Agenda

If you’re new to Netroots Nation, you can get a sense of what the conference is like by checking out our schedule overview. Our 2017 agenda includes:

  • 80+ engaging panels on a variety of topics
  • 60+ hands-on training sessions
  • Keynotes and special featured content
  • A progressive film Screening Series
  • Caucuses, networking opportunities, social events and more!

Below you can use our interactive agenda to search panels, training sessions, keynotes and other content as sessions are confirmed. We’re constantly updating speakers and session info, so check back often!

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Welcome to Atlanta Happy Hour

In town early? Come over to the Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta to meet new friends and catch up with old ones. Live music at the Hard Rock Cafe begins at 7 p.m.

Let's Talk About Drugs: The Opioid Epidemic and Why It Should Be A Core Political Issue for Democrats

Our communities are being torn apart by the drug crisis. Hear from top progressive candidates and elected officials from across the country about why this issue matters both morally and electorally—and why it’s an issue that speaks to corporate power, the lived economic reality of the working class, and social justice issues like policing, mandatory sentencing, and incarceration. We’ll argue that this should be a major issue and thematic focus for Democrats in 2018 and beyond.

Led by: Stephanie Taylor

Panelists: Sammi Brown, Cathy Glasson, Tom Perriello

FinTech: How Can Innovation Advance Civil Rights?

The emerging financial technology industry serves a multi-trillion dollar market that includes online consumer lending, college savings, payment processing for businesses, money transfers, wealth management, virtual currency, and much more. Innovative products can help underserved families quickly and securely access capital and build wealth. However, without consumer protections, predatory lenders could use new, sophisticated means to continue exploiting low-income families and communities of color. We will discuss how industry, government, and consumer advocates can shape this sector, so that more Americans prosper.

Led by: Scott Astrada

Panelists: Beverly Brown Ruggia, Louis Caditz-Peck, Paulina Gonzalez, Mitria Wilson

Dismantling the Corporate Influence Machine in the States

The corporate Right has spent billions in recent years to develop powerful machinery designed to influence state policy, politics, and the administration of justice at every level, from the legislature, to Attorneys General, local government, and the courts. This panel will shine a light the pay-to-play operations the Right has set up to provide corporations direct access and influence over public officials, through groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the State Policy Network (SPN), and the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), and give compelling stories of its impact–and how to resist it–in hotly contested states. Featured will be Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum’s win over gun groups in his fight against preemption and a look at how corporations are using preemption as a strategy to limit local regulation of business.  The panel will also discuss how key players in this machine have infiltrated the federal government following the election of Donald Trump, and their dangerous plans to rewrite the US Constitution to lock in their radical policies for generations to come.

Led by: Lisa Graves

Panelists: Jane Carter, Mayor Andrew Gillum, Jay Riestenberg, Chris Savage

Don't Write Us Off: A Roadmap for Building Power in the South

Some in the Democratic party write the South off, while others say it’s the next big thing. With shifting demographics and talented young leaders, the South is making a comeback. From key statewide electoral wins to building sustainable progressive infrastructure, the South is making a play to be the future of the Democratic party. Join us for a candid conversation about the state of the progressive movement and a roadmap to building back Democratic power in the South.

Led by: Tori Taylor

Panelists: Akilah Ensley, Jaime Harrison, David McDowell, Rep. Graig Meyer, Ted Terry

Y'all Means All: Fighting for LGBTQ Rights in the South

The South has been traditionally behind when it comes to social change. For this reason, many prominent LGBTQ groups and social justice organizations have been focusing progressive energy on creating political, legal and cultural change in the reddest of red states—all with the help of important, in-state partners. This panel will consider strategies for defeating anti-LGBTQ bills, legal challenges to harmful laws, creating meaningful partnerships to drive social change, and the future of organizing in the South. Join LGBTQ and social justice leaders who have worked to successfully create pro-LGBTQ policies in the South, as they discuss defeating harmful legislation, changing hearts and minds, and putting the “all” in y’all.

Led by: Nick Morrow

Panelists: Quentin Bell, Simone Bell, Ben Needham, Britney Nesbit

Lock It Up: How to Secure Your Website Against the Internet's Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy

Ransomware. Viruses. Data breaches. Phishing emails. Website defacement. Ad network hijacking. These are just some of the cyber threats that every progressive organizer, campaign, and nonprofit needs to be aware of and on guard against. This training will cover best practices for securing websites, personal computers, and mobile devices that everyone should know. Learn how to protect yourself and your organization against the hive of scum and villainy on the Internet that would do you harm. As the old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

This training is geared towards any nonprofit staffer or activist who organizes online and wants to improve their personal/organizational security hygiene. No programming knowledge or coding experience needed.

Trainers: Andrew Villeneuve

Legal Resources 101: How to Support Immigrants Digitally and in their Communities

The Trump administration’s executive orders have drastically changed the legal landscape for immigrants. Learn the basics about what has legally changed for immigrants and hear how allies can help immigrants with accessing information and legal services. As the immigrant community continues to encounter expanded interior enforcement and ICE actions, everyone must be informed about how to stay safe, secure their rights, and be ready to help a neighbor in need secure theirs too.

This is a 101 training for people who are new to the immigration landscape, want to understand the legal changes, and are looking to support immigrants digitally and in their community.

Trainers: Avideh Moussavian, Hemly Ordonez

How to Support Your Friends When They're Harassed Online

During the 2016 presidential campaign and since the election, harassment and violence across the country—both in physical spaces and online—has increased. Online harassment of people of color, religious minorities, women, and others has driven some to abandon social media as a public space. But we’ve also heard about many who are rising up and intervening when they see harassment happening. With so many eager to step up, bystanders need to know how to intervene safely and effectively. Join us for a bystander training to prepare everyday people to intervene when they witness harassment online.

This training is relevant and accessible to anyone who uses social media, yet offers new tactics even to seasoned online activists. Folks at any skill level will gain from this training.

Trainers: Leah Entenmann

Keep Marching! How Connecting Locally Builds Power for Local and National Progressive Wins

The Women’s March was among many post-election on-the-ground actions reflecting our desire to gather in real life to express political power and will and to meet and support each other. People are ready to gather regularly and speak out. How do we sustain this positive energy? How do we organize locally to wield power at every level, from local to national? What does the current political climate mean for our local and national priorities like health care, paid sick days, mass incarceration, racial justice and more? Join us to discuss what it means to #keepmarching in a sustainable, healthy, intersectional and powerful way.

Led by: Anita Jackson

Panelists: Melanie Campbell, Dennis Gonzalez, Elle Hearns, Monica Roberts, Almas Sayeed

From School Board to Governor: The Fundamentals of Running for Office

If you’re fired up, motivated, and ready to step up and run for office but aren’t sure where or how to start, this training is for you. Based on our experience getting races of all sizes off the ground, we’ll answer questions such as: What should you consider when making the decision to run? What are the first steps you should take? What roles do you need on your team and how do you fill them? What resources are available to help you? Whether you are considering running for alderman, school board, park district, mayor, or governor, this training will help you get started!

This training is for anyone interested in running for office or helping someone run for office.

Trainers: Rachel Campbell, Kate Catherall

Fundraising 101: Donor Research and Baller Asks

Improving your fundraising is critical, whether you’re running a small grassroots campaign or running for office. Our exercise-based curriculum will help you learn hands-on how to research donors and ask for money more effectively. And when progressives can raise more grassroots dollars, we win more. It’s that simple. This training received rave reviews at Netroots Nation last year, and we’re excited to offer it again!

This training is for all audiences. The training is geared toward beginners and includes basic information on grassroots organizing and campaigns.

