We’re pleased to announce our Netroots Nation 2012 agenda! Below you’ll find panels, training sessions and more. You can view the program electronically here.

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From Defeat to Triumph: Erasing the Death Penalty in America

#TroyDavis and #TooMuchDoubt were trending topics when Troy Davis was executed last September, energizing the movement to abolish the death penalty and forcing an examination of the ways  race and class disproportionately impact life-and-death decisions. Since 1973, 140 people have been exonerated from death row in the United States, and there are at least five cases where states have executed persons with strong indications of innocence. And yet, we’re winning! Connecticut just became the fifth state to abandon the death penalty in 5 years, and Californians have a referendum on capital punishment on the November ballot. Sophisticated anti-death penalty campaigns are using new technologies and lifting up uncommon voices to advance the work of educating lawmakers and mobilizing constituents. Panelists will discuss the latest trends and tactics, current hot cases and connect you to effective and engaging anti-death penalty campaigns.
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From Defeat to Triumph: Erasing the Death Penalty in America

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Storified by Netroots Nation · Thu, Jun 07 2012 11:15:42

Panelists spoke about ending the death penalty.
Amnesty International’s @lauramoye says "we’re seeing a glimmer of hope , that it’s okay for states to end #deathpenalty" #nn12Rania Khalek
"Ending death penalty in US will do amazing things for global abolition movement" says @lauramoye #nn12Rania Khalek
They also touched on how important it is to recognize who is impacted most by the death penalty and to put a face on the issue.
Most people have no idea of race, class bias in #deathpenalty, so we must publicly educate — @lauramoye #NN12Rania Khalek
Every movement needs stories 2 connect human faces 2 #deathpenalty, gives opp 4 campaigning w/ social media ie. #TroyDavis — @lauramoyeRania Khalek
Troy Davis, for example.
#TroyDavis #toomuchdoubt campaign showed ability to merge traditional organizing with social media activism — @lauramoye #nn12Rania Khalek
Social media led to @KimKardashian tweeting about #troydavis to her gazillion followers, helped spread the words — @lauramoye #nn12Rania Khalek
Why is stopping the death penalty critical? Reggie Clemmons is a perfect example.
.@lauramoye mentions flawed case of Regi Clemmons, St. Louis black man on #deathrow 4 murder of 2 white women, likely innocent. #nn12Rania Khalek
Another reason to stop the death penalty? Reggie Clemons. http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/cases/usa-reggie-clemons #NN12 #ShowMeJustice.orgMichelle Ringuette
This will play out differently in different states.
.@lauramoye acknowledges that some states won’t repeal #deathpenalty w/out federal mandate, that will follow as more states abolish #NN12Rania Khalek
Terrible in some states that #deathrow exonerees have gotten no more than bus ticket when released from prison — @lauramoyeRania Khalek
But in the end, it’s all inhumane.
"Nothing humane abt strapping human being 2 medical gurney & injecting them with drugs that are used to heal, not kill people" @lauramoyeRania Khalek

Led by: Marc Lamont Hill

Panelists: Abraham J. Bonowitz, DeJaun Correia, Laura Moye, Robert Rooks

The Heart of the Beast: How the Grassroots is Taking on Big Banking

Wall Street crashed our economy, perpetrated widespread fraud on millions of homeowners, bankrupted our communities and continues to inject unfettered corporate money into our democracy. That’s the bad news. The good news: In an extraordinary example of progressive power, a group of organizations and individuals built a dynamic movement to challenge big bank power and rebuild our economy. People have occupied their homes, moved millions of dollars out of big banks, taken over big bank offices and annual shareholders meetings, won a federal investigation into big bank fraud and made big bank power the pariah in media coverage. In this session, participants will dive into specific strategies—from grassroots organizing to online mobilization to popular education—that led to this groundswell. We’ll also have a lively discussion on taking lessons back into your own community to and how to make this a central issue this election cycle.

