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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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: Alice Aguilar, Brandi Collins, Steven Renderos

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: Carolyn Fiddler

Panelists: David Jarman, David Nir, Jeff Singer

Master Class: Facebook Ads

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

The Language of Resistance: Messaging and Content Creation to Combat Islamophobia

In an age where breaking through echo chambers and opinion bubbles is harder than ever, learn how to use proven message testing research to create relevant content for a variety of audiences. In this panel, we’ll touch on a recent round of message testing research around combatting bigotry against Muslims, Arabs and South Asians, and then puts the most effective messages to use. Hear from content creators who implement those messages with varied audiences and come away with both an understanding of the issues Muslims face and a sense of allyship.

Led by: Zainab Chaudary

Panelists: Tanzila Ahmed, Iram Ali , Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, Michelle Nealy

The White Face of Domestic Terrorism: How Islamophobia Distorts the Reality of Terrorist Violence in America

Americans love to summon images of turbaned Arabs when they bandy the word ‘terrorist,’ but recent studies have revealed a much more complicated reality: That domestic terrorism in the United States is twice as likely to be committed by a white American-born, right-wing extremist. This reality is often obscured by an official emphasis from politicians and law enforcement on the Islamist threat, which is echoed and expanded upon by the media. This panel will assemble terrorism experts from a variety of backgrounds to explore how ethnic hysteria against Muslims generated by hate groups has helped feed the distortion that has misshaped the resulting American anti-terrorism policy.

How to Combat Fake News

As the last election cycle taught us, millions of Americans are getting their news from questionable sources. On the right especially (although not entirely absent from the left), “fake news” sites have proliferated and are responsible for massive amounts of misinformation in the minds of voters. This panel will deconstruct the fake news paradigm and offer strategies and solutions to getting a progressive message into the newsfeeds and minds of susceptible voters.

Led by: Melissa Ryan

Panelists: Mark Jablonowski, Sara Langhinrichs, Crystal Patterson

Emotional Intelligence: New Research on Emotional Messaging

Poor use of emotional messages that are true to our values cost us close Presidential elections in 2000, 2004 and 2016. It’s one reason bad Republicans defeat good Democrats and why many voters vote against their own economic self-interest. Join us for a recap of recent message research with Obama and Trump voters and with drop-off Democrats. We’ll offer suggestions for making messages that strike a responsive chord in future campaigns. Instead of making the false choice for data driven politics over emotional messaging, we’ll offer insight into how to craft more emotionally moving messages—and arm you with the research to back it up.

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: Sarah Rasmussen

Panelists: Courtney Fuller, Luna Olavarria Gallegos, Pearl Robinson, Amir Salehzadeh

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: Erica Payne

Panelists: Marc Morial, Morris Pearl, John Robinson

Time to MOBILE-ize! Mobile Tools for Digital and On-the-Ground Action

Political and nonprofit organizations are increasingly turning to mobile technology to connect people to the causes they care about. While social media, the mobile web and downloadable apps can reach constituents more effectively than ever before, text messaging (SMS/MMS) is quickly becoming the best direct response tool to reach citizens for political and civic engagement. In recent years SMS/MMS has been an integral tool for rapid response and time-sensitive civic engagement efforts for labor, advocacy and immigration efforts. Join us as we address the impact, platform capabilities, strategy and outcomes of specific mobile campaigns, making it easier for you to get started with your own mobile plan.

Led by: Ti Chesley, Hillary Lehr

Panelists: Sandi Fox, Arisha Hatch, Ahlam Said

Getting Your Organization to Think about Digital Security

As we enter an era of increased surveillance, increased risk of hacking, and a potentially hostile administration, it’s more imporant than ever to keep your staff, your members and your data safe. In this panel, we’ll cover how to adopt a security mindset in your organizing work; how to adapt your communication practices, workflows and tools to be more secure; and how to take next steps teaching your staff and rolling out security process updates in a way that not only makes your staff more safe now, but sets the groundwork for a sustainable culture of security in your organization.

Tech Companies are Shaping the World, but Are We Shaping Tech Companies?

