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.
Click here to download a PDF of the 2013 schedule grid.
Panel; Thu, 06/20/2013 - 09:00am, 210 AE
Over the past year, grassroots campaigns have taken on some of the biggest Wall Street corporations in the country and scored real, tangible victories against behemoths like Walmart, Bank of America and Hyatt. Come learn from the strategists and on-the-ground organizers running these campaigns and hear their case studies to learn what they did, how they did it and where they’re headed next.
Led by: Brian Young
What Political Consultants Don't Want Donors to Know: How to Win Elections with Data-driven Field Operations
Panel; Thu, 06/20/2013 - 10:30am, 210 AE
While political consultants in Washington rake in hefty paychecks for multi-million dollar ad buys, many elections in 2012 were won not by way of expensive ad buys, but with sophisticated field operations, the most effective of which were largely volunteer-powered. The panelists will discuss how data-driven field campaigns that use research to determine tactics are not only cost-effective, but have a much stronger impact on influencing voters and winning elections. The panelists will discuss the strategies they employed to identify and move the voters who can actually make an impact on the outcome of an election without breaking the bank.
Led by: Andy Kroll
Caucus; Thu, 06/20/2013 - 02:00pm, 210 AE
Want to know more about what’s happening in battleground states like Pennsylvania and Virginia? 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.
Panel; Thu, 06/20/2013 - 03:00pm, 210 AE
After a string of more than 30 losses at the ballot, gay activists won four marriage-related ballot campaigns in 2012. These historic wins legalized the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Maine, Maryland and Washington while defeating an anti-gay amendment in Minnesota. The victories are the result of a critical shift in messaging and strategy including a more sophisticated use digital and social media. This session will provide an inside look at how social media and digital organizing, along with a strong field game, helped transform marriage from a losing issue into a winning issue.
Led by: Michael Crawford
Panel; Thu, 06/20/2013 - 04:30pm, 210 AE
As DNC Chair, Gov. Howard Dean proposed something radical. Rather than focusing all party resources on a media onslaught of the usual battleground states, Democrats would develop infrastructure and invest in winning elections in all 50 states. Though still controversial to this day, the 50-state strategy helped elect a Democratic majority and set the groundwork for big wins in 2008 and 2012. Now Republicans are wising up and have called for a 50-state strategy of their own just as the Democratic party starts to slip back into business as usual. What can we do to keep the edge and prevent this grassroots strategy from disappearing?
Led by: Arshad Hasan
Panel; Fri, 06/21/2013 - 10:30am, 210 AE
Again, the battle for voting rights in America rears its ugly head. As the demographic shifts, voters in states across the country are faced with assaults to their voting rights that unfairly target the poor and communities of color. Legal redress has been the norm—and now we’re facing challenges that have reached the highest court. We’re fighting these new laws with everything in our organizing arsenal—including mobile messaging and other means of digital media. Civil rights groups, law organizations and labor all have a stake in this battle—and we’ve gathered leaders from these organizations to address the state of voting in America.
Led by: Jotaka Eaddy
Panel; Fri, 06/21/2013 - 03:00pm, 210 AE
Join us for best practices and cautionary tales from women running for office. We’ll focus on confronting sexism that abounds in politics and how to shake up the status quo.
Led by: Christine Pelosi
Panel; Fri, 06/21/2013 - 04:30pm, 210 AE
Barriers to the ballot box, corporate funded elections, gridlock in Washington, DC—yikes! Our democracy is in distress: corporate influence is at an all-time high; citizen belief and engagement, at an all-time low. To achieve democratic change, we must push back against corporate and billionaire-funded efforts to suppress voter participation, stop the influence of corporate money in our political system and end the obstruction and abuse of the rules in the U.S. Senate. Civil rights, labor, and environmental organizations with strong memberships and field operations launched the Democracy Initiative earlier this year to engage in these fights. Sen. Tom Udall will share how this successful coalition work drove reform of Senate rules and his Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United. We’ll explore shared narratives that bring these issues and our memberships together and discuss how new and old organizing strategies can be best used to amplify our collective impact and win.
Led by: Joan Walsh
Panel; Sat, 06/22/2013 - 10:30am, 210 AE
Leaders of three unconventional super PACs will share their stories of why their work broke through in substantial ways—one using satire (Stephen Colbert’s), one using jujitsu to take on money in politics (Friends of Democracy) and one using grassroots power (CREDO). They will be joined by Mother Jones’ money in politics reporter to help crystallize how using innovative electoral strategies can help to upend the dominance of big money in politics.
Led by: Kathay Feng
Panel; Sat, 06/22/2013 - 01:30pm, 210 AE
In the past, a New York Times front-page story was all it took to get an issue traction. But those days are gone. During the 2012 election, it was often funny memes, great tweets and stunning videos that had the biggest impact on the news cycle. Hear from some of the people, both inside and outside of the Obama campaign, who created the content that helped win the election. They’ll share what they did and how your campaign or cause can best leverage the internet to win.
Led by: Erica Sackin
Panel; Sat, 06/22/2013 - 03:00pm, 210 AE
The 2014 mid-terms might seem like a long way off, but as noted political strategist Yogi Berra famously said, “It gets late early around here!” And so, because it’s never too soon to look ahead, the editors of Daily Kos Elections invite you to join them for an in-depth Q&A about the 2014 elections, as well as a look back at 2012. What lessons can we learn from last year? Which themes and issues—like the War on Women, marriage equality and gerrymandering—will once again play an important role? Will Democrats hold the Senate? And do they have a chance to retake the House? We’ll take questions on all these topics and any individual race you care to ask about. If you want to know more about what’s going to happen next November, and what it will mean for Democrats, Republicans and the entire country, stop in!
Led by: David Nir