Trainers: Courtney Hagen, Lucy Sedgwick

Rebellions are Built on Hope: How Organizations are Using Digital Activism and Grassroots Power to Lead the Resistance

In the wake of Trump’s election, Americans took to the streets to make it clear that they would stand for our shared American values of inclusion, diversity, and tolerance, and would not simply accept his extreme agenda. Major grassroots organizations have worked to organize this energy to form an intersectional and united resistance to Trump—one that has marched in the streets, called members of Congress, stood up for our values, and stopped destructive legislation in its path. This panel will explore how organizations—including NARAL Pro-Choice America, ACLU, Women’s March, Color of Change and MoveOn—are working together to resist what’s next in building the resistance.

Led by: Rebecca Wall

Panelists: Jayne Fagan, Arisha Hatch, Alyssa Klein, Diana Scholl

What's Love Got To Do With It?

Love—radical, revolutionary, fierce love—is the only force powerful enough to create the world we want and need. In a time of uncertainty and fear, love navigates in ways that linear thinking cannot. So why is it so hard for movements to practice love, to take it seriously in our approaches and strategies? How do we shed off old movement habits and open to our vast untapped potential? #RevolutionaryLove, #LoveWithPower, #LoveArmy, and Resonance Network will explore: What does it mean, and not mean, to practice love in movement building? What is the history of communities of color building movements based on love? What is the toughest part of committing to love? How does the practice of love change how we build movements?

Led by: Julie Quiroz

Panelists: Alexis Flanagan, Matt Haney, Mimi Ho, Deeptej Singh

Our Brand is Not in Crisis! How to Prevent or Survive a Media Mistake and Deal with Fake News in your Campaign

With the current administration’s daily attacks against progressives and their causes—and its supporters’ use of “fake news” to incite action—it is imperative that we learn to exist in a crisis-ready environment. This training will show you how to recognize and stop “fake news” stories and sources in their tracks. We’ll cover basic crisis prevention strategies and response strategies, as well as how to inoculate “fake news” before it becomes a crisis.

This training is for all audiences.

Trainers: Howard Franklin, John Rowley

Visualizing Justice, presented by ArtUnited

ArtUnited presents Visualizing Justice, a photo exhibition showcasing the work of Cindy Trinh, renowned NYC-based photographer, activist, and blogger. The exhibition offers a retrospective of frontline struggles from Black Lives Matter to the Women’s March on Washington over the span of three years. Through the image of protest, Cindy’s work reflects the sharp urgency and pulse of the times we live in; while at once telling a story of resolve, enduring hope, and collective power. On display in the Town Square throughout the conference.

Daily Kos Elections Q&A

Come join the editors of Daily Kos Elections for an in-depth Q&A about the 2017 special elections, general elections, the 2018 midterm landscape, and everything in between. NO presentations, NO PowerPoints, and NO speeches—just your questions (and our answers) on any race in the nation you care about. Progressives need to be well-informed about the races that matter most so we can deploy our limited resources effectively. So if you want to know more about what’s happening in elections around the country and what it will means for Democrats, Republicans, and the nation at large, join us!

Led by: David Nir

Panelists: David Beard, Daniel Donner, Carolyn Fiddler, David Jarman, Jeff Singer

First-timer Meetup

First-time Netroots attendee? Want to find to find your crew of people to conquer the conference with? This session’s for you. Meet other first-timers and hear from long-time attendee Shayera Tangri and local activist Perry Goodfriend as they give their tips for having a great convention and getting the most out of your time in Atlanta. (If you haven’t joined the first-timer Facebook group, there’s still time! Check it out.)

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Digital Design in 2016 and Beyond

With an increasingly crowded media landscape and dozens of organizations and candidates vying for each voter’s attention, smart, forward-thinking design has become one of the few ways to effectively break through the noise. Effective design can help raise money, inspire supporters, or tell a powerful story about our people and causes. This panel will take an in-depth look at how candidates, campaigns and causes have adopted a design-forward approach to digital strategy. We’ll discuss lessons learned from the 2016 election, emerging design trends and designing for the resistance.

Led by: Ben Dotson

Panelists: Sabiha Basrai, Candice Dayoan, Yash Mori, Ben Ostrower

Climate Change: Who Will Be Hit First and Worst if We Don't Act?

So you’ve heard about Flint and Standing Rock, right? For every frontline community that makes the news, hundreds more don’t. People are speaking out about the poison and pollution they’ve lived with for decades. Hear community leaders share their stories about what it’s like to live in some of the worst pollution in America and solutions they are innovating to fight back. Walk away with toolkits and resources for how you can act on climate with solutions that put the frontlines first. Let’s build a stronger climate movement. Will you join us?

Led by: Michelle Romero

Panelists: Mustafa Ali, REY LEON, Rev. Leo Woodberry, Miya Yoshitani

SMS Outreach: What Works, What Doesn't, and What's a Waste of Your Time and Money

The hottest new tactic of the 2016 election cycle was peer-to-peer texting. It’s a powerful, scalable, and cost-effective organizing tactic that can complement both field and digital programs. But do you know how to run a program, what worked, what’s hype, and what’s possible? If you answered “no” to even one of those questions, you should attend this training. In 2016, Vote.org sent 6.3 million messages via peer-to-peer SMS, including just under 1 million on Election Day alone, making our program one of the largest in the country. We promise a lively session packed with the information you need to get your own program up and running.

This training is best suited for organizers and consultants who have a background in either digital or field organizing and are looking for opportunities to grow their audience, more deeply engage, and be more nimble and efficient.

Trainers: Debra Cleaver, Hillary Lehr

Taking Seats at the Table: Black Women at the Intersection of Politics and Activism

White women voted for Donald Trump by 53 percent, while 94 precent of Black women voted for Hillary Clinton. Democrats won the 2013 Virginia Governor’s election, particularly because of black women. Black women are the committed base of the Democratic Party and progressive movement; yet despite gains at the federal level, black women’s leadership is not always reflected in the Democratic Party and the mainstream progressive movement. What is the next generation of black women leaders working in #BlackLivesMatter, reproductive justice, labor unions, LGBT organizations and politics doing to bring black women activism to the forefront of political leadership? Hear from them and how to increase black women political leadership in your own community.

Led by: Atima Omara

Panelists: Glynda C. Carr, A'shanti Gholar, LaToia Jones, Nakisha Lewis

States Resisting: Working with State Lawmakers to Fight the Conservative Agenda

For decades, conservatives—backed by corporate special interests—have invested massive resources to cement power in the states. Now, Trump and Congressional conservatives are wreaking havoc at the federal level. Their regressive agenda attacks immigrants, the environment, women’s health, public education, civil rights, and virtually every cause progressives have worked hard to advance. State-level leadership is one of our most effective tools in fighting the Trump administration. This panel will highlight case studies of effective resistance strategies, including: aligned policy and grassroots efforts for state border wall divestment, presidential tax disclosure and transparency, and fighting the Muslim Ban and other executive actions.

Led by: Nick Rathod

Panelists: Isela Blanc, Rep. Park Cannon, Rep. Jennifer Williamson, Rep. Faith Winter

Google Analytics: Using Data to Improve Your Website

Say goodbye to being overwhelmed by the information in Google Analytics. In this session, we’ll cover just the data points that are most applicable to your nonprofit’s website. We’ll discuss what each data point is actually telling us about the areas of our website that need improving. Armed with our new data know-how, we’ll walk through specific ideas you can use to start improving your site. (And to keep all of us focused on the data that matters, you’ll receive a link to a dashboard template that you can save and use directly in your nonprofit’s Google Analytics account.)

