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Attendee Test-run

Want to log in and see how everything works so you can hit the ground running on Thursday? Drop in to test out the two main event technologies we are using this year. A Virtual Hallway (using the platform Shindig) and sample Panel Room (Zoom webinar) will be accessible via our app. Staff will be around to answer questions and troubleshoot any issues you might have. Come and go as you’re able!

The Pundit Cup (Quarterfinals)

The Pundit Cup is back! The Pundit Cup gives Netroots Nation attendees a chance to deliver their message in mock interviews with real progressive media hosts in a bracket-structured challenge. We’ll watch the finalists compete for fame, glory, a prize suitable for framing, AND $500 cash! Sponsored by Convey Communications and Social Security Works. Interested in competing? Sign up here.

The quarterfinals are Wednesday, August 12 at 1 p.m.; semifinals are Thursday, August 13 at 1:15 p.m.; finals are Friday, August 14 at 1:15 p.m.

Netroots Nation Women’s Pre-Conference hosted by EMILY's List

The 2020 Netroots Nation Women’s Pre-Conference hosted by EMILY’s List is a space for women of all walks of life to come together to advocate, organize, and build power and community among influential leaders. With November right around the corner and everything at stake, we have no time to lose. This virtual event on August 12 will include inspiring conversations that will encourage participants to lead courageously through moments of radical change in fighting for reproductive rights, leading impactful and inclusive organizations, and building electoral power. For more info and to register, visit

Attendee Test-run

Want to log in and see how everything works so you can hit the ground running on Thursday? Drop in to test out the two main event technologies we are using this year. A Virtual Hallway (using the platform Shindig) and sample Panel Room (Zoom webinar) will be accessible via our app. Staff will be around to answer questions and troubleshoot any issues you might have. Come and go as you’re able!

Morning Yoga with Reggie Hubbard

As activists we often get caught up in the perception of progress through busy-ness and neglect the necessity of health, balance, focus and calm. This offering will ground you in peace and clarity as a foundation rather than an afterthought and provide you tools to take with you in your daily life to maintain peace of mind and health in body. The practice includes breathwork, meditation, light stretching and joint mobility enhancements to start you off on the right note. Led by’s Reggie Hubbard

Panelists: Reggie Hubbard

Operation Save Abortion: Morning News Dump and Coffee Hour

Lizz Winstead (co-creator of The Daily Show, founder Abortion Access Front) and crew return to Netroots with the daily livestream Operation Save Abortion, a recap of garbage news in the current state of abortion and reproductive rights. Kick off each day with a hilarious and informative conversation about the latest  f**kery in abortion access, while giving you actions to fight back. Operation Save Abortion covers the repro rights news you’re not getting in the mainstream media. Or really, anywhere. Grab a coffee, connect with friends and join us for a morning news dump!

Progressive Storytime for Kids

Pass the iPad to your kiddos so they can log on for Progressive Storytime each day. While you get ready for a day full of sessions, your little one(s) can enjoy a reading of beloved books including “No! My First Book of Protest,” “Julian is a Mermaid,” “Little Blue Truck” and “Courageous People Who Changed the World.” Targeted to ages 2-5. Brought to you by our friends at the Colorado Education Association.

Led by: Alisa Roost

Can I Say That at Work? Organizing a Union Undercover

Want to ensure equal pay regardless of gender and color, demand accountability for harassment, have the opportunity to collectively negotiate wages and benefits, or generally improve your work culture? Form a union! Across the country, professional workers of every collar have banded together to have more voice and protections at their jobs through unionization. But isn’t it risky to start talking union at work? Come learn about the legal rights to organize and collectively bargain and practice the best methods to talk to your coworkers about improving working conditions so your organizing campaign can start on solid footing. These best practice techniques can also be used for political and other campaigns.

Trainers: Mariana Padias, Sarah Tarlow

SEO Best Practices for Nonprofits

Organic search results are critically important to nonprofits and are earned through effective Search Engine Optimization. After you’ve generated your website’s current SEO score, it can be hard to know where to start. Using the guidelines that we employ when we run SEO audits for our clients, we’ll introduce the basic language and concepts of SEO and then walk you through the score improvement process. We’ll begin with simple actions like creating an xml sitemap and adding alt text to images through more complex actions such as schema markup. We’ll also cover lazy loading and image optimization. Each attendee will leave with a glossary and a checklist to audit their organization’s website and identify next steps.

