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.
Panel; Sat, 06/09/2012 - 01:30pm, 552
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.
Led by: Charles Modiano
Panel; Sat, 06/09/2012 - 01:30pm, Ballroom E
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.
Led by: Patrick Crowley
Panel; Sat, 06/09/2012 - 01:30pm, 551
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
Panel; Sat, 06/09/2012 - 01:30pm, Ballroom B
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.
Led by: Adam Weinstein
Panel; Sat, 06/09/2012 - 01:30pm, Ballroom A
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.
Led by: Ari Berman
Panel; Sat, 06/09/2012 - 01:30pm, Ballroom D
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
Panel; Sat, 06/09/2012 - 01:30pm, Ballroom C
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.
Caucus; Sat, 06/09/2012 - 01:30pm, 553 A
Connect with like-minded folks and talk with others from your community in our identity caucuses.
Special Event; Sat, 06/09/2012 - 01:30pm, Exhibit Hall Sponsored Stage
Back for an unprecedented THIRD year, it’s the Great Netroots Nation Organizing Tools Shootout! Data and online tools are a big part of progressive organizing, and keystones in building from the netroots base out wider into our communities. New tools like LoudSauce, DS Political and POPVOX and many others are the building blocks of the shift from top-down and broadcast models to a distributed, participatory and more deeply democratic future. Come hear the inside stories on how these tools are being designed and built, the impact they’re already having on campaigns and organizations, and what they can do to help you become a more powerful and more effective activist and leader.
Led by: Dan Ancona
Special Event; Sat, 06/09/2012 - 01:30pm, Exhibit Hall Sponsored Stage
Political satirist Lizz Winstead will be doing a reading from her new book “Lizz Free Or Die” It is a personal tale of a uoung wan finding her voice and how that voice lead her into Stand-Up comedy, activism, creating The Daily Show and Air America Radio. She will be joined in a conversation and Q/A with former CEO and Air America Founder Jon Sinton. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Led by: Lizz Winstead
Special Event; Sat, 06/09/2012 - 01:30pm, Community and Exhibit Hall (Hall C/D)
Join us in the exhibit hall or online for a Google+ Hangout where Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will be interviewed by Ian Millhiser (ThinkProgress).
Special Event; Sat, 06/09/2012 - 02:15pm, Community and Exhibit Hall (Hall C/D)
Join us in the exhibit hall or online for a Google+ Hangout where Markos Moulitsas will be interviewed by Judd Legum (ThinkProgress).
Training; Sat, 06/09/2012 - 03:00pm, 554
History has shown that when progressives mount a solid engagement organizing, we win the battle for hearts, minds and votes. Learn the tactics, timelines and tools from two of the best field organizers out there currently on the front lines of the 2012 battleground.
Training; Sat, 06/09/2012 - 03:00pm, 555
Media appearances are performances. To be a good performer, one needs tools and techniques. This session will teach the tools and techniques used by professional actors to create star presence. It will be an interactive master class as taught by Joel Silberman, New York theatrical director and media trainer to performers and successful progressive candidates.
Trainers: Joel Silberman
Training; Sat, 06/09/2012 - 03:00pm, 556
Molly Katchpole took on Bank of America’s $5 fee. Katy Butler fought to give “Bully” a “PG-13” rating so students can see the film. Saudi women successfully got the world’s top diplomats, like Secretary of State Clinton, to support their right to drive. From local concerns to global issues, people are winning campaigns every day. This training will be a hands-on, interactive workshop for individuals and small organizations to start and run their own campaign. We’ll start with how to create a solid theory of change, brainstorm creative tactics and tools, and talk about strategies for reaching the media and getting a response from your decision-maker. You’ll leave this workshop with the knowledge to plan a strategic campaign and the skills to launch it in the room, so bring your laptops and ideas.
Trainers: Lola Elfman
Panel; Sat, 06/09/2012 - 03:00pm, Ballroom E
Leveraging a weak economy and a diminished union base, corporations are now expecting more and more out of their workers while offering less and less in return. This panel will take a look at the concessions companies are demanding from their workforces—from rising health-care payments and pension takeaways to wage freezes and lost hours—and how labor groups and organizers are pushing back at both the bargaining table and the grassroots level. We’ll explore some of the ways both middle-class and low-wage workers are struggling to hold on to the gains they’ve made as employees.
Led by: Dave Jamieson
Panel; Sat, 06/09/2012 - 03:00pm, Ballroom D
This panel will share insights to help you interpret the next set of polling data you see. We’ll discuss the huge challenge of sampling cell-phone-only households, whether mainstream media outlets should start covering automated polling, the current state of polling over the internet and whether social media has a role to play in measuring public opinion.