For beginner to intermediate users, preferably with some responsibility over their organization’s website.

Trainers: Yesenia Sotelo

Email 101: Best Practices for Running an Effective Email Program

Come to this training and learn best practices for running an effective email program for your non-profit or campaign, as well as best practices for writing advocacy and donation emails. This training is geared toward experienced non-profit or campaign people who are now in charge of their first mass email program. Prior mass email writing knowledge is helpful but not required.

This training is ideal for those who want to learn more about mass email programs and which tools they can take advantage of in order to create an effective campaign on the local level. Prior CRM knowledge is not necessary.

Trainers: Drew Hudson

Ready to Resist: How a New Collaboration Used Technology and Mass Organizing to move Tens of Thousands into Action

Since January, an emerging collaboration of organizations have partnered on strategies and a series of mass actions and phone calls to build and bolster just part of the resistance movement. Over Trump’s first 100 days, MoveOn, Working Families Party, People’s Action and Center for Popular Democracy Action have organized a series of “Ready to Resist” calls on Sunday evenings. The calls have become a locus of energy for progressives and have taken on a life of their own: over 50,000 grassroots activists have joined many of the calls; Senators and progressive leaders have spoken; and most importantly, the calls have moved tens of thousands of people into consistent, nearly weekly action against the Trump agenda.

Led by: Mehrdad Azemun

Panelists: Jennifer Epps, Amanda Johnson, Vicki Kaplan

Municipal Initiatives: A Petition for Change

Activists are changing their cities for the better at the ballot box. You can petition in your city to increase worker rights, liberalize marijuana policy, influence criminal justice policy, and enact countless other changes. Come to this training to learn how a small group of motivated activists can put legislation directly on the ballot.

This training is for all audiences.

Trainers: Scott Tillman

How to Make Political Ads Not Look Like Political Ads

This training will touch on how award-winning advertisements like Echo, Cards Against Insanity, Tasty, and Sold to the Highest Bidder came about, impressing that it’s possible to execute smart, creative ads that work online despite short timelines and small budgets. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how to conceptualize and execute new kinds of political creative, and how to get their clients and candidates to buy in to a different approach.

This training is for all audiences. Takeaways are focused on those who have some background in political advertising but would be beneficial to anyone interested in video.

Trainers: James Mastracco, Christina Sheffey

AAPIs Sharing Effective Strategies for Resisting and Mobilizing

Democrats and progressives need a roadmap to taking back our country. We need to spend the next four years focused on mobilizing hundreds of thousands of new voters—primarily key AAPI voters—to the polls in the closest battleground states where Democrats won or lost the 2016 presidential vote or state house, including red states like Georgia. This session will lift up the AAPI community and offer specific strategies and tactics on messaging, data collection and mobilization to not only increase turnout among Asian-American populations but create long-lasting civic engagement.

Led by: Amy Chen

Panelists: Shwetika Baijal, Cayden Mak, Sam Park, Sandra Shelly

Messaging 101: The Art and Science of Creating Powerful Messages

Creating powerful campaign messages is both a science and an art. The science is making sure the messages serve the campaign goal and overall strategy. We’ll help you get clarity around campaign goals and target audiences, identifying partners and constituents, nailing a power map and analysis of the issue you’re working on, and understanding how the change you seek will come about (theory of change)—and we’ll show you how to ensure your strategy remains nimble and flexible to be effective in these unpredictable times. With that solid foundation, we will then work on the art of messaging. Using several tools to engage our imaginations and foster creative thinking, you’ll leave with a better understanding of how to create messages that are persuasive and effective.

This training is for all audiences.

Trainers: Maritza Schafer

Resilience for the Resistance: Coping Strategies for Overwhelmed Activists

So you want to keep doing your part, but you’re exhausted? That’s exactly what Trump’s administration wants you to feel—overwhelmed, hopeless, and ready to give up. This workshop will give you the self-care tools you need to stay grounded, stay focused, and stay in the fight.

Then sign up for a 1:1 private session. These are designed for getting quick insight, new perspectives, and/or a helpful tool to assist with fear, anxiety, etc. This no BS approach, countered with a hefty dose of compassion, creates space for you to feel seen and understood while dealing with your issues.

Reserve online here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e44aaad2faaf58-resilience

Led by: Melanie Childers

Screening: "Atticus v. The Architect", followed by Q&A with Don Siegelman

When Don Siegelman was elected Governor of Alabama in 1998, he became the first person in the “Heart of Dixie” to have held all four of that state’s executive offices–a rare accomplishment for a liberal in a blood red Southern state. In election after election, Republicans simply couldn’t beat him at the polls because he drew supporters from across the political spectrum. So a group of frustrated Republicans quietly concocted a plan to “get rid of Siegelman,” as a whistleblower later stated. As the plan’s chief architect, Karl Rove, Jack Abramoff and other conspirators secretly orchestrated a strategy to railroad the Democratic governor into prison based on completely fabricated charges. To make false charges stick in federal court, Rove and his associates loaded the case with vindictive prosecutors and a corrupt hanging judge hell-bent on payback. The story of how they quietly got away with their evil scheme will make Watergate look like child’s play and leave viewers shocked, bewildered, and mad as hell. After the screening, Gov. Siegelman will speak and answer questions for the first time since his release from prison.

Led by: Chip Hill, Don Siegelman, Joseph Siegelman, Steve Wimberly

Miss Classification is Not a Beauty Queen! (Sponsored Panel)

One of the weapons corporations have used in the War on Workers has been to rob them of fair wages and benefits and the right to form a union by misclassifying employees as independent contractors. The Teamsters and other worker allies have been front and center in this fight. Global trucking giant XPO Logistics has doubled down on using this illegal employment scheme despite government agencies and courts ruling against it. Hundreds of thousands of port, last-mile, and truckload truck drivers across America have fallen victim to this corporate greed while they struggle to make ends meet. This panel will take a look at the ongoing fight to get workers across the country the fair pay, benefits and union membership they deserve.

This panel is sponsored by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Led by: Christina Montorio

Panelists: Daniel Aneseko Uaina, Nick Weiner

Donation Form Drinking Game

By making a few key changes to their donation form styling, calls to action and end-of-year pitches, some organizations were able to increase their revenue significantly. We’ll look at real-life before-and-after shots and discuss donation form best practices while playing Donation Form Drinking Game (with water) as we go. We’ll have fun worthy of an after-party, but we’ll also learn valuable lessons about easy-to-implement changes to donation forms, processes and calls to action.

Led by: Ira Horowitz

Breaking Barriers: a #TechTalk with DNC CTO Raffi Krikorian

Come meet Raffi Krikorian, the new CTO for the New DNC. He’s focusing on building foundational products to help all Democrats — up and down the ballot — win elections. This means that he’s interested in questions around tools, security, data, and more. Raffi is committed to working with, and growing, the entire progressive technology ecosystem to make sure our candidates have the tools and tech they need to win.

Come brainstorm on how to empower the grassroots through Democratic tech with the new CTO.

Led by: Raffi Krikorian

Facebook Ads: Strategies for Success

You’ve boosted a post here or there, dabbled in the Ads Manager, maybe even taken a peek into Power Editor once or twice, but now you’re looking to take your Facebook campaigns to the next level. Join Facebook’s Tatenda Musapatike and Marcus Raimondi to learn tips and tricks to help you streamline your campaigns and better achieve your organizational goals with Facebook advertising. Topics covered will include: Objective-based campaign structure, creative, and bidding; Facebook ad interfaces (Ads Manager and Power Editor); basics of Facebook ads reporting; and leveraging the Facebook Pixel.

