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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Criminal Justice in America

From Troy Davis to Trayvon Martin, Stop and Frisk to Stand Your Ground, our country’s current criminal justice policies are not only creating a culture of fear in our country, but a second social class. The systemic problems that exist are often borne of old-fashioned bigotry and prejudice. How can we educate others on the role that race plays in our current judicial system? How do we end the cycle of violence that plagues so much of urban America and promote uplifting alternatives to violence and incarceration? And how can the progressive community join with social and racial justice organizations to empower communities—and change a system that essentially undermines social movements and threatens progressive power?

Watch live streaming video from fstv1 at livestream.com

Led by: Rashad Robinson

Panelists: Nicole Austin-Hillery, Jakada Imani, Jasiri X

Google+ Hangout: Rep. David Cicilline

Join us in the exhibit hall or online for a Google+ Hangout where Congressman David Cicilline will be interviewed by Judd Legum (ThinkProgress).

Train the (Online) Trainer: Holding Engaging Online Trainings

Have you ever had to give an online training/presentation and felt like you were awkwardly lecturing an unresponsive computer? Worse, have you ever had to participate in an online training (any online training)? As distance training becomes easier to do technologically, more people struggle with ways to keep online presentations engaging, interactive and impactful. Join this session to learn about Obama for America’s 10 tips for executing awesome trainings, and how we’ve adjusted our ten offline tips so that they translate to online presentations. We’ll cover concrete tactics you can use to keep your participants awake, specific online tools that are most amenable to those tactics and most commonly committed errors. You’ll leave ready to webinar the heck out of your organization or fellow organizers.

Trainers: Sara El-Amine, Brad Schenck

Rapid Response Across Mediums: Social, Online and PR

Chris Cassidy’s social media rapid response training, given twice at NOI bootcamps, is a consistent crowd favorite. (Ok, second favorite once.) Here, he’s taking that gold/silver-medal formula and expanding it from just social media to include static online sites and public relations. Rapid response is something that requires a coordinated message and approach across mediums. You’ll learn tips and best practices, as well as recent examples of failures and successes, for approaching communications crises.

Trainers: Chris Cassidy

Randomized Controlled Experiment Results to Win Your Campaign

New scientifically effective proven campaign tactics from the Analyst Institute. Randomized controlled experiments have been used by academics and political organizations for the past 10 years to uncover what works and what doesn’t when talking to voters. We will briefly recap old and new proven effective GOTV best practices and touch on findings from voter registration tests (focused on Latino Voters), volunteer and advocacy tests, television ad testing and more. As a progressive community, we have limited resources and it’s important that we maximize our efforts by employing tactics that are proven to be effective. You will leave this presentation with simple phrases, tools and tricks to help you win.

Trainers: Regina Schwartz

How Sports Shapes Our Politics and Why It Matters

Can sports ownership actually shape the 2012 election? Can sports media’s dominant racial narratives influence opinion on Barack Obama? Is Tim Tebow the most influential American challenging Roe v. Wade? Baseball’s integration once influenced desegregation; Billie Jean King promoted advances in gender equality; and sports owners and local politicians perfected a “welfare for billionaires” movement that helped shape broader public policy. Today, millions of Americans learn about government abuse through a steroids trial, institutional racism and exploitation through college athletics and the consequences of unchecked power and privilege through a Penn State “scandal.” This panel will address how sports shapes our national discussion and share examples of netroots, grassroots and legislative responses. Discussion will include roles of sports owners to sports mascots, white male privilege in sports media and the progressive blogosphere’s potential to embrace sports coverage as print media previously did.

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Led by: Charles Modiano

Panelists: Eden James, Eddie Moore, Jr., Diane Williams, Dave Zirin

When Democrats Aren't Democrats: The Story of Rhode Island

How did voter ID laws pass in a blue state? How many RI state legislators are anti-choice? What’s the deal with civil unions? Why does everyone keep saying tax breaks for the wealthy create jobs? As Democrats move to the right and progressives are fighting tooth and nail to get anything done, it couldn’t be more important to answer these questions. Hear the story of Rhode Island and how fights for tax justice, protecting a women’s right to choose, equal rights for our LGBTQI neighbors and access to the polls played out. Veteran advocates and organizers will talk about what works and what doesn’t when having a D next to a name means nothing.

