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 BF
The current term of the U.S. Supreme Court includes some of the most important cases in decades. By the end of the term—quite possibly just as Netroots Nation is getting underway—the Court will issue decisions that will have a huge impact on who can get married, who can vote and who can go to college. This panel will discuss these seminal cases affecting marriage equality, voting rights and affirmative action; propose action steps to build on favorable decisions and counter the impact of adverse decisions; and reinforce the urgent need to press the Obama administration for a progressive judiciary.
Led by: Nan Aron
Panel; Thu, 06/20/2013 - 10:30am, 210 BF
Judicial vacancies are rarely talked about in our states. The truth is, while we focus on election cycles that can affect change for two, four or six years, appointing a judge impacts us for a lifetime. Hear about the crisis in our courts as 160 million Americans are affected by judicial vacancies and the opportunities progressives have to create lasting change and diversity in the judicial branch.
Led by: Brian Fadie
Caucus; Thu, 06/20/2013 - 01:00pm, 210 BF
Hosted by the Northwest Progressive Institute ( http://www.nwprogressive.org/ ) come to expand your network and talk about issues facing state and local bloggers.
Caucus; Thu, 06/20/2013 - 02:00pm, 210 BF
For these purposes the Pacific Northwest is Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska.
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 - 02:45pm, 210 BF
Earlier this year, Sen. Ron Johnson infamously mansplained to newly elected Sen. Tammy Baldwin how the federal budget works even though she was in the House of Representatives for 14 years. Mansplaining, excluding women from positions of power, opposing policies like VAWA or fair pay and other insidious acts of sexism occur every day in Congressional offices, newsrooms, or (gasp!) even in our own progressive community. Panelists will discuss the realities of sexism, the progressive activist base’s reluctance to naming sexism and how to combat mansplaining and other sexist attitudes. We’ll talk about why we as progressives still have a long way to go in recognizing that many of the barriers women face in politics and organizing are rooted in sexism.
Led by: Sarah Lane
Panel; Thu, 06/20/2013 - 04:30pm, 210 BF
What does the future of organizing look like? Is it a million leaders, spread across the U.S., becoming campaigners for the first time? Is it teenagers driving the political debate from their laptops? Perhaps it’s finding ways for unlikely activists to get the support they need to turn moments of outrage into new and networked communities for social change. Whatever you think the future of organizing looks like, we wager it’s bigger, bolder and nerdier than ever. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion with the heads of MoveOn.org, New Organizing Institute (NOI) and Citizen Engagement Lab (CEL) that highlights and dissects trends in progressive organizing.
Led by: Cheryl Contee
Panel; Fri, 06/21/2013 - 10:30am, 210 BF
Women have a special role to play in moving policy and culture when it comes to the detrimental impact of gun violence in our society. In recent polling it has become clear that women view gun violence differently than men do and are nearly unanimous in wanting a multi-faceted response. Women have enormous potential to change the policies and politics that can reduce gun violence. In the wake of the horrific Sandy Hook shootings, we are in a new moment for action on this issue, which is much broader than just guns but gets to other deep-rooted societal issues we must tackle. By working on this issue, we can also help build cohesion and strength among women leaders and activists.
Led by: Jenifer Fernandez Ancona
Panel; Fri, 06/21/2013 - 03:00pm, 210 BF
This panel will examine how Wall Street turned away from their historical role of making productive investments in the economy to creating sophisticated instruments that extract increasingly from the real economy—touching on the housing crisis and the big banks’ role in controlling state and municipal finances is crippling the economy. We’ll also discuss remedies to these problems.
Led by: Christina Livingston
Panel; Fri, 06/21/2013 - 04:30pm, 210 BF
A Democratic president is proposing cuts to Social Security benefits. Some Democrats in Congress are sitting passively by, but bold progressive organizations and elected leaders are fighting back with strength. This panel will share some important political lessons and organizing lessons that are being learned by progressives during this fight. It will also explore how progressives are pivoting to offense – even proposing to expand Social Security benefits. Come hear behind-the-scenes stories and discussion about power, progressive organizing, and the Democratic Party. Due to commitments in his district, Rep. Grayson will join the panel via Skype.
Led by: Heather "Digby" Parton
Panel; Sat, 06/22/2013 - 10:30am, 210 BF
From school closings, public to private, school vouchers to school choice, everyone seems to have an opinion on how education reform affects communities of color. Who has the right idea? Are the right people at the table? Who is moving the message? This panel will address key education issues affecting communities of color and the ways to contribute to the conversation around fixing our education system.
Led by: L. Joy Williams
Panel; Sat, 06/22/2013 - 01:30pm, 210 BF
While it was a step forward, the Dodd/Frank bill is missing some critical pieces. Banks are still “too big to fail”—and they’re bigger than ever. Wall Street has oversized political influence. The “Wall Street casino” is still open for business and gambling with our money. Our economic future is under siege, yet there’s no ongoing outcry for more financial reform. This panel will outline the reforms we still need and discuss ways to build the public pressure we need to get them done.
Led by: Richard (RJ) Eskow
Panel; Sat, 06/22/2013 - 03:00pm, 210 BF
Tech entrepreneurs are natural Democrats, but they come to their political positions from a different path from most progressives. While it should be good news that the tech politics startups coming out of the energy of SOPA and PIPA are often run by progressives, miscommunications about core tech community values such as openness and transparency threaten what should be a natural partnership. As campaigns become increasingly data-driven, it is critical for the progressive community to understand technology, technology policy, and the tech community’s culture. The more effective the communication, the better-positioned progressives will be for future victories. This panel will present tech issues in light of progressive goals and initiatives. Working together, progressives and technology leaders have a unique opportunity to promote a suite of shared values from government transparency to equal rights. Attendees will have an opportunity to hear from and engage with panelists at the forefront of this movement.
Led by: Sarah Lai Stirland