Our world is shaped by companies like YouTube, Facebook, and Google—oftentimes as much as it is mediated by the law and politicians. But unlike lawmakers, it often feels as if the public has no way to influence the policies of these companies. Fortunately, we know that’s not true. From advertisers pulling their business from YouTube due to their products showing up next to hateful content to drag queens and trans advocates pushing Facebook to change their “real name” policy, users are pushing back. In this panel, we’ll talk about some of the ways advocates and grassroots activists have pushed back on tech companies. We’ll cover success stories, discuss ongoing campaigns, and identify best practices for tech company advocacy .

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

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.

Knockout Your Naysayers: Real-World Examples to Get Your Digital Program Up and Running

Technology is constantly disrupting the way we communicate, and it seems like there’s a new app or tool coming out every day. Yet too many organizations are drowning in paper call sheets and outdated organizing models. In this session, we dive into the key components of launching a digital program through successful partnerships between communications staff and field teams. Panelists will discuss case studies and lessons learned in getting buy-in from senior staff to invest in digital organizing as well as share concrete tools you can take back to implement in your organization and campaigns.

Led by: Fermin Vasquez

Panelists: Marcus Benigno, Zaineb Mohammed

Game of Phones: Rapid Response Calling in the Age of Trump

Calling has proven to be one of the most effective ways to lobby your elected officials. Join us for a conversation on the successes (and failures) of using calling tools, with a particular focus on the influx of legislative hotlines leading up to and after Trump’s inauguration. We’ll share best practices on creating and promoting hotlines and other methods of driving call actions.

Led by: Carla Aronsohn

Panelists: Mark Crain, Zave Martohardjono

Gamify Your Activism: Developing Automation Tools for Grassroots Advocacy

Message boards, e-mail lists, and easily built campaign websites improved the efficiency of grassroots activism through the 90s and 00s. As we move into an era of augmented reality and organizing across large distributed networks, organizers will need innovative and emotionally-appealing methods of inspiring, tracking and rewarding actions in a virtuous cycle. Our in-house advocacy automation tool, the Chapter Activity Tracker, gives network leaders an interactive and flexible platform to engage their chapters and removes financial barriers to organizing. This panel will demonstrate proven methods by which we have increased capacity and results while distributing power and responsibility to a growing network of leaders.

Led by: Betty Aldworth

Panelists: Juana Akumoah Boateng, Scott Cecil, Alec Foster, Tyler Williams

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?

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.

Panelists: Shilpa Joshi, Kim Powe, Dan Sherrell, Camila Thorndike

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: Keith Thirion

Panelists: Nan Aron, Sean Carlson, Anisha Singh

Let Her Learn: Understanding and Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline for Girls of Color

The school-to-prison pipeline, the maze of policies and practices that unfairly pushes students out of school and into the criminal justice system, has long been framed as a boy’s issue. But we know from the data that girls are being targeted too. And it starts as early as preschool. Black girls are only 20 percent of the preschool population but 54 percent of preschool suspensions. These numbers are not the result of higher rates of misbehavior. Girls of color are often punished for minor and non-existent offenses, or the same offenses committed by their peers who are not punished. Come hear from a team of organizers and experts on how you can rally your community around this issue and shut down the school-to-prison pipeline.

Led by: Sabrina Stevens

Panelists: Robin McNair, Monique Morris , Letha Muhammad, Zakiya Sankara-Jabar

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: Jasmine Burney

Prohibition, Mass Incarceration and Racism: How We Can Halt the Prison Pipeline for Cannabis Use

Millions of people in the United States are incarcerated for cannabis possession, and the majority of those are minorities and the poor. Mass incarceration of minorities and the poor for cannabis possession has been the standard since it was made a Schedule 1 drug. Join us for a conversation about how to push elected officials to make the necessary changes to better our society and halt the prison pipeline for cannabis use.

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

Millions of Jobs: How Progressives are Taking Back the Populist Narrative and Going On Offense on Infrastructure

Progressives are taking back the populist narrative and going on offense against Republicans with a plan to rebuild America—and create millions of new jobs in the process. Hear the inside story of how this campaign came together and where we go from here—to 2018, 2020 and beyond.