When Democrats Aren’t Democrats: The Story of Rhode Island

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Panelists spoke about taxes, marriage equality, etc.
"We cut taxes on the wealthy, have to find the money somewhere, and so cut funds to municipalities." @katebrock1980 #nn12 #ripolMatt McDermott
Economic theology in Rhode Island: tax the rich and they’ll leave the state, ‘Flight of the Earls’ @katebrock1980 #nn12 #ripolMatt McDermott
@RaySullivan says the votes were there last year for #MarriageEquality in RI and leadership would argue that they weren’t there. #NN12Andres Taborda
Interesting @RaySullivan backgrounder on how RI lost on gay marriage, then Chafee signed EO on recognizing out of state gay marriages. #NN12Erika Niedowski
@RaySullivan "We are going to pass this next year. I swear to God." on #MarriageEquality #NN12Andres Taborda

Led by: Patrick Crowley

Panelists: Kate Brock, Steven Brown, Paula Hodges, Ray Sullivan

New Media on the Campaign Trail: Case Studies from Winning Programs

Every campaign talks about new media, but too many stop at Facebook and Twitter. Successful campaigns leverage the full breadth of tools and strategies new media has to offer across all their departments to raise money, turn out volunteers and spread a campaign message efficiently and effectively. This panel will present case studies from successful new media programs like those run by the Elizabeth Warren campaign and her allies Eric Griego and Lois Frankel, with new media directors from these campaigns (along with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee) sharing the innovative strategies they’re using to win in 2012.

Led by: Jason Rosenbaum

Panelists: A.J. Carrillo, Audrey Edmonds, Brandt McCool, Lauren Miller

Intervention, Isolation and the Future of Progressive Security Policy

The long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with the economic crisis at home, have soured many progressives on foreign policy ideals long held dear by liberals: human rights, multilateral interventions, nationbuilding and support for democracy abroad. Recent debates over Libya, the Arab Spring, drones and Israel/Palestine have deepened this split between interventionists and isolationists. So where’s the common ground? What should the next progressive foreign policy look like? Can liberal interventionists distinguish themselves from right-wing neocons? Is Ron Paul onto something with his anti-war stance? From sanctions and special forces to drones and no-fly zones, attendees to this panel will hear a variety of views on humanitarianism, state sovereignty, multilateralism, limited conflicts and domestic war fatigue from the left’s most prominent experts in international affairs.

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Intervention, Isolation and the Future of Progressive Security Policy

Miss this panel? No problem! Here’s what happened.

