From Protest to Policy

crowd protestAt the 2019 MACo Summer Conference learn about how a call to action becomes policy. Presenters will discuss the framework, efforts, process, media coverage, that goes into forming and advancing grassroots advocacy movements that lead to legislative change.

Title: From Protest to Policy

Description: Every movement has its voice to drive change. In today’s world of social media and 24-hour news cycles, those voices are less centralized and more diverse. So how do you channel collective appeals into coordinated action that makes a difference and allows all voices to be heard? At this session, learn how grassroot advocates and government leaders are tapping into the energy of community members to generate legislative change.


  • Brian Griffiths, Editor-in-Chief,
  • Toni Holness, Public Policy Director, ACLU of Maryland
  • Cheryl Bost, President, Maryland State Educators Association (MSEA)
  • Parker Welch, Director of Operations, Maryland Farm Bureau
  • Josh Tulkins, Director, Sierra Club – Maryland Chapter

Moderator: The Honorable Calvin Ball, Howard County Executive

Date/Time: Friday, August 16, 2019; 9:00 am – 10:15 am

The MACo Summer Conference will be held August 14-17 at the Roland Powell Ocean City Convention Center. This year’s theme is “Winds of Change.”

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