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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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

Safeguarding Democracy: Innovations in Technology and Human Rights

The future is now. Activists now have access to unlikely tools: satellite technology to deter mass atrocities in South Sudan, civil society leaders in Iran and Southeast Asia distributing encrypted media of demonstrations and geo-targeted apps that aid famine relief in East Africa and combat global human trafficking. Technology has transformed the way governments, corporations and movements around the world are held accountable, and it shapes how the world watches history unfold. With these advancements come increased scrutiny, privacy concerns and a battle for access to the new technology. How we continue to innovate and anticipate challenges will steer the future of human rights. This panel will discuss the power dynamics between movements and governments using technology as an accountability tool in global human rights, cases from the frontlines in humanitarian technology and why we need to create progressive policies that support innovation in human rights.

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Led by: Caitlin Howarth

Panelists: Matisse Bustos Hawkes, Sabrina Hersi Issa, Emily Jacobi, Lauren Wolfe

Punditry 101: Getting Your Message On Air

Whether you’re looking to make your on-air debut or just want to hone your message, Punditry 101 will provide the tools you need. Experienced pundits and producers will explain how to get booked, what makes a good talking point and how you can own your airtime no matter what comes your way. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and relate personal experiences.

Punditry 101: Getting Your Message On Air

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Panelists spoke about swing voters.
Punditry 101: Swing voters will not take in new information in the middle of a pundit fight. #nn12Jay Carmona
They also offered tips.
Punditry pro-tip from @mstaradowdell: before going on-air, stand up and do the "Y" from the YMCA dance. Gets your brain set right. #NN12Ted Gavin
Punditry 101: give people a reason to listen to and trust you. Citing poll numbers won’t do it. #nn12Jay Carmona
And talked production.
Punditry 101: The last thing the producer wants to worry about is the guests causing problems. #nn12Jay Carmona
.@MsTaraDowdell shares killer soundbite: "We don’t have a rich-ppl-aren’t-rich-enough prob in this country." #NN12 #media #Punditocracy101Stephen Boykewich

Led by: Tory Brown

Panelists: Tara Dowdell, Alexis McGill Johnson, John Neffinger

Ask a Sista: Black Women Muse on Politics, Policy, Pop Culture and Scholarship

This session was a big hit at Netroots Nation 2011. Our point of departure is that African-American women make up two-thirds of the black, Democratic voting bloc. Their votes are consistent but their programs are underfunded and voices routinely unheard. How can progressives expect the party to flourish without understanding this key voting block and their major influence in American culture? This session will shed light on African-American progressive women and their views on politics, policy, pop culture and scholarship to address how the Democratic party can mobilize them in 2012.


Led by: Cheryl Contee

Panelists: Kimberly 'Dr. Goddess' Ellis, Zerlina Maxwell, jenifer daniels

Latino Vote Matters: Immigration, Power, and an Interactive Look at the Map

Over the past decade, Latino voters have increased their political power and made a decisive impact in races at all levels, including the last presidential election.  This is even more important in 2012. It has been projected that a Republican candidate needs to obtain at 40% of the Latino vote to win the Presidential election in November. President Obama, who secured 67% of the Latino vote in 2008, will again need a huge margin. Candidates from all parties have to take into consideration the issues that are important to the Hispanic population — one of which happens to be immigration.  Hispanic voters could tip the balance in several key battleground states, including Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Florida and even Arizona. With GOP candidates for President increasingly alienating the Hispanic population with anti-immigrant rhetoric, and a current President who has increased enforcement and deported a record number of immigrants has left many people wondering — what will Latino voters do in 2012?  Find out the answer to that question, and learn about the new tool that will help you figure it out.

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Latino Vote Matters: Immigration, Power, and an Interactive Look at the Map

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@AdamILuna, @justinhgross, @LuisGutierrez, @markos and @GabyPacheco1 discuss the power of the Latino immigrant vote, especially in 2012, and the key policy issues in the Latino community. 
Listening to @gabypacheco1 @adamiluna @markos @douglasrivlin @polimetrician talk about latino vote at #nn12kyledeb
@Americasvoice ‘s @adamiluna addresses #NN12. #immigration #latism http://pic.twitter.com/Vlvk77k5Elisa Batista
The Latino vote could be a major deciding factor in 2012 – both at the local level and nationally. Immigration reform was a hot topic during today’s conversation. 
Will decide 2012 RT “@kyledeb: Listening to @gabypacheco1 @adamiluna @markos @douglasrivlin @polimetrician talk about latino vote at #nn12”Ruth Leitman
.@AdamILuna is moderating, asks @GabyPacheco1 if q’s like #immigration shouldn’t be asked during an election year #nn12 @netroots_nationamericasvoice
.@Markos: #immigration reform is seen as punishment bc immigrants must pay a fine if they want to become citizens, pay taxes, etc #nn12americasvoice
.@AdamILuna: a key answer to economic probs among #Latinovot IS #immigration reform, wld provide more ppl w opportunity, higher wages #nn12americasvoice
Most importantly, we need to get out the Latino vote. Too many progressive Latinos aren’t getting to polls, but we can change this by engaging and empowering the community to participate on Election Day. How can we encourage more Latinos to vote?
@markos: voting days are working days, voter suppression and Latino voters are young voters. #latism #NN12Elisa Batista
RT @valentinasweet: Low income communities often don’t vote because election day is on a tuesday! and they have to work! DUH @markos #nn12Who, Harmony?

Led by: Adam Luna

Panelists: Justin Gross, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Markos Moulitsas, Gaby Pacheco

The Inside Game: Progressive Legislative Caucuses at the State and Local Level

Every year on the state and local level, the Netroots works to elect candidates to offices large and small, win victories in legislative fights and hold their elected officials accountable. Increasingly, these efforts are being matched by the building of critical internal infrastructure within legislative bodies themselves: progressive caucuses of lawmakers who are working to advance policy agendas, win messaging wars and influence the debate in their states and cities. This session brings together many involved in these efforts—from advocacy groups, city councils and state legislatures—to address critical questions and share their experiences about how state and local progressive caucuses can best work with allies to define progressive values in red and blue states alike and grow the national progressive movement.

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Led by: Suman Raghunathan

Panelists: State Rep. Chris Blazejewski, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Brian Rothenberg

Video Open Mic with Julianna Forlano

Come share the videos you’re working on in this open mic session. You don’t need to have submitted, been selected or curated—just come with your video on DVD or flash-drive, and you’ll get five minutes to show a clip of what you’re working on, discuss it with the audience, ask questions, answer them or discuss your next moves. This session will be hosted by filmmaker, comedian and educator Julianna Forlano, host of AbsurdityToday on AbusrdityTV.

Panelists: Julianna Forlano

Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus

Connect with like-minded folks and talk with others from your community in our identity caucuses.

LGBT Caucus

Connect with like-minded folks and talk with others from your community in our identity caucuses.

The Future of Political Cartooning

Join award winning cartoonists Mat Bors, Jen Sorensen and Tom Tomorrow as they discuss satire, politics and the future of cartooning in the online era.

Led by: Tom Tomorrow

Panelists: Matt Bors, Jen Sorensen

Google+ Hangout: Sen. Sherrod Brown

Join us in the exhibit hall or online for a Google+ Hangout where Senator Sherrod Brown will be interviewed by Patrick Garafolo (ThinkProgress).

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