Trainers: Monica Malmgren, Taylor Shanklin

Creating a Campaign Plan in 60 Minutes

In this interactive and improvisational simulation, participants will work together to build a strategic campaign plan for a hypothetical candidate. Working from a jointly created set of factors (What’s the make up of the district? What other elections are on the ballot? What are we running for? Is it an open seat?) participants will create a campaign message, determine a win number, identify their target universe, and build a field and communications plan to reach that universe. Once the strategy and tactics are set, we’ll use assumptions to build out a budget and fundraising plan for the campaign. You’ll walk away with a sample plan—and the skills to build your own—in 60 minutes!

Trainers: Ryanne Olsen

Media 101: Training for Organizers New to Talking to the Media

Are you new to talking to the press and need a quick run-down on how to do it well? We’ll supply you with a solid foundation on the basics of media interviews and give you time to practice those skills. Come to this training with major messages about your work and a few tough questions you want to practice responding to, and you’ll leave knowing how to land those messages in the media. The trainers come from a background in reproductive health, rights, and justice; however, the skills and tips are applicable to any social justice organizing work.

Trainers: Alexa Garcia-Ditta, Rep. Renitta Shannon

Challenging Media Meta-Narratives

“White men are the safest political candidates because they’re the most electable.” “For the sake of public safety and order, people accused of crimes should be jailed before trial.” “People participating in sex work are vulnerable and victimized, and policies criminalizing sex work can help protect them.” Through coverage choices, story angles, headlines and more, the national media tells us stories about ourselves and our society—many of them inaccurate and toxic. Zeroing in on three dominant and timeworn media meta-narratives that need to be dismantled, hear from journalists on how they work to challenge those toxic narratives and lift up new ones.

Led by: Ashton Lattimore

Panelists: Anoa Changa, Tamar Sarai Davis, Tina Vasquez

The Next Fight: Combating the Ever-Rising Surveillance State

Surveillance technologies are growing and expanding their reach in both the private and public sectors. Despite moves toward ending mass incarceration and its harms, the systems of criminalization are evolving with the power of technology. This panel will bring organizers from different movements and communities together to talk about the growing impact of these technologies, the different sectors they effect, organizing and corporate campaign strategies to combat them for current and future fights, and the role of corporate power in how these technologies are distributed.

Led by: Alyxandra Goodwin

How Nonprofit, Cooperative Tech Can Help Us Win Up and Down the Ballot

While the progressive tech ecosystem has traditionally been dominated by a for-profit, vendor-based model of tech development, an alternative model has emerged that holds enormous potential to close the knowledge and resource gap for down-ballot campaigns in 2020. By embracing a nonprofit, cooperative model of tech development, Action Network, the DNC, ActBlue and others are working to deliver the tools necessary for local and state-level campaigns to run robust email fundraising campaigns to elect progressives up and down the ballot.

Led by: Mari Vangen

Panelists: Erin Hill, Clarke Humphrey, Jenn Kaufman , Michael Phelan

Give It Up Again: Direct Giving for Community-Building and Wealth Redistribution

At Netroots 2019, our panel “Give it Up” shared how direct giving can help move the most marginalized from crisis to stability. This year’s session will focus on the work of our successful online direct giving community, The Gumball Machine (TGM), which facilitates direct cash transfers to Black and brown mothers and people of marginalized genders. Presenters will share how TGM helps dismantle white cultural norms of resource hoarding by using fundraising and direct giving to secure housing, employment, healthcare, and food for families and people of marginalized genders.

Panelists: Chanelle Helm, Creighton Leigh

Taxing the Patriarchy: Creating a More Equitable Financial System

Too many women and families around the country are set up to fail by stagnating wages, poor quality jobs, and huge barriers to building wealth—and the tax system is part of the problem. The Trump tax cuts overwhelmingly went to the top 1% and corporations at the expense of women and families of color. Our tax system is upside down, benefiting the wealthy and mega-corporations over working families. This panel will walk you through the ways our financial institutions and tax system perpetuate inequality for women and people of color and how we can reconfigure that system to be more equitable.

Led by: Janelle Jones

Panelists: Chye-Ching Huang, Amy Matsui, Elyssa Schmier

Taking on White Supremacy: The Charlottesville Case

Three years ago, neo-Nazis and white supremacists descended on Charlottesville. This October, they’ll be put on trial for the hate-fueled violence they orchestrated.

With white supremacist violence on the rise, Integrity First for America is leveraging one of the best tools at its disposal to take on the leadership of this violent movement: our justice system. IFA’s lawsuit details how these leaders and hate groups planned the Charlottesville violence for months in advance via social media – and it can bankrupt and dismantle the groups and leaders responsible (neo-Nazi Richard Spencer has already called the suit “financially crippling”).

