Our 2014 “Grab a Booth” Contest Winners

More than 2,100 votes were cast in our recent “Grab a Booth” contest. Here are the winners: Round One – Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Creative Action Network and United Peace Relief, Inc. Round Two winners – DOP INC, 4000 Years for Choice and Nursing Students for Choice. Thank you to all the organizations and companies that entered!

Now accepting panel submissions for NN14

SubmitSessionWe are now accepting panel submissions for Netroots Nation 2014!

With Netroots Nation 2014 coming just months before the midterms, our goal is to highlight the work you are doing around the country, from electoral campaigns to issue work in your home state.

What issues are most important to you and your community? To which campaigns will you lend your money, your time, your resources? Whether it’s rebuilding the middle class or winning back your state’s legislature, we want to know so we can build the agenda for Netroots Nation 2014 around what’s most important to you.

When you’re brainstorming ideas to submit, here are a few things to remember:

• How does my session help the broader progressive movement?
• How will it empower activists to take what they’ve learned and use it for the greater good?
• Do my panelists represent diversity—of ethnicity, gender, geography, age and viewpoint?

While we always welcome ideas that run the gamut of progressive issues, each session should include new perspectives, voices and ideas.

Are you ready to submit your idea?

The deadline for submissions is February 19, so click here and get started.

#NN13: Friday highlights

We kicked off the morning with a plenary session on gun violence featuring panelists Lily Eskelsen Garcia of NEA, MoveOn’s Anna Galland, Mark Glaze of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Rep. Robin Kelly, CA State Senate President Pro tem Darrell Steinberg and Randi Weingarten of AFT; and moderator Jehmu Green. Click here for highlights from Not Another Newtown: Building a Movement to Prevent Gun Violence.

We also recapped a few of our panels from the day:

Carrying on Aaron Swartz’s Legacy
Women on the Run
The Three Keys to Reclaiming our Democracy

Visit our Facebook page to see photos of more sessions and social events from Netroots Nation in San Jose.


Candidate Meet and Greet

Democracy for America and ActBlue are proud to present the annual Netroots Nation Candidate Meet and Greet, featuring Senator Jeff Merkley, Congressman Keith Ellison, Councilmember Michael Tubbs, State Senator Barbara Buono and Congresswoman Robin Kelly. The event is Friday, June 21, at 5 p.m.

Don’t miss out on your chance to mingle with and hear from these progressive rock stars. Drinks sponsored by ActBlue.

Liquid Courage party to open NN13

nn13partyv2smallerOur friends at the Courage Campaign have announced that they’re throwing a party to open Netroots Nation 2013. We’re really excited about this event because it’s the first time we’ve had an official opening party. Over the years people have come in town early and done smaller happy hours or dinners with friends, but this will be different.

The event, Liquid Courage, will feature Gov. Howard Dean and will be held on Wednesday, June 19th from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose.

Make sure you book your travel and accommodations accordingly, you won’t want to miss out.

You can also RSVP here.

Winners in our “Grab a Booth” Contest

Congratulations to the following organizations and companies for winning free booths in this year’s Netroots Nation Community and Exhibit Hall: Move to Amend, Being Liberal, American Atheists, Young Invincibles, Emerge California and Purple Mountain Institute.

Vote Now in the “Grab a Booth” Contest

Voting is now open in the 2014 “Grab a Booth” contest. A few lucky organizations or small businesses will win a free booth in the Netroots Town Square (aka Exhibit Hall.) Vote Now!

Pre-conference Fire Ops 101 Class

fireopsPlanning to attend Netroots Nation this summer? Then consider coming in a day early for a free pre-convention activity on Wednesday: the second annual Netroots Nation Fire Ops 101 class.

Experience what it’s like to be a first responder at this one-day fire fighting and rescue operation scheduled for June 19 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. It’s for speakers, bloggers and media representatives attending Netroots Nation 2013 (you must be registered for Netroots Nation to participate in Fire Ops).

As political attacks on fire fighters heat up, the insights learned during Fire Ops will better prepare participants to respond to outrageous statements being made by some political leaders about fire fighters and their jobs and service to the community.

Participants will don fire fighter protective clothing (hoods and helmets, turnout coats, pants, boots), strap-on self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and go to work, fighting actual fires, working in blackout smoke conditions, extricating victims and performing emergency medical care, giving you insight into what professional fire fighters and paramedics do every day and what they need to do their job and protect our communities.

This opportunity is sponsored by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), in conjunction with San Jose Fire Fighters Local 230, the San Jose Fire Department and Netroots Nation.

Click here to reserve your spot.