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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Winning Smarter: Using Data to Transform Elections

Vote modeling, voter targeting, consumer data, NCEC, vote scores, crosstabs. What does this all mean? This panel of data geeks will walk through common uses of data in politics and share some cutting-edge techniques that will be used in 2012.

Winning Smarter: Using Data to Transform Elections

Storified by Netroots Nation · Thu, Jun 07 2012 15:24:27

Today was proof that NNers are proud #datanerds. The Using Data to Transform Elections was packed.
Giant coffee is now giving me the shakes. Or maybe I’m just excited for the data session. Nerd alert! #nn12Suvi
Look at all of these data geeks!!! #nn12 http://pic.twitter.com/eJ1nztqCSarah Burris
"Independents who lean dem exhibit more dem behavior than many self-identified dems." -David Mermin #nn12evanmoody
2% of videos you watch online are ads. 25% of the TV you watch is ads. There’s better recall online. @Limowitz #nn12Matt Stempeck
Tim Lim: Consumers consume 25% of their media online. Why are we spending 5% or less of ad budgets online?! #nn12Kari Chisholm
great quote @darcyburner "One size fits all without testing is a terrible way to run a campaign" #nn12Leah Maddox
Tim Lim: Pair direct mail creative & targeting with online ad creative & targeting. YES! Preach, brutha! This is critical. #nn12Kari Chisholm
Attendees walked away with new frames to examine their data and targets. Here’s to #winning campaigns in 2012!

Led by: Darcy Burner

Panelists: Tim Lim, David Mermin, David Radloff

Occupy Goes Home: The Occupy Movement and the Foreclosure Crisis

The Occupy movement has been taking homes throughout the year and plans to continue throughout the summer. What does this campaign contribute to larger progressive goals? Should the progressive movement support this work?

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Occupy Goes Home: The Occupy Movement and the Foreclosure Crisis

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Storified by Netroots Nation · Thu, Jun 07 2012 16:17:44

The panelists described out the scope of the crisis.
.@sarahljaffe doing a good job of moderating foreclosure and occupy homes panel #NN12 http://pic.twitter.com/i6fEkEPHBill
Study in San Francisco showed 84% of #foreclosure claims fraudulent – @CGoHome; 90% in NYC says @sarahljaffe. #occupyourhomes #nn12 #owsJoe Macare
They also discussed the response from banks…
The banks are breaking hundreds of years of property law- paraphrasing @mbrownerhamlin #occupyhomes #NN12Elana_Brooklyn
Excellent point from @sarahljaffe – bankers took bailouts without shame, but homeowners are supposed to feel ashamed of getting help?Robert Cruickshank
.@CGoHome: "Banks will modify a loan to sell a house at what it’s worth at a short sale, but not to keep a family in its home." #nn12Travis Waldron
…from the legal community…
Says @mbrownerhamlin Fraudulent foreclosures: where are Bar Assocs holding lawyers accountable who allow & draft robosigned documents? #NN12paulhogarth
…and from policy makers.
.@mbrownerhamlin: In face of massive human & legal crisis that is foreclosure response from lawmakers & regulators "has been nothing" #nn12Travis Waldron
.@mbrownerhamlin: In every situation where policymakers had choice between helping homeowners & the banks, they chose the banks. #nn12Travis Waldron
Says @mbrownerhamlin Instead of bailing out banks, we could have used that money to pay off every subprime mortgage in America. #NN12paulhogarth
The panelists talked about what we can do in the face of this massive crisis.
RT @exileinflyville: .@mbrownerhamlin talks about importance of promoting writing that explains terminology used by banks to obfuscate, e.g. @rortybomb. #nn12Vincent Vecchione
@mbrownerhamlin on #ffraud task force: not pressuring is not going to work #nn12David Dayen
If a bank can steal a home w/o consequence then they will do it again. Not speaking out won’t change it @mbrownerhamlin #nn12Elana_Brooklyn
Online community needs to keep driving convo about florclosures bc it’s not even a subject in politics right now. @mbrownerhamlin #nn12Rania Khalek
.@CGoHome talking collaboration w. labor & community groups in Minnesota. This really is 1 big conversation today! #occupyhomesMN #nn12 #owsJoe Macare
"We need to create our own media and educate people about our relationship to land", says @humanright2home #nn12 #occupyhomesRania Khalek
we have to avoid issue silos. We have to talk about how issues like jobs, housing, etc, are connected. @humanright2home #nn12 #occupyhomesRania Khalek
Attendees responded to the panel with strong emotions.
@sarahljaffe wearing carre rouge (red sq) for Quebec at #NN12 panel on #occupy homes. Pretty awesome.Samuel G. Howard
Nick and Colleen’s video from @Occupyhomesmn has my whole row in tears. Link please?#nn12 @sarahljaffe @mbrownerhamlin #occupyhomesDoug Foote
This #occupyhomes panel is absolutely incredible. I’m emotionally fried just listening. #nn12 @sarahljaffe @mbrownerhamlinDoug Foote

Led by: Sarah Jaffe

Panelists: Matt Browner-Hamlin, Nick Espinosa, Rachel Falcone, Anthony Newby

The Battle for Congress: Q&A on the 2012 Elections

The editors of Daily Kos Elections invite you to join them for an in-depth Q&A about the 2012 elections. Thirty-three Senate seats and all 435 seats in the House are up for grabs (plus 11 governorships). We’ll take questions on all topics: polling, fundraising, redistricting, who’s in, who’s out and who’s likely to win. If you want to know more about what’s going to happen in November—and what it will mean for Democrats, Republicans, and the entire country—come to this panel!

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The Battle for Congress: Q&A on the 2012 Elections

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Storified by Netroots Nation · Thu, Jun 07 2012 16:55:57

The panelists fielded a wide range of questions about congressional races across the country.
"Outside spending is going to be a major factor in John Tester’s #MTSen race. Major tossup." -@DavidNir #nn12evanmoody
Good comments from @stevesingiser about #txsen Republican run-off in @DKElections panel. #nn12Katherine
At #nn12 elections q/a. I want to ask who they think will be next on the Iron Throne. #gameofthrones @LauraClawsonChristian Norton
@YJCarmon it was a panel run by the @DKElections folks. It’s insane how much off the cuff knowledge they had of the most obscure races.Yahel Carmon

Led by: David Nir

Panelists: Laura Clawson, Arjun Jaikumar, Jeff Md, Steve Singiser

Building the Movement to Ban Fracking in a Regulation Climate

At the same time that President Obama is pushing an energy plan built on natural gas, there is a national movement to ban fracking building around the United States and abroad. Find out how New York was able to get a moratorium on fracking and build a grassroots movement that has amplified the ban message in a climate where national mainstream groups are pushing for regulation. Learn how groups are engaging citizens through film, media and online and offline organizing to build a powerful movement that is calling for a ban on fracking.

Building the Movement to Ban Fracking in a Regulation Climate

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@Sarahatfww, Sonia Skakich Scrima, David Braun and Kristine Vaughn discuss the growing movement to ban fracking, which is threatening the quality of our air and water. The panel addressed larger energy issues and what we can do to join their cause.
"When you try to talk about fracking, remember you are really talking about the bigger story of energy." @caitlin_burns #NN12Amanda Cooper
Its the 11th hour for saving our water from fracking. Join the fight now in room 551 @ #nn12Elijah Zarlin
At #nn12 listening to David Braun talk about NY campaign to ban #fracking at Fracking Ban panel: http://bit.ly/JgSGes @Netroots_NationKarla Fisk
Here at Netroots, we’re coming together to leverage our offline and online networks to protect our environment and to make real progressive change. 

Led by: Sarah Alexander

Panelists: David Braun, Sonia Skakich Scrima, Kristine Vaughan

Follow the Dark Money: Reporting Challenges in the Age of Citizens United

Super PACs, 501(c)(4)s, outside spending groups and their untraceable dollars are now de rigeur in elections, with unfettered and undisclosed campaign spending threatening the very heart of our democracy. Bringing political power brokers to light and tracing fundraising to its source is critical in establishing accountability for our elected officials. So what new strategies must reporters employ, and how can financial reporting be as clicktastic as a Kardashian scoop and as effective as a Wikileak? What reforms are necessary to bring big-money campaign spending to light? Financial reporters join financial disclosure experts, watchdog groups and national legislators to discuss reporting and reform how-tos.

