The first pilot project Delaware People's Congress will be held on Saturday, April 14th 2018.
BECOME A DELEGATE
We will select two delegates and one alternate from every representative district. There are 41 representative districts so we are aiming for 123 delegates total. In future editions of the People’s Congress, we aim to have community elections for delegates. In this first year we will have an application process to participate.
The deadline to apply to be a delegate is March 4th, 2018.
If selected to serve as a delegate, each individual must fulfill the following responsibilities:
- Attend 1 training session on March 17th
- Read through pre-Congress materials
- Attend the full People’s Congress event on April 14th
- Help prepare the next edition of the People’s Congress
The main criteria for being a successful delegate includes:
- Formation of a “Community Action Team”- The delegate works to facilitate community organizing and engagement (e.g. voter registration, getting people to contact their legislators, etc.) through the creation of a Community Action Team
- Policy analysis - The delegate identifies key issues in the community to address, while also conducting a thoughtful approach to legislation
- Coalition building - The delegate develops partnerships across a range of sectors (e.g. community, faith, business, government, labor, etc.)
How does the Congress work? Learn about the process and structure of the Delaware People's Congress:
Before the event itself, delegates will work to identify key policies they wish to see the State of Delaware implement. We will provide model policies to consider, but participants will be able to write and advocate for their own ideas. This ideas must be received by April 9th to be considered.
The opening of the Congress will summarize the day’s proceedings and go over the main policy ideas to be considered.
Participants can choose one of the following caucus rooms to attend. Each caucus may break into small groups depending on the number of policy ideas submitted.
- Agriculture and land use
- Criminal justice
- Voting and elections
Caucuses may choose up to 1 policy (and only 1) to be voted on by the full Congress.
During the last phase of the Congress, people will have the opportunity to vote on the issues they most care about. Each person can cast their vote for 3 policies, and the top 5 policies with the most votes will be considered “passed” by the Congress.
At the conclusion of the Congress, there will be a short reflection and evaluation period to determine how we can improve the event for the future.
PEOPLE'S CONGRESS CALENDAR
- February 23rd - Last day to register to become a delegate
- March 17th - Training session
- April 9th - Deadline for delegates to submit policy ideas to be considered
- April 14th - People’s Congress
- 11:00am to 11:45am: Registration
- Noon to 1:30pm: Gavel Opening and Discussion
- 1:30pm to 3:30pm: Break out caucuses
- 3:30pm to 5:00pm: Full group session
- 5pm to 5:30pm: Closing