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The Heart of the Beast: How the Grassroots is Taking on Big Banking

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Storified by Netroots Nation · Thu, Jun 07 2012 12:17:32

The panelists talked about the opposition.
"We’re going up against the most powerful people in the world; they’re willing to do anything to win. We need to be too." – @maxberger #nn12Joe Macare
And who’s getting involved.
.@maxberger says successes he’s seen are a result of people taking it on themselves not waiting for politicians OR orgs to save them. #nn12Joe Macare
They also discussed the focus of the conversation.
.@maxberger – this conversation is not just abt homeowners, but abt totality of control banks have over economy. #nn12 #owsHomeDefenders League
"It’s right we’re focusing on homes in this discussion, but banks have taken over everything." @maxberger also mentions student debt. #nn12Joe Macare
And what it will take to win.
"We can bring the crisis to them…That’s what will take this from the win on a individual level to fundamental change." -@MaxBerger #nn12The 99% Power
"I think the next step 4 the mvmnt is 4 folks to go back & organize in their communities. It’s not abt whats next 4 ‘us’." -@MaxBerger #nn12The 99% Power
"Our ability 2 pressure politicians 4 principle reductions & other reforms is dependent on #OWS changing the narrative." -@MoveOn Rep #nn12The 99% Power

Led by: Tracy Van Slyke

Panelists: Max Berger, Matt Browner-Hamlin, Peggy Mears, Lenore Palladino

Inside the Activists' Studio: What to Do When the Right Comes After You

When the right-wing noise machine gets started, any progressive group or individual can find themselves the target of a coordinated wave of attacks (remember ACORN?). Fighting back isn’t easy—it takes courageous leadership, a strong voice, savvy staff and the ability to rally committed supporters online. Join leaders and organizers from three of the right’s favorite targets—Planned Parenthood, AFSCME and Jewish Voice for Peace—as they talk about their experiences fighting back in the face of relentless, vicious opposition. They’ll share tactics and strategies for organizing and mobilizing activists to stand strong when the right wing comes after you.

Inside the Activists’ Studio: What to Do When the Right Comes After You

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Storified by Netroots Nation · Thu, Jun 07 2012 11:29:57

Panelists spoke about tactics you can use when the right comes after you.
. @jvplive on getting 36k signatures in support of @60Minutes. "make the invisible visible when dealing with a political closet" #NN12JewishVoiceForPeace
. @jvplive : "sometimes you have to be early so that others can be on time." #NN12JewishVoiceForPeace
. @ppact asks @jvplive what you do when members get ahead? Ans; That’s how we grow and let leadership emerge. #NN12JewishVoiceForPeace
@jvplive recommends looking out for deployment of #Islamophobia in #Election2012 as part of a right-wing effort to consolidate power. #NN12Zahra Billoo
People have been successful.
. @ppact had 100k "likes" on their Komen action page. #whenyourcampaignisworking #NN12Jesse Bacon
.@AFSCME #NN12 speaker recalls first gay marriage losses in light of #wirecall. Now look where we are today..Jesse Bacon
RT @jvplive: . @jvplive ‘s Cecilie Surasky speaking at #NN12 http://pic.twitter.com/jruikJ7mHelena Cobban

Led by: Will Valverde

Panelists: Tracey Conaty, Heather Holdridge, Cecilie Surasky

Agitation and Inspiration: The Power of Art and Cultural Organizing

Culture is the realm of ideas, images and stories; it is where people make sense of the world and where they find meaning and forge community. History shows that when the culture changes, politics follows. Culture can reach audiences beyond the bounds of what community organizing and policy-based organizing can do. While the media is laced with myths, stereotypes and misrepresentation of grassroots movements, cultural interventions can play a key role in pushing forward stories that help shift the public debate. A growing movement of artists around the country are using cultural tools to fight economic inequality, corporations, banks and anti-migrant hate. In this session, artist-activists, writers, cultural leaders and creative institutions will discuss models for connecting artists to movements for social change.

Watch live streaming video from fstvnewswire at livestream.com

Agitation and Inspiration: The Power of Art and Cultural Organizing

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Storified by Netroots Nation · Thu, Jun 07 2012 11:03:47

Panelists spoke about the the role of art in organizing, and how it should be respected.
@Favianna challenging idea that orgs bring artists in at end to parrot messaging – #fstvnewswire live on http://livestream.com/fstvnewswireVivirLatino
@Favianna saying that cultural artist help create the climate/messaging #NN12 – #fstvnewswire live on http://livestream.com/fstvnewswireVivirLatino
#nn12 artist need to be compensated for their work, especially by nonprofit orgs! @eastLA_nancy @favianna @LALabor @DTLAL @GAYDOWNTOWN #p2UNITE HERE Local 11
Art and culture is a critical tool for social justice, non profits need to support artists! @favianna in rm 552 #nn12Jenifer Ancona
Fantasma, the first undocumented superhero was introduced.
#fantasma the first undocumented superhero! #nn12 @favianna @betsytric @imagine2050 The new superheroes!UNITE HERE Local 11
#NN12 undocumented and unafraid @nativismwatch @Imagine2050 @favianna http://pic.twitter.com/VzGlCgo1nativismwatch
They touched on using art to fight racism.
Chloee Cooper speaking about racism and anti-immigration and how can you creatively fight it. #nn12 @imagine2050 @betsytric @faviannaUNITE HERE Local 11
What an inspiring panel on art and activism. Fellow @webofchange alum @favianna pulled together some real change makers! #nn12Apollo Gonzales
#NN12 amazing audience at inspiration and agitation panel! @nativismwatch @Imagine2050 @favianna http://pic.twitter.com/U5xy5ehCnativismwatch