Led by: Sarah Badawi

Panelists: Rep. Keith Ellison, Adam Green, Dwayne Royster

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, Saket Soni

Pivoting Left: How We Win by Standing Up for Working Families and Embracing Progressive Values

On Election Day, polls found that a majority of voters felt squeezed economically. While the cost of housing, education and health care continue to rise, many Americans haven’t seen a raise in a decade or longer. As progressives consider how to respond to Trump’s populist economic nationalism, progressives have a choice: embrace a bold populist economic agenda that speaks to working class families and excites an increasingly diverse Democratic base, or pursue the incrementalist agenda of recent years. Come hear why public opinion experts, progressive leaders, and members of Congress are pushing for new agenda to create a lasting progressive governing majority.

Led by: Rep. Mark Pocan

Panelists: Aimee Allison, Stan Greenberg, Felicia Wong

Financial Tech: 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.

UnKoch My Campus: Resisting the Political Corruption of Higher Education

Koch funding is infiltrating our nation’s universities at an unprecedented rate. This is because, by Charles Koch’s own admission, universities are his most important resources for achieving political control. This panel will demonstrate how Koch funding at nearly 400 universities is helping him secretly buy influence over local, state and federal policymaking. We’ll highlight how Koch is stripping power from faculty, corrupting the education students receive and using their control of academia to attack our democracy. Participants will gain an understanding of how Koch’s strategy impacts their issue areas of interest and learn grassroots tactics for successfully disrupting this corruption of our universities.

Led by: Ralph Wilson

Panelists: Mark Hammond, David Harer, Chad Stanton, Laura Wright

Local Food Policies: Converting a Food Desert to a Food Oasis

Whether challenging the municipal urban agriculture ordinance in Boston to treat Black women farmers equally or converting a Georgia food desert to a food oasis, resistance is being fought to bring about a better food world. The “food rebels” gathered for this panel are each involved with engaging policy to effect change and generate new opportunities for those traditionally locked out of power. Join us to discuss the levers of change in food policy that are available to activists and why progressives must to be aware of the issue and impacts.

Led by: Suzanne Girdner, Mark Winne

Panelists: Kafi Dixon, Khalid Kamau, Kwabena Nkromo

Increasing Women's Access to Health Care Under Trump

It’s more important than ever to fight for increased access to care and reproductive freedom for women. Donald Trump may say he “cherishes” women and will be the”best” president for women, but his stances on issues affecting women prove otherwise. Trump’s presidency and proposed policies pose a clear and present danger to women—specifically women’s reproductive freedom. Join women’s health experts, activists and public health champions to discuss successful strategies for increasing access to care and reproductive freedom.

Led by: Natalia Abrams

Panelists: Merissa Hawkins, Jessica Jin, Jessica Knox

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: Dr. Kim Cobb, Gretchen Goldman, Lucky Tran

The Intersection of Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence

Atlanta is a major transportation hub when it comes to trafficking young girls from Mexico and is one of 14 U.S. cities with the highest levels of sex trafficking of children. The FBI ranks Metro Atlanta near the top of the list for human trafficking. It’s vital that we as activists aren’t just bystanders to the problem but part of the solution. Join us as we explore how these types of violence intersect with each other and discuss the importance of tackling these issues through a holistic, intersectional lens.

Hateful Violence in the Age of Trump: Stemming the Tide of Violent Post-election Incidents

In the first weeks after the election, the Southern Poverty Law Center tracked and collected information about a wave of hate incidents, which numbered more than 1,000 in the first month alone and continued to grow, albeit at a slower pace. Many of these incidents involved perpetrators who invoked the election result and President Trump or his rhetoric when committing these acts. Others, such as the horrifying murder of two tech workers in Kansas, arose out of a tide of anti-immigrant hatred. This panel will explore the nature and shape of this dark tidal wave and discuss strategies for communities to stand up against it.

Keep Your (Tiny, White) Hands Off Me: Strategies and Solutions for Black and Brown Bodily Autonomy

Since becoming president, Donald Trump has issued a series of unprecedented attacks on the autonomy of black and brown bodies in America and around the world, including attempting to forcibly remove health care coverage for millions and defund Planned Parenthood; expanding the devastating global gag rule; making plans to build a wall along the Mexico border; and upping federal immigration enforcement efforts. This panel will feature voices of resistance from those directly affected by such policies. We’ll discuss solutions and strategies for protecting and advancing bodily autonomy, even and especially in the age of Trump.

