ACCESS 20/20

Immediately following the Global Forum...

ACCESS 20/20 Weekend

April 29 - May 1, Washington, D.C.


Track I
Restoring Civility: Forging a Mutual Defense Pact

What are the implications of declining civility in political discourse and what can be done to revive it? During the last several years, political conversation has increasingly crossed the line from vigorous policy debate to pernicious stereotyping and personal attacks, both in the United States and abroad. This track will investigate a slew of related hot-button issues across the political spectrum. We will draft a statement that will protect vigorous political and policy debate, while recognizing the overarching shared interest in civility. The track will culminate with a "statement of standards," which will be circulated widely. The statement will hold individuals and organizations accountable to agreed upon standards of civility in public discourse, assuring that they stand up for this principle even when they are not under fire.
Track II
The Global Network Event: Countering the Assault on Israel's Legitimacy -- a Reut Institute and ACCESS partnership

This forum will bring together a select cadre of dedicated global activists engaged in the daily work of combating the campaign against Israel's legitimacy, often referred to as delegitimization. We will launch a strategic campaign to decisively turn the tables on the delegitimizers. The format: Open space. The logic: Open source. Key goals: Facilitating exchanges of insights and best practices and generating a sustained globally networked community that is committed and inspired, shares a common language, and is ready for mobilization. Content will focus on strategies to counter the assault on Israel's legitimacy in key arenas - such as within trade unions, campuses, churches, and solidarity organizations. It will also explore how to contend with central delegitimization campaigns, such as the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement.
WHERE: Friday, April 29th afternoon - Sunday, May 1st at noon

WHEN: Grand Hyatt Hotel, Washington, D.C.

FULL COST: $400 plus hotel

ACCESS special rate: $200 including shared hotel room (email for the discount code)

For more information and a draft schedule, visit

Families are welcome. Babysitting will be available for Saturday afternoon sessions.
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