Led by: Favianna Rodriguez

Panelists: Cloee Cooper, Gan Golan, Betsy Richards, Julio Salgado

Women Rule: Keys for Social Media and Electoral Success

Studies show women voters are the key to election success and that women rule social media platforms. But few candidates or causes use those tools to effectively engage those crucial women voters. What’s working—and what isn’t—when it comes to social media outreach to women? This panel will focus on successful case studies and tips for effective engagement, as well as what backfires when trying to persuade these influencers to support your efforts.

Women Rule: Keys for Social Media and Electoral Success

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Storified by Netroots Nation · Thu, Jun 07 2012 14:16:08

The panelists arrived ready to break down social media and electoral success.
RT @womensmediacntr: Social media mavens @CarolJenkins, @PunditMom, @Anita_Sarah, @veronicaeye! #NN12 http://yfrog.com/es5jlopnjCarly Karmel
They talked about how women want to be engaged:
"women want authentic engagement with people online and the people doing that well are brands and marketers" via @PunditMom #nn12Sarah Burris
"Women don’t want to be talked at, they want to be talked with!" – @PunditMom #nn12 Shanelle Matthews
They also highlighted companies and politicians who are doing this well.
.@PunditMom points to Disney as an example of a brand that directly engages and reaches out to moms. #NN12 #NN12womenBarnacle
@punditmom gives shout out to @Sengillibrand for particularly effective engagement of women online #Nn12Gloria Pan
Women are online and should not be ignored.
RT @lovenheim: fast facts: On any given week, 36M #women are online; 59% of @Twitter users are #women — @punditmom #NN12Doug Pennington
Joanne Bamberger on what pols need to do to reach women: Use social media! Women are the majority of social media users. #NN12 @momsrisingElisa Batista
.@CarolJenkins: think of the role that media plays; if women aren’t participating at highest levels, voices not heard #NN12 #NN12womenBarnacle
They offered tips for engaging with women online.
.@PunditMom: politicians need to not just ask potential voters to do things for them, need to directly engage #NN12 #NN12womenBarnacle
.@PunditMom contrasts @elizabethforma’s Twitter engagement w/many pols who have a ton of followers but follow no one. Bad form. #NN12 #rm551womensmediacenter
.@CarolJenkins says she thinks pols underestimate women’s intelligence & that’s why the weak engagement. Don’t talk down to us! #NN12 #rm551womensmediacenter
Parting advice for campaigns to reach women online? @PunditMom: GET ONLINE. Spend just a day or 2 learning how it works! #NN12 #rm551womensmediacenter

Panelists: Veronica Arreola, Joanne Bamberger, Anita Jackson, Carol Jenkins

Taking the Offense in State Elections

In state after state, working people and the progressive community have met unprecedented attacks on their salaries, pensions and social services with blow-out success. But it’s not enough to play defense. Labor-progressive coalitions must work in 2012 to elect state lawmakers who support working people to prevent further assaults on our jobs, our families and progressive democracy. This panel will examine how we can take back control at the state level by sharing hands-on strategies and equip activists with tools to successfully energize the public and get out the vote.

Watch live streaming video from fstv2 at livestream.com

Led by: Jordan Kupersmith

Panelists: Bailey Childers, Carolyn Fiddler, Zandra Rice-Hawkins, Michael Sargeant

Victory in Ohio: How Senate Bill 5 was Defeated

Understand the success of the “We are Ohio” campaign’s road to victory in beating back the right’s attacks on working families. Get insight on how the tactics used in Ohio can translate to other campaigns around the country.