Once in a generation, there’s a trial that fundamentally changes our nation. IFA’s Charlottesville suit will be that trial—laying bare the hate and violence at the core of this movement and making clear the severe legal and financial consequences for participating in these violent conspiracies.

Led by: Dove Kent, Amy Spitalnick

What Movement Politics Looks Like After Election Day

More grassroots leaders and organizers are running for office on bold, unapologetically progressive platforms than ever before. Yet, as candidates and elected officials, they face real challenges: pushing for liberation within oppressive structures, leveraging progressive power within a more moderate caucus, navigating their relationship to the movements they come from and surviving an avalanche of vicious attacks. We’ll hear from movement candidates and elected officials about their experiences and what they need from our movement to stay in office, stay sane and enact real change. We will explore how to better prepare candidates, build power together and reshape our democracy with an effective inside-outside strategy.

Led by: Brandy Brooks

Panelists: Ruth Buffalo, Elianne Farhat, Mitra Jalali, Juan Marcano

Virtual Hallway Hangout

Looking to connect and network in between sessions? Join us daily for a Virtual Hallway Hangout, where you can find friends and connect one-on-one with other attendees.

Get Tested: How to Run an Optimized Email Program

Every email list is a special unicorn, so how do you know what messaging motivates your supporters? What subject lines grab their attention? How do you write the most engaging copy? And are graphic emails really all that? The answers to all of those questions—and more—are an email test away. In this session, you’ll learn the basics of email writing and testing, including crafting copy and testing its effectiveness, what makes an effective email test, what tools you need to start testing, best practices, how to analyze the results, and how to apply those lessons to future emails.

Trainers: Malinda Frevert, Damien Shirley

Creating Compelling Social Content for Your Campaign or Organization

What kind of social media content will help you build your online community of supporters and activists? Where do you find great content, how often should you post, and what should you be posting? You know how your boss keeps saying you should just make that thing go viral? “Going viral” on today’s internet is a herculean task that requires strategy, timing and tremendous amounts of luck. But, taking all the knowledge and testing accumulated from working at places like Upworthy, Vice, and Versa News, we’ll walk you through some basic strategy to make sure your message has the best chance possible. SPOILER: Good storytelling is the most important ingredient.

Trainers: Adam Mordecai, Laura Packard

Open Call: Best Practices for Using Data and Models

Do you have questions about the best ways to use models? We’ll teach you the fundamentals you should know: how models are constructed, how they should (and shouldn’t!) be used, what to know about your model before using it, and what to ask before you decide to purchase or build a custom model. Catalist’s Analytics team builds and maintains a robust set of civic behavior models for the progressive community and often works through these challenges internally. When do we need to build a new model? What are the benefits and costs? Could we do something more effective with the money spent on a new model? What are the ways a new model can add value? This is a frank and open conversation about what models can and cannot do for a campaign.

Trainers: Anna Thorson

Race-Class Academy: A New Training Toolkit for Organizations and Individuals

The race-class approach opens up new possibilities for building our multi-racial progressive majority. We created the Race-Class Academy to help organizations (a) train their trainers, (b) educate their members, and/or (c) conduct outreach and canvassing. The Academy explains how powerful elites weaponize racism, what this means for racial and economic justice, and why race-class messages are the most persuasive political messages available today. The Academy includes 12 short videos, each under 140 seconds, that break race-class ideas into digestible chunks, as well as discussion guides and suggested exercises. The goal is to help as many organizations and individuals as possible learn–and teach–the race-class approach. Come hear about this empowering toolkit and talk with its creators.

Trainers: Brittaney Carter, Ian Haney Lopez

How Stories Can Change Minds: Going Beyond “Me, Us, and Now”

Storytelling is a powerful tool in advocacy and organizing. You don’t overturn systems of power by spewing facts and figures alone. But do you know how these stories can change minds or move people? In this session, we’ll train you on how to tell powerful, persuasive stories. We’ll go over the science of story-telling and analyze some of the most persuasive storytellers in politics so that you have the tools to tell better stories in your own work.

Trainers: Arshad Hasan, Vicki Roush

Achieving Energy Sovereignty through Renewable Energy

The ability to regulate and develop clean energy is an expression of energy sovereignty and self-determination for tribal communities. Yet, regulations, legal frameworks and access to capital are just a few challenges that tribal nations face to ensure equitable renewable energy access for their members. This panel will provide participants new understanding of the opportunities and barriers for renewable energy in tribal communities; share innovative renewable energy projects; and discuss how tribal communities, advocates, industry and government can work together to help tribal nations achieve their energy sovereignty and renewable energy goals.