Follow the Dark Money: Reporting Challenges in the Age of Citizens United

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The session focused on funds spent by corporations and individuals on candidates.
Learning about Super PACs and #CitizensUnited and the unlimited amounts of money corps & individuals can raise and spend on candidates #nn12Michelle Weiser
Some are following the rules, while others aren’t.
Woman comment: "Burns me up that the ‘other side’ is breaking these rules and we are being squeaky clean" #CitizensUnited #nn12 #PACsMichelle Weiser
"People who think alike don’t need to conspire." #NN12 #CitizensUnitedDeciminyan.org

Led by: Kathy Kiely

Panelists: Kim Barker, Liz Kennedy, Andy Kroll

Liberate Your Ass: Why Sexual Freedom is Key to Fighting the Right

From birth control to same-sex marriage, it’s clear that the right is reinvigorating a culture war on sex and sexual freedom ahead of the 2012 election. We need to fight back with language—and movements—that include and accept a diversity of sexual practices and identities instead of reproducing the casual shaming and marginalization offered by the right. Panelists, ranging from polyamorous organizers to famous sex writers and activists, will lead a raucous and fun discussion of why the progressive movement can only benefit from fully embracing of people who live, love, and—yes—have sex, in radical defiance of existing norms of gender, family and sexual practice.

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Liberate Your Ass: Why Sexual Freedom is Key to Fighting the Right

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There’s something wrong with how we’re talking about sex.
"The women’s mvmt really isn’t a safe place, we have to make space"-Kierra Johnson from @ChoiceUSA #nn12 #nnsexCLRJ
"When we stigmatize young ppl sex and when we stigmatize sex ed, we are putting young ppl at risk"-Kierra from @ChoiceUSA #nn12 #nnsexCLRJ
Abstinence-only education is BS.
It’s not abstinence-only "education", if you have to lie to people so they listen, it’s propaganda – @charlieglickman #nn12sex #nn12Katie Byron
We’ve got to take a new approach to this conversation.
"We cannot just have these conversations about sex w/ only young wmn, young men need to be involved as well"- Kierra @ChoiceUSA #nn12 #nnsexCLRJ
"We have to continue to find different frames to push sex positivity"- Kierra @ChoiceUSA, also gave shout-out to @FwdTogether #nn12 #nnsexCLRJ
Summing things up nicely.
"If I can’t fuck, I dont want to be part of your organizing" – @charlieglickman (prefaced by apologizing to his parents here) #nn12 #nn12sexMichelle Weiser

Led by: Jenifer Fernandez Ancona

Panelists: Elisabeth Fernandez-Kimmel, Charlie Glickman, Kierra Johnson, Favianna Rodriguez, William Winters

Whose Law Is It Anyway? ALEC's Influence on State Legislatures and What We Can Do About It

The American Legislative Exchange Council has been behind virtually every major right-wing state law in the past two years, including union-busting, teacher-bashing, voter suppression, attacks on immigrants, privatizing basic public services and gutting environmental and health regulations. Learn more about ALEC, who backs them and what you can do to stand in their way.

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Whose Law Is It Anyway? ALEC’s Influence on State Leg

GREAT #NN12 PANEL ON ALEC – AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE EXCHANGE COUNCIL

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Lisa Graves of the Center for Media & Democracy explained the origins of ALEC, and how they exposed them ay alecexposed.org
Lisa Graves: Origin of ALEC is infamous Powell Memo to build conservative infrastructure #NN12 http://t.co/SHNECCGN
RT @rashadrobinson: I’m moderating "Whose Law Is It Anyway? ALEC’s Influence on State Legislatures and What We Can Do About It" @ #nn12 http://t.co/VJoDi39K
Rashad Robinson of Color of Change also deserves lots of credit for getting big corporations to pull out of ALEC
Uh oh, #ALEC. More exposure. Does sunlight burn? #ALECexposed #NN12 http://t.co/xQqjdbde
Lisa Graves of CMD thanks @ColorOfChange and @rashadrobinson for our work targeting corporate members of #ALEC #NN12
Surprise surprise: I found a family connection between ALEC’s director and the NRA in Florida. http://t.co/rE3Ceu9U #nn12
.@theLisaGraves at #NN12 #ALECexposed panel: ALEC activism rooted in Cincinnati protests.. look how far its come
I’m moderating "Whose Law Is It Anyway? ALEC’s Influence on State Legislatures and What We Can Do About It" @ #nn12 http://t.co/VJoDi39K
RT @Karoli: Speaker notes that ALEC agenda isn’t just at state level. Ryan budget is an ALEC budget. #NN12
Anielle Alioto at #ALECexposed panel at #NN12: "state legislators are dropping out without us even asking… the #ALEC brand is so toxic"
We learned that the Koch brothers have spent lots of money promoting and helping ALEC
Lisa Graves: ALEC was bailed out by Koch brothers in the 90s http://t.co/SHNECCGN #NN12
.@thelisagraves: Koch Brothers gave ALEC half a million loan in late 90s to keep organization afloat #NN12 @ALECexposed
“@TakeBackCourts Check our our new report released today at #NN12 on ALEC civil justice work. http://t.co/77buubJc”
RT @ALECexposed: Anielle Alioto at #ALECexposed panel at #NN12: nobody is going to bat for ALEC because you can’t defend the indefensible
.@theLisaGraves at #NN12 #ALECexposed panel: "Every American ought to be deeply concerned by #ALEC"
Lisa Graves at #NN12: ALEC allows lobbyists to "vote as equals" to our legislators on laws and public policy http://t.co/SHNECCGN
RT @AriBerman: .@thelisagraves: Koch Brothers gave ALEC half a million loan in late 90s to keep organization afloat #NN12 @ALECexposed
Dump You And Dump #ALEC Too! #ForgetYou parody – Amazzzzing vid: http://t.co/gbG96zGg @prwatch @thelisagraves #dumpALEC #ALECexposed. #NN12
Rashad Robinson: "98% of ALEC’s money comes from corporations" #NN12
at the panel on #ALEC at #NN12. Big kudos to Color of Change & CMD (http://t.co/f17Tdlfz) for exposing them for the sham ALEC is.
#ALEC has been successful because has been able to do work behind scenes, says moderator. But that isn’t the case anymore. #NN12
#ALEC is part of a large clandestine corporate infrastructure that is trying to control the political process at all levels. #NN12
ALEC does its work behind the scenes but corporation have to answer to the customers they’re trying to reach – @rashadrobinson #NN12
"Our leverage goes up as voting goes down." ~Founder of #ALEC #NN12
Marge Baker: Effort to pushback ALEC is starting to "taint" any association with ALEC #NN12
The push to privatize public schools is an ALEC priority
Kim Anderson: ALEC claims to join #edreform bandwagon but they "put kids last" #NN12
Kim Anderson: ALEC edu-agenda is to sell off public schools to charters, online learning companies, for-profit education #NN12
Kim Anderson: Michelle Rhee is an "honorary member" of the school privatizing cabal driven by ALEC #NN12
#ALEC is also getting into pension slashing efforts. @RepJonDBrien50 wants to fix Woonsocket deficit by taking from city pension fund. #NN12
Photo of our own @ProgressNow ED Aniello Alioto (left) talking about ALEC and their influence. http://t.co/XptAcdRb #ALECexposed #NN12
RT @ALECexposed: Aniello Alioto at #ALECexposed panel at #NN12: Next big #ALEC initiative is limiting the power of state attorney’s to sue corporations
And finally, you an help keep the pressure on ALEC
.@theLisaGraves at #ALECexposed panel at #NN12: ALEC agenda is on the move and #ALEC $$ on the move. We need your help documenting it.
RT @ALECexposed: .@theLisaGraves at #ALECexposed panel at #NN12: In 2013 legislators will come in and aim to pass the #ALEC wish list, we need to expose this
Marge Baker of @peoplefor at #ALECexposed panel at #NN12: Best resource on #ALEC is http://t.co/GcxEwzL1

Led by: Rashad Robinson

Panelists: Aniello Alioto, Kim Anderson, Marge Baker, John Carey, Lisa Graves

Organizing Outside the Lines: "Hard-to-Reach Communities" Winning Major Victories by Moving from Moment to Movement

What does it take to organize on and offline to change the conversation, build our base, and push real systemic and policy?  Come hear about a couple of moments that have changed their movements from some of the strong, agile organizations and coalitions that helped make it happen.

