If you’re new to Netroots Nation, you can get a sense of what the event looks like by checking out our schedule overview. Below you can view panels, training sessions, keynotes and other content as sessions and speakers are confirmed. You also view a PDF of our printed program here.

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Highlights for Netroots Nation 2014 include:

  • A keynote featuring Sen. Elizabeth Warren (and more speakers to be announced soon)
  • 80 panels and 40 hands-on training sessions
  • A progressive film Screening Series
  • An Ignite themed keynote, featuring fast-paced talks from movement leaders
  • A kickoff party sponsored by the Michigan Senate Democrats and the DLCC
  • A closing night party sponsored by Alliance for American Manufacturing
  • A special Tech Tools Shootout and reception sponsored by Google, New Media Ventures and Netroots Nation
  • Annual events including our pub quiz, comedy show and candidate reception and much more!

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2020 War Room: Inside the Secret Plan to Beat GOP Gerrymandering

Democrats won 1.7 million more votes, but Republicans won the majority in Congress. You’ve heard that story before. Now join us for an inside look at the Democratic strategy to fight back. Legislators, campaign strategists, and nationally renowned redistricting experts will walk us through how Democrats can use cutting-edge data and modeling, strong progressive messaging, and old-fashioned shoe leather to fight back against GOP gerrymandering today and then turn the tables on Republicans in 2020.

Led by: Tom Bonier

Panelists: Stacey Abrams, Jim Ananich, Michael Sargeant

48217: What One of the Country's Most Polluted Zip Codes Can Teach Us about Environmental and Digital Justice

With only 8,200 residents, southeast Michigan’s 48217 zip code is sandwiched between I-75 and giant industrial polluters. Smokestacks billow above schoolyards in River Rouge, MI, where more than 1.6 million pounds of hazardous chemicals are released into the community every year. The zip is part of Wayne County, which has the highest number of pediatric asthma cases in the state, combined with the highest state population of those living in poverty. Clean air and water violations abound the physical space, coupled with barriers to affordable cyberspace, threatening many residents’ ability to survive in a digital age. Learn about the interplay between environmental and digital justice in one community, from fighting for equal access to the internet, launching community media labs, and improving air quality.

Led by: Dr. M. K. Dorsey

Panelists: Rhonda Anderson, Jenny Lee, Michelle Martinez

A Fresh Perspective: Lessons From a Crazy Congress

From endless Obamacare repeal votes to the IRS “scandal” to the disgusting politicization of Benghazi, the 113th Congress has been a sight to behold. Hear from two progressive Members of Congress serving their first term on how they persevered to move the ball forward on progressive issues despite a conservative majority bent on picking useless political fights. Come to this panel for an inside look at how progressives are fighting the good fight in this House of Representatives—and what it will take to break through and win on important issues.

Led by: Sabrina Siddiqui

Panelists: Rep. Dan Kildee, Rep. Alan Lowenthal, Rep. Mark Takano

A Labor of Love: How the American Labor Movement is Securing LGBT Equality

There are few alliances that have been as productive as that of the labor and LGBT movements. Even before the rise of large national LGBT organizations, the American labor movement worked to attain LGBT equality. Bayard Rustin and Harry Hay were trade union members; Harvey Milk was elected with the support of labor unions; and the negotiating table has been one of the most effective ways to obtain equal benefits and access to healthcare. What can be learned from this alliance? How did cooperation between movements contribute to changes for LGBT Americans? What strengths did the labor movement bring to the fight for LGBT Americans?

Led by: Amanda Terkel

Panelists: Kate Childs Graham, Shane Larson, Roland Leggett, Rep. Mark Takano

A Public Option for Simple Banking for Underserved Communities

Over 68 million Americans have little or no access to traditional financial services. Banks have abandoned low-income communities, turning them over to predatory businesses like payday lenders, check-cashing stores, and pawn shops. Reports show this costs the poor more than $2,400 a year in interest and fees. We can do better by creating a public option for simple banking services—ATM access, money transfers, and small loans. We can run these services through the Post Office, as is done in many other countries, providing needed postal revenue, increasing access, and saving the poor billions. This simple maneuver would provide multiple benefits, from modernizing our payment system to protecting against fraud to boosting the economy to even ending recessions. This panel will examine the potential benefits of public options for banking, giving abandoned communities access to financial services and leveling the playing field.

Led by: David Dayen

Panelists: Mehrsa Baradaran, Annette LoVoi, David Williams, Chuck Zlatkin

Agitating for Change: Russian Media and the Thirst for Information

Access to information is crucial for an informed and democratic society, and obtaining important government information is getting more difficult in Russia, where the state is beginning to clamp down on media in the wake of the turmoil in Ukraine. The professional and citizen journalists there face common enemies—corporate special interests with unending financial resources, procedural hurdles, and ever-changing political climates. To combat this, how are journalists in Russia leveraging social media and other online tools for action? What lessons can be gleaned from efforts in the US and other countries around the world? And how can we work together to support the work of our progressive allies across world?