Led by: Tanksi Clairmont

Panelists: GRID INC, Lizana Pierce, Suzanne Singer, Dr. Karin Wadsack

#TakeBackTech: Ending Mass Criminalization in the Digital Age

Technology is transforming law enforcement by enabling tracking at an unprecedented scale. Communities in the crosshairs of discriminatory policing and surveillance—particularly Black and Latinx—are seeing an acceleration of arrests, detentions and deportations. Aiding federal agencies are companies like Palantir, Amazon and others that generate millions in government contracts to build this digital infrastructure of criminalization. This moment requires a new set of strategies—one that organizes the criminalized to reclaim technology away from discrimination and toward justice. Come learn how organizers are helping our communities prepare for and fight back against agencies like ICE and the FBI.

Led by: Myaisha Hayes

Panelists: Jacinta Gonzalez, Azadeh Shahshahani

Freedom to Prosper: Growing the National Movement to Cancel Student Debt

Five years ago, national student debt was a $1.1 trillion crisis, with no solution in sight. The idea of canceling student debt was unthinkable. Today it’s $1.7 trillion, impacting 46 million Americans and their families. Messaging, grassroots organizing, and economic research have changed the political landscape. There are now two bills in Congress to make full student debt cancellation a reality. Led by Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Pramila Jayapal (WA-7), our panel will focus on Freedom to Prosper and the Cancel Student Debt Movement as a case study to further progressive policies. From progressive idea to presidential platform, we’ll highlight the power of messaging and organizing to help you further your cause.

Led by: Richard (RJ) Eskow

Panelists: David A. Bergeron, Dr. Darrick Hamilton, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Stephanie Kelton

Digital Findings from the 2020 Presidential Campaign Trail

The 2020 presidential primary campaigns invested and relied on digital in a way we’ve never seen. The innovation required to breakthrough the noise, gain traction, and turn moments into boons for campaigns was remarkable. In this panel, digital innovators from several 2020 presidential campaigns will discuss their digital wins and share moments that helped shape their campaigns. Attendees will gain ideas they can take back to their own organizations to help bolster progressive causes.

Led by: Catherine Algeri

Elections Q&A with Daily Kos Elections!

Join the editors of Daily Kos Elections and some of our smartest colleagues in the business for an in-depth Q&A about all things election-related. Will Democrats hold the House this year? Can they take back the Senate? And the big one: What’s going to happen with redistricting? Ask us anything that’s on your mind: We skip the PowerPoints and presentations and go straight to YOUR questions on any race in the nation you care about. Progressives need to be well-informed about the elections that matter most so we can deploy our limited resources effectively. If you want to know more about what’s happening in races around the country and what it will means for the nation at large, join us!

Led by: Jeff Singer

Panelists: Matthew Booker, Carolyn Fiddler, Stephen Wolf, Lala Wu

#NoWarWithIran and Building an Intersectional, Internationalist Movement

Donald Trump began 2020 by nearly starting another disastrous and unpopular war of choice with Iran. In this moment of crisis, people across the country showed up and took action to demand #NoWarWithIran. Meanwhile, Trump continues to ban Iranians from traveling to the U.S.; threaten the Iranian diaspora through detention, deportation and surveillance; and issue crushing sanctions that have created a humanitarian crisis in Iran. Why was January’s mobilization successful in interrupting the march to war and what did we learn from this moment? This panel will focus on how the lessons we’ve learned from the #NoWarWithIran campaign can inform future organizing to end endless war and build an intersectional internationalist movement.

Led by: Erica Fein

Panelists: Rahna Epting, Rep. Ro Khanna, Azadeh Shahshahani, Nahid Soltanzadeh

Using the Race Class Narrative and Deep Canvassing to Beat Trump and Save Our Democracy

It’s the election of our lives. We all want to know what it will take to beat Trump and lay a solid foundation for progressive governance. What kinds of tested narratives should we use this fall to break through, and how should we be talking with voters to both persuade and drive turn out? What does it take to innoculate conflicted voters on Trump, build support for our progressive agenda and motivate engagement from our ideological base? The organizers, researchers and thought leaders on this panel will unpack what the Race Class Narrative and Deep Canvassing are, what testing tells us about their efficacy, and demonstrate how to apply them on doors, phones, tweets, ads and everything in between to win in November. This session will include results from a multi-state experiment in battleground states.