Organizing Outside the Lines: Reaching Hard-to-Reach Communities Online and Offline

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The panelists talked about some hard topics but stayed in good spirits.
@OccupyTheHood @jasiri_x at #nn12 teaching and preaching #goodstuff http://pic.twitter.com/eSo7AQBTLAJ
Naturally, the Trayvon Martin case came up as a tragedy and an opportunity for organizing.
@OccupytheHood #Trayvon wasn’t a new story, just what opened door to white America hearing what’s happened here for centuries #nn12 #noi12Jamie McGonnigal
White, Black & Latino community finally seeing what’s happening and caring about each other’s issues @occupythehood #nn12 #noi12Jamie McGonnigal
They also added some general thoughts about organizing.
"You can’t be afraid of religious culture [in the South]; you have to embrace it." @DCtwiterati #nn12Shannon Moriarty
To be an activist, you don’t have be out there whooping & hollering. Everyone has an activist in them. @occupythehood #nn12Shannon Moriarty

Led by: Christina Hollenback

Panelists: Niaz Kasravi, Carol McDonald, Matt Nelson, Gaby Pacheco, Malik Rhasaan

Why the Fed is the Most Important Economic Issue You Know Nothing About

Years worth of bailouts and bank regulation debates have placed a new level of political focus on the Federal Reserve. It has been a topic for the Occupy movement and those concerned with out-of-control financial institutions and the weak recovery. And in the next year, the Federal Reserve, without political pressure, could dismantle financial regulation and stop an economy about to take off. How does the left engage the Federal Reserve? This panel will dive into potential answers.

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Led by: Mike Konczal

Panelists: Lisa Donner, Karl Smith, Matthew Yglesias

People, Not Polar Bears: Digital Revolutions and the New Fight Against Climate Change

From epidemics of asthma to water shortages, our most vulnerable populations are disproportionately impacted by pollution and global warming—and it’s time for our environmental fights to reflect this. For decades, communities of color and indigenous peoples have fought discriminatory environmental policies and disproportionate toxic burdens from polluting industries, but these efforts must be brought to the mainstream. Fortunately, youth leaders from communities impacted by environmental racism are already doing just that—utilizing new media, GPS mapping and social networks to advocate for solutions that support environmental justice and the ever-growing realities of global climate change. This panel will share tools and strategies for energizing communities and holding polluters and legislators accountable, including the role open-source technology has in creating and maintaining national collaborations, and tricks for connecting clicks and likes with boots on the ground.

People, Not Polar Bears: Digital Revolutions and the New Fight Against Climate Change

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People not polar bears #nn12 http://instagr.am/p/LljOPVHyad/Gloria Pan
People, Not Polar Bears panel is a lot better, and a lot more about racism vs enviro justice, than I thought. #NN12 #toomanywhitepeoplehereRLMiller

Led by: Katie DeCarlo

Panelists: Kari Fulton, Lilian Molina, Ryan Young

Protecting Voting Rights in Communities of Color in 2012

Black and brown voters turned out in record numbers in 2008. However, the introduction of voter ID initiatives in many states creates a new barrier for many Americans, particularly in traditionally disenfranchised communities of color. Voters in these communities—as well as students, seniors, the working poor and those with disabilities—will be most impacted. What coalitions and campaigns are underway to ensure these voters have equal access to the polls? How can we ensure that their voting rights are safeguarded and their voices counted? Panelists will provide case studies of campaign strategies and community solutions and tackle tough questions concerning voter ID laws.

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Protecting Voting Rights in Communities of Color in 2012

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We should be fighting to expand voting rights.
Voting is a constitutional right. As a prog movement we should be fighting to expand voting rights instead of playing defense. #nn12DemocracyForAmerica
Reform is possible.
#nn12 ? at voting panel: are there positive reforms that will protect voting rights? Yes, Rep. John Lewis introduced Voter Empowerment ActBrennan Center
But it’s a hard fight to win with just statistics and demographics.
"#VoterID is a hard issue to get people angry about when we just use statistics & demographics" -Minority voting rights panel at #nn12 #trueDemos_Org

Led by: Erica Williams

Panelists: Biko Baker, Derrick Beetso, David Castillo, Kirin Kennedy, Marvin Randolph

Emerging Movements: The Face of New Progressive Online Communities

There are new emerging movements online that differ from their identity-based or multi-issue predecessors, ones that bring new people into the progressive movement and represent an exciting evolution of our organizing theories and practices. The offline-to-online engagement of Occupy, the emergence of a banking and housing crisis constituency online, laser-focused corporate accountability campaigns, new approaches to organizing women and the emergence of a global LGBT movement all represent huge interconnected communities dealing with major structural issues that have the potential to build global long-term progressive power. But how did this happen? What are the opportunities that emerged to make room for new movements? And how are the organizers capitalizing on those opportunities?

Emerging Movements: The Face of New Progressive Online Communities

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Panelists discussed the creation of new online communities and organizations.
fascinating discussion on nimble, interconnected online movement building w/ @andre_banks @SLThomas @jrucker @nataliefoster @tarensk #nn12timothy karl rusch
The panel on emerging online movements, feat. @nataliefoster, @slthomas, @jr @ Netroots Nation 2012 (#nn12) http://instagr.am/p/Llmgg1jUSf/Greg Greene
Natalie Foster spoke about some of the challenges that spur them to innovate.
@nataliefoster talks about the reality of list oversaturation + that there are so many people out there that haven’t been reached yet #NN12christiegeorge
.@nataliefoster: Email is killer app, but is dying. Means we need to innovate new practices in the online space. #nn12Nathan Henderson-Jam
Love this. @nataliefoster on start-up, member driven orgs: "We’ll exist as long as we’re useful, and then we won’t. And that’s okay." #nn12Rachel Perrone
Shaunna Thomas talked about starting up a community because of a hole she perceived in the movement.
.@slthomas launched @ultraviolet in wake of too many legislative battles in which women’s rights were thrown under the bus. #nn12Rachel Perrone
Attendees responded well to Andre Banks’ upbeat presentation.
Andre Banks’ company Purpose, which helps instill prog values in campaigns & clients sounds like a lot of fun. #nn12Nathan Henderson-Jam
Andre Banks:it’s not so much about LGBT rights, but about love. #nn12 #NN12RI #NN12LGBTHeidi Hall
Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman spoke about nonpolitical folks who still want to make a change.
Yes! @TarenSK at @SumofUs: lot of ppl out there jaded at politics but want to be responsible consumers, hold corps accountable #nn12Nicole Flatow

Led by: James Rucker

Panelists: Andre Banks, Natalie Foster, Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, Shaunna Thomas

Marriage Equality: Past, Present and Future

Anti-gay attacks banning same-sex marriage, as well as pro-marriage equality legislation, ballot initiatives, judicial cases and electoral fights, have swept the country since 1996 when Congress passed the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. Since then, activists and campaigners have been criss-crossing the country working to secure equal marriage rights for all. This panel will bring together leading activists and experts to discuss what lessons can be learned from previous fights in California, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, New York and Washington. Panelists will provide insight into how those lessons can be applied in a changing 2012 landscape and practical advice for launching an effort in your own state.

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Led by: Monte Jarvis

Panelists: Richard Carlbom, Michael Crawford, David Fleischer, Dustin Lambro

Working Rhode Island: How We Built a Progressive Movement in Rhode Island

Working across class, generation, ethnic and trade barriers, Working Rhode Island is following the “One Big Union” model in exciting and dynamic ways. Built out of a common need to organize against a conservative Republican governor, the groups assembled around the Working Rhode Island table left the old rules behind to figure out new ways to work together against common enemies. It’s led to amazing results, including seeing the Rhode Island AFL-CIO endorse marriage equality legislation, primary challenges to Democratic incumbents from labor-backed candidates and immigrant rights being considered workers’ rights. There have been fights and losses along the way, but plenty of victories too. Without a doubt, Working Rhode Island is a model for the nation.

Led by: Patrick Crowley

Panelists: Kate Brock, Scott Duhamel, George Nee, Robert Walsh

Five Ways Technology is Making Democracy Easier

Much of progressive organizing relies on registering and turning out underrepresented communities and mobilizing those communities against the conservative agenda. New technology aims to eliminate barriers to democratic participation by making it easier for voters to register to vote, find their polling place, obtain an absentee ballot, research candidates, connect with each other and advocate for positions to their elected officials. This panel of leading technologists will speak about the ways technology is making it easier to participate in the democratic process.