Trainers: Tatenda Musapatike, Marcus Raimondi

Peer-to-peer texting with Relay

Peer-to-peer texting is the most important tech tool to emerge from the 2016 election, and Relay is a powerful new P2P texting platform built by the folks who ran Text for Bernie, the first national P2P texting program. Since launching in September 2016, Relay has been used by dozens of organizations since, including the ACLU, Working Families Party, Greenpeace, and numerous political campaigns. This training will cover the basics on how Relay works, and then delve into proven uses of P2P texting, how to manage volunteer texters, and tips and tricks for getting the most out of your P2P interactions.

Participants do not need previous experience with Relay.

Trainers: Daniel Souweine

Filmmaker Caucus

Introduce yourself to fellow filmmakers, producers, presenters, activists and movie-lovers at our annual Filmmaker Caucus. All are welcome, whether you’re participating in the Screening Series or just interested in hearing about a range of projects and meeting other people creating progressive change through film.

LGBT Caucus

Join us for the LGBTQ Caucus. Meet fellow LGBTQ leaders and activists from across the progressive spectrum. Part meet & greet, part brainstorming, this gathering will connect Netroots Nation attendees interested in the LGBTQ movement and and activists supportive of LGBTQ causes.

Forging a State-led Path to Climate Justice in the Era of Trump

In the face of the Trump administration’s sweeping rollbacks of federal climate and environmental justice programs, it’s now up to states to lead the fight for a safe, just and sustainable future. Campaigns have begun popping up across the country to pass state-level climate policy that prices pollution to fund solutions like renewable energy for frontline communities and a just transition for affected workers. Representatives of burgeoning campaigns in CA, NY, OR and WA will discuss the challenges and opportunities of this new phase in the American climate movement, and how we can unite labor unions, low-income communities of color, and environmental groups to forge a state-led path to climate justice, for the next four years.

Led by: Michelle Romero

Panelists: Tom Erb, Shilpa Joshi, Kim Powe, Dan Sherrell

Resistance Through the Courts: Our First Line of Defense Against Trump's Agenda

With the radical right controlling the White House and Congress, the courts must be the first line of defense against Trump’s agenda—and a centerpiece of the resistance. From direct challenges to policies like the Muslim ban to protecting the rights of workers, women, people of color, persons with disabilities, LGBT communities and more, the future of the federal judiciary is essential. Trump already nominated one Supreme Court justice and could fill over 100 vacancies on the lower courts. Join us to discuss the courts’ role in checking Trump’s abuses of power, why the resistance must include action on judicial nominations and lessons learned from recent fights on how to act and strategies that make a difference online and on the ground.

Led by: Nan Aron

Panelists: Sean Carlson, Anisha Singh, Keith Thirion

Organizing Outside the Perimeter: Reaching Smaller Towns and Communities

Organizers and activists from smaller communities, surrounded or based in more conservative areas, will discuss their experiences organizing residents who often have different experiences and priorities than those in larger metro areas. We’ll discuss the unique challenges one can face when organizing in smaller and rural communities and what tactics and rhetoric they use to tackle these challenges. We will discuss ways that organizations, organizers, and activists based in more resource/power rich areas can help these organizers and communities who work outside of the usual political/social places of power.

Led by: Briana Bivens

Panelists: Ian Bridgeforth, Linda Llyod, Beto Mendoza, Michelle Sanchez Jones

Beyond Email: The Future of Digital Organizing and Advocacy

In a rapidly changing world, digital organizing is constantly changing. Just a few years ago, having a website was revolutionary. Now, we often struggle to maintain engagement as best practices fluctuate in effectiveness and new tools and approaches enter the scene. Join us for a training and discussion of what’s next, with a rigorous emphasis on what can work for folks on the ground.

This training is for beginner and intermediate digital organizers. We won’t rely on heavily technical skills, but we will have a fairly high-level conversation and training that will assume some familiarity of digital organizing practices.

Trainers: Beth Becker, John Brougher

Coding as Activism: How to Write Apps with NGP and VAN

NGP and VAN are widely used by tens of thousands of Democratic candidates, progressive organizations, and labor unions. Both apps have robust APIs, making it easy to develop new apps to engage voters and raise money. Whether you’re writing an entire application; you have a website and would like to integrate your form; or you just want to automate some repetitive task, these APIs help you write code with impact. Join us for a quick summary of available APIs; a training which shows you how to build a simple, three-form application; and a look at the API roadmap. We’ll wrap up with a quick Q&A session.

This session is targeted at activists with some degree of technical knowledge. It’s best suited to software developers or front-end developers who know what an API or a Javascript app is, although detailed knowledge of these topics is not necessary.

Trainers: Sandy Gani, Shai Sachs

Resisting with Vision: Building the Abortion Rights Movement City by City

2017 brought seismic shifts to D.C., but abortion advocates have been working in a hostile climate for years. States enacted 288 restrictions on abortion access from 2011-2015 alone. The Hyde Amendment has long been considered controversial, and yet reproductive justice activists using bold, visionary strategies have rapidly changed the culture around Hyde in a matter of years. Pursuing strategic wins at the local level is a driver for policy and culture change and an important model to learn from given the current climate. Red state advocates from Texas and Pennsylvania and national advocates will discuss local advocacy and how they use it to organize, build champions, drive a vision for reproductive justice, and ultimately win the day.

Led by: Ravina Daphtary

Panelists: Rep. Barbara Lee, Jenny Mistry, Tabitha Skervin, Amanda Williams

Diversifying the Progressive Movement

The lack of diversity that exists in all levels of politics is no secret. From Congress and campaigns to organizational leadership positions and the consultant class, we continue to see the same patterns over and over again. Whether this diversity problem stems from lingering discrimination and racism, from sparse opportunities for diverse individuals to grow and succeed, from a leak in the many pipelines that lead to political leadership, or perhaps something else, it is time we address this uncomfortable reality and work together to find solutions. The progressive movement depends on the inclusion of our country’s growing population that increasingly is made up of “someone else’s babies” and those who do not fit the status quo.

Led by: Jalisa Washington

Panelists: Jessica Byrd, Amber Goodwin, Madalene Mielke, Chuck Rocha

Protecting the Movement Online: Digital Security 101

Progressive organizations can’t make change happen if they’re breached, and right now too many of us are at high risk. Although cyber threats are not unique to the political space, cyber security is a threat we face as a community and one we need to address together. Come learn how to think about your threat model, how to identify phishing (the primary method of intrusions), how to add two-factor authentication on various services, and how to use password managers. In the process, you’ll hopefully become vigilant not only about your own security, but the security of those with whom you interact.

This training is an introductory level course in online security. It is not intended for people who already have strong security in place.

Trainers: Shauna Daly, Mike Sager

Building an Effective Volunteer Army

There are a lot of people who want to help your campaign right now, but do you know how to find and engage them? In progressive campaigns, engaged volunteers are the bedrock for success. Our exercise-based curriculum will help you learn ways to use volunteers’ skills, energy, and enthusiasm effectively. You’ll leave this training knowing how to recruit volunteers to join your campaign, set them up for success, maximize their impact, and keep them coming back time after time.

This training is for all audiences.

Trainers: Maria Langholz, Lucy Sedgwick

Holy Sh*t: Where Did All These People Come From?

What happens when you wake up after Election Day, and your monthly donors have DOUBLED? Since Election Day, many progressive organizations have seen an unprecedented swell in interest and engagement from a whole new group of grassroots activists. From record-breaking fundraising and millions of people who are ready to take to the streets, here’s how four organizations from across the progressive movement are finding ways to capture the energy of the resistance and turn it into action.

