organizing Effectively to Implement a Green New Deal in Our Communities

This panel brings together activists from a variety of local Green New Deal related campaigns that have been or are currently being launched throughout the state in order to discuss strategies and lessons learned that will help progressive activists organize effectively on the local level.

Panelists include Melvin Willis, Richmond City Councilmember and RPA Steering Committee member; Jessica Guadalupe Tovar, organizer for the Local Clean Energy Alliance and coordinator of the East Bay Clean Power Alliance; Aura Vasquez, Commissioner, LA Department of Water and Power; Benjamin Eichert, Director, Greenpower. PLUS a short video from co-founder Bill McKibben talking directly to CPA Convention participants.

12:15 – Hosted lunch with updates and announcements from local progressive alliances

1:30 – Envisioning and Creating a Better California For All

This panel brings together activists working on statewide issues of Medicare for All, Public Banking, and Campaign Finance Reform to discuss and explore a broad and ambitious vision for a Better California For All — how can progressives throughout the state come together as a united front to transform our state, and what would that California look like?

Panelists include Michele Sutter, director and co-founder MOVI (Money Out Voters In); Paul Song, president of PNHP CA and board member of PNHP National and Healthcare NOW; David Jette, Legislative Director of Public Bank LA; and more TBA!

2:45 – Break

3:00 – Policy and organizing proposals

Activists from throughout the state will present proposals on topics including: California Medicare 4 All, solutions to the CA housing crisis, a state carbon fee and carbon neutral policies/programs, public lands and agricultural land management, culture and the arts, corporate control and the military industrial complex, civilian oversight of police surveillance technology, the BLM movement, 5G “small cell” towers, and an initial CPA platform

5:00 – Break for no-host dinner (downtown SLO is nearby and volunteers will be available to assist those who may need transportation)

7:00 – Music and open mic, featuring DJ Shahid Buttar and folk artist Patrick O’Malley playing from his new EP “Welcome to the End of the Empire.” If you would like to share in the open mic and have special audio needs, please email us at [email protected]

9:30 – Cleanup

Sunday, March 31

8:30 – Breakfast and table discussion with proposal sponsors

10:00 – Review of voting proposals and introduction to the Steering Committee candidates (paid or dues-waived members of the California Progressive Alliance are eligible to vote – visit the home page to sign up or email [email protected]; offsite online voting will be available)

10:45 – Voting and Action Teams signup and discussion

Noon – Hosted lunch

1:00 – Election results announcement

1:15 – Final speakers, Lakota People’s Law Project Dakotas Counsel Chase Iron Eyes and Chief Counsel Danny Sheehan

2:00 – Moderated evaluation of the convention, next steps, announcements

2:45 – Closing remarks

3:00 – Adjourn