If you want smart discussion on strategic organizing, fighting back and pushing progressive policy, we’ve got a great week in store for you.
So, welcome to Netroots Nation 2012! Whether it’s your first time attending or your seventh, you’ll meet fellow activists, learn from each other and leave recharged for the coming year.
BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
We’ve got an exciting four days planned for you, with 70 panels, 30 training sessions, a screening series and tons of parties and events. We hope this preview e-mail will help you plan your week and ensure that you have a great experience. You’ll receive a program once you arrive, but you can plan your weekend in advance with our online agenda or browse the program online.
If you haven’t already downloaded our Netroots Nation 2012 mobile app, you can download it here. The free app (thanks to American Federation of Teachers) allows you to browse the schedule of events; create your personal schedule for the weekend and–more importantly–connect with fellow attendees before, during and after the conference.
WHEN YOU GET HERE
The registration desk will be open Wednesday from 2 to 6 p.m. if you’re in town early. Otherwise, you can pick up your credentials Thursday starting at 8 a.m. Registration is located in the Rhode Island Convention Center on the 3rd floor.
Don’t miss all the Wednesday welcome parties! The Real Romney Tour, hosted by Boston’s Jeff Santos, kicks off at 5 p.m. in the Convention Center in Ballroom D/E (details). Then, swing over to the Netroots Welcome to Providence Happy Hour, hosted by Working RI starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Rotunda of the Convention Center (details). And then you can find several late-night options to suit the your taste (details).
After all the sessions, be sure to check out all the parties and social events being hosted by Netroots Nation and our sponsors. There’s also a huge list of unofficial events going on this week.
BEFORE YOU GO HOME
If you’re staying in the Westin or Biltmore hotels, you’re staying at a union hotel. Let’s all live our values and support the working class. The workers who clean your room each day have an incredibly hard and often thankless job. You can show your appreciation and support working families in a big way by tipping $3-5 per day (more if you decline service until the end of your stay). Make sure to leave your tip with a note so the staff doesn’t think you forgot your cash.
If you’re able to stick around on Sunday, join us for our third annual Netroots Nation service project. This year, we’ll be cleaning up at the historic Roger Williams Park, then getting a tour of the state-of-the-art Save the Bay facility overlooking Narragansett Bay. Plan to meet at 9 a.m. in front of the main entrance to the Westin (transportation and lunch is provided, RSVP required). We’ll be joined by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Rep. Jim Langevin, Rep. David Cicilline and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras.
Can’t make it to the Day of Service but still want to give back? Thanks to Rally.org, you can make a donation to Clean Water Action and Save the Bay and help two great organizations continue the work of protecting Rhode Island’s environment. Click here to donate.
Finally, as you’re experiencing and sharing all the happenings in Providence, be sure to tag your Tweets, posts and photos with the #NN12 hashtag. If you are staying in the Westin or Biltmore, wifi is complimentary in your room (at the Westin it will appear as if you are purchasing it, but it won’t show up on your bill). And as always, wifi in the Netroots Nation areas of the Convention Center is provided at no charge to you courtesy of Communications Workers of America.
See you very soon!
Raven, Nolan, Mary, Karen, Eric, Melissa, Navi and Carolyn