Led by: Bridget Todd

Panelists: Malinda Frevert, Melanie Garunay, Heather Holdridge, Adrian Reyna

#Resist, Rebuild, Sustain: How Organizers and Technologists Must Collaborate in this Moment

With so many activists sparked by the November election, many are confronted with how best to sustain this moment. In this panel, we’ll share the story of an innovative collaboration between digital strategists and activists. After Trump’s Muslim ban, Meetup launched a network of 1,000 local #Resist groups. Quickly, the network of #Resist Meetups had more than 100,000 members participating in civic action all over the country. To sustain the momentum, Meetup teamed up with The Domestic Worker Legacy Fund, dedicated to elevating communities of color, to house a “Deep Democracy Lab” to provide vision to sustain this grassroots momentum. This panel will examine the ways organizers, digital strategists, and technologists must collaborate in this political moment.

Led by: Almas Sayeed

Panelists: Kristin Hodgson, Ashley Kroetsch, Jess Morales Rocketto, Mariana Ruiz Firmat

Talking about Trade: A Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Climate Antidote to Trump's Xenophobic NAFTA Narrative

Opposition to status quo trade deals has reached unprecedented heights. The question now is: What should come next? Donald Trump exploited workers’ legitimate concerns about trade to eke out wins in the Midwest, but his approach points blame at immigrants, while his billionaire cabinet threatens to make deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) even worse for our communities and our climate. Join us for a strategic conversation on how progressives can speak against NAFTA without legitimizing Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric. We’ll offer a concrete alternative trade vision—one that’s rooted in supporting immigrants’ and workers’ rights, seeking climate justice, and fostering healthy communities across borders.

Led by: Anthony Torres

Panelists: Ana Maria Archila, Ben Beachy, Colette Pichon Battle, Monica Ramirez

Stop Telling Me to Make It Viral: Establishing a Compelling Digital Presence for Your Org or Campaign

We can’t teach you how to make a post go viral, but this workshop can help you establish a compelling digital presence for your organization or campaign. We’ll introduce messaging and branding (including graphics, photography, and basic design theory); discuss how to find and grow your audience, cover events, generate buzz and engagement, and measure impact. Finally, we’ll share how to build this multi-channel digital strategy into your entire organization’s work and form external partnerships. Our digital strategy will be informed by a racial justice, feminist and LGBTQ lens, and it is our hope that our training will help change the online conversation on progressive issues to be more inclusive and intersectional.

This training is for beginning/intermediate social media and digital strategists. Ideally participants should have familiarity with managing an organizational Facebook page and Twitter account.

Trainers: Aaron Smith, Kayley Whalen

Winning the Creative Majority: YouTube Best Practices for Your Online Video Campaign

Organizers know you have to meet people where they are, and more and more people are consuming media online. Specifically, online video consumption is soaring, and YouTube provides a powerful way for organizations, individuals, candidates, and causes to share stories and raise awareness. We’ll share some ways to leverage the power of online video and how to integrate Google and YouTube’s tools with other advocacy efforts.

Led by: Stephanie Valencia, Zach Wineburg

Story of Self and How to Stand with Immigrants

Storytelling is a critical tool in the fight for immigrant rights. Whether it’s through press outlets, social media, or events- learn how to tell your story of why you stand with immigrants and best practices for uplifting stories of immigrants and allies in your communities.
This training is lead by allies for all audiences.
Trainers: Dara Adams, Sandra Shelly

Trainers: Dara Adams, Sandra Shelly

Labor Caucus

Join the AFL-CIO and Change to Win to discuss strategies to fight back against 45s anti-labor agenda and support working people all across the country.

Led by: Jamal Watkins

Protecting Democracy in 2017 and Beyond: Strategies and tactics to fight back against efforts making it harder to vote

Voting in America has never been easy, but through struggle and sacrifices the right to vote has expanded since the inception of the United States. But, increased access to voting is under attack through policies pushed by politicians who want to make it harder for people to vote.

This panel of voting rights and civic engagement experts will explore strategies and tactics that are being employed at the state, local and national levels to fight back against efforts to suppress the vote and how citizen activists can participate in ensuring that our elections are free, fair and accessible to all.

Led by: Jason Kander

Panelists: Hannah Fried, Nse Ufot

Net Neutrality and the Fight to Regain It

The importance of net neutrality cannot be understated, especially when it comes to the ability to build and grow our movement. Previously, coalitions made up largely of people of color helped guarantee the independence and fairness of our most important communications resource. Now the FCC, under its new leadership, is working to completely destroy the net neutrality protections and again communities and organizations of color are responding.

This is about your ability to communicate your message. What is at stake? What do we do? What are our chances now? Join the activists who led prior campaigns to protect net neutrality for this not to be missed conversation.

Led by: Alfredo Lopez

Panelists: Brandi Collins, Steven Renderos, Collette Watson

Screening: “The 39th”

After years of mismanagement and scandal, young progressive politician Will Guzzardi believes that he can mobilize a movement to upend Illinois’ political machine. But he chose to run against Toni Berrios, daughter of one of the best connected (and most corrupt) pols in Chicago—and the establishment is not going to let her go down without a fight. The 39th follows Guzzardi as he fights for this seat block by block, and comes to terms with just how far the machine will go to hold on to power.

Led by: Laura Fallsgraff, Erica Sagrans

How Grassroots Activists Slowed Down the “Inevitability” of ACA Repeal

As election results poured in on November 8, pundits predicted that Obamacare was toast. Republicans had been campaigning on repeal for 7 years and were now in total control. It seemed like an uphill battle to preserve critical health care for millions. And yet it took House Republicans roughly 5 months to pass their version of a repeal bill. Meet some of the activists who were in the trenches fighting and organizing against this health care bill and learn tangible, low-to-no-cost lessons you can apply to your campaigns starting tomorrow—from transparency, raising the voices of real people, creative risk-taking, effective messaging and data, mobilizing your activists offline, rapid response, video, and more.

Led by: Khelan Bhatia

Panelists: Sarah Baron, Leah Greenberg, Reshma Mehta

Faked Out: The Progressive Answer to the Right's Dirty Online Tricks

We’ve fought back from a fake news attack on Planned Parenthood, helped Bernie expand his tent in Iowa, and suffered as we watched Rob Quist get smeared online in Montana. Now we want to share our learnings and train you on the best practices in fighting fake news and digital political warfare. In this session, we’ll cover best practices in SEO basics and talk about what the other side has been doing to launch attacks on candidate credibility. Then we’ll show you how to fight back with your own credible, creative content.

Trainers: Daniel Beckmann, Tom Hallaran

Daily Kos Caucus

Join other readers of Daily Kos to talk about the community and activism at the site. Daily Kos Staff will be in attendance to answer your questions.

Session led by: Neeta Lind, Daily Kos Director of Community

President: Will Rockafellow
Activism Team: Amanda McKay, Carissa Miller, Irna Landrum, Kimm Lett, Michael Langenmayr, Monique Teal and Rachel Colyer.
Editorial Team: Susan Gardner, Joan McCarter, Laura Clawson, Meteor Blades, Kelly Macias and Gabe Ortiz.
Elections Team: David Nir, Jeff Singer and Carolyn Fiddler.
Social Media Team: Faith Gardner, Jen Hayden, Walter Einenkel and Wagatwe Wanjuki.

How to Embed Creative Digital Storytelling Into Your Activism

Direct action, protest, and mass mobilization have long helped progressive organizers win for our movements and look to be a fixture of resistance in the Trump era. But the way we communicate this activism is changing. Digital tools have democratized the way we tell stories and shifted the balance of power from institutions to activists, opening critical opportunities for engagement and movement building. This panel will explore how we we can use these opportunities to tell the most compelling stories possible. We’ll hear from digital practitioners on established and emerging tools for storytelling, activists on their experience as embedded digital storytellers, and organizers on how to harness these stories for meaningful policy change.

