Plenary sessions are meetings of all conference participants. In plenary sessions on Friday and Saturday we open the conference, adopt the rules and agenda, present awards and hear the conference's featured speakers. We devote the final plenaries on Sunday to setting policy for the organization. Delegates will vote on resolutions passed in issue hearings or submitted by petition. Members who are not delegates may speak for or against resolutions but may not vote.
Breakout sessions include workshops and issue hearings, as defined below.
Workshops are interactive sessions focusing on organizing for women's rights. Presenters and participants will share information, exchange ideas and discuss action plans. The presenters' role, unlike that in a traditional workshop, is to make brief opening comments and then to inspire dialogue and creative problem-solving. The goal of these sessions is to send participants home with new information, inspiration and tactics to organize in their own communities and mobilize local chapter activists. Learn more about the conference workshops here.
The annual national conference is the supreme governing body of NOW, and the resolutions passed by the conference form the basis of organizational policy.
The sole purpose of an issue hearing is to develop and produce resolutions for consideration by the body. NOW members can bring ideas to the issue hearings, even if the ideas are not in resolution form. However, due to time constraints, it is preferable to have proposed language prepared in advance. The ideas will be incorporated into the resolution(s) coming out of that session, if accepted by the majority of the participants. The hearing format allows for combining similar ideas/resolutions, editing, and general refining before the resolutions come before the conference body on Sunday. Only two resolutions may be voted out of each issue hearing. Issue hearings will take place during the breakout sessions. Information on the resolution process can be found here.
Friday, 7:15pm - 8:30pm & Saturday, 7:00pm - 8:30pm (During dinner on your own)
Special constituency caucuses provide a time for feminists who share a common interest to get together. This offers an excellent opportunity to meet others from around the country who share specific concerns. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis; sign up on the board outside the conference office. These caucuses also provide a forum for discussion of possible resolutions (learn more about the resolution process here). We also encourage small groups to caucus outside of the set times, at breakfast and during other breaks. Read more »
Saturday, 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Regional caucuses all take place during one set time in the agenda. These sessions provide an opportunity for activists to get together in groups that correspond with NOW's nine geographical regions. Participants will discuss regional issues, actions and organizing plans, as well as resolutions and other conference business. See the list below to determine which region your state belongs to and the location of your caucus.
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