We’re pleased to announce our Netroots Nation 2013 agenda! Below you’ll find panels, training sessions and more. Over the next several weeks we’ll be confirming and adding speakers, and assigning rooms and times. For now the session titles and descriptions are available to browse.

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Opening keynote featuring Sen. Jeff Merkley

We’ll kick off Netroots Nation 2013 with an opening keynote from Oregon’s junior Senator, Jeff Merkley. Other speakers include Ash Kalra (San Jose City Council), Howard Dean, Barney Frank, Becky Bond, Speaker Perez, Sandra Fluke, and Mike Honda.


Panelists: Senator Jeff Merkley

Not Another Newtown: Building a Movement to Prevent Gun Violence

Rampant gun violence has plagued our country for decades but thanks to NRA lobbyists, it’s been a nearly untouchable issue. Each shooting seems to be more violent and tragic than the last. When a man was able to easily access guns and massacre 26 people, including 20 children, at a Connecticut elementary school last December, it opened the country’s eyes to the need for stronger gun laws. It seemed that our elected leaders finally had the backbone and integrity to take action. Sadly, we were disappointed that even the most common sense and widely supported legislation couldn’t pass in the Senate. But an outside movement is still building power, and several state legislatures have begun to take bold action to curb gun-related deaths. In this session we’ll hear from some of the leaders of this movement about our successes, failures and what the Netroots can do to help stem the tide of gun violence and keep our communities safe.


Led by: Jehmu Greene

Panelists: Lily Eskelsen Garcia, Anna Galland, Mark Glaze, Rep. Robin Kelly, Senator Darrell Steinberg, Randi Weingarten

Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Where We Stand and What’s Next

President Obama has made Comprehensive Immigration Reform a priority in his second term. As a bill is crafted and moved through both houses of Congress, where will we stand on creating an immigration process in June? Will the far right derail sensible policy, or will compassion and common sense win the day? This session will explore where we are and what’s to come on this crucial issue—and how the Netroots can leverage their power to ensure the right reforms are adopted.


Led by: Ryan Grim

Panelists: Luisa Blue, Mandeep Chahal, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Dolores Huerta, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Markos Moulitsas, Chuck Rocha

Ask the Leader

Join moderator Zerlina Maxwell and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, in a substantive discussion about current issues and legislative process. Tweet your questions with the hashtag #AskPelosi in advance or live during the session.

Boxed lunches generously sponsored by the Sierra Club.


Led by: Zerlina Maxwell

Panelists: House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

Closing keynote: Ignite at Netroots Nation

This year we’re trying something a little different. We’ll be closing Netroots Nation 2013 with an engaging, fast-paced keynote that will inspire and entertain.

Using the Ignite format, each speaker will be given 5 minutes to talk, while 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds are shown on the screen.

The theme for this year is Inspiration, Innovation and Progress. We’ve assembled a great group of speakers who will share their unique experiences and personal stories.

Over the course of the program you’ll hear from Aspen Baker, Ash Beckham, John Brougher, Rafael Casal, Zack Exley, Ian Inaba, Sally Kohn, Amanda Marcotte, Colin Mutchler, Femi Oke, Favianna Rodriguez, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Anat Shenker-Osorio, Joel Silberman and Zach Wahls. Jasiri X will also perform during the program. Netroots Nation regulars Jenifer Fernandez Ancona and Adam Mordecai will co-host the evening.

Generously sponsored by Upworthy.

Watch live streaming video from freespeechtv at livestream.com

Netroots Nation 2015