Led by: Ryan Schleeter

Panelists: Courtney Fuller, Sarah Rasmussen, Pearl Robinson, Amir Salehzadeh

A Progressive Vision of Universal Basic Income

Interest in universal basic income has surged in recent years, as it’s become more apparent that the way our economy operates is leaving many people behind. While basic income has the potential to radically transform our society, certain implementations of the policy might actually leave many worse off than they are today. Join us for a discussion on a progressive vision of basic income and how that might lift up those who are struggling, both today and going forward into the future.

Led by: Sandhya Anantharaman

Panelists: Joe Dinkin, Reetu Mody, Tom Perriello, Saket Soni

Grow, Fight, Win: Organizing for Immigrant Rights

In traditionally red states like Texas, Georgia, and Arizona, pro-immigrant movements are starting to grow, fight, and win. How is this happening? What tactics is the left taking to achieve policy success? In the face of increasingly anti-immigrant policies nationwide, we are bringing together a distinguished panel of immigrant rights organizers from TX, GA, and AZ to share best practices around effective issue based campaigns in conservative strongholds. Learn how to build coalitions, cultivate unlikely allies, localize messaging, and leverage grassroots power. Attendees will leave understanding the importance of conservative outreach and organizing outside electoral systems to achieve social change.

Led by: Ainee Athar

Panelists: Marisol Estrada, Alejandra Gomez, Zenen Jaimes Pérez

Making Sure the Kids'll Be Alright: Organizing the Youngs Beyond Campus

Learn what works and what doesn’t from groups that are organizing young people around the country. For too long, inside-the-beltway led groups and campaigns have put “youth organizing” on the backburner—often focusing solely on high-profile campuses. This leaves out a huge chunk of the millennials we need for progressive victories: only 40% of millennials make it to college, and the generation goes well past college age. Traditional campaign tactics like phone banking and door-knocking aren’t reaching them, so what does? We’ll discuss tactics that worked to register and turn out young people, and how we are keeping them engaged now.

Led by: Ben Wessel

Panelists: Yong Jung Cho, Prentiss Haney, Lizzy Stephan, Nse Ufot

The Digital Lab: Better Outreach through Email Testing

Every email list is different, so how do you know what messaging will motivate your supporters the most? What subject lines will grab their attention? Which email layout will get them to click through? Here’s the good news: the answers to those questions—and more—are a simple email test away. In this session, attendees will learn the basics of email testing including what makes an effective test, what tools they need to start testing, best practices, how to analyze the results of a test, and how to apply those lessons to future emails.

This training is for digital organizers and digital professionals who are new to email and/or testing but who want to launch an effective testing program. Some takeaways will also be useful to those who have email testing programs they are looking to take to the next level.

Trainers: Malinda Frevert, Damien Shirley

The State of Trans Affairs in 2017

Progressive While Black: Rules for Engaging Black Progressives in the Trump Era

In 2015, Bernie Sanders burst onto the scene with his bid for president, spurring engagement and activism among members of the progressive movement. However, there has been, and continues to be, a noted lack of authentic engagement of Black progressives within the movement. With the midterm elections looming and increasing hostility towards progressive ideals and Black issues, members of the progressive movement must re-evaluate its interactions with progressives of color, specifically Black progressives. The progressive movement’s ability to mobilize against the Trump presidency rests in its ability to mobilize, collaborate with and engage Black progressives.

Led by: Anoa Changa

Panelists: Mary Hooks, Rep. Barbara Lee, Cesar Vargas, Michele L Watley

Artist and Creatives Caucus

Description: Are you a filmmaker, dancer, painter, photographer, actor, or other kind of artist? Come join fellow progressive artists at a caucus just for us. We’ll get a chance to meet each other, share information on projects and work, and then discuss common problems so we can organize towards solutions, from obtaining sustainable funding sources to finding artistic collaborators and more!

 

How to Be a Labor Ally 101

As a member of the progressive community, you may have marched next to brothers and sisters in the labor movement. You may know that workers have won some key victories on the shop floor and at the voting booth. But what else? Join us for this AMA-style panel with labor activists from diverse backgrounds. You’ll get a broad overview of the struggle for workers’ rights across the country and walk away with practical tips on how to build solidarity with the labor movement.

Led by: Rosemari Ochoa

Panelists: Brett W. Copeland, Gabriella Landeros, Nelson Lucero, Mary Cathryn Ricker

Fighting Everywhere: How and Why to Run in Deep Red Territory

Running for local and state office in deep red territory is one of the most powerful things you can do to change your state and the nation. Forget everything you thought you knew and come learn just how powerful you can be—and how to implement a strong state or local campaign that yields quantifiable progress.

This training is best suited for activists and operatives living in difficult states or districts. Attendees may be considering a run for office or may be interested in supporting those who do, either as staff or in a volunteer capacity. No previous political experience is necessary.

Trainers: Madison Paige, Tony Panaccio

ActBlue Skills Training for Non-Profits

>ActBlue is a tool used extensively throughout the political world, but it is also available for 501 c4s and 501 c3s! In this training, we’ll help nonprofits explore the tools and features of ActBlue that are most useful to their work. There will be a large focus on Q&A, so bring your questions and we’ll have answers.

We expect folks with very basic questions, as well as more advanced users. The intended audience is any nonprofit with questions about ActBlue tools or about online fundraising more generally.

Trainers: Alexis Chininis, Adrianna Rosembert

Storytelling as a Tool for Change

Our organizations are committed to making the world a better place, yet we often struggle to communicate our vision and mobilize people around it. Storytelling can help bridge the disconnect with people and issues that our communities face. Stories create empathy. They allow people to intimately and emotionally understand the situation of a person they’ve never met before. Inspiring stories show solutions that exist. Through storytelling, our organizations can show its direct impact on people and make our vision real and tangible for the audience. We’re still figuring out the secret sauce, and we invite you to join us in this safe space so we can learn together.

Beginner to intermediate. This training is best suited for those who know the basics of social media engagement, messaging and framing.

Trainers: Elena Perez, Kim Rescate

Action Network 101: A Training for Digital Organizers (Sponsored Training)

The Action Network is an intuitive, and full-featured online mobilization toolset. In this training, we’ll walk through Action Network’s top features in addition to taking an in depth look at some the new tools added in the last year – including, ‘Ladders’ our automated email functionality. There will be opportunities to ask questions about how you can use Action Network to organize your best online campaigns during the session. This training is ideal for folks who are interested in exploring new tools to run their digital programs and existing partners that are new to Action Network. To learn more about our toolset before the session, visit www.actionnetwork.org/toolset.

This training is sponsored by Action Network.

Trainers: Mari Vangen

#JewishResistance Caucus

Join Jewish organizers who work for Jewish social justice organizations (such as IfNotNow, Bend the Arc, Workmens Circle) as well as Jewish organizers who don’t work in the Jewish world but are looking for ways to take action based on their Jewish identity. #JewishResistance emerged as a hashtag in the aftermath of the Trump Election, specifically to protest the ways the Jewish Establishment was not criticizing Trump in order to maintain a positive relationship with his administration to continue the US unconditional support for Israel and the Occupation.

