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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

'Unrig the System' political meeting coming to New Orleans in February

Posted By on Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 1:40 PM

click to enlarge Actor Jennifer Lawrence is among the panelists at February's "Unrig the System" summit at Tulane University. - CREATIVE COMMONS/GAGE SKIDMORE
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  • Actor Jennifer Lawrence is among the panelists at February's "Unrig the System" summit at Tulane University.

Got $300 and the desire to hang with celebs while you plot to "unrig the system"? The group Represent.US is holding a summit called Unrig the System Feb. 2-4 at Tulane University's Lavin-Bernick Center, which promises attendees the chance to "mingle with top advocacy leaders, academics, comedians, musicians, celebrities, activists, philanthropists and journalists." A press release sent to MyArkLaMiss promises speeches, workshops and discussions with "thought-leaders, A-list celebrities and grassroots activists from the left and the right."

Those would include activist celebrities like actors Jennifer Lawrence and Kerry Washington, along with producer/director Adam McKay, former Gov. Buddy Roemer, Fox News host Steve Hilton and The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur. Gambit political editor Clancy DuBos also is on the still-in-progress program, which includes topics like "Frenemies with Benefits: How to Work Across the Aisle," "Iron Chef for Activists" and "Citizen Lobbying 101."

Potential attendees, however, are casting a sideeye on social media at the ticket prices for the event, which start at $300 for an individual, with a $130 ticket available for students, seniors and low-income people. ("Once again, politics is only for those who can afford it," groused one man on the event's Facebook page.)

You can get more information on "Unrig the System" at the event's webpage.

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