Phil Donahue is coming. So is former NSA senior executive/whistleblower Thomas Drake. Dennis Kucinich. Jim Hightower. Lois Gibbs (Love Canal). Michael Jacobson (Food and safety pioneer). Michael McPhearson (Veterans for Peace). Patti Smith (yes that Patti Smith). They're all coming to “Breaking Through Power," set for May 23-26 at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. The theme of this citizen mobilization is “elaborating ways to break through power to secure long-overdue democratic solutions made possible by a new muscular civic nexus between local communities and Washington, D.C.,” says the Center for Study of Responsive Law, which is organizing the event with Ralph Nader. Over the course of the conference, a wide range of speakers will present “innovative ideas and strategies designed to take existing civic groups to higher levels of effectiveness,” the Center adds. Click here for more details on the week’s agendas, speakers and how to attend and participate.