Being Real on Camera: Training to be Authentic and Relatable

Voters want a feel for a candidate; they want to know more than policy positions and resume items. In this training, professional television producers with long experience both on camera and behind the scenes will coach you to connect your personal story with your vision—and then express it in an authentic, powerful and believable way on camera. Learn techniques to express your best and most relatable self and see examples of what works and what doesn’t. You’ll create a bullet point-type script that cuts quickly to what voters want to know. Craft a powerful statement of why you are running; focus your personal story of where you are coming from, what personal experience lit your fire; and state your vision for the future. Then, if you choose, you’re on camera. Those who volunteer will have an opportunity to present parts of their presentation and be coached to be their best. This is the perfect companion to the Bio Videos workshop where full presentations will be recorded.

This training is for candidates and potential candidates who want to hone their presentation ability. Pre-workshop development of answers to core questions (why am I running, etc) is helpful to move quickly to presentation.

This is the perfect companion to the Stand Out! Bio Videos And Social Media Targeting For Candidates workshop where presentations will be recorded.

Led by: Sharon Anderson Edelman, Steve Edelman

Educate, Activate, Engage: Bringing Activism to the Masses

The Co-Founders of PaveItBlue will discuss how they created a movement from a Facebook group that became an overnight success story of an army of boots-on-the-ground volunteers for one of the most watched political races in history in Georgia’s 6thCongressional District. From never-before activists to women running for office, come hear how they engage women on the full spectrum of the activism continuum, meeting them where they are and helping them move up the ladder.

Trainers: Lesley Bauer, Jen Cox, Nicole Henderson

Opening Reception

Join us before our opening plenary for an opening reception! After a busy day of panels and training sessions, power up with appetizers generously provided by the Patriotic Millionaires and connect with old and new friends before the keynote begins. Sponsored by the Patriotic Millionaires.

Opening Plenary

Join us for our opening keynote to kick off Netroots Nation 2017!  You’ll hear from great speakers including Rep. Barbara Lee; Georgia House Minority Leader and gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams; Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum; Mustafa Ali of the Hip Hop Caucus; Jason Kander; Joe Sanberg, founder of a California program that helps low-income families claim the state and federal earned income tax credits; Donna Edwards and Nse Ufot.

Panelists: Stacey Abrams, Mustafa Ali, Mayor Andrew Gillum, Rep. Barbara Lee, Joe Sanberg

Innovate+Imbibe: Join Kairos, NMV and Voqal for Happy Hour!

Join Kairos, NMV and Voqal for a light reception to find out more about each organization’s programs that support social entrepreneurs, diverse digital leaders, and progressive change-makers and how to get involved as a fellow, mentor, host organization, or partner. Kairos is a fellowship, organizational development and networking program to improve digital organizing and civic tech by building the leadership of people of color and racial equity within organizations. NMV funds startups and supports entrepreneurs working to shift narratives, build movements and boost civic engagement. Voqal’s fellowship program invests in the next generation of social entrepreneurs by providing funding and mentoring to help bring an early stage idea to life.

PDI National Launch Party featuring a performance by Killer Mike

PDI is celebrating the launch of their National Software Platform with rapper/activist Killer Mike and Ashanti “The Mad Violinist” Floyd at Southern Exchange at 200 Peach Tree Street NW, just two blocks from the conference. The event is open to all 2017 Netroots Nation conference attendees. You must have your Netroots conference badge and a PDI RSVP ticket for admittance. RSVP at politicaldata.com/Netroots. The venue is limited to 1,000 guests. Please stop by the PDI exhibit booth on Thursday for a complimentary drink ticket. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

Our 1964 Moment: Learning from the Rise of the Right


Shocking as it was in the moment, when you look across the last five decades of political strategy, Trump was the definitional end to a well-thought-out strategy by the right. After Barry Goldwater’s sweeping defeat in 1964, the right worked to build an infrastructure of institutions, funders and elected officials that would work in tandem to gain complete control in our democratic process. This control is driven by a governing philosophy messaged far better than the left manages to message our goals and philosophy. Join us as we discuss how to build our own infrastructure and message our goals in a more efficient way and uncover the lessons we can learn from the rise of the right.

Led by: Morris Pearl

Panelists: Nancy Flake Johnson, Erica Payne, John Robinson

Digital Sanctuary: Combatting Bias and Racism in Tech Tools and Policies

The 2016 election cycle brought critical challenges with technology into sharp focus. While these fights have been brewing for years across the web, 2016 made it clear that inequality online leads to injustice offline. We need a different set of tech tools policies that disrupt structural exclusion and implicit bias. Systemic racism gets embedded in our technology and tech-driven tactics, allowing for technology to be used in ways that further marginalizes people of color, queer and trans folks, people with disabilities, and women. During this panel we’ll talk about who profits, whose labor is exploited, and what we’re doing to build tools and models that can lead to systemic change and digital sanctuaries.

Led by: Mariana Ruiz Firmat

Panelists: Brandi Collins, Malkia Cyril, B. LoEwe, Cayden Mak

Prosecutor Accountability: Building Local Power

Prosecutors make decisions everyday that impact the lives of Black and Brown people and their communities. Prosecutors decide whether to charge a case, whether to make a plea deal and whether to accept bail; and they make decisions on sentencing. Previously, these were elected positions that flew under the radar, with 85 percent of prosecutors running unopposed. However in 2016, multiracial coalitions led by Black and Brown people came together to bring in reform candidates from St. Louis to Houston to Orlando. This panel focuses on the work after the victories—building political power, holding these newly elected prosecutors accountable and organizing resistance against the inevitable pushback from those in favor of the status quo.

Led by: Scott Roberts

Panelists: Sherry Boston, Jasmine Burney-Clark, Josie Duffy, Mary Moreno

Standing Up for Science: Lessons Learned from Science Organizing in the Trump Era

The Trump administration and GOP-controlled Congress are waging a war on science, but the grassroots resistance from scientists, science advocates and the general public is growing in a way that nobody saw coming. Join us for a discussion of tactics, shared successes, and lessons learned from those organizing in support of science.

Led by: Amanda Mourant

Panelists: Mustafa Ali, Kim Cobb, Dr. Gretchen Goldman, Dr. Lucky Tran

How to Win the Internet and Influence People

Digital-driven movements succeed through the power of people. Dale Carnegie was right: It’s important to make friends in order to persuade people effectively. The game has changed and a reality TV star has become the most successful online influencer in history as the leader of the free world. Silicon Valley startups and major corporations have understood the power of microinfluencers for years. Learn how you can use free or low cost tools through platforms like Hootsuite and Instagram to build relationships with those people who have reach and relevance in key communities. We’ll show you how you can use cutting edge techniques in influencer engagement and smart segmentation to get the right message to the right person at the right moment for maximum outreach, organizing, and advocacy.

This is an advanced training best suited for those who are using social media for a campaign or organization.

Trainers: Cheryl Contee

Life After Obama: A New Generation of Leaders on Progressive Foreign Policy


For 8 years, America had a President who came to power criticizing the Iraq War, championed diplomacy, and pushed for global solutions to problems like climate change. Now, with Donald Trump pursuing policies that make George W. Bush look liberal, a new generation of leaders in Congress is rising up to fight back. Come hear the view from Capitol Hill and discuss how progressives can help these new champions build power for the future. As our movement lays the foundation for the next progressive era, we’ll discuss how a progressive foreign policy must be part of our platform and how we can grow our movement in the halls of Congress and around the country.

Led by: Erica Fein

Panelists: Rep. Ro Khanna, Rep. Barbara Lee, Stephen Miles

Democratizing Digital Ad Tech to Empower Campaigns Up and Down the Ballot Using DemocraticAds.com

DemocraticAds.com brings the targeting technology from the presidential and federal level down to the most local of races. Down-ballot candidates and issue campaigns should be empowered to utilize the same cutting-edge technology available larger campaigns in order to reach registered voters wherever they go online—and DemocraticAds.com makes it easier than ever. In this training we will talk about how to create, place, and evaluate your digital advertising campaign. We will show you our integration with NGP-VAN’s Votebuilder, allowing you to choose a targeting option that is best for your campaign’s needs and budget.