Five Ways Technology is Making Democracy Easier

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Panelists discussed how to help average citizens.
"We have to be careful about how we introduce technology to people who aren’t technologists, so it doesn’t scare them off" @antheaws #nn12Evan Sutton
"We need to make the experience of democracy better for the citizen." —@Sethflaxman #nn12TurboVote
Google’s @EricHysen notes that it’s still too hard to figure out who your congressperson is. #nn12Paul Schreiber
@cynicusprime @erichysen It’s hard to determine districts for *everyone* since district lines are messy + zip codes aren’t enough.Paul Schreiber
One panelist gave a resource you can use at home.
"One resource is Organizer’s Guide to Election Admin (http://elections.neworganizing.com), election law for all 50 states" @tianaej #nn12 #noi12Evan Sutton
They also noted that we have to focus on how to help people in government.
"One side of democracy is getting people elected. The other side is what they do when they’re there." —@marcidale #nn12Paul Schreiber
How do you improve the quality of messages to congress so they’re heard better? —@antheaws #nn12Paul Schreiber
"We also have to make sure that our technology make the lives of [the people who control the system] easier." —@Sethflaxman #nn12TurboVote
An attendee was especially excited to see a lot of women on a tech panel.
Tech panel with majority female experts. Love what lies ahead for society. #NN12@ @antheaws @tianaej @marcidale http://pic.twitter.com/4UGbjJQTJoey Dobson

Led by: Anthea Watson Strong

Panelists: Tiana Epps-Johnson, Seth Flaxman, Marci Harris, Eric Hysen

What Progressives Can Do to Stop the War on Public Education

American public education is under concerted attack: Americans are told we are failing in international comparisons, urged to blame teachers and break their unions, turn more of our public education system over to private interests and rely ever more upon tests to make critical decision. These and other tactics are designed to delegitimize and ultimately destroy meaningful public education. Three nationally-known experts explore aspects of that attack and offer specific suggestions of how progressive supporters of public education can fight back.

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What Progressives Can Do to Stop the War on Public Education

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This panel focused on the war on education, and what progressives can do to stop it.
Authentic Education for All discussed. Ravitch, TeacherKen, Jackson #NN12 @dianeravitch @teacherken @johnjackson http://pic.twitter.com/aF51t2DRacttosaveourschools
@DianeRavitch: this is not just about education. This is about the future of democracy #NN12NEA Public Relations
Currently, the voices of students are being ignored.
.@teacherken: student voice is ignored. We’re doing education to our kids, rather than engaging them in their own education #nn12Steve Fletcher
We need to take action, and focus on how to help the majority of students.
.@SchottOtl: Let’s do away with the debates about charters, charters educate 4% of students. What’s the plan for the other 96%? #nn12VIVA Teachers
.@SchottOtl: sometimes direct action is the best way, not the tools of the other side. We have to organize, be strategic. #nn12VIVA Teachers
They talked about how this can be done.
@TeacherKen at #NN12: For this to be successful, it has to be done by a cmty organizing standpoint. Must be done by ppl within cmty. #eduNEA Public Relations
.@Teacherken I know some Republicans who are good on these issues: we need them as allies. #nn12VIVA Teachers
And other problems that must be addressed.
RT @NEAMedia: @TeacherKen #NN12 We cannot fix #edu in isolation without addressing the wrap-around issue of poverty, income inequality.Elyse Fradkin
@TeacherKen Undiagnosed probs w. hearing, vision, dental care, basic healthcare- not a right in this country, interfere with learning. #NN12NEA Public Relations
Education frames an memes are all conservative.
Framing & memes about #education are all conservative. The little we do frame, conservatives twist. @dianeravitch @teacherken #nn12Angela Jean
We must stand up and take action for real change.
.@SchottOtl: civil rights protesters didn’t fight to make the back of the bus more comfortable! #nn12VIVA Teachers
.@SchottOtl what would happen if poor folks amassed at doors of wealthy community’s schools and demanded to attend? #nn12VIVA Teachers
.@SchottOtl: time to stop being nice: it’s a civil right and are going to act on every child’s right to learn. applause #nn12VIVA Teachers
Saving education is about defending democracy.
#Applause!!! RT @VIVATeachers: round of applause for @DianeRavitch when she says saving public education is saving our democracy. #nn12Defeat Bullies
The panel closed with a call to action.
RT @jeffbcdm: @teacherken closes out edu panel at #NN12 with a call for everyone in attendance to vow to take on the fight "Let’s Do It!"VIVA Teachers

Led by: Kenneth Bernstein

Panelists: John H. Jackson, Diane Ravitch

Foreclosure Fraud: How the Banks Broke the Housing Market and How We are Fighting Back

Despite the fact that we’ve been in a foreclosure crisis for more than four years, precious little attention has been paid to how banks have used faked documents to steal homes from American borrowers. This panel will break down just how the banks have defrauded homeowners, local governments and the state judicial system, and why meager settlements or more promises for loan modifications are completely inadequate to hold the guilty parties responsible for the crime. This panel brings together foreclosure fraud experts, along with the people actually working on the front lines to stop illegal evictions and bring forward justice. We will also take a look at citizen-led efforts to protect people’s homes and hold banks accountable—and how you can join those efforts.

Foreclosure Fraud: How the Banks Broke the Housing Market and How We are Fighting Back

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During this panel, Neil Barofsky spoke about the financial fraud settlement.
At #ffraud #nn12 @neilbarofsky explaining why the $25bil financial faud settlement is such a joke. Much of money diverted to other uses…bmaz
.@neilbarofsky explaining how mortgage settlement largely just pays banks to do what they do anyway w no accountability #nn12Miles Kampf-Lassin
@neilbarofsky laying out how the mortgage settlement will actually make profits for banks through HAMP incentives. Epic FAIL #nn12Matt Browner Hamlin
Additional information about this session is available in emptywheel’s live blog.
Foreclosure Fraud: The Most Dangerous Panel in the World | emptywheelThey’ve scheduled DDay’s Netroots Nation foreclosure fraud panel-with Lynn Szymoniak, Malcom Chu, and Neil Barofsky-in a room with no str…

Led by: David Dayen

Panelists: Neil Barofsky, Malcolm Chu, Lynn Szymoniak

Blogging for Transgender Equality: History, Challenges and Progress

Transgender advocacy has exploded in recent years in no small part due to the ability of transgender people to connect nationally online. The immediate and swift outcry against the proposed stripping of gender identity protections in the Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA) demonstrated this community’s online power. But while blogging significantly shapes political activity within the transgender community, there is a risk that all of the community’s concerns may not be considered in online responses to real-world events. This panel will explore the historical development of the activated transgender community and the impact blogging and online activism have on its formation and focus. Presenters will share examples of the powerful role this online community plays in moving transgender rights forward, while also examining what is missing from the conversation.

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Blogging for Transgender Equality: History, Challenges and Progress

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The Blogging for Transgender Equality session was a full house, with lots of anticipation for an inspiring conversation.
" Blogging for transgender equality " #nn12 #LGBTQ http://pic.twitter.com/1keZLup0William Anderson
#NN12LGBT panel Blogging for Transgender Equality: History, Challenges and Progress at #nn12 has just started….ready to be inspired!Zerlina Maxwell
Watch the live-stream of @jostruitt’s panel Blogging for Transgender Equality at Netroots! http://bit.ly/MRviFA #nn12Feministing
Panelists discussed some of the recent small victories in the fight for transgender equality and acceptance.
RT @TheTaskForce: Minnesota was the first state to pass protections for transgender people, 2nd was Rhode Island #nn12 #nn12lgbtAllyson Diane Hamm
RT @thetaskforce: .@jostruitt: there has been a shift in the media coverage of transgender women #nn12 #nn12lgbtAimee Thorne-Thomsen
American Apparel & @glaad launch first #transgender ads as #nn12 holds first transgender panel #nn12lgbt http://bit.ly/LCMiIiRich Ferraro
While there has been progress there are still challenges.
.@TransGriot: it feels like we only get coverage of transgender people of color when there’s violence. #nn12lgbt #nn12The Task Force
Data from GLSEN: 69% transgender students felt unsafe in school bc of sexual orientation & 65% how they expressed gender #nn12 #NN12LBTRealLifeUnplugd
. @jenniferlevi1 helping to define #transgender and talking about breaking expectations of what gender looks like #NN12LGBT #nn12Michelle Weiser
It is important for ally communities to continue to provide support for transgender individuals. A shift in perceptions will only be possible when the larger ally community is engaged.
@AutumnSandeen: We should be able to embrace our entire identity; not be seen ONLY as transgender ppl #nn12 #nn12lgbt #noi12Jamie McGonnigal
We need to be better advocates for our #transgender brothers and sisters #NN12LGBT #NN12 #lgbtwondermann5
.@transgriot Monica Roberts talking about transgender activists across African diaspora. #nn12Jay Carmona
All in all, individuals felt empowered to be advocates for effective change.
#NN12 Blogging for Transgender Equity – amazing panel! Learning so much!Nolan Pack

