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.
Special Event; Sat, 06/22/2013 - 08:00am, 211 AC
Start the final day of Netroots with some spiritual inspiration. Join us as we continue the legacy of Jewish activists throughout the generations, and fulfil the commandment of Tzedek, Tzedek Tirdof: Justice, Justice; you shall pursue it.
People of all faiths and none welcomed.
TWiB Media Stage; Sat, 06/22/2013 - 08:15am, Town Square
It’s the third year in a row that this trio helps you jump start your Netroots mornings talking the big news stories of the day with zero regard for FCC regulations. Grab your coffee before the action begins each morning while getting an freewheeling and hilarious update of the day’s news with Daily Show co-creator and comedian Lizz Winstead, Radio host, journalist Shannyn Moore and Pundit, author and teller of truths, Cliff Schecter.
The Morning News Dump is sorta like “Morning Joe,” minus the guests who have gotten everything wrong for the past 10 years. Each morning these three will also welcome some of your favorite bloggers and politicians as well to give you a download of the days news before you hit the Netroots ground running.
They already have lined up Joan Walsh, Dave Dayden, David Waldman joining plus some other very special guests!
Roll out of bed and join them!
Keynote; Sat, 06/22/2013 - 09:00am, Exhibit Hall 2
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
Panel; Sat, 06/22/2013 - 10:30am, 211 AC
The public is ready for meaningful action on climate change, but special interests have a stronghold on too many Congressional leaders. The founders of the bicameral climate change task force will be joined by coalition leaders on climate change to share insights, discuss opportunities for progress and explore ways we can work together to move forward on climate.
Led by: Darcy Burner
Panel; Sat, 06/22/2013 - 10:30am, 211 BD
Ongoing revelations about the use of drones as a tool of foreign warfare have raised concerns about the nature of the war on terror, its impact on our foreign relations, government accountability and the pending use of drones domestically. Between Stanford University’s groundbreaking investigation which demonstrated that Pakistanis believe drones are causing a daily 9/11-like reality in their communities to counties across the U.S. attempting to purchase drones are stark reminders that we know very little about the extent of the drone program. Further, the law has not caught up with technology, so activists and lawyers are scurrying to navigate how best to oppose the use of drones. Attend this panel to hear about the very real impact of drones as well as how community-based and online activism can be used to challenge them.
Led by: Zahra Billoo
Panel; Sat, 06/22/2013 - 10:30am, 212 BD
No one likes getting fired. But what if you were fired because you’re gay? Or because you helped organize a union in your workplace? Or because you have an accent? Or because your boss found you “irresistible”? What if you weren’t hired because you’re transgender? Or because you don’t dress like everyone else? Workplace discrimination is a big problem in the U.S. There are some laws on the books that have no teeth and need better enforcement—and for some folks, like LGBT Americans, there aren’t even laws on the books to begin with. Join this panel to talk about the realities of workplace discrimination, how you can fight it and how you can take action to help those suffering most at the hands of bully bosses and lackluster laws.
Led by: Heather Cronk
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
From Hand-Raiser to Leader: How Walmart Workers are Using Online Communities to Take on the World's Largest Employer
Panel; Sat, 06/22/2013 - 10:30am, 212 AC
On Black Friday 2012, Walmart workers went on strike in hundreds of stores across the country. Listen to first-hand accounts of how these courageous workers used their online networks to build community, grow their networks and support each other to pull off one of the largest organizing strikes in recent history. Hear how they not only captured the country’s imagination, but are on the verge of transforming current worker organizing models.
Led by: Marianne Manilov
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 - 10:30am, 210 DH
The migrant rights movement is rich with artists and producers who are producing culture that reach audiences beyond the bounds of what community organizing and policy-based organizing can do. Visual artists, designers, coders, rappers, emcees, street artists, musicians, poets and performers are increasingly working together to form a cultural front that speaks out for a fair and just immigration policy. From theater productions to creative online apps to the use of the monarch butterfly symbol, art is a powerful and undeniable tool in the migrant struggle. Come hear how organizers and artists are employing cultural strategy and online tools to activate innovative art that shifts hearts and minds around immigration. We will discuss case studies and successful models of cultural organizing and cultural strategy.
Led by: Favianna Rodriguez
Panel; Sat, 06/22/2013 - 10:30am, 111
Activists tend to be motivated by a powerful, inclusive sense of connection to all beings and the planet. Yet guilt, frustration, weariness and internal conflict can remove us from the sense of purpose we need to work for the long haul. When activism is disconnected from a deep understanding of interdependence, we may unintentionally create some of the very conditions we are fighting against—persecution instead of justice, hatred instead of compassion. The vital source of reconnection to a larger vision was called “the love that does justice,” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Gandhi called it satyagraha, or truth force. The Netroots offers an unparalleled opportunity to create a community of change that is aligned with our deepest values of a more just and sustainable world. This panel will explore in-person and online tools for resilience of body, mind and spirit to help support a sustained, transformational activism.
Led by: Carla Goldstein
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