Led by: Lori Adelman

Panelists: Brittany Alston Caballero, Josie Duffy, Mychal Denzel Smith, Catalina Velasquez

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, Jay Riestenberg, Chris Savage

Cracking the Code of the 2018 Midterms: Organizing Tools to Win Down Ballot

The 2018 midterm elections will be here before you know it. In such a pivotal moment for the progressive movement, down-ballot candidates should be well equipped to run sophisticated, multi-channel campaigns. What role will data and technology play in the 2018 elections? What tools are organizations using now to prepare for 2018? How will Democrats and progressives match up to their GOP opponents when it comes to data-driven campaigning?

Led by: Amanda Coulombe, Mark Jablonowski, Max Kamin-Cross

Panelists: Danielle Winterhalter

Drawing a Roadmap For Reclaiming Our State Legislatures

States are often referred to as the laboratories of American democracy, but progressives have lost control of most of them, which means opportunities for enacting progressive ideas into law are increasingly limited. Right-wing Republicans are on the verge of gaining the ability to call a constitutional convention because they control so many statehouses. Progressives need a national roadmap for reclaiming our state legislatures so we can introduce progressive ideas to more regions of the country, build a better resistance, and prevent Republicans from dominating the next round of redistricting. This panel will discuss how we can use strategies like big organizing to win legislative races in purple as well as red districts.

Nuts & Bolts Live: Down Ballot Campaigns 3.0

Nuts & Bolts, the Saturday front page series on Daily Kos, focuses on the details of how your county, state and national party work—and how you can get involved. Following fictional campaigns, it has been used by candidates nationwide as a way to help keep their down-ballot, low money candidacies functional. Join us for Nuts & Bolts Live: a Q&A with local political leaders and advocates who want to see changes in their communities.

Led by: Chris Reeves

Panelists: Tamara Johnson-Shealey, Christine Pelosi, Sheikh M Rahman

Leaving It All on the Field: The Midterm Elections in the Resistance Era

Democrats have suffered severe losses in recent midterm elections. Because of redistricting, the 2010 elections devastated the party so badly that we have not yet been able to recover. And 2014 wasn’t much better. But the party in control of the White House usually loses ground in the midterms—and because of Trump, progressives are more mobilized than they have been in a decade. Just in time, too: not only is control of the House at stake, but the next round of redistricting is just around the corner. For 2018, where, and how, should progressive activists focus their energy for maximum impact? Our panel— comprised of a handicapper, a staffer, an activist, and a candidate—will approach these questions from each angle.

Led by: Laura Clawson

Panelists: Carolyn Fiddler, David Nir, Lauren Underwood

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.

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, Zenen Jaimes Pérez

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

Indivisible Women: Mobilizing and Rising Up in Rural America

Indivisible Women, established in a rural community in a red district in a blue state and recognized as one of the larger Indivisible groups in the nation, is creating a new model for women’s leadership. Designed to engage rural women in the political process, encourage partnerships and community building, and access personal power, this panel will share new systems women in rural America are implementing to create solutions to some of our greatest challenges. You’ll learn tools to mobilize multi generations and neighboring communities to work together and design a vision beyond the resistance, plus how to establish a grassroots PAC to support women in leadership and elected office.

Led by: Sheila Cameron

Panelists: Heidi Hall, Marilyn Nyborg , Elisa Parker, Tracie Stafford

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

A Path Forward: Navigating Ballot Initiatives for Progressive Change

We need every tool in our direct democracy belt sharpened and ready for use. Ballot initiatives may be the only path toward progress on certain issues—especially in conservative states. Hear from panelists of diverse firsthand experience funding, organizing, researching, writing and legislating ballot initiatives. Get the rundown on corporate opposition to grassroots initiatives and how to win despite being outspent. Learn from ballot failures and avoid some future bruising. Join us and leave this panel a wiser warrior for democracy, a more astute journalist, and a stronger organizer.

