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 CG
Recent success of the Internet rights activism shows that issues like copyright reform, universal access to open networks and online privacy resonate deeply with people in the U.S. and around the globe. The hacker collective Anonymous has mobilized an unknown army of online activists in defense of Internet freedoms worldwide; pro-democracy dissidents across the Middle East and North Africa have used the Internet as a vital tool for organizing protest and fighting censorship; the death of Aaron Swartz has amplified support for his fight to free knowledge and make it accessible to all, and new coalitions of organizers and technologists are building community networks to connect people in the poorest communities. The community is diverse and widespread but do we really get along? We’ll hear from representatives from each of these movements in a frank discussion about common values and objectives as the broader Internet freedom community gains momentum.
Led by: Timothy Karr
Panel; Thu, 06/20/2013 - 10:30am, 210 CG
We are under attack! In state capitals across the nation, we have seen decades of hard-fought workplace rights wiped out, women’s reproductive rights severely restricted, environmental protections wrecked and Americans’ fundamental right to vote under attack. Labor unions, women’s rights organizations, environmental watchdogs, voting rights groups and activists across the progressive movement must work together to withstand the corporate-funded, right-wing assault on all of our rights. This panel will discuss the ways that progressive organizations have been working together at the state level to defend against extreme right-wing legislation. The discussion will also touch on shared strategy, targets and tactics for these movements going forward.
Led by: Josh Eidelson
Caucus; Thu, 06/20/2013 - 02:00pm, 210 CG
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 CG
Progressives in 2012 made incredible advances in the art and science of online fundraising. In this rapid-fire session, panelists will share the tactics and tests that helped them raise hundreds of millions of dollars, much of it from small-dollar donors. You’ll walk away with a host of ideas you can try in your own organizations and campaigns. Panelists will also discuss what didn’t work and how these failures ended up being as informative as the successes. This behind-the-scenes look into the world of online fundraising will conclude with a discussion of how lessons learned at the national level can be applied to state and local politics.
Led by: Amelia Showalter
Panel; Thu, 06/20/2013 - 03:15pm, 210 CG
From “legitimate rape” to “something that God intended to happen” to “47 percent,” 2012 demonstrated that we can defeat Republicans by using their own words against them. But the words didn’t get famous just because Republicans nominated weak candidates. The 2012 gaffes were rooted in fundamental Republican beliefs. A clip like the 47 percent tape is damaging on its own, but it was devastating for Romney because it fit neatly into the out-of-touch narrative Democrats had driven for the previous 18 months. Tracking ensures that everyone, not just those in the room, can see what a candidate really believes. Opposition research provides needed context by showing that a one-time statement is part of a meaningful pattern. This panel will familiarize attendees with available tracking and research resources and share how the progressive community can use them to construct the narratives that defeat Republican candidates.
Led by: David Nir
Panel; Fri, 06/21/2013 - 10:30am, 210 CG
Aaron Swartz was a leader in so many ways. From revolutionizing the internet by co-authoring RSS 1.0 to leading the charge against SOPA and PIPA, Aaron continually pushed the bounds of what was possible to make the world a better place. Since his passing in January, we’ve been working to carry forward his legacy by reforming the CFAA and investigating prosecutorial overreach. We’ll address both where we are and where we’re going from here.
Led by: Charlie Furman
Panel; Fri, 06/21/2013 - 03:00pm, 210 CG
Attempts to suppress and obscure science are increasingly common features of many public policy battles, especially around tobacco, evolution, climate change, guns and abortion. Eighty-five years after the Scopes Monkey Trial, Tennessee just passed another law attacking evolution education—and lumped in climate change and stem cell research to boot. Other legislators have forced doctors to tell patients falsehoods about their pregnancies and abortion and compelled teachers to mislead students about sex and sexuality. At the NRA’s behest, federal funds for gun violence research were eliminated, and basic data on gun violence cannot be gathered. Meanwhile, Big Tobacco and fossil fuel producers are the most prominent, but hardly the only, industries which have conspired to obscure research and attack researchers who reveal their products’ dangers. We’ll learn more about how science is being hidden and attacked, and how we can fight back.
Led by: Joshua Rosenau
Panel; Fri, 06/21/2013 - 04:30pm, 210 CG
You no longer need a traditional union to organize and bargain for paid sick leave, a raise and other workplace rights. Just look at the Walmart Black Friday strike and restaurant workers speaking out about the need for paid sick leave. Worker centers representing domestic and food service workers and groups like the Dancers’ Alliance and Working America, are expanding the definition of what it means to be a part of the labor movement. Come hear about these new frontiers in labor organizing.
Led by: Jess Kutch
Panel; Sat, 06/22/2013 - 10:30am, 210 CG
In early 2011, California was thought to be declining rapidly, ungovernable, with the worst bond rating in country. That all changed when labor and community came together to pass groundbreaking reforms—including a progressive tax initiative, a Homeowner Bill of Rights and same-day voter registration—and electing a Democratic supermajority in the Legislature. Come learn how it happened and how you can apply those lessons in your state.
Led by: Rick Jacobs
Panel; Sat, 06/22/2013 - 01:30pm, 210 CG
The culmination of a horrific year of mass shootings, the Newtown massacre shocked the nation’s conscience and for the first time in more than a decade put the debate over gun control front and center. The tragedy also set off a fresh wave of misinformation about mass shootings and gun violence—flowing primarily from the National Rifle Association and its allies. A groundbreaking investigation from Mother Jones cast light on the mass shootings epidemic and debunked the NRA’s chief arguments for solving gun violence with more guns. But the NRA continues to work hard to block the facts from being made public, and whether meaningful gun reform will prevail remains to be seen. This panel will discuss how the media can do a better job of reporting on gun violence in general, both to disarm gun-rights activists of their deceptive rhetorical ammo and to ensure that the public continues to learn the truth about America’s inordinate gun violence.
Led by: Mark Follman
Panel; Sat, 06/22/2013 - 03:00pm, 210 CG
For too long, a conservative agenda of traditional family structures—and not the fiscal policies that keep families together—have defined our political discourse around family values. Come hear from well-known progressive leaders on the economic security policies that strengthen our families, and leave armed with the tools and messaging to take back family values from the right.
Led by: Dream Hampton