Led by: Jillian Weiss

Panelists: Jennifer Levi, Monica Roberts, Autumn Sandeen, Jos Truitt

Combatting Criminal Justice Violations: Challenging Assumptions and Winning Campaigns

How can social and racial justice organizations leverage technology on behalf of criminal justice campaigns? Panelists will discuss how their respective organizations utilize the internet, social media platforms and mobile devices to spread awareness about criminal justice violations impacting communities of color. Particular campaigns to be highlighted include those against the NYPD’s racially-targeted “Stop and Frisk” policy; the wrongful imprisonment of 10 innocent men in Cook County, IL, on the basis of forced confessions; the execution of Troy Davis without proof of guilt beyond reasonable doubt on the basis of unreliable eyewitness testimony; and the proposal to replace the storm-damaged Orleans Parish Prison with a massively-expanded facility. Panelists will share best practices, successes and challenges and ways to improve the efficacy of 21st century technology in criminal justice campaigns.

Combatting Criminal Justice Violations: Challenging Assumptions and Winning Campaigns

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Criminal justice violations disproportionately affect low income communities and communities of color. As progressives, addressing this problem is an important part of creating a more equitable society. Panelists today discussed the many challenges surrounding this intricate issue.
Starting "Combatting criminal justice violations" w/ @danaknola, Kamau Franklin & Matt Nelson of @ColorOfChange #NN12 #NN12Black #nn12cjDani McClain
There is much at stake. Communities must be united and a voice must be given to those that have suffer because of these types of injustices.
For people of color, interactions w/ cj system can go from benign to dangerous instantly says Matt Nelson #nn12cj #nn12Rania Khalek
Fighting prisons uniting Black and Brown communities uniting to fight immigrant detention centers in #nola #nn12 #nn12cjLaurie Ignacio
Dana Kaplan: ppl who had been incarcerated testify to city council to stop huge new NOLA jail: the system is destroying our lives. #NN12Austen Levihn-Coon
Vigilance is key.
Monitoring police should be part of our everyday civic engagement duties says Matt Nelson #nn12cj #nn12Rania Khalek
Kamau Franklin from Malcolm X Grassroots Movement talking about Cop Watch Program in Brooklyn to monitor police brutality. #nn12Rania Khalek
Attendees asked questions that touched on issues that are currently in legal limbo. The resulting decisions will have a significant impact on individuals rights and protections.
Question about right 2 film police. Matt Nelson & Kamau Franklin highlight recent & upcoming court cases in various states. #nn12cj #nn12Rania Khalek
The system can be changed; we do not need to stand for the status quo.
Geo Group prison company no longer allowed to opperate in Mississippi. Now we know it can be done. Matt Nelson @colorofchange #NN12Austen Levihn-Coon
RT @RaniaKhalek: Fundamental flaw in #privateprison model is profits — Matt Nelson #nn12cj #nn12Joe Moses
Attendees left the conversation with a renewed sense of purpose.
If u missed the criminal justice panel at #nn12 you should def watch it online. Best panel I’ve been to do far.Rania Khalek

Led by: Dani McClain

Panelists: Kamau Franklin, Dana Kaplan, Laura Moye, Matt Nelson

Love, Compassion and Other Outrageous Forms of Activism

Activists tend to be motivated by a powerful, inclusive sense of connection to all beings and the planet. Yet guilt, frustration, weariness and internal conflict can remove us from the sense of purpose we need to work for the long haul. When activism is disconnected from a deep understanding of interdependence, we may unintentionally create some of the very conditions we are fighting against—persecution instead of justice, hatred instead of compassion. The vital source of reconnection to a larger vision was called “the love that does justice,” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Gandhi called it “satyagraha,” or truth force. The Netroots offers an unparalleled opportunity to create a community of change that is aligned with our deepest values of a more just and sustainable world. This panel will explore in-person and online tools for resilience of body, mind and spirit to help support a sustained, transformational activism.

Love, Compassion and Other Outrageous Forms of Activism

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The panelists started by framing a couple of questions.
Inhaling love. Exhaling rage. How do we do our work w/o hurting ourselves & our movement? w/ @mallikadutt #NN12 #womentogetherBekah Mandell
How do we organize w/love & the whole person? Learning w/ @mallikadutt @breakthrough @omega_institute #NN12 #womentogetherDomestic Workers
They spoke about dignity and wisdom.
"what does an unbroken world look like?" @mallikadutt "we must begin w/ our human dignity" #womentogether #NN12Domestic Workers
Knowing our lives interconnectedness is wisdom in the mind & compassion in the heart @sharonsalzberg #NN12Laila Fahimuddin
Attendees thoroughly enjoyed the session.
Human rights activist @mallikadutt rocks the room with a call to focus on our interdependency & personal transformation. #NN12mindoca
Grateful to @mallikadutt, @SharonSalzberg, panelists & attendees at Compassion/Activism session. I’m not alone in attempting balance! #NN12Sara

Led by: Carla Goldstein

Panelists: Mallika Dutt, Leslie Salmon Jones, Sharon Salzberg

Salsa, Cumbia and Merengue: Connecting to the Different Beats of the Latino Electorate

The Latino vote is expected to exceed 12.2 million in the 2012 elections. This diverse electorate includes those who have been here since the days of Aztlan and others who arrived more recently. Latinos are not a monolithic group. We don’t all know what arepas taste like, and many of us might not know how to salsa. So what ties us together? Ask five Latinos, and you’ll likely get five different answers. Whether it’s language, religion, culture or a sense of rhythm, Latinos make up a key voting bloc. This session will serve as a cross-pollination of regional knowledge that will help organizations springboard their 2012 electoral narratives. We’ll look at the strategies, tools and approaches organizers are using in a variety of regions around the country to create a powerful and progressive Latino voting base.

Led by: Eddy Morales

Panelists: Sindy Benavides, Ana Beatriz Cholo, Tomás Garduño, Aparna Shah

Take a Walk, Scott: Post-Mortem of the Wisconsin Recalls

On June 5, progressives across the country will either be celebrating Scott Walker’s recall loss or angry about his victory. Either way, this panel will serve as a post-mortem for the long, hard fight for sanity in Wisconsin.

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Led by: Kaili Lambe

Panelists: Kristen Crowell, Emily Mills, Josh Orton, Harry Waisbren

Gun Politics after Trayvon and Tucson: New Life for a Deadly Issue

In just over a year, a new grassroots movement has emerged to demand common-sense laws to keep guns out of the wrong hands. Representatives of two successful recent “Gun Politics 2.0” campaigns and political leaders will explore how progressives are using social media and organizing to reframe an issue sometimes—and wrongly—considered a political third rail. In January 2011, following the mass shooting in Tucson, Mayors Against Illegal Guns launched the National Drive to Fix Gun Checks to educate the public about the 34 Americans who are murdered with guns every day and to build support for reforming the national gun background check system. After Trayvon Martin’s tragic shooting, a new coalition of national civil rights groups and Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched the Second Chance on Shoot First campaign to demand that states reform reckless laws written by the NRA and ALEC that led to Trayvon’s death.