Led by: Rick Claypool

Panelists: Kellie Dupree, Alejandra Gomez , Ryan Hughes

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

Stemming Drop-off and Roll-off: How to Ensure Key Voters Vote in 2017-2018

With so much at stake in 2018 and the importance of early wins in 2017, it could not be more critical to understand the factors affecting voter drop-off, the decline in turnout in non-presidential elections; and roll-off, the failure to cast ballots in down-ballot races. What do we know about potential drop-off and roll-off levels among key demographic groups whose participation will affect the likelihood of progressive electoral gains? What does current research tell us about the issues and information that will best engage and motivate key progressive voters? How might various techniques mobilize drop-off voters? What kind of pop cultural communication and social media can work? What role can different candidates and initiatives play?

Led by: Gail Leftwich Kitch

Panelists: Cristobal Alex, Page Gardner, Jessica Tully, joshua ulibarri

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: Ian Bridgeforth, Yong Jung Cho, Prentiss Haney, Lizzy Stephan, Nse Ufot

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

The Progressive Response to (Predictable) Emergencies: National Security Crises and Domestic Crackdowns in the Time of Trump

Let’s face it, the first few months of Donald Trump’s America have been horrifying, but it can get worse. Moments of crisis, such as extremist violence or an international crisis, create windows for seizing power, enacting racist repression of entire communities, restricting civil liberties, cracking down on domestic opposition and going to war. Hitler used the Reichstag Fire; Putin used the 1999 apartment bombings; and George W. Bush used 9/11. With Trump, Bannon and their allies in Congress, progressives must be prepared to fight back in the first hours and days of a national security crisis. Hear from presenters including Congresswoman Jayapal and senior leaders from the ACLU, Proteus Fund, Win Without War and MoveOn.

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.

Digital Advertising Dos and Don'ts

From advertising on social media to voter-targeted display and pre-roll, the world of digital advertising continues to evolve and get more complex—but also more effective. Digital advertising experts at Bully Pulpit Interactive will walk you through the basics of digital advertising and how to approach your digital campaign, advertising channels, audience targeting, and measurement so that you leave knowing how to make an impact with any budget.

This training is for all audiences.

Trainers: Amy Kelleher, Madeline Twomey

Immigrant Resistance in Red States

Racist, criminalizing state laws already made Georgia a tough state for immigrants. While the current regime poses an enormous challenge to immigrant rights—especially in red states like Georgia—a thriving resistance movement is bringing together communities of color. Come hear about the state’s historically anti-immigrant policies, how an increased anti-immigrant crackdown from this presidency threatens immigrants, and how people on the ground are fighting back in tough terrain like Georgia and beyond.

Led by: Flavia Jimenez

Panelists: Adelina Nicholls

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

Building a 21st Century Movement Against Militarism

Much has been written about the demise of the American peace movement, but this panel will examine the exciting work to build a new movement against militarism. From police using tanks against protesters to a drone war that has taken thousands of lives to endless wars in the Middle East, the American war machine is alive and well. Why does the left have so much trouble taking it on? At a time when more than half of the federal discretionary budget goes toward war, we will explore how rebalancing federal funding is at the heart of building the America we want to see. An all-star group of organizers will discuss innovative new campaigns to recenter the fight against militarism at the heart of the progressive movement.

Harnessing the Power of Digital-first Content

The message matters, but so does how and where we tell the message. During the 2016 cycle, the digital team behind Chuck Schumer’s reelection campaign found that digitally optimized ads would perform significantly better in an online presentation than made-for-TV ads in terms of user engagement and view completion rates, and provide a measurable brand lift. In this training, we’ll show you what digital-first content is and review tests that prove its effectiveness, then we’ll teach you how to develop it yourself. Join us for an interactive discussion on digital-first content, and learn how digital organizers at every level can develop content that engages more activists and persuades and turnouts more voters.

Participants should attend our training with the goal of understanding the power of digital first content, and have the tools to produce it.

Trainers: Raffi Appel, Tatenda Musapatike

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, Rachel Tuchman

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

Transwomen Lead: Toward a More Inclusive Progressive Movement

Join us as trans women of color discuss the difficulties they face daily and the work they’re doing to shift the experiences for the trans community as a whole. We’ll discuss how the progressive movement can more authentically engage with trans folk, improve inclusion, and provide opportunities for leadership within the movement.

