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; Thu, 06/07/2012 - 03:00pm, 551
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.
Led by: Sarah Alexander
Panel; Thu, 06/07/2012 - 03:00pm, Ballroom E
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.
Led by: Kathy Kiely
Panel; Thu, 06/07/2012 - 03:00pm, Ballroom D
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.
Led by: Jenifer Fernandez Ancona
Panel; Thu, 06/07/2012 - 03:00pm, Ballroom A
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.
Led by: Rashad Robinson
Organizing Outside the Lines: "Hard-to-Reach Communities" Winning Major Victories by Moving from Moment to Movement
Panel; Thu, 06/07/2012 - 03:00pm, Ballroom C
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.
Led by: Christina Hollenback
Screening Series; Thu, 06/07/2012 - 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.
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 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!
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.
Caucus; Thu, 06/07/2012 - 03:00pm, 553 A
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; Thu, 06/07/2012 - 03:00pm, Exhibit Hall Sponsored Stage
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.
Special Event; Thu, 06/07/2012 - 03:45pm, Community and Exhibit Hall (Hall C/D)
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).
Special Event; Thu, 06/07/2012 - 04:00pm, Exhibit Hall Sponsored Stage
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
Special Event; Thu, 06/07/2012 - 04:00pm, Community and Exhibit Hall (Hall C/D)
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).
Training; Thu, 06/07/2012 - 04:30pm, 554