Gun Politics after Trayvon and Tucson: New Life for a Deadly Issue

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RT @CSGV: #NN12 panel "Gun Politics After #Trayvon" w/ @davidcicilline, @LoriHaasVA, @JamalSimmons, @cliffschecter, @markcglaze http://pic.twitter.com/gbi8d31CLance Orchid
Mark Glaze pointed out the biggest obstacle to reform.
NRA is overwhelmingly better funded, has milllions of members more than @maigcoalition creates big obstacle 4 gun control. @markcglaze #nn12Rania Khalek
But the panelists believed the obstacles could be overcome. 
Polling about gun control is misleading. Question should be "should gun buyer have a background check." Most say yes. — @markcglaze #nn12Rania Khalek
We shouldn’t be calling it gun control, we should be talking about it as gun safety to communicate power of reform – @DavidCicilline #nn12Rania Khalek
"We can talk about this, & we can win on this." – @LoriHaasVA discussing how to fight for common sense gun policies at #NN12MAIG Coalition
Talking about Trayvon Martin and other tragedies has brought gun violence again to the forefront of national consciousness.
RT @maigcoalition: "If you saw the pain that I’ve seen, you’d do something about this too." – @LoriHaasVA discussing experience w/ gun violence at #NN12Aaron Kinnari
The panel included an interesting exchange between Cliff Schecter, Jamal Simmons, and some in the audience.
"There has to be pressure on our side to do what is right." – @cliffschecter discussing how to push #Congress to take action #NN12MAIG Coalition
RT @exileinflyville: .@cliffschecter "I’m a Democrat but I’m a progressive first… as an activist, you’re not trying to elect Democrats." THANK YOU. #nn12Oliver Willis
.@JamalSimmons replies "Why does it matter if Dems are winning & good on 7 out of 10 of the other issues we care about" #nn12Rania Khalek
audience member asks @JamalSimmons "who are these blue dogs that vote on other 7 out of 10 issues?" followed by laughter #nn12Rania Khalek

Led by: Mark Glaze

Panelists: Rep. David Cicilline, Lori Haas, Cliff Schecter, Jamal Simmons

Military Sexual Trauma: The Women's War

The Department of Veterans Affairs has released data estimating that one in three women has been sexually assaulted and/or raped while on active service, double the rate for civilians, according to the DoJ. Rape is notoriously unreported, particularly in the hyper-masculine environment of the military. Women troops who do seek justice find themselves quickly ostracized, their psychological wounds left untended, their attackers not charged. They are expected to carry on and often face their rapists on a daily basis. This panel is designed to explore the issue of Military Sexual Trauma or MST.

Military Sexual Trauma: The Women’s War

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Sexual trauma in the military is a serious problem. One that is under-reported and under-prosecuted.
8 percent vs 41 percent prosecution of sexual assault military vs civilian #nn12 #fem2Suzanne Turner
Military women told reporting sexual assault was a deal breaker #standwmilitarywomen #NN12IsaRo
Why? There’s a lack of understanding about trauma.
need a greater understanding of what trauma does to someone. they can’t self-regulate. need to protect them. #nn12 military sexual assaultUna Spenser
Q: why doesn’t military see PR problem with getting military volunteers? A: info isn’t out there, so why care? #nn12 military sexual assaultUna Spenser
And the decisions regarding prosecution are being made by folks in their 20s.
decisions for what goes to court marshall is made by company commanders. They are in their mid-20s. #nn12 military sexual traumaUna Spenser
But lawsuits can help.
sometimes lawsuits, even if not successful in court, succeed in educating the public. #nn12 military sexual traumaUna Spenser
The women working on sexual assault in the military are doing amazing work. Bless them. #nn12Jessica Pieklo

Led by: Joan Brooker

Panelists: Elizabeth Stinson, Ann Wright

Saving Public Transportation: A Matter of Social Justice

In Rhode Island, public transit service is under perennial threat of service cuts and fare increases due to a flawed funding mechanism, the gas tax. Transit systems around the country—from Oakland to Detroit—face similar service cuts at a time when public transportation is more necessary than ever for both our economic and environmental sustainability. This panel will relate how workers, riders and even transit systems are forming coalitions in the fight to save and expand public transportation. We’ll explore the campaign in Rhode Island to Save RIPTA, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, and discuss how the successes of this local campaign can be translated to other communities nationwide.

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Saving Public Transportation: A Matter of Social Justice

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Transit systems nationwide are facing service cuts and fare increases, which disproportionately affect low income communities. The campaign in Rhode Island to Save RIPTA, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, was examined as a case study for other cities and communities as to how to be effective transit advocates.
Transit organizing #rockstars @electabel @electlibby Paul Harrington and Larry Hanley of ATU #saveripta #nn12 http://pic.twitter.com/a6TqaiDCCleanWaterAction RI
The transit battles tie into the larger fight for workers’ rights.
RT @sara_h: Very coordinated attack on #transit workers in Pittsburgh. Symptom of war on workers, not transit. ~ Hanley @atucomm #nn12 #nn12transitKenya Wheeler
"#Transit is a crutch for any struggling economy, and a backbone for a thriving economy." ~ Abel Collins, @risierraclub #nn12 #nn12transitSara
The need to organize is key. The opposition can be large and well funded. New solutions needs to be examined.
Greg LeRoy: You help organize riders, our policy wonks will navigate the shell game of transit funding. #nn12 #nn12transitTom Torres
Nearly three-fourths of transit riders use it to commute to work. Where are the employers to step up and protect #masstransit? #nn12Matt McDermott
Great Q/As re: public perception of "second class citizens," lower-income #transit ridership. Auto lobby doesn’t help. #nn12 #nn12transitSara
RT @MarkJGray: Transit advocates need to get big employers on their side #nn12 #masstransit #saveripta #1uATU, Transit Union
Attendees brainstormed some new ideas for policy and emphasized the importance of elected officials understanding the needs of their communities.
Interesting Idea! RT @lucasoconnor: What if there was an enterprise zone-type deal for locating jobs on transit lines? #NN12 #NN12transitKenya Wheeler
True, need to elect transit riders 😉 MT @kenyaw Libby Kimzey agrees many lawmakers aren’t transit users & are out of touch w/riders #nn12Rebecca Saltzman

Led by: Greg LeRoy

Panelists: Abel Collins, Larry Hanley, Paul Harrington, Libby Kimzey

Bold Progressive 99% Candidates in 2012

Bold progressive candidates—those who publicly commit themselves to the 99% movement and a populist economic vision—are running for Congress across the nation this year. Progressive infrastructure is giving these candidates vital support, resulting in some early primary wins against conservative Democratic opponents. More big primaries are coming and then significant general election fights are ahead. Hear from some of these bold candidates and learn how you can help them succeed in 2012.

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Bold Progressive 99% Candidates in 2012

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Panelists discussed the challenges and opportunities in drafting grassroots primary challengers.
#NN12 Panel on electing Bold Progressives to office with @AdamGreen, @StephanieTaylor, and @DanielMintz in Ballroom B. http://pic.twitter.com/H0ZolbgYBoldProgressives.org
@AdamGreen at #nn12 "ppl said tough wk for #p2–it’s a tough life for #p2. We’re purposely marching up hill. If you want easy go corporate."Audrey Edmonds
@stephanietaylor at #NN12 "starting a campaign is like a starting a small business & stopping it in 12 mos. Tough for a 1st time candidate."Audrey Edmonds
.@StephanieTaylor "We’re not just looking for candidates to be good on issues — are they activists who will work w/ the grassroots?" #NN12Seth Kaye
Daniel Mintz pointed out that a primary challenger can change the system without even winning the race.
.@DanielMintz: "Primaries work. We’ve seen it happen with Blanche Lincoln. @CFPB exists as it does because Halter challenged her." #NN12BoldProgressives.org

Led by: Stephanie Taylor

Panelists: Adam Green, Daniel Mintz

Coal and the Grassroots Fight for Environmental Justice

Community heroes across the country are taking great risks to stand up and say no to coal pollution and other environmental injustices, and they’re succeeding—more than 100 of the nation’s 500 coal plants have already announced that they will retire. Activists from Appalachia to Arizona are using creative strategies and tactics that are breaking through the noise and building power in communities that are often marginalized. This session will put some of these David vs. Goliath stories front and center and address how activists can use these lessons in fighting for environmental justice in their own communities.