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

Ending the Myth of the Welfare Queen

Throughout the country, reproductive justice and anti-poverty movements are coming together to change the narrative about who gets welfare and why. They are doing so while building campaigns to repeal harmful policies established in the lead-up to and during the 1996 Federal Welfare Reform. State laws denying child care to children whose parents have a prior drug felony conviction or cash aid to families if they birth children while poor depend on the myth of the welfare queen. This racist, misogynistic and classist myth supposes that poor women have babies to make money and their poor parenting decisions result from laziness or selfishness. Learn how this new forged coalition is changing the narrative and changing the laws.

Led by: Jessica Bartholow

Panelists: Myra Duran, Nourbese Flint

Using SEO for Social Change, Profit and Fame!

SEO is straight up magical. It’s free, easy, and can drive millions of visitors to your website. We’ll show you how we used SEO to secure top Google placement for almost any voting-related search, allowing us to run the largest—and cheapest—voter engagement program in America. During this training, you’ll learn five things you can immediately do to your website to improve your search engine ranking and reach more visitors without spending any more money. Bring your laptop and your admin password so you can get under the hood of your website and start making changes now.

This is an intermediate to advanced level training for people who love the internet, love user-generated content, know HTML and have administrative access to at least one website. Bring your laptop and your admin password so you can get under the hood of your website and start making changes.

Trainers: Debra Cleaver, Jim Pugh

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

Beyond A/B Testing: Upping Your Digital Analytics Game

More and more organizations are adopting the fundamentals of analytics into their digital programs: tracking key metrics, A/B testing, and making data-informed decisions. But is there more you could be doing? This training will cover advanced digital analytics practices: best practice testing, multi-stage testing, multivariate testing, challenges with ad testing, and effective test tracking.

Attendees should be very familiar with A/B testing and how analytics can help guide a digital program.

Trainers: Sandhya Anantharaman, Jim Pugh

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: Jenny Mistry, TABITHA SKERVIN, Amanda Williams

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

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: Dr. Melina Abdula, Michele Watley

How to Gather and Use Audience Insights in Your Campaign

The Mobilisation Lab has developed a unique campaign planning process that blends high-performing advocacy campaign strategy tools and collaborative processes with proven methods inspired by design thinking. Audience sensing—the process of gaining insight into motivations, needs, barriers to action, and context for the audiences that matter for your campaign or project—is a core part of this methodology and a foundation of human-centered design. In this session, you’ll learn how to frame and conduct audience sensing in a low-cost, rapid way—and how to use the insights you gather to improve your campaign or project. This process was designed with people-powered advocacy campaigns in mind, but can also be applied to electoral work.

Some familiarity with campaign planning and a need to plan campaigns in some form as part of your life (could be your job or as a volunteer) is needed. Those with some background in facilitation will likely get even more out of this, but it’s not required.

 

Trainers: Ben Simon

#AskaSista: Black Women Muse on Politics, Policy, Pop Culture and Scholarship

You’ve heard the statistic again and again. 94% of Black women voters voted for Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump. Indeed, Black women have been at the forefront of progressive thought and movement in North America, continuously without the proper recognition, financial investment or confidence. Who knew Leah Daughtry’s name before the hashtag #BlackWomenDidThat after the excellence of the Democratic National Convention? When April Ryan, Angela Rye and Symone Sanders are taking names and doing battle on the national press stage, do we have their backs? And, as a stalwart defender of our rights and responsibilities as American citizens, are we ready for Auntie Congresswoman Maxine Waters to become a possible Presidential candidate?

Led by: Cheryl Contee

Panelists: Kimberly 'Dr. Goddess' Ellis, Loretta Ross, Robyn Spencer, Nse Ufot

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

Can Latino Men be Organized to Fight Back?

The 2016 election had a few bright spots, but for the most part, Democrats failed to turn out enough of its base. One of the key constituencies that demands further exploration—and one that will be critical for future Democratic electoral success—is Latinos; what is noticeable is how differently Latino men voted compared to Latinas. There was a 13-point gender gap between Latino men and women. As Republicans continue to count on a shrinking Anglo vote, progressives cannot allow Latino men to drift further to the middle. This panel explores what can be done to cement Latino men as the part of the progressive base.

