Opening Session and Keynote Address with Senator Bob Graham and Chris Hand
America, the Owner’s Manual: You Can Fight City Hall – and Win
If you’re mad as hell at the political process and don’t want to take it anymore, you’re not alone. In 2015, a Pew Charitable Trusts survey found that 74 percent of Americans believed that most elected officials didn’t care what people like them thought. In the 2016 presidential election, people vented those frustrations with their votes. The November results confirmed that Americans are tired of politics as usual.
While it is not surprising that Americans would channel their frustrations into contenders pledging to end business as usual, you don’t have to pin your hopes for change on candidates. Nor should you throw in the towel on democracy, and simply assume that you
can’t fight City Hall. In America, the Owner’s Manual: You Can Fight City Hall – and Win, former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham and attorney Chris Hand show us how to discover, build, and flex our citizenship muscles. In their step-by-step guide, Graham and Hand empower Americans to become change agents for the betterment of their communities.
Do you want to be a participant, rather than a spectator, in the arena of democracy? Is your goal to preserve health care options? Persuade your local government to improve access for people with disabilities? Better advocate for families? Then please join Graham and Hand for a conversation about America, the Owner’s Manual that will give you the confidence that you can make governments work for you, not the other way around. As Graham and Hand write,
citizens “do have a say about what the government does—if they learn, master, and practice the skills of effective citizenship.”