Closing Keynote with Van Jones Posted by Melissa Foley on June 9, 2012 in NN12 Netroots Nation 2012 wrapped up with an energizing and inspiring keynote featuring Van Jones. [View the story "Closing keynote with Van Jones" on Storify] Closing keynote with Van Jones Storified by Netroots Nation · Sat, Jun 09 2012 18:48:42 The evening kicked off with the hilarious Elon James White. Nice. @elonjames is crushing right now @ #nn12 keynote. We’re not worthy! #p2Mike Nellis "We don’t need facts, we need to work on some goddamn propaganda." @elonjames #nn12Raven Brooks Next, David Cicilline took the stage. "there’s a sense that those in Washington either don’t care or don’t understand what Americans are going through." @davidcicilline #nn12DemocracyForAmerica @davidcicilline Corporate spending in politics isn’t about ideology. It’s a business transaction to increase revenue. #NN12 @Netroots_NationTDL "We need to make sure the most powerful voice in Washington belongs to the American people." @davidcicilline #nn12DemocracyForAmerica Then Chuck Rocha, Executive Director of The American Worker, Latino Project spoke. Tweets cannot do justice to "Mexican Redneck" @ChuckRocha’s accent as he tells #nn12 to take our country back!Jesse Bacon @ChrisRocha is hilarious! "More people claimed to have seen Bigfoot than committed voter fraud" #NN12 closing. He’s awesomeAmber Washington #NN12 Chuck Rocha: More people saw Big Foot in Texas (66) than accused of voter fraud (38) #usw #p2 #1uUSW Blogger Arshad Hasan from Democracy for America spoke about the Netroots Nation community and how important it is to support Netroots Nation financially. "drawing strength is one of the most important part of our community. We have connected w each other n meaningful way" @arshadhasan #nn12DemocracyForAmerica Next, President Obama addressed Netroots Nation via video. President Obama Addresses Netroots Nation 2012netrootsnationvideo President @BarackObama addresses @Netroots_Nation & stresses importance of job growth and the affordable care act #nn12 #nn12lgbtThe Task Force .@BarackObama – "And as long as you’re willing to keep up that fight, I’ll be right there with you." #NN12Josh Peterson Rhode Island State Rep. Teresa Tanzi urged the audience to keep working for progress. An inspiring progressive politician from Rhode Island. Hell yes! @ Netroots Nation 2012 (#nn12) http://instagr.am/p/LqxQXwpx_7/Lizandra Then Governor Howard Dean spoke. Gov. Dean brings up the know nothing party and says "make the #GOP caused this recession." @GovHowardDean #nn12DemocracyForAmerica Howard Dean says Tea Party and the "Hate Wing" of the Republican Party are dying out. #NN12Josh Peterson "Pretty soon the Republican party is going to realize you can’t make a country better by hating some of the ppl in it" @govhowarddean #NN12PolicyLink Senator Sheldon Whitehouse thanked everyone for coming to Providence. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse: Thank you for coming to Providence @Netroots_Nation #NN12 #waterfirePlanned Parenthood President and CEO of the NAACP Benjamin T. Jealous spoke next. @benjealous gets the #nn12 crowd fired up with the chant "fired up – ready to go."DemocracyForAmerica "If we hoped that we were in the early days of a post-racial nation, from Troy Davis to Trayvon – we are not there yet!" @BenJealous #nn12 Shanelle Matthews @benjealous says if @NAACP could end racial profiling alone they would have done it. We need all of you. #endrp2012 #NN12Linda Sarsour "it is our duty To build a nation that empowers our children." @benjealous quoting Frederick Douglas #nn12DemocracyForAmerica Ben Jealous talks about racial profiling. I can’t help thinking about our sons, as a tear falls. #NN12Karran Harper Royal "By standing up together, against all the lies… that is the way we hasten the future together" @BenJealous #NN12Adam Robbins Finally, activist and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream Van Jones took the stage. Now speaking #nn12 is @VanJones68 "some people died for change. Some of us want to give up in the face of a bad tweet" http://lockerz.com/s/215858547Kenya Wheeler Van reminds us that we lost Wisconsin because we sat on the sidelines. Very true… #NN12Prune Juice Media "when we do our minimum and they do our maximum, how do we expect to win." @vanjones68 #nn12DemocracyForAmerica "We like this president but we are not in love with him like we used to be! We went from having a crush to being crushed" @vanjones68 #nn12valentinasweet .@VanJones68: "When the Tea Party gets power they use it to decimate us," decapitating the unions. #NN12Sharoney Van Jones: "The EPA has probably saved more lives in the last 30 years than the Justice Department." #nn12 #fbTalia Whyte Van Jones: This election is about fear; they fear us, we should be terrified of them. #nn12avri GOP and Tea Party wouldn’t pass even their own bills right now; hurting American ppl for own gain, to win re-election @VanJones68 #nn12Denise @VanJones68 – we’re far too interested in bipartisanship and need to stop it. The other side is QUITE partisan. #nn12Dr. Goddess "You have to have a President willing to be moved. And you have to have a movement willing to do the moving." @VanJones68 #nn12 #p2Raven Brooks Two tasks: stop tea party in november & win the budget ballot in Dec. @VanJones68 #nn12jeanne mccann @VanJones68: America is not broke, and we’re a better country than this. #NN12Sharoney "we do not have the right to sit in this room & feel sorry or ourselves. Somebody has got 2 stand up. We can do better. @vanjones68 #nn12DemocracyForAmerica "Somebody has got to stand up! What better place than here? What better time than now?" — @VanJones68 #NN12Rebuild the Dream The event ended with the announcement that Netroots Nation 2013 will be in California! We’re going to San Jose, CA June 20-23 for #nn13! Register now: http://bit.ly/LIXIKB #nn12 We can’t wait! #p2Netroots_Nation Share this: top ↑ Melissa FoleyNew Media Program Director for Netroots NationView all posts by Melissa Foley →Follow @melfoley Netroots Nation 2013 REGISTER NOW!