Coal and the Grassroots Fight for Environmental Justice

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More closing comments: Lets not celebrate any victories too soon – we’ve only had them because of relentless grassroots pressure. So take that away if we declare victory too soon with coal plant retirement – this isn’t an industry that will just walk away from all the coal left in this country. 
Closing comments: No coal, no fracking, no Keystone. Say yes to something – bring the wind to Texas, Appalachia, Muskegon, and bring the sun to the United States.
Question on "Clean Coal" – @RL_Miller: only "clean coal" is "magical" coal that "is carried away by unicorns." #nn12coal #nn12Sierra Club
Allison Sliva; Coal companies are playing fast and loose with "clean coal" term #nn12coal #nn12Sierra Club
@RL_Miller: If there is a cause that is important to you, don’t rely on other green groups – speak out for yourself. #nn12coal #nn12Sierra Club
RT @SierraClubLive: @RL_Miller: Why are they sending "energy security" to China for 90 cents a ton? #nn12coal #nn12RLMiller
Californians, urge your state reps to pass AJR35, ban export of coal from w. coast, sez @RL_Miller. #nn12coal #nn12Gregg Levine
@RL_Miller: Attend hearings; if you are in CA, tell your state senator to support ban on coal exports on west coast. #nn12coal #nn12Sierra Club
@RL_Miller: Activists on local level are the only thing standing in the way of increased coal exports. #nn12coal #nn12Sierra Club
“Asia and Oceania – coal use is skyrocketing. Six new export terminals proposed in Oregon and Washington. Local activists are key to get the small towns aligned against it.” Panelist Allison Silva 
@RL_Miller: Two real reasons coal use in US is declining: price & activism. Get active, get organized. #nn12coal #nn12Sierra Club
“GOP wants people to think coal is declining because of the EPA. It because of low natural gas prices.” Panelist Allison Sliva.
 
RT @advomatic: "coal kills. we need to leave it in the ground" @RL_Miller #nn12coal #nn12Elana_Brooklyn
RT @neoblaque: @RL_Miller Historical hurricane map for Matagorda County, home of White Stallion coal plant #nn12 http://yfrog.com/h82pwbajSierra Club
RT @RL_Miller: White Stallion coal plant hires lead lobbyist straight from Tx Commission on Env’l Quality. #cronycapitalism #nn12coal #nn12Evan Mintz
Writing for leading environmental activist @RL_Miller to speak on coal and environmental activism. #nn12 #1u #p2Norwood Orrick

Led by: Mary Anne Hitt

Panelists: Tony Fuller, RL Miller, Allison Sliva

Citizens United, Super PACs and the Fight for Our Democracy

The Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United opened the floodgates to massive amounts of anonymous corporate spending in our elections and allowed Super PACs to spend millions on campaign ads with no accountability. In the Republican presidential primary, we’ve seen Super PACs acting as shadow arms of the candidates’ campaigns. This new doctrine of “corporate speech rights” threatens to drown out the voices of the American people. Organized by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Center for American Progress Action Fund, this panel will examine the far-reaching impact of Citizens United and discuss how legislators, activists, bloggers and stakeholders can help restore sanity to our elections.

Citizens United, Super PACs and the Fight for Our Democracy

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The panelists talked about the immediate effects of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.
@senjeffmerkley talks about the dangers of #citizensunited @netroots_nation #nn12 http://pic.twitter.com/mGtDQMd3Patrick Crowley
Corporations are going to spend more of stockholder’s $ than all citizens combined in this election. – @SenJeffMerkley #CitizensUnited #nn12CAP Action: Congress
.@thetrevorpotter “You’re seeing a real intimidation of the legislative and electoral process” because of SuperPAC money. #NN12Emily Mills
They all agreed that the decision perverts the values we all hold dear.
.@SenJeffMerkley "Citizens United crosses out ‘We the People’ in the Constitution and replaces it with ‘We the Powerful." #NN12Emily Mills
@SenSherrodBrown says all the $ in politics from people like the #Koch brothers gives all new meaning to "buy American" @Netroots_NationPatrick Crowley
@bbond from @credomobile says it’s not #citizensunited it’s billionaires united #nn12Tracy Viselli
There are concrete steps that Congress can take.
@SenWhitehouse says #discloseact up in senate again in July. That requires superpacs to tell who pays for ads. #NN12Bob Plain
And Citizens United challenges us all to be more active to counterbalance the flood of corporate money.
RT @drdigipol: RT @MichaelBouldin: @BBond: "There are thousands of people waiting to be asked to do something big." #nn12 #CitizensUnited”craignewmark
Senator Whitehouse mentioned something that you can read at home.
Curious about the amicus brief Sheldon just mentioned at #NN12? The one he filed with Senator John McCain? Details: http://www.whitehouse.senate.gov/news/release/whitehouse-and-mccain-file-supreme-court-brief-critical-of-citizens-united-super-pacsSheldon Whitehouse

Led by: Tom Perriello

Panelists: Becky Bond, Senator Sherrod Brown, Senator Jeff Merkley, Trevor Potter, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

Your Phone Is Political

Androids and iPhones are quickly becoming our primary gateways to the Internet. The ways that we organize political and advocacy campaigns, produce and communicate with our world depends on access to them and the broadband data connections they provide. But imagine livestreaming video from a protest and running up against data caps. Imagine planning out your next SMS campaign, and the phone companies telling you they don’t like the content. These threats to mobile freedom are real. As we fight for control over our mobile experience, it’s fair to say that your phone is political. This panel will discuss how the power dynamic between the carriers and the public is affecting our ability to communicate via mobile phones, why the progressive community must stand up for mobile freedom and how we can create better policies that protect us from wireless carrier abuse.

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Led by: Josh Levy

Panelists: Garlin Gilchrist II, Joaquin Guerra, Sabrina Hersi Issa, Jamilah King

Iran 2012: Iraq 2003 All Over Again?

Despite broad opposition from military and security leaders in the United States and internationally, the sponsors of the Iraq War have attempted to fear-monger their way into another costly Middle East conflict. Bush has dropped from the headlines, but the architects of his foreign policy have taken over the shadow cabinets of GOP presidential contenders, the corner offices of think tanks and the halls of Congress. But 2012 is not 2003. A restrained economy, an ascendant model of less-militarized foreign policy and a war-weary public create an opportunity for a responsible policy outcome and a definitive blow to the (neo)conservative death-grip on national security politics. Attendees will hear from experts well-steeped in the trends and decisions behind the war drumbeat both then and now, who will spotlight the web of familiar players, debunk their arguments and discuss strategies for achieving a sounder policy and winning the political debate.

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Led by: Karen Finney

Panelists: Bob Creamer, Heather Hurlburt, Alireza Nader, Sen. Jack Reed

That Will Never Work: What Progressives Can Learn from OWS

When Occupy Wall Street first started, almost no one thought it would work. What does the explosion of interest in OWS say about the tactics of the occupation? What can progressive organizations learn from Occupy’s success in shifting the dialogue from austerity to inequality?

That Will Never Work: What Progressives Can Learn from OWS

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At #nn12 meta #ows panel w @msmaryclinton & @maxberger http://instagr.am/p/LoIzpEAKB4/Elana_Brooklyn
Panelists reviewed the first 9 months of the Occupy movement to find lessons for a progressive vision.
#occupy lessons: it isn’t suffering that leads to uprising. It’s a vision of what can win. #nn12 Yotam MaromMarianne Manilov
.@maxberger: #Occupy moved people from thinking about what’s achievable to working back from what’s necessary. #nn12 #owsJoe Macare
Occupy has also provided lessons for online/offline integration.
#occupy lessons: there was a collapse both in online & offline. U were able to really participate in both. Not just click. #nn12 @maxbergerMarianne Manilov
"Social media is the fuel, not the fire" @maxberger #ows #nn12Elana_Brooklyn
Started from social media and then made it real. Posts actively showed real-world legitimacy of the movement. – Isham Christie #nn12 #owsJulie Kaviar
The physical occupation was a topic of discussion.
"#ows was the chorus of a previously fragmented movement fighting together in one space." @msmaryclinton #nn12Nick Espinosa
There was also talk about cooperation with a broader coalition.
Strongest when #ows wasn’t worried about "the coalition" and who should do what and where they came from. – Yotam Marom #nn12Julie Kaviar
Institutional help: provided money for flyers and created a wall between cops and occupiers @msmaryclinton #ows #nn12Julie Kaviar

Led by: Max Berger

Panelists: Isham Christie, Mary Clinton, Michelle Crentsil, Yotam Marom

Mobile Organizing for 2012: From Elections to Occupy, Anti-Fracking to Arab Spring

This panel will explore case studies that exemplify outstanding mobile organizing practices and how they’re going to be critical in 2012. Panelists will share their experiences in bridging the digital divide by using texts to drive advocacy phone calls; taking the work out of calling your legislator through click-to-call widgets; using texts to build your list of supporters and syncing that list with the data that in your CRM to move supporters up the ladder of engagement. Plus we’ll discuss how to generate action, online and offline, and benefit from a high return on engagement.