Victory in Ohio: How Senate Bill 5 was Defeated

Storified by Netroots Nation · Thu, Jun 07 2012 11:51:40

The panelists broke down what happened in Ohio, and why they were successful:
#nn12 We Are Ohio had one of the best new media programs #labor has seen yet – learn how they beat #sb5 in Ballroom EDoug Foote
Doug Stern: campaign against Issue 2 in Ohio was bipartisan & nonpartisan. We had no political boundaries. I’m a registered Republican.#NN12paulhogarth
Ohio: the opposition never humanized the issue, but they ripped off one of our ads – taking a great grandma’s words out of context #NN12paulhogarth
Ohio defeated SB5 with 3 pnt message discipline. Unfair, unsafe, hurts us all. Made public speakers/faces workers, not leadership. #nn12Dane101
Winning is possible, with the right approach.
Session on Victory in Ohio – so important to remember that on-the-ground work can win, especially in wake of WI recall #rcpress #nn12Raging Chicken Press
They also discussed Ohio vs. Wisconsin.
In Ohio, 86% of union members voted No on 2. In Wisconsin, nearly 40% of union households voted for Scott Walker. #NN12paulhogarth
SB5 panel: Ohio and Wisconsin difference is issue verses person. Also, easier to get people to vote "no." Ex. Should Gov. be recalled? #nn12Dane101

Led by: Jane Blume

Panelists: Kate Kennedy, Doug Stern

Beyond Occupy: What Does a New Economic System Look Like?

The Occupy movement created a major opportunity and an imperative for progressives: Figure out what a new system, one that isn’t based solely on individual greed and a race to the bottom, might look like. In this session, we will explore how Occupy has changed the game in the fight for economic justice and how progressives might start to invest in earnest in building a real alternative economic and political system that works for us—one that is designed as a tool to help us achieve a set of societal goals including human rights and fulfillment.

Watch live streaming video from fstvnewswire at livestream.com

Beyond Occupy: What Does a New Economic System Look Like?

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Storified by Netroots Nation · Thu, Jun 07 2012 15:19:58

Panelists just got intro’d by their Twitter handles: @jenancona @activefree @jwjnational @baselinescene @EricaPayneAP #nn12 #99PowerThe 99% Power
I love the way @jenancona is leading this panel. Getting everyone to talk about the big issues, encouraging real discussionRobert Cruickshank
"The economy needs to provide an opening for less traditional forms of work as equal valued.l" @EricaPayneAP #NN12 #carexgensCaringAcrossGen
Talking principles at #nn12newsystem now. (@JenAncona just gave my work on this a shout out, woah!)Dan Ancona
Panelists introduced the topic of capitalism…
Important not to mistake that markets can be effective, they dont always work @EricaPayneAP #NN12Joseph Phelan
Progressive capitalism is entirely achievable @activefree #NN12Joseph Phelan
Strategy is knowing which door to open first so you get momentum to open the next door and the next door @EricaPayneAP #NN12Joseph Phelan

Led by: Jenifer Fernandez Ancona

Panelists: Sarita Gupta, Simon Johnson, Colin Mutchler, Erica Payne

Handcuffs, Conventional Wisdom and Dirty Oil: Activism’s Big Win Against the Keystone XL Pipeline

This January, against long odds, the environmental movement dealt a blow to Big Oil, forcing President Obama’s rejection of a presidential permit for the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline—the industry’s marquee project and a conduit to the continent’s biggest “carbon bomb.” The hard-fought campaign united indigenous communities, Nebraska ranchers and Texas landowners, union representatives, youth climate activists, interfaith leaders and grassroots citizen activists and breathed new life into a movement fractured and demoralized after having failed to advance meaningful climate legislation following the election of a Democratic Congress and a new president who promised to lead on clean energy and climate solutions. Panelists will discuss the lessons the environmental, climate and progressive movements can take from the KXL fight and how these movements might build on this success to continue fighting the southern leg of the pipeline expedited by the president and to reclaim our democracy from corporate polluters and gain lasting wins for a safe climate and justice-fueled future.

Watch live streaming video from fstv1 at livestream.com

Led by: Kim Huynh, Brad Johnson

Panelists: Becky Bond, Jane Fleming Kleeb, Bill McKibben, Ben Powless

Collaboration, Not Co-option: Labor, Community Organizations and Occupy Wall Street Working Together

Occupy Wall Street has not only been a successful movement in and of itself, but it was pivotal in reinvigorating the work of labor unions and community organizations throughout the country.  This panel will examine how labor and community organizations have collaborated with OWS over the past year—on endeavors including Occupy the Boardroom, Occupy Our Homes and bank actions throughout the country—and what the future holds for progressive partnerships.