Led by: joshua ulibarri

Panelists: Leticia Martinez, Paul Rivera, Tomas Robles, Colin Rogero

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: John Rowley

#BadassHelenKeller and #FierceFannieLou: How Disability Can Save the Progressive Movement

Fannie Lou Hamer was involuntarily sterilized because of polio in her 20s and often talked about the additional oppression she fought because of her health. Helen Keller was more than just inspiration porn. She protested Apartheid and founded the ACLU. Disabled people, both those with visible conditions and those with hidden ones (mental health, learning disabilities, chronic illness) are already within our movement. In this session, we’ll discuss how our issues and agendas overlap, incorporating best practices and strategies to recognize and combat ableism can strengthen our agenda, buttress our grassroots, and sustain us for the long road ahead.

Led by: Rebecca Cokley

Panelists: Mia Ives-Rubles, Kathy Perez, Vilissa Thompson

Protecting Students and their Families from the Threat of Deportation

More than 750,000 individuals adjusted their immigration status through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The AFT and its partners across the country are on the frontlines fighting to keep families and communities together while President Trump keeps his campaign promise targeting undocumented and refugee immigrants. Join us for a candid conversation about immigration and ICE raids. Learn about the tools and resources available to community members, allies, and schools to help undocumented students prepare and fight back against the attacks and defend DACA.

This training is for all audiences.

Trainers: Elana Levin, Cesar Moreno Perez

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

Not Just Bill O'Reilly: Combatting Sexual Harassment as a Progressive Employee

We know sexual harassment is a problem in the progressive movement. It’s time for solutions that every single one of us can implement. Whether you’re someone who has been targeted for sexual harassment and needs to know how to respond; someone who has witnessed or been confided in about harassment occuring and wants to be supportive; or someone responsible for creating organizational policies and processes, this training will give you concrete strategies to implement immediately. If harassment happens again, you’ll be ready. But you can also do work in advance to hopefully prevent harassment from ever happening, armed with the latest and most effective approaches recommended by experts.

This training is for all audiences. Intended audience is anyone who works in an environment where sexual harassment could happen (which is everyone!) and/or who believes progressives should do better at identifying and responding to sexual harassment.

Trainers: Paula Brantner

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

Fired Up and Burnt Out: Keeping It Together in Uncertain Times

How can we keep ourselves grounded as we participate in this movement moment? In our current political climate, we’re seeing many new activists and increasing momentum but also increasing burnout and despair. The Icarus Project works at the intersections of social justice and mental health. Join us for a workshop on how to collectively address burnout and make sure our movement work is sustainable. This hands-on workshop will use The Icarus Project resources, group exercises, and role plays to help activists get tools for sustainable resistance.

This training is for all audiences.

Trainers: Agustina Vidal, Natalie Yoon

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: Belinda Ochoa

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

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

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, Greg Greene, PaKou Her, 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

A Whole New Woooorld: Organizing in Pop Culture Communities

From comics to boy bands, there are pop culture fan communities already self-organizing resistance, creating culturally relevant content, and imagining new ways to inspire narratives that open imagination and belief in a just, fair and equitable future. Social change organizations want to experiment with new ways to connect with younger generations and people of color who are politically and socially active and share progressive values—but may not be connected to the traditional political entities or issue-based nonprofits. Organizers can learn from our examples, understand why they must shift away from a messaging mindset, overcome their fear of failure, and start building the funding needed to support this new cultural organizing work.

Led by: Elana Levin

Panelists: Keidra Chaney, Keith Chow, Andrew Slack

Getting Started with Facebook Live: How to Amplify Your Action and Bring More People into the Movement

Join this training and learn how to use Facebook Live to reach tens or hundreds of thousands of people with your action or protest. In this interactive workshop, we’ll break down the components to a successful Facebook Live broadcast: how to script your broadcast, how to build an audience, how to interact with viewers and how to move people from Facebook spectators to movement participants. You’ll also leave with a list of inexpensive gear that will improve the quality of your broadcast.

This training is best suited for those who use dramatic actions to achieve their goals. The lessons from this training can be used by an activist with an Indivisible group, a local or statewide organization or a national organization.