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Organizing Issue-Based Campaigns with College Students

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Panelists talked about the big picture of online organizing and where mobile campaigns fit in.
Never forget, online organizing is supposed to be about making things quick and easy for people to do." @FooteSteppes #nnmobileAbigail Collazo
Reminder from @FooteSteppes that texting is exceptionally personal, so use it in a very targeted manner. #NNmobileAbigail Collazo
On mobile tech: @FooteSteppes says "Mobile is not a strategy, it’s a tool. Your message, your content, etc. are all components." #nnmobileAbigail Collazo
Panelists gave some pro tips for better use of texting and integrating mobile with web campaigns.
Little known @Tumblr feature: ability to call a number from your mobile phone and post audio messages to your page. Cool. #nnmobile #nn12Dan Joyce
Good advice @MCMBrooks "Make sure to identify urself when texting. Texting infrequently means they may not remember who you are" #nnmobileAbigail Collazo
Stay on message w/ your SMS call-to-action. An off message call will kill credibility & result in high opt out rate. #nnmobile #nn12Net Victories
Outside the United States, mobile is one of the main tools in the campaign toolbox.
GREAT question on how mobile tech is being used outside the US and internationally, particularly with Arab Spring #nnmobile #NN12Abigail Collazo
Egypt has 90% mobile penetration, 15% internet penetration. Revolutions are happening via mobile networks #nnmobile #NN12Abigail Collazo

Led by: Jed Alpert

Panelists: Doug Foote, Kristin Koch, Liba Rubenstein, Michelle Whittaker

Promoting People of Color in the Progressive Blogosphere

This panel will address the needs, successes and obstacles to having greater participation from people of color in the blogosphere. Using the models of the Native American Netroots and Black Kos as a beginning point for the discussion, we’ll cover topics such as color blindness vs. representation and how to get historically underrepresented groups and their views heard. We’ll discuss how to organize outreach between the larger blogosphere and blogs that are specific to communities of color and how to form stronger connections to ongoing organizing efforts and activism in communities of color. We’ll also focus on how organizations can promote diversity within new grassroots organizations.

Led by: David Reid

Panelists: Renee Chantler, Neeta Lind, Denise Oliver-Velez, Ian Reifowitz

Organizing Issue-Based Campaigns with College Students

American college campuses are hotbeds of idealism and activism. The 2008 election, the massive protests in Wisconsin and Ohio and the Occupy movement showed that when this young constituency is politically mobilized, history can be made. While youth vote turnout is often addressed, too little is done to address this constituency’s issues: affordable college education, student debt and limited job prospects. Meanwhile, college students find themselves the target of voter ID laws and other efforts to suppress their voice in the political process. Student organizations and their allies are organizing students to get active around the issues that are important to them. Come hear how to mobilize the student vote for affordable higher education, immigrant rights, voting rights and a host of other issues.

Organizing Issue-Based Campaigns with College Students

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Universities are already on the front lines of economic and social battles.
Universities are big time union busters. #nn12Erik Loomis
"Universities are carriers of the virus of austerity." #nn12Erik Loomis
Panelists talked about the main goal of any student-led campaign.
.@studentactivism "you either take power…or you convince the folks in power that it’s in their interest to do what you want them to" #nn12Josh Eidelson

Led by: Chris Goff

Panelists: Michael Fabricant, Angus Johnston, Claire Lewis

From Deval Patrick to Scott Brown to Elizabeth Warren: Massachusetts Elections and National Trends

Deval Patrick won an unlikely race for governor in 2006; two years later, Barack Obama was elected president. In January 2010, Scott Brown won an unlikely race for U.S. Senate; ten months later, Republicans swept the national Congressional races—except in Massachusetts, where all 10 Congressional seats went Democratic and Patrick won re-election in a race many thought he couldn’t win. Now, Elizabeth Warren is running for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts and Barack Obama is up for reelection, possibly against a former Massachusetts governor. What can recent elections in Massachusetts tell us about national trends? Experts from Patrick and Warren’s campaigns, plus one of the Boston Globe’s top political columnists, will dive into this question.

Led by: David Kravitz

Panelists: Richard Chacon, Doug Rubin, Joan Vennochi

Big Decisions: A Discussion of Recent and Upcoming SCOTUS Cases

Over the course of the next year, the Supreme Court is poised to rule on nearly every major political issue facing the country today. By the time the current term ends in late June, the Court will issue potentially monumental decisions in the cases challenging the Affordable Care Act and Arizona’s draconian immigration law. When it reconvenes in October, the Court will consider the constitutionality of affirmative action and is likely to accept for review cases on same sex marriage, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, abortion, indefinite detention and campaign finance. The Court’s decisions in these cases will have serious implications for the fundamental freedoms we enjoy, the equality of opportunity to which we aspire and the democracy which we have built. Join our panel of experts as they discuss the cases before the Court and how we can mobilize effectively around them.

Led by: Nan Aron

Panelists: Debo Adegbile, Lani Guinier, Dahlia Lithwick

Education as a Right-Wing Wedge Issue—and How to Stop It

For many low-income areas and communities of color, education is regarded as the key to rebuilding our communities and overcoming injustice. So why has education policy become so divisive? In this session, panelists will draw on their experience and expertise as public school teachers, parents and advocates to guide attendees toward an understanding of the ways in which education reform has been used as a wedge issue to pit members of historically underserved communities against each other, as well as how these communities have been used by outside interests in the pursuit of other ideological goals. This will also be a space to envision how communities can come together to resist these trends and build a vision of public education that uplifts the entire community and serves our collective best interests.

Education as a Right-Wing Wedge Issue—and How to Stop It

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The panelists spoke about cuts to school programs.
@AvalonSensei #NN12 #edu It’s a rare luxury to have arts in your school. Schools look very diff now. Tested subjects get more time.NEA Public Relations
.@AvalonSensei: With the cuts, don’t know if people can fathom how hard things are in these schools. Talk to a teacher. Get the truth. #nn12Joe Macare
And public schools.
.@TeacherSabrina: Progressives shouldn’t even be asking "should schools be public?" #nn12Joe Macare
.@TeacherSabrina on how to spot fake "grassroots" #edreform groups that want to bust #unions & privatize: check their boards, funders. #nn12Joe Macare
We need to invest in people.
.@TeacherSabrina says progressive education agenda would be about investing in people, not products. #nn12 #edchatJoe Macare
They discussed teacher evaluation.
@AvalonSensei Answer: Look at research that’s been done by Linda Darling-Hammond. Teachers want expert evaluators. #NN12Jeff Bryant
.@AvalonSensei says that teachers need to be involved in teacher evaluation. #nn12 #eduVIVA Teachers
@AvalonSensei #edu #NN12: We don’t want drive-by evals. Teachers need to be a part of fair evals. We want to improve, be supported.NEA Public Relations
.@TeacherSabrina "We can’t have an objective process for evaluating anything." So you need to mitigate against bias, involve everyone. #nn12Joe Macare
@teachersabrina dont put all eggs in 1 basket, not all test scores, not principal observation. Diversity of sources prevents bias #nn12 #eduSteve Owens
.@TeacherSabrina a person not competent to teach should never walk in the door. You should prove before you get keys. #nn12 #eduVIVA Teachers
Schools do more than just teach the 3 Rs.
Schools don’t teach just 3Rs They R community anchors. They connect student minds & hearts; how 2B part of community- @TeacherSabrina #NN12"Wes Paul

Panelists: Karran Harper Royal, Martha Infante, Sabrina Stevens, Jose Vilson

Why Can't Apple Make Your iPhone in America?

Building on investigative reporting in WIRED Magazine and the New York Times, this session will explore why a company so good at design is so lousy at high-tech manufacturing, particularly in the United States. Nearly every blogger uses a piece of hardware made overseas, sometimes in deplorable conditions. Does it matter? Does it have to be this way? Do we have an obligation to help change this? Panelists will explore the obstacles and opportunities for rebuilding a high-tech supply chain in America. The panelists will also explore what public policies are needed to recapture high-tech production jobs: trade, innovation, training and taxes. No issue crystallizes the challenges facing the American economy like Apple: great products for the creative class, but few jobs for American workers.

Your Phone Is Political

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Your Phone is Political – @levjoy @Garlin @joaquinhguerra @beingbrina #nn12 http://yfrog.com/mnvxazejNet Victories

Led by: Scott Paul

Panelists: Rep. David Cicilline, Dave Johnson, Marcy Wheeler

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