VVS18 ★ Breakout Sessions
Breakout Sessions One and Two
as of 9-3-18
RECLAIMING AND PRESERVING CONSERVATISM IN A COUNTER-CHRISTIAN CULTURE
Speakers: Rob Chambers, National Field Director, AFA Action*; Abraham Hamilton, Public Policy Analyst, AFA; Host, The Hamilton Corner*
Synopsis: Entranced by the notion that compromise is inherently virtuous, many good people mutate and change upon arrival in D.C. The Christian convictions that fuel conservatism must be more than mere political philosophy. This session will debunk the virtue of legislative compromise and will address how this compromise creates laws antithetical to Christianity and conservatism. Attendees will also learn how the national political party’s involvement in state elections perpetuates the election of candidates who value legislative compromise. Many of these politicians end up advancing crony corporatism, the expansion of government, or both. This session will equip attendees with resources to identify and elect Christian conservative candidates to office. Taking this into consideration, Christians will also be encouraged and equipped to assert their God-given responsibility and constitutional right to counter unbiblical views of social justice, immigration, gun control, and capitalism.
WHY AMERICA SHOULD STAY ON THE PATH OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
Speakers: Emilie Kao, Director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, The Heritage Foundation*
Synopsis: America's robust protection of religious freedom has made our country great and unique in the world. In most of the world, people live in societies that place greater value on uniformity of thought than on freedom of thought. Almost 75 percent of the world lives under burdensome restrictions of their religious freedom and other civil liberties, which tends to increase economic and political strife. Now, new progressive ideology about sexuality, marriage, and the family is gaining ground in U.S. courts and at the UN and threatening to reduce the freedoms of Americans to think, speak, and work according to our deepest beliefs and values. In the wake of the redefinition of marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges, America is at a crossroads. Will we remain true to our historic values of allowing for a diversity of opinions to flourish? Religious freedom for all remains the best way forward to secure peace, prosperity, and freedom for all citizens. Join us to discuss how to get our country back on track for freedom.
WHAT THE MEDIA CANNOT TELL YOU ABOUT THE MID-TERM
Speakers: George Barna, President, Metaformation*; Brent Keilen, Executive Director, FRC Action*
Synopsis: This session will address the latest research and election strategies related to the mid-term election. Discussion will touch on critical races, key issues, effective messaging, voter registration considerations, and election turnout. Expect insights regarding the implications of the mid-terms for the 2020 elections.
HOW A CONSERVATIVE PAID FAMILY LEAVE POLICY CAN BENEFIT BABIES AND STRENGTHEN FAMILIES
Speakers: Dan Holler, Deputy Chief of Staff, Sen. Marco Rubio*; Nadine Maenza, Executive Director, Patriot Voices*; Adrienne Schweer, Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center*; Representative from The White House*
Synopsis: Instead of a new baby creating a financial crisis, what if both parents could be supported to stay home and bond with their baby and family? Currently, 25% of new mothers return to work within two weeks of giving birth. Fathers go back even sooner, although studies show those home during this time are more likely to be involved in future child-rearing activities. Statistics on the health of families in the US is troubling with marriage and childbirth rates plummeting. Meanwhile, infant mortality rates are the highest in the developed world. The White House has long supported a conservative approach to paid family leave with Senators Rubio, Lee, and Ernst recently advocating for legislative solutions. This panel will discuss the options for what a pro-life, pro-family paid family leave policy could look like and why it should be a priority for conservatives.
THE GATHERING STORM: IRAN'S FANATICAL REGIME
Speakers: Steve Beckerman, Deputy Director of Policy and Government Affairs, AIPAC*
Synopsis: The Iranian regime, driven by Shiite fanaticism, is an existential threat to Israel and a serious national security threat to the United States. Iranian leaders chant "Death to Israel! Death to America!" They refer to the United States as "the Great Satan." Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has repeatedly promised a second Holocaust against the Jewish people, vowing that "Israel must be annihilated." The Trump Administration has withdrawn from Barack Obama's nuclear deal and it is reimposing tough sanctions against Tehran. But the regime remains defiant. The ayatollah banned talks with the U.S. A top Iranian general threatened the U.S. with terrorism, warning, "We are near you, where you can't even imagine." Iranian agents have been arrested in the United States. How dangerous is Iran? Can it develop nuclear weapons? Is Hezbollah operating inside the U.S.? Could a popular uprising topple Tehran's tyrants? Will the U.S. or Israel be forced to launch military strikes against Iran?