Trainers: Yonah Lieberman, Thaís Marques

Take the Donkey by the Tail: How (and Why) to Take Over Your Local Democratic Party

Republicans now control the White House, the Senate, the House of Representatives, two thirds of State Houses, and the majority of Governorships. Why? Many point to a Democratic Party that is increasingly stale, disorganized, and undisciplined. Perhaps that is why, after the 2016 election, so many millennial progressives have decided to stand up, fight back, and take over their local Democratic Committee. In this panel, you’ll hear from four young progressives on how they stormed the gates of their local party, how they’ve revitalized local Democratic activism in their city, and how (and why) you should do the same!

Led by: Thomas K. Valentine

Panelists: Briana Bivens, Dave Gunton, Kelli Ogunsanya

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: Lucy Sedgwick, Teddy Smyth

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 encourage 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 build strengthen the ability of allies in Congress to move the Democratic Party in a more progressive direction.

Led by: Mike Darner

Panelists: Sarah Badawi, Rep. Raul Grijalva, Ezra Levin, Yasmine Taeb

Organizing the Unorganized: Getting Your Organization or Movement off the Ground

Organizing in a new area can be challenge, and some efforts die before they even get started. This training is designed to help grassroots activists learn how to create an effective organization. We’ll cover topics like outreach, organizational structure and communication, and how to engage new populations—helping you more effectively organize and win.

This training is primarily designed for those who are starting or recently started a campaign/grassroots movement.

Trainers: Robert "Slate" Goodwin

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.

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

From Demonstration to Legislation: How Organizing Will Win Back Progressive Power

Progressives lost because we failed to motivate enough people to show up to the ballot box. We will win back power when we empower the grassroots and fight for the issues that improve people’s lives. We must energize progressives across the country to focus on winning at the state level in particular, where we have lost 1,000 elections since 2008, and at the local level where policy innovation is happening every day. To do this, we must root our politics in grassroots organizing, and show the resistance movement that politics has answers for them to build power.

Led by: Rep. Keith Ellison

Panelists: Edith Sargon, Annie Weinberg

HeartMob How-To: A Bystander's Guide to Online Harassment

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

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

Design 101: How to Visually Stand Out in a World of Noise

Have you ever wondered why we notice some things but not others? What stopped your scrolling through the timeline and take notice? Learn how artists throughout history have taken advantage of human behavior to grab your attention. Join this training to learn how to use science to get people not just interested, but ultimately activated! We’ll cover how humans process visual information and how design can help motivate people to action. This training will cover the basics of photo-based design and help you improve the visuals you need to stand out in a world of noise.

This training is for both beginners/non-designers as well as intermediate designers/communication professionals who want to improve their design and communication skills and gain insight.

Trainers: Candice Dayoan

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.

Dare to Compete! Women Leaders for a Democratic Future

Interested in running for office, but don’t know where to start? Let Emerge America point you in the right direction during our Dare to Compete! training. Learn the basics on starting your run for elected office or support women who are running. After the 2016 election, America desperately needs the unique perspectives and skills women can bring to the table. Emerge America and the Emerge affiliates share one mission: to increase the number of Democratic women leaders from diverse backgrounds in public office through recruitment, training, and providing a powerful network.

This training is best suited for women who are thinking about running for office or who plan to run for office and want to learn the basics of how to get started. This is also a good refresher course for those who have taken previous trainings on how to run for office.

Trainers: A'shanti Gholar, Judy Neufeld

Trolling for Justice: How Cheeky, Provocative Campaigns Can Lead to Progressive Victories

Who doesn’t love a breakout petition? Or a viral infographic? What about an unexpectedly engaging call alert? Great, right? But also: TROLLING. The panel will discuss trolling as a tactic to educate new audiences, hit hard at the opposition, and generate opportunities that convert people to action. This panel will focus on how bold, cheeky, and deliberately provocative campaigns can be leveraged to not just egg on the opposition, but tell a story that leads to progressive wins. Panelists will describe how this tactic shapes their work and share best practices, and will invite participants to identify what real-time campaigns they’re running that could benefit from a dose of #trololol’ing.

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

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