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What up @adamweinstein @mmhastings @tomperriello! #natsec #NN12 @ Netroots Nation 2012 (#nn12) http://instagr.am/p/Lqa6yBg0Wa/Richard Allen Smith
Panelists spoke about viewpoints on war, the President’s anti-war platform and progressive foreign policy.
Viewpoints allowed on war is too narrow. It’s neoconservatives on 1 side and liberal hawks on the other. – @mmhastings #nn12Rania Khalek
President came into office on an anti-war platform, accepted Nobel, then escalated a war. Where was email from @moveon? @mmhastings #nn12Ploughshares Fund
.@mmhastings didn’t know there WAS a prog. foreign policy. "You’re managing empire even if couched in humanitarian terms." #natsec #nn12Joe Macare
"I would classify Obama foreign policy as realists, which is positive considering nuts that Romney has." – @mmhastings #nn12Rania Khalek
.@tomperriello "This president has been more of a practitioner of smart power & surgical power than diplomacy." #nn12Joe Macare
.@Ali_Gharib agrees w. @tomperriello that Obama foreign policy not progressive – "those paying attention didn’t expect much." #nn12 #natsecJoe Macare
They also spoke about Paul.
.@mmhastings on Paul: progressives are drawn to him because of lack of #antiwar voices, they don’t agree once you drill down in detail #nn12Joe Macare
They spoke about intervention and human suffering.
.@tomperriello says "coming from the human rights movement" makes him have hard time not backing intervention if atrocities committed. #nn12Joe Macare
We have more tools to legitimize engagement. Don’t have to choose b/w human suffering & sending troops. @tomperriello at #nn12 #natsecPloughshares Fund
"We never talk about if we could, when we talk about if we should. " @AdamWeinstein on US interventionism. #NN12Jenny Churchill
There was disagreement among the panelists.
#NN12 "Security" panel mod @AdamWeinstein claims Obama as progressive president, praises Ron Paul foreign policy. Panel having none of it.Angus Johnston
"It’s useful to have voices like Ron Paul’s out there, but doesn’t mean his ideas are good" – @tomperriello #nn12Rania Khalek
They spoke about Libya.
Kristin Lord: I was wrong to doubt the president on #Libya. Credit to @adamweinstein for asking who disagrees it was a success #nn12 #natsecJoe Macare
Didn’t agree with Libya intervention and still don’t think we should have done it, says @mmhastings #nn12Rania Khalek
.@mmhastings: We intervened in Libya b/c principles aligned with self-interest (oil). We don’t act if there’s nothing in it for us. #nn12Adam Lee
And the motivations for war.
"I don’t think that what animates a national security state, is the desire to help people". @mmhastings #TASatNN12 #nn12Alyona
Argument here between @mmhastings & @tomperriello over "responsibility to protect" is interestingly about intent rather than outcome. #NN12Darcy Burner
.@tomperriello: critical of some humanitarian rhetoric eg Darfur campaign activism; but in favor of earlier Kosovo action. #nn12 #natsecJoe Macare
humanitarian interventions taken only when principles and self interest align. – @mmhastings #nn12 #natsecYusra Ahmed

Led by: Adam Weinstein

Panelists: Ali Gharib, Michael Hastings, Kristin Lord, Tom Perriello

The War on Voting

In 2011 we witnessed the most significant rollback of voting rights since the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, with conservative legislators and governors passing laws in more than a dozen states to restrict access to the ballot. These laws included requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote, restricting voter registration drives, curtailing early voting, disenfranchising ex-felons and mandating government-issued photo identification to cast a ballot. These tactics harken back to the days when Dixiecrats used poll taxes and literacy tests to bar black Southerners from voting. According to the non-partisan Brennan Center for Justice, the new laws could make it significantly harder for more than 5 million eligible voters to cast ballots in 2012, with young, minority, low-income and disabled voters hit the hardest. This panel will look at the voter suppression tactics conservatives are employing and how to fight back to defend democracy.

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Led by: Ari Berman

Panelists: Sen. Ben Cardin, Rep. Keith Ellison, Keesha Gaskins, Eric Marshall, Heather Smith

Behind the Camera: Addressing the Underrepresentation of Women in Media and Culture

Women are dramatically underrepresented in almost every level of media and popular culture, whether they’re writing, directing, producing or greenlighting projects. While most media criticism tends to focus on the representations of women, whether in romantic comedies or on comic book covers, it’s time to pay attention to who is—and isn’t—making decisions about how culture gets made in the first place. We’ll break down the numbers on women—in particular, women of color—in media; talk about the importance of the pop culture chain of command; and discuss the best ways for consumers to put pressure on companies to produce more genuinely progressive stories, characters and explorations of women’s issues in mass culture.

Led by: Alyssa Rosenberg

Panelists: Anna Holmes, Elana Levin, Alli Thresher

Communities of Color and the 2012 Presidential Election

President Obama was elected with overwhelming support from the black and brown communities in 2008. With the 2012 presidential election looming, and considering that we are no longer dealing with a campaign predicated on promises of hope and change, this panel will examine how the policies of the Obama presidency have affected these communities. We’ll also look at how organizers are utilizing culture, technology and the media to reach and engage these critical audiences once more.

Panelists: Javier Gonzalez, Arisha Hatch, Carey Jenkins, Malik Rhasaan

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