DEFENDING CONSERVATIVE VALUES IN THE HEALTHCARE MARKETPLACE
Dr. David Weldon, President, Alliance of Health Care Sharing Ministries*
The liberal left has been pursuing an agenda for decades that seeks to undermine the foundational values of our Western civilization. After many years as an Army physician, Dr. Dave Weldon was in medical practice in Melbourne, Florida when he felt the calling to get engaged in the political arena. He has been willing to fight for family values and the rights of the unborn and in 1989 formed a Political Action Committee (PAC). He went to D.C. to fight for family values and the rights of the unborn. He led the charge in sponsoring legislation in the U.S. House to protect the rights of healthcare providers from being coerced into performing procedures they find morally or justifiably objectionable and prohibiting patents on human embryos to help prevent the spread of human cloning. Dr. Weldon will walk you through this journey, hoping to inspire you to take the torch to the next generation.
FREE SPEECH ON CAMPUS -- HOW CONSERVATIVES CAN AND MUST DEFEND LIBERTY FOR ALL
Speakers: Marcus Harris, Moderator, Director of Interns and Policy, FRC*; Mike Adams, Professor, University of North Carolina Wilmington and Instructor at Summit Ministries; Kassy Dillon, Staff Writer, The Dailey Wire*; Matthew Mangiaracina, Manager, Digital Strategy, FRC*; Casey Mattox, Senior Fellow, Charles Koch Institute*; Hannah Scherlacher, Blogger, Up and Coming Conservative Voice*
Synopsis: Our universities play a critical role in training the next generation to be free and critical thinkers. But what happens when universities fail to live up to that mission? How should the conservative students in the minority on most campuses respond to the free speech crisis today? Come hear how you can courageously defend your conservative views while restoring the marketplace of ideas on your campus.
CHANGE WALL STREET, CHANGE WASHINGTON, CHANGE THE WORLD
Speakers: Joseph Verissimo, Vice President for Sales and Marketing, Inspire Investing*
Synopsis: For many years the conservative voice of America has employed a variety of tactics to influence Washington through sit-ins, protests, petitions, boycotts and get-out-to-vote campaigns. Though these are great tactics, they normally do not address the influence that Wall street has with its deep pockets. Liberal activists have effectively used shareholder activism to their benefit for decades, taking their message directly into corporate boardrooms via proxies and other shareholder activity, while conservatives have largely missed one of the best opportunities to influence corporate America. But the good news is it doesn't have to be that way. Join us as we discuss how you can join the growing movement of conservatives who are leveraging our investment influence together and you'll come to see that if we change Wall Street we can change Washington and the world!
CONNECTING WITH THE NEXT GENERATION
Speakers: Lee Chatfield, State Representative, Michigan*; Christina Hagan, State Representative, Ohio*; Brent Keilen, Executive Director, FRC Action (Moderator)*; Kayla Kessinger, State Representative, West Virginia*
Synopsis: We're consistently told that Conservative issues don't resonate with most Millennials or Generation Z. But is that the case? We all recognize the importance of reaching the next generation. The big question is, "How do we do it?" Liberals find confidence in the fact that more young people identify as Democrats than they do Republicans. Conservatives point to trends like a recent Reuters poll of 16,000 Millennials showing a nine-point drop in support for the Democrat party over the past two years while Republican support rose a point. Are their views shifting? Join us as we explore how to articulate the Conservative message to young people in a way that resonates with them. A lot is riding on the outcome of the 2018 midterm elections and both houses of Congress could change party control. If we're going to motivate young people to act and support Conservative issues in 2018 and beyond, we’ve got to better understand how to articulate the Conservative message in a way they can connect with.
2017 Breakout Sessions Detail
EXPOSING THE ABORTION INDUSTRY: FORMER ABORTION WORKERS SPEAK OUT
Monica Leal Cline, former HIV Health Educator/Title X Training Manager at Planned Parenthood*; Lori Kelly, former abortion worker*; Annette Lancaster, former Planned Parenthood manager*; Moderator--Meagan Weber, Development and Client Manager, And Then There Were None*
And Then There Were None (ATTWN), the ministry started by Planned Parenthood manager turned pro-life advocate Abby Johnson, is a pro-life organization dedicated to helping abortion clinic employees leave the abortion industry. They will bring together former abortion clinic workers to tell their stories of leaving the abortion industry and provide insight into how the industry and Planned Parenthood approaches healthcare by explaining abortion quotas, low standards, and how they manipulated young women.