Led by: Libby Rosenbaum

Panelists: Artem Chlegov, Ivan Pritulyak, Dimitrie Ross, Elena Vasilieva

Ain't I an Organizer? How Women of Color are Central to the Future of Feminist Activism

Coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw over 15 years ago, the term “intersectionality” has become a mainstay in discussions of successful feminist activism. Yet many publications, campaigns, and organizations still struggle to incorporate a feminist lens in their work, let alone center women of color in their gender analysis and activism. What does a truly cohesive, progressive, and anti-racist movement for gender equality look like in 2014? How can we create a broad-based progressive movement that centers the experiences of women of color and galvanizes the base successfully? Panelists will explore the concept of an intersectional approach to gender and identity by relaying stories and data from their own political organizing work in a range of fields including education, media, health, and wellness.

Led by: Samhita Mukhopadhyay

Panelists: Lori Adelman, Ileana Jimenez, Salamishah Tillet, Jamia Wilson

Analyzing Ourselves: New Research on the Experience of Working in Politics

As a movement, we’ve used data, analytics, and research to optimize nearly every outward-facing aspect of campaigns. Now we’re turning the microscope on ourselves. What salary inequalities exist within the world of professional politics, and what should we do about it? Is there bias in who gets hired for particular roles? Are microaggressions creating a hostile work environment that causes disproportionate numbers of women and people of color to turn away from politics as a career? This panel will present quantitative and qualitative research about what it’s like to work in the progressive movement. We will discuss what the numbers mean, what we can do about them, and what further research is needed.

Led by: Amelia Showalter

Panelists: Kevin Collins, Julie Martinez Ortega, Ethan Roeder, Lena Tom

Ask a Sista: Black Women Muse on Politics, Policy, Pop Culture and Scholarship

This session was a big hit in 2011, 2012, and 2013 with a panel of progressive Sistas who take no prisoners and give you the critical, political analysis you deserve. Our point of departure is that African-American women make up a two-thirds of the black Democratic voting bloc and have exercised their votes, judiciously in both 2008 and 2012. Their votes are consistent but their programs are routinely underfunded and voices disproportionately unheard. How can progressives expect the party to flourish without understanding this key voting bloc and their major influence in American culture? This panel session will shed light on African-American progressive women and their views on politics, policy, pop culture, and scholarship to address how the Democratic party can mobilize them for 2016 and beyond.

Led by: Cheryl Contee

Panelists: Jamila Bey, Kimberly 'Dr. Goddess' Ellis, L. Joy Williams, jenifer daniels

Back to Basics: Democratic Politics in an Era of Divided Government

The session will explore what the current and near-term equities are in Washington and what that means for progressive goals. This will include political and substantive reviews of the House and Senate, discussion of known goals such as immigration reform and climate change mitigation and where they stand, and a candid conversation about how the “pragmatic progressive” should strategize for the next few years vis-a-vis Washington. Which issues can be advanced in Washington? On which issues is defense crucial for now? Which issues are best left for state-based fights for the time being? Which are political, legal, or both? The next two election cycles will be challenging, and in between a lot can happen (good and bad). Let’s survey where we are, where we need to go, and what we can do with some difficult cards (but a lot of talent) on the table.

Led by: Reema Dodin

Panelists: Jocelyn Moore, Louisa Terrell

Beyond Livable Wage: Creative Strategies to Get to the Root of Inequality

Around the country, progressives are pushing for much-needed increases in the minimum wage toward a more realistic “livable wage.” However, what else can we do to change the debate to focus on some of the root causes of inequality? From the exploitative practices of a company like Walmart to the money big corporations pull out of state and local treasuries, the practices of the biggest corporations are directly driving median wages down and concentrating income. Our panel will look at some strategies to highlight these practices and empower progressives to fight back.

Led by: Brian Young

Panelists: Rep. Keith Ellison, Larry Mishel, Erica Smiley, Saket Soni, Jamie Way

Beyond the A/B Test: Building Better Fundraising Tests with Behavioral Science

While A/B optimization of emails and landing pages has been widely adopted by progressive organizations and candidates, often these tests compare very different creative rather than use behavioral science insights to drive research questions. This panel will feature three progressive organizations leading the way here. ActBlue will discuss a series of tests that show how organizations can use behavioral economics insights to shape the choice sets of suggested donation amounts to maximize landing page performance. ProgressNow will present the results of a multi-million-person email test that illustrate the impact of anchors and social norms in shaping donor behavior. And the DNC’s digital team will describe how “foot in the door” non-fundraising asks in email can increase donations.

Led by: Kevin Collins

Panelists: Conen Morgan, Julia Rosen, Patrick Stevenson

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