Led by: Greg Dworkin
Panel; Sat, 06/09/2012 - 03:00pm, Ballroom A
Lobbying Congress can seem like an impossible uphill climb even in the best of times, but there are alternative ways to make progress. There’s much to be done without worrying about filibusters or majority votes by working with the federal agencies. A coalition of national LGBT and allied organizations called the New Beginning Initiative has been advocating for changes within the federal government for over three years. Since January of 2009, there have been dozens of changes in federal policy that benefit the lives of LGBT people and families, and they all happened without any further Congressional action. Join us for a discussion on how to advocate for progress through federal agencies using the existing framework of federal law. Our success stories relate to the LGBT movement, but the tools for change can be used by anyone willing to roll up their sleeves and wade into the world of federal regulation.
Led by: Brad Jacklin
Panel; Sat, 06/09/2012 - 03:00pm, Ballroom B
Led by: Mahwish Khan
Panel; Sat, 06/09/2012 - 03:00pm, 551
This panel will discuss how hip-hop can be utilized as a tool to amplify the message of the progressive movement, as well as inspire and energize activists across the country. Panelists will address the political ideals of current artists and their fan bases and how the progressive movement can work congruently with both. Learn how hip-hop could be the game-changer in the 2012 election.
Led by: Jasiri X
Panel; Sat, 06/09/2012 - 03:00pm, Rotunda
We all know the tedious stereotype about the humorless feminist, but the reality is so much different. One look at online feminism confirms that feminists really are funny, and usually funnier than the sexists they fight. The panelists will discuss the hows and whys of laughing our way to gender equality.
Led by: Amanda Marcotte
Panel; Sat, 06/09/2012 - 03:00pm, 552
Since the historic 2006 and 2008 election cycles, state and local blogospheres all around the country have been fragmenting and decaying to the detriment of the progressive movement. This panel will examine the challenges that surviving blogs face; discuss short-term projects that would help state and local bloggers strengthen their audience, reach and income through the rest of the 2012 cycle; and explore what can be done to sustain the Netroots community at the state and regional level long-term.
Led by: Andrew Villeneuve
Screening Series; Sat, 06/09/2012 - 03:00pm, 550
Films are an effective way to engage new audiences, communicate dynamic ideas and provoke conversation. See short segments of films that seek to influence the debate, learn about the work and share thoughts on impact, distribution, partnerships and the potential to turn reel action into real action. Line-up subject to change.
Code of the West – At a time when the country is rethinking its drug policies large and small, one state rises to the forefront of national attention. Once a pioneer in legalizing medical marijuana, the state of Montana is poised to become the first in the nation to repeal its medical marijuana law. Set against the sweeping vistas of the Rockies, the steamy lamplight of marijuana grow houses, and the bustling halls of the State Capitol, CODE OF THE WEST follows the 2011 Montana State Legislature as it debates the fate of medical marijuana. This is the story of the many lives and fraught emotions tied to one of the most heated policy questions facing the country today.
MLK Streets Project – Birthed out of a well-known Chris Rock joke making fun of the violence and poverty often found on the streets named for the non-violent activist, this revealing documentary follows 10 high-school students as they travel cross-country to observe and record, first-hand, the condition of America’s MLK Streets. In an age when Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream has been co-opted to sell everything from hamburgers to Mercedes Benz, it has been easy to forget that Dr. King not only had a dream but a plan of action to address the social injustices of his time. As social unrest and protest occupies cities across America and the world, the streets that bear our slain leader’s name also bear witness to monuments of inequity, four decades after his assassination. Failing schools, lack of access and resources; we need only look out our windows to know Dr. King’s work is not finished. Narrated by Rain Pryor, the film keeps the comedy-to-cultural-commentary connection alive as it looks critically at the street-naming phenomenon, King’s legacy, and the effects of gentrification on the streets he once marched through. For a generation that has heard the “I Have a Dream” speech like a broken record, the film serves as a radical remix.
A Question of Integrity – Narrated by actor and activist Edward James Olmos, A Question of Integrity: Politics, Ethics, and the Supreme Court presents evidence that in recent years some Supreme Court justices have participated in overtly political gatherings, inappropriately lent their names to private fundraising events, maintained financial and personal relationships with individuals and institutions that create the appearance of impropriety, and failed to disclose financial information as required by federal law. The result has been a crisis of credibility for the Court. This film discusses important reforms that would restore the public’s faith in the integrity of our nation’s highest court.
Hot Coffee – Seinfeld mocked it. Letterman put it on one of his Top Ten lists. More than 15 years later, the McDonald’s coffee case continues to be cited as a prime example of how citizens use “frivolous” lawsuits to take unfair advantage of America’s legal system. But is that an accurate portrayal of the facts? First-time filmmaker and former public interest lawyer Susan Saladoff uses the infamous legal battle that began with a spilled cup of coffee to investigate what’s behind America’s zeal for tort reform. By following four people whose lives were devastated by the attacks on our courts, this thought-provoking documentary challenges the assumptions Americans hold about “jackpot justice.”
