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•  SUMMER EVENTS - We'll keep you updated
•  THIRD ANNUAL CONFERENCE NEWS - Join us in Oakland, CA, this Fall
•  ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE - Attention all new and current EDA members!
•  HEADING WEST - For fundraising and video production
•  AUGUST IS ELECTION MONTH - Exercise your right to vote!
•  ADVOCACY TRAINING PROGRAM - Join us in Asheville to pre-test the program
Summer Events Leading Up to our Conference

It’s not exactly soda and pretzels and beer, but EDA has planned an exciting summer in preparation for our Third Annual Conference this Fall in Oakland, CA (see registration link below).

Over the next few months, we will be publicizing the conference, recording a video on economic democracy, conducting a New Membership and Renewal Drive, holding elections and pre-testing our Advocacy Training Program. We wanted to let you know about all these activities since many of them involve you!

EDA Third Annual Conference
Oakland, CA

EDA’s annual conference will be held at the Executive Inn and Suites in Oakland, CA, October 4-6. The following Monday, October 7, is a free and optional day to speak with elected officials about an economic issue to be highlighted during the conference. This will be EDA’s inaugural Advocacy Training Program for the public.

Early bird registration is $325 until July 15
Regular registration is $375 from July 16 until August 31
Late registration is $425 from September 1 to October 1

Beautifully located in Oakland, the Executive Inn and Suites provides a free hot breakfast for its guests.  We recommend booking early as there are a limited number of rooms set aside for us at our special rate.

CLICK HERE to register for the conference on the EDA website or for more information.

June is EDA New Membership and Renewal Month

EDA’s annual Membership Drive will begin on June 1. We welcome new members and those renewing their memberships.

As an Active Member, you are an invaluable participant in EDA’s leadership and sustainability. EDA members take an active part in all elections, work groups and discussions.

Many of you are current in the EDA Active Members group and receive informative articles and current news about EDA in your email via our Loomio platform. If you enjoy these benefits, be sure to renew your EDA membership.

EDA is growing and this year, through our Loomio site, you will receive additional information about: NexGen (EDA’s younger members), our Advocacy Training Program and much more.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR EDA MEMBERSHIP. The annual membership fee is $50, but we also offer full annual memberships for $35 and $15. We want EDA to be accessible to anyone who has a commitment to our work.

August is Elections Month
Exercise Your Right to Vote!

Another HUGE reason for maintaining your EDA membership is the opportunity to take part in our elections. Voting takes place in August.

Last year, we developed a Cooperative Charter to ensure the broad participation of members in EDA activities. To hold meaningful elections, we require 60% of our Active Members to vote. Please renew your membership to cast your ballot this summer. Democracy works only when you participate!

James' Excellent West Coast Adventure

Early in the summer, EDA Managing Director James Quilligan will spend a week in Oakland laying groundwork for our conference. He will be speaking with students, educators, co-working groups, partnering organizations and elected officials. Besides publicizing the conference, he will also be fundraising with Charles Hannah, EDA’s Acting Director of Development, who has lined up visits with prospective donors.

From there, James will head to Los Angeles for more fundraising and the recording of a video presentation which will be used in EDA’s Advocacy Training Program.

Thrive in the Place Where You Live: Pre-Testing our Training Program

EDA takes a local and regional approach to the issues of resource sustainability and economic justice. Our Advocacy Training Program is predicated on a specifically-defined geographic area we’re calling a bioregion.

This means that the issues you will be talking about are those that affect you where you live. Our advocacy training is designed to empower you so that you can empower (and hold accountable) those who make the laws and economic policies that affect your life and the lives of those around you.

Before launching our new Advocacy Training Program in the Fall, we are going to pre-test it in downtown Asheville, NC. This pilot program will be held August 3 and 4 as single-day events at two different venues. If you know someone in Western NC or Eastern TN who may be interested in attending, have them drop a note to for information.

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