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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Battleground Caucuses: Florida

Want to know more about what’s happening in battleground states like Ohio and Pennsylvania? Curious about key races and major ballot initiatives coming up? Come to one of these battleground state caucuses and find out how you can get involved. Facilitators will give an overview of the landscape in each state, talk about whats’s at stake and tell you ways you can volunteer or plug in to existing efforts. NOTE: These sessions are not just for residents of those states; come if you’re interested in getting involved or learning more.

Battleground Caucuses: New Hampshire

Want to know more about what’s happening in battleground states like Ohio and Pennsylvania? Curious about key races and major ballot initiatives coming up? Come to one of these battleground state caucuses and find out how you can get involved. Facilitators will give an overview of the landscape in each state, talk about whats’s at stake and tell you ways you can volunteer or plug in to existing efforts. NOTE: These sessions are not just for residents of those states; come if you’re interested in getting involved or learning more.

Battleground Caucuses: Maine

Want to know more about what’s happening in battleground states like Ohio and Pennsylvania? Curious about key races and major ballot initiatives coming up? Come to one of these battleground state caucuses and find out how you can get involved. Facilitators will give an overview of the landscape in each state, talk about whats’s at stake and tell you ways you can volunteer or plug in to existing efforts. NOTE: These sessions are not just for residents of those states; come if you’re interested in getting involved or learning more.

California Caucus

Connect with activists in California and discuss issues facing the state.

Rhode Island Caucus

Connect with activists in Rhode Island and discuss issues facing the state.

Battleground Caucuses: Wisconsin

Want to know more about what’s happening in battleground states like Ohio and Pennsylvania? Curious about key races and major ballot initiatives coming up? Come to one of these battleground state caucuses and find out how you can get involved. Facilitators will give an overview of the landscape in each state, talk about whats’s at stake and tell you ways you can volunteer or plug in to existing efforts. NOTE: These sessions are not just for residents of those states; come if you’re interested in getting involved or learning more.

Google+ Hangout: Amanda Marcotte

Join us in the exhibit hall or online for a Google+ Hangout where Amanda Marcotte (Pandagon) will be interviewed by Alyssa Rosenberg (ThinkProgress).

Decoding Defense: Speaking with Authority on National Security Issues

It’s an old cliché: The GOP is the “national security” party. But Barack Obama’s foreign and domestic policies are changing that idea. The armed services have played a key role in debates over foreign policy, the budget, gay rights, immigration and civil liberties. Vets transitioning to the homefront have taken the lead in the Occupy movement, the push for clean energy and reforms to education. Speaking with authority on military issues is critical for progressives in the coming year, but it’s also daunting. How do you navigate a Pentagon budget? What’s the difference between a commissioned and noncommissioned officer? Who watchdogs military contractors? What organizations exist to connect progressives and vets? Attendees to this workshop will learn how to “speak DOD,” find and decipher important military info, articulate progressive national security goals in simple statements, rebut conservative talking points and reach out with empathy to veterans who are receptive to progressive ideals.

Trainers: Bryan Rahija, Adam Weinstein

Tweeting the Revolution: Twitter Training for Campaigning

This session will guide you in the basic to intermediate, with some tidbits of advance strategies for using Twitter to promote campaigns of every type. We’ll discuss awareness/issue campaigns that educate the public; media campaigns that challenge the mainstream press; promotional campaigns that advocate great art, people and projects; and electoral campaigns that require hardcore results. We’ll focus on winning tactics and strategies, using case studies and solid measurement.

Trainers: Beth Becker, Kimberly 'Dr. Goddess' Ellis

Blog Content Bootcamp

So you have a blog, some social media profiles and can write decently, but now it’s time to use those tools to create quality content that engages readers and advances your cause. Starting with basic story-finding tools (RSS feeds, Google Alerts, etc.), we’ll talk about how to design attention-grabbing short and long-form blog posts that your readers can learn from and enjoy. Then we’ll learn research, photojournalism, interview and editing skills to add context and authority to your work. Finally, we’ll end with a hands-on assignment combining these skills to develop and share a breaking story from start to finish in a way that will get people discussing and sharing your work. This class is intended for intermediate bloggers who know the basics of blogging but desire additional training in journalism and electronic media to create polished work (wi-fi enabled laptops and Google Account required, cameras optional).

Trainers: Daniel Villarreal

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

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

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!

Watch live streaming video from fstv2 at livestream.com


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

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

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

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