Caucus; Sat, 06/09/2012 - 03:00pm, 553 A
Connect with like-minded folks and talk with others from your community in our identity caucuses.
Caucus; Sat, 06/09/2012 - 03:00pm, 553 B
Our moderated issue caucuses are aimed at forming greater strategic alliances on progressive issues including the environment, labor, LGBT community, immigration, women’s issues, social justice and education.
Special Event; Sat, 06/09/2012 - 03:30pm, Community and Exhibit Hall (Hall C/D)
Join us in the exhibit hall or online for a Google+ Hangout where Van Jones will be interviewed by Rebecca Leber (ThinkProgress).
Panel; Sat, 06/09/2012 - 04:30pm, Ballroom C
Our national security infrastructure continues to evolve in ways that erode civil liberties protections built over decades. Between the continued renewals of the Patriot Act, the recent passage of the NDAA, revelations about the FBI’s use of informants and the CIA operating domestically, there are a number of reasons to be concerned. Attend this panel to learn more about what has changed over the last 10 years and hear from activists who are pushing back to protect themselves, their communities and all of us.
For video of this panel, check this CAIRArizona youtube playlist.
Led by: Zahra Billoo
Keynote; Sat, 06/09/2012 - 04:30pm, Main Stage (Hall A/B)
The closing session at Netroots Nation 2012 will be anchored by activist and Rebuild the Dream co-founder Van Jones. We’ll also hear from NAACP President Benjamin T. Jealous, Howard Dean, Congressman David Cicilline (RI-01), Rhode Island State Representative Teresa Tanzi and Chuck Rocha. The evening will be emceed by comedian and writer Elon James White.
Led by: Elon James White
Screening Series; Sat, 06/09/2012 - 07:00pm, 550
W. Kamau Bell, Nato Green and Janine Brito, touring as Laughter Against the Machine, offer a unique kind of comedy where the comedians and the audience expect to be challenged, to laugh, and to think at the same time. It’s an issue-oriented, no-holds-bar show with no preconceived expectations, no party lines, and certainly no cheerleading – because they have beef with everybody, including themselves.
Last year Laughter Against the Machine raised enough money from fans via Kickstarter to be able to go out on tour with two documentary filmmakers to some of the most politically charged states in the country, to try and answer the question: “What role does comedy play in the revolution?” In addition to visiting seven of the Occupy Wall Street encampments, they crossed the border in Arizona with immigration rights groups Culturestrike and Puente, marched with striking hotel workers in Chicago, went to a Mosque in Michigan, touched the levee in the lower 9th ward in New Orleans, and hung out with street artists against oil pipelines in DC. All of this in an attempt to educate themselves on the issues they care about and bring some much needed laughter to the front lines.
In addition to stand-up, this show will include previews of clips from the forthcoming documentary and a Q&A with the comedians.
Special Event; Sat, 06/09/2012 - 08:15pm, Off Site
The city of Providence is rolling out the red carpet for Netroots Nation. They’ll be conducting a full WaterFire installation, lighting up over 80 braziers in WaterPlace Park. The braziers are lit 20 minutes after sunset and burn until about midnight.
This award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence, has been praised by Rhode Island residents and international visitors alike as a powerful work of art and a moving symbol of Providence’s renaissance. WaterFire’s over eighty sparkling bonfires, the fragrant scent of aromatic wood smoke, the flickering firelight on the arched bridges, the silhouettes of the firetenders passing by the flames, the torch-lit vessels traveling down the river, and the enchanting music from around the world engage all the senses and emotions of those who stroll the paths of Waterplace Park.
Get all the details at waterfire.org.
Special Event; Sat, 06/09/2012 - 09:30pm, Off Site
Join us Saturday, June 9th for a waterfront block party at The Whiskey Republic, 515 South Water Street. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Daily Kos, we’ll party with a DJ, dancing and a complimentary open bar. Doors open at 9:30PM. A convention credential or Daily Kos sticker (available at the Daily Kos booth) is required for entry and complimentary drinks. Space is limited, so come early and stay late! (Must be 18 or older for entry)
Special Event; Sun, 06/10/2012 - 08:00am, Ballroom E
Take a look at the spiritual roots of activism in different traditions and get some inspiration before you leave Providence. Open to people of all faiths and no faith. Service will be over in time to participate in the Day of Service.
Special Event; Sun, 06/10/2012 - 09:00am
Join Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Rep. Jim Langevin, Rep. David Cicilline and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras on Sunday, June 10 for a clean-up day at historic Roger Williams Park, capped off by a tour of the state-of-the-art Save the Bay facility overlooking Narragansett Bay. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot today.
A chartered bus will leave for the park at 9 a.m. from the Westin Hotel. Lunch will be provided. All attendees participating in the Day of Service are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and shoes you won’t mind getting dirty. We’ll return to the Westin no later than 2:15 p.m.