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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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.

Watch live streaming video from freespeechtv at livestream.com


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.

Watch live streaming video from fstv1 at livestream.com


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

Screening Showcase #1

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.

A Fierce Green Fire – The Battle For a Living Planet - From its 5 sold-out shows at the Sundance Film Festival to its standing ovation at the DC Environmental Film Festival, and other festivals around the world, FGF has galvanized and inspired audiences.  It is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning 50 years from conservation to climate change. From halting dams in the Grand Canyon to battling 20,000 tons of toxic waste at Love Canal; from Greenpeace saving the whales to Chico Mendes and the rubbertappers saving the Amazon; from climate change to the promise of transforming our civilization, the film tells vivid stories about people fighting – and succeeding – against enormous odds.  It will be an invaluable tool for organizing and education.

Just Do It  (www.justdoitfilm.com) is the story of one eventful year inside the secret world of ‘direct action’ activists. Granted unprecedented access to film, director Emily James embedded herself inside a group of nonviolent UK activists as they brought media, political and public attention to a myriad of climate change causes; from coal-fired power stations and ever‑expanding airports to investment banks and government offices, despite the very real threat of arrest.  Just Do It is about everyday people, citizens of the world who are fed up with critical situations that are stepping up to make real change happen through the coordination of non-violent direct actions and self-managed alternatives.

Just Do It aims to give all who partake or flirt with the idea of civil disobedience an accessible tool to infect and inform others. Our goal is to spark discussions in communities throughout the U.S. on the role direct action plays in effectuating real change on important social issues such as climate change. Our partners Greenpeace, Rising Tide North America, 350.org and Occupy have already championed screenings across the country – we hope that can use the film as a resource to:  complement an existing event, serve as the catalyst for a new event such as a direct action camp workshop (similar to those depicted in the film),  engage, educate and inspire your members to direct activism!

The secret direct action captured in Just Do It has now gone mainstream with the thousands who have joined and created their own local 99%/ Occupy movements. It is everyday people, citizens of the world who are fed up with critical situations that are stepping up to make real change happen through the coordination of non-violent direct actions and self-managed alternatives.

Just Do It aims to give all who partake or flirt with the idea of civil disobedience an accessible tool to infect and inform others.

Let us help you find your inner outlaw.

Vincent Who? – In 1982, at the height of anti-Japanese sentiments, Vincent Chin was murdered in Detroit by two white autoworkers who said, “it’s because of you mother** that we’re out of work.” When the judged fined the killers a mere $3,000 and three years probation, Asian Americans around the country galvanized for the first time to form a real community and movement. This documentary features interviews with the key players at the time, as well as a whole new generation of activists. “Vincent Who?” asks how far Asian Americans have come since then and how far we have yet to go.

Undivided – The film UNDIVIDED presents a fresh perspective on the issue of immigration. The 30 minute documentary invites viewers into three very different communities located in Tucson, Arizona; Washington D.C.; and Oakland, California. Following the personal narratives of three youth, the film exposes how immigration policies are transforming our communities and how youth are paving the way for an era of creative resistance.

Panelists: Curtis Chin, Cloee Cooper, Nevette Previd, Marc N. Weiss

Immigration Caucus

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.

This Week in Blackness RADIO #TWIBRADIO

Check out the Award winning online radio show This Week in Blackness RADIO #TWIBRADIO Featuring Elon James White (Creator of This Week in Blackness, MSNBC, VH1) Political Strategist L. Joy Williams (NY1, TWiB! News Coordinator) and Aaron Rand Freeman (Editor, 2Cents, TWiB!) tackling the latest in politics, race and much, much more.

Panelists: Aaron Freeman, Elon James White, L. Joy Williams

Google+ Hangout: Matt Yglesias

Join us in the exhibit hall or online for a Google+ Hangout where Matt Yglesias (Slate’s Moneybox) will be interviewed by Patrick Garafolo (ThinkProgress).

"How To Be Black" - A reading/signing/blackening with Baratunde Thurston

Catch comedian, New York Times best-selling author and regular Netroots black guy Baratunde as he shares slices of his new book, How To Be Black. He’ll take your questions (provided they don’t set back the cause of human rights) and sign your books (see previous condition) for an hour before emceeing the opening night keynote and Laughing Liberally showcase. If you don’t come to his book event, you’re a racist.

Led by: Baratunde Thurston

Google+ Hangout: Cecile Richards

Join us in the exhibit hall or online for a Google+ Hangout where Cecile Richards (Planned Parenthood) will be interviewed by Amanda Peterson Beadle (ThinkProgress).

Social Media Strategy for Advocacy

Come to this session for the down and dirty details of how to successfully use social media in political advocacy. We’ll focus on the integration of social media into your personal advocacy efforts.

Trainers: Beth Becker, Alan Rosenblatt

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