Watch live streaming video from fstv2 at livestream.com

Led by: Greg Basta

Panelists: Nathan Henderson-James, Camille Rivera, Nelini Stamp

Paying the Price, Leading the Fight: Youth and the Politics of Reproductive Rights

With reproductive rights under constant attack, young women and men face some of the most extreme consequences of social conservatives’ anti-sex policies and are too often sold out in compromises from the left. Whether it’s parental notification laws, the Obama administration caving to political pressure to deny young women access to Plan B emergency contraception or the manufactured “controversy” over birth control, the rights of youth are too often traded away in larger political fights. In a culture that demonizes young people’s sexuality while denying them everything from sex education to basic health care, this panel will explore how youth activists and their allies are fighting back.

Paying the Price, Leading the Fight: Youth and the Politics of Reproductive Rights

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Storified by Netroots Nation · Thu, Jun 07 2012 14:19:47

Rachel Cooke, Amanda Marcotte, Ernesto Dominguez, April Flores and Debra Hauser discuss reproductive rights, social media and the dialogue between generations, young and old. Important, timely conversation.
super stoked to hear @AmandaMarcotte speak at this feminist panel on reproductive rights! #nn12Rania Khalek
Latest @Guttmacher research shows that young people ARE using contraception DESPITE ab-only sex education ~@amandamarcotte #nn12Aimee Thorne-Thomsen
"Older folks demonize young peole for sharing their experiences on social media." + @AmandaMarcotte #nn12 Shanelle Matthews
Gr8 2 see so many ppl making fight agnst #WarOnWomen a priority @ #NN12. @ youth & politics of #ReproRights panel. http://twitpic.com/9try0hNARAL
I think some older people have forgotten what it’s like to be young. ~ @AmandaMarcotte #nn12Aimee Thorne-Thomsen
Yep. RT @aimeett I think some older people have forgotten what it’s like to be young. ~ @AmandaMarcotte #nn12Erin Matson
@AmandaMarcotte underlines the point at #nn12: Fighting for reproductive rights isn’t just about politics. It’s about changing culture.Advocates For Youth
Frustrated that media coverage about contraception has been feminists vs religious ppl. @AmandaMarcotte #nn12Aimee Thorne-Thomsen

Led by: Rachel E. Cooke

Panelists: Ernesto Dominguez, April Flores, Debra Hauser, Amanda Marcotte

Organizing Lessons from SOPA and PIPA

The SOPA and PIPA bills were defeated by a fascinating combination of forces. There was an inside game in Washington and an outside one online. It included liberals and conservatives, and it brought together the public, non-profits and the business community in common cause. The panel will look at the cross-cutting effects of the effort and determine what lessons to take away for other campaigns at the federal, state or local level.

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Organizing Lessons from SOPA and PIPA

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Storified by Netroots Nation · Thu, Jun 07 2012 14:37:16

Art Brodsky leads a conversation with Stephen DeMaura, Amalia Deloney, Andrew McLaughlin and David Moon about the offline/online organizing efforts to defeat SOPA and PIPA.
#NN12 participants – Follow @mediaaction and @mediajustice to learn more about our recent fight vs. #SOPA and future media policy battles.MAG-Net
Watching MAG-Net at Netroots Nation talk about SOPA/PIPA. http://www.livestream.com/freespeechtv #NN12 #mediajustice #SOPA (via @thousandkites)CMJ
Why We Fought SOPA: "There Would Be No Hip Hop Without Sampling and Re-Sampling". @mediajustice @stevenrenderos #nn12LoudSauce
Photo: #SOPA panel #NN12 http://pic.twitter.com/Gtc3V7UtMarta Evry
@stevenrenderos #SOPA became a household issue. Regular people understand this issu, not just media policy people. @mediajustice #NN12MAG-Net
@stevenrenderos breaking down how regular folks cared about #SOPA–when people linked it to their day to day needs and desires #NN12CMJ
#JoshLevy If brought to the table, consumers can help construct good Internet policy. SOPA/PIPA #NN12Rep. Diane Russell
Check out the video.
[Video] Organizing Lessons from SOPA and PIPA #nn12 http://bit.ly/JQhBzQ @mediajustice @demandprogress @artbrodsky @McAndrewNetroots_Nation

Led by: Art Brodsky

Panelists: Stephen DeMaura, Andrew McLaughlin, David Moon, Steven Renderos

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