This training is for all audiences. The platform is built to be accessible to all campaigns of any budget or technical expert.

Trainers: Amanda Coulombe, Jesse Juntura

Battling the Stigma: The Media's Role in the Fight for Repro Justice

Media has always played an important role in changing hearts and minds, and today’s abortion debate is no exception. Although great strides have been made in the way we view a woman’s right to choose, we still have a long way to go. This panel discussion will examine how the matter is currently portrayed in the media and how we can continue to push the needle in favor of women’s reproductive justice. Media helped change the way Americans view LGBTQ couples; can they change the narrative on choice too?

Led by: Jessica Reeves

Panelists: Myra Duran, Bridgette Gomez, Nora Vargas, Danielle Vega

Evidence-based GOTV

This session will include the latest advances in evidence-based GOTV tactics. The Analyst Institute assists organizations in building randomized controlled tests into their voter contact efforts, and collecting and using academic experiments. In this session, we’ll present the most up-to-date information on how to turn out voters.

This training will be accessible to all levels of experience, from those needing an introduction to randomized controlled trials and GOTV work to those seeking to brush up their skills.

Trainers: Daniel Gonzales

The Religious Left

Occupying faith spaces isn’t just for the Religious Right– there’s been lots of talk of the “Religious Left” too. From the Muslim ban, to healthcare, to immigration and everything in between, it’s clear that people of faith are mobilized on progressive causes, so lets gather people of different faith perspectives (and those who might not identify with a faith tradition) together to talk about our work in the movement.

D.I.Y. Guerilla Video

If you want tips on how to produce guerilla-style video for online campaigns and social media, this training is for you! You’ll learn how to conceptualize and produce grassroots style video for progressive causes and candidates from some of the best in the business.

This training is for all audiences.

Trainers: Condra Magee, John Rowley

Parenting in the Resistance

Parents are an important but often overlooked center of political and economic power, but parents and other caregivers face unique challenges in movement building and resistance work. How do we talk with the children in our lives—particularly children of color—about current events? What does self-care look like for parents in a rapid-response culture? How can we mobilize parents to take back political power and center the stories and experiences of American families? How do we raise a new generation of anti-racist, anti-sexist people? This panel is not just for parents, but for anyone currently caring for, guiding or loving children in their lives.

Led by: Amanda Kloer

Panelists: Melissa Giraud, Tamara Johnson-Shealey, Randall Smith

Campaign Data Management 101

We’re living in a world of big data and often find ourselves in campaigns against big moneyed interests that are able to use that against us. In this training you will get the information needed to turn the tables. Join us for a session on the strategic importance of data before, during, and after a campaign. You’ll learn how to tailor a data management strategy for your campaign and leave with best practices for campaign data management.

This is a beginner level training for anyone who wants to better understand data’s role in campaigns.

Trainers: Italia Garcia, Hakan Jackson

Making Congress Listen: How to Transform Trump Anger and Movement Energy into Victories on Capitol Hill


We’re living in a moment of unprecedented energy and activism, as Americans of all political stripes are speaking out and looking for ways to resist the radical Trump agenda. As organizers, we have a golden opportunity to channel this energy to stop Trump’s overreach by effectively engaging Congress and encouraging Democrats to be bold leaders. By helping our fellow citizens lobby their representatives in smart, strategic ways, we can effectively derail the Trump/Ryan Agenda and strengthen the ability of allies in Congress to move the Democratic Party in a more progressive direction.

Led by: Mike Darner

Panelists: Sarah Badawi, Ezra Levin, Rep. Mark Pocan, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Yasmine Taeb

Be Bold! 7 Legal Rules for Digital Advocacy that Every Nonprofit Should Know

>Advocacy is more important than ever to build power and protect our communities. Wondering if your 501(c)(3) can bring unwanted controversy? Or how to speak out on what decision-makers are doing? If so, this workshop is for you! Social media can help an organization shape public policy, but it comes with its own set of rules and regulations. Join Alliance for Justice for an interactive training that will clarify the rules for using social media, blogs, and email as part of your advocacy toolkit. AFJ’s attorney-trainer will share concrete examples and invite you to discuss hypothetical situations to develop a deeper understanding of the rules that apply to online advocacy.

For 501(c)(3) and/or 501(c)(4) staffers, volunteers, and board members interested in engaging in advocacy. All experience levels are welcome and all will leave with a better understanding of the rules.

Trainers: Nikhil Pillai

Latinx Caucus

Latinxs are the largest minority in the United States, and yet, our community lacks commensurate representation across American society. While Latinx people make up 17% of the electorate, we are only 1% of elected officials. Latinx families care deeply about access to education, yet only 4% of Latinx attend graduate school. At a time when our community is undoubtedly under assault by the Trump Administration, representation in all sectors of society matters. How do we, as organizers, identify and groom Latinos to be advocates and spokespeople for our community? And, what are some best practices for our community to organize a resistance that is sustainable and forward-thinking?

Led by: Mayra Macias

Advanced Communications Strategies for Working on Controversial Issues

If you work on issues that spark public controversy and challenge deeply held convictions, strong controversy communications strategies should be a foundational part of your campaign toolkit. From immigration to abortion, expertly navigating and influencing public conversation can be the key to success. Engaging contentious public conversations as proactive strategies can propel your campaigns. Using case studies and best practices, the session will explore the spectrum from preventing crisis to managing one using both online and offline strategies. The session is led by experts deeply engaging today’s most entrenched social debates, from a viral video attack on Planned Parenthood to immigrant rights.

This training will be of value to anyone who is responsible for public communications on behalf of an organization or campaign.

Trainers: Elizabeth Toledo, Pablo Toledo

Resist Student Debt: Tips for Managing Your Debt and Resisting Trump's Education Agenda

How can we focus on resisting the regressive agenda of the Trump administration if we are pulled away from our efforts by worrisome student debt? Many advocates, bloggers, tech experts and supporters who attend Netroots are unaware of free federal student loan repayment options that could save them from financial distress. It doesn’t have to be this way. Student Debt Crisis would like to empower our progressive peers to better manage their student debt and give them the freedom to tackle the issues that matter most. Join this hour-long session to learn more about student loan repayment options, public service loan forgiveness and loan default. Stick around for the Q&A and ask your own student loan questions.

Led by: Natalia Abrams, Cody Hounanian

Being Real on Camera: Training to be Authentic and Relatable

Voters want a feel for a candidate; they want to know more than policy positions and resume items. In this training, professional television producers with long experience both on camera and behind the scenes will coach you to connect your personal story with your vision—and then express it in an authentic, powerful and believable way on camera. Learn techniques to express your best and most relatable self and see examples of what works and what doesn’t. You’ll create a bullet point-type script that cuts quickly to what voters want to know. Craft a powerful statement of why you are running; focus your personal story of where you are coming from, what personal experience lit your fire; and state your vision for the future. Then, if you choose, you’re on camera. Those who volunteer will have an opportunity to present parts of their presentation and be coached to be their best. This is the perfect companion to the Bio Videos workshop where full presentations will be recorded.

This training is for candidates and potential candidates who want to hone their presentation ability. Pre-workshop development of answers to core questions (why am I running, etc) is helpful to move quickly to presentation.

This is the perfect companion to the Stand Out! Bio Videos And Social Media Targeting For Candidates workshop where presentations will be recorded.

Trainers: Sharon Anderson Edelman, Steve Edelman