Led by: Mehrdad Azemun

Panelists: Ella Barrett, David Broockman, Mahsima Hallaji, Anat Shenker-Osorio

Beyond the Trump Bump: Leveraging New Strategies to Build Power Sustainably

Over the past three years, groups of all sizes have seen tremendous growth in visibility and influence. This has allowed us to fight back against the worst elements of Trump’s agenda, and also creates an opportunity to build deeper relationships, especially with new supporters, for the long haul. Leaders from organizations that have combined fundraising efforts, communications strategies, and digital and in-person organizing will share what they’ve learned to build stronger, more sustainable organizations and movements. The panel will feature stories of successes and failures, along with takeaways for operating in a post-Covid context.

Led by: Rachel Baker

Panelists: Javier Hernandez, Juanita Monsalve, Tamara Toles O'Laughlin

Worker Safety in the Food Supply Chain

Teamsters represent nearly 500,000 workers at every level of the food chain—from meat and dairy processing, packing, transportation and delivery, to the country’s largest breweries, bakeries, soft drink companies and grocery chains. The union fears a resurgence of COVID-19 could put the food supply on the brink of collapse. In order to protect food workers, both union and nonunion, and the country’s food supply chain, the Teamsters are calling for enhanced safety measures at all food facilities and demanding protections. In this panel, we will look at what the government must do to ensure the country’s essential workforce can be kept safe and well.

This panel is sponsored by the Teamsters.

Don't Micromanage! How to Lead Teams and Deliver Results

“I thought I was clear” or “It’s faster if I do this myself … ” Most managers have said one of these things at some point in their careers. The pressure to lead teams and deliver results is real. What’s also real is that managers can provide their teams with clarity, support, and a healthy work culture. Together we’ll cover how to set clear expectations so that people can deliver great work. We’ll give you a coaching framework that is easy to remember and we’ll integrate some choice points and awareness for how you can address systems of oppression and bias in the workplace. Whether this is your first time managing or you’ve been doing it for years, we welcome you to join us.

Trainers: Lola Elfman

Organization Showcase

Want to learn more about our progressive organizational partners and the work they do? Pop into one of our Organization Showcases and you’ll have a chance to chat with representatives from organizations and companies that share your values.

The Pundit Cup (Semifinals)

The Pundit Cup is back! The Pundit Cup gives Netroots Nation attendees a chance to deliver their message in mock interviews with real progressive media hosts in a bracket-structured challenge. We’ll watch the finalists compete for fame, glory, a prize suitable for framing, AND $500 cash! Sponsored by Convey Communications and Social Security Works. Interested in competing? Sign up here.

The quarterfinals are Wednesday, August 12 at 1 p.m.; semifinals are Thursday, August 13 at 1:15 p.m.; finals are Friday, August 14 at 1:15 p.m.

Building Racial Equity: Democratic AGs On the Front Lines

Democratic AGs have been on the frontlines protecting vulnerable communities from defending DACA at the Supreme Court and protecting health care to confronting the COVID-19 crisis and reforming our criminal justice system. Now more than ever, Dem AGs are providing critical leadership in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by police and protests demanding change around the country. They are listening to Black Americans, meeting with community leaders, working with state legislative leaders and law enforcement, and taking proactive steps to address police brutality, pursue reform, and rebuild trust. As chief legal officers, their criminal justice powers vary from state to state, yet Democratic Attorneys General stand united in their commitment to fight for justice and equality.

Led by: Farah Melendez

Panelists: Xavier Becerra, Keith Ellison, Maura Healey, Phil Weiser

Climate Change and COVID-19: What the Pandemic Teaches Us About Preparing for Disaster

We’re seeing firsthand how a lack of preparedness can exacerbate challenges like pandemics and natural disasters. The consequences are magnified even further by racial and other social injustices. If governments can put our economies on hold as a safeguard from a global threat like Covid-19, why are we unable to commit to similar measures to confront a global threat like climate change, especially when these impacts are felt most in marginalized, frontline communities?  And why should we look to them for leadership on solutions? How can the progressive community support, scale-up, and scale-out the work of organizers from these communities who represent the frontlines of the climate justice fight? Join us for a conversation about how another world isn’t just possible, but in many cases is happening, and learn more about the need for frontline solutions in an effort to address and dismantle the intersecting threats white supremacy, patriarchy, and colonization in the context of climate change and COVID.

Led by: Anthony Rogers-Wright

Panelists: Catherine Flowers, Tara Houska, Michelle Martinez, Jacqui Patterson, Colette Pichon Battle

Protecting the Vote: A Discussion with Secretaries of State

Join us for a discussion of key voting rights and election issues leading into the 2020 presidential election with the Democratic election officials on the front lines of protecting the vote. Voter suppression, election integrity and security, gerrymandering and the upcoming census are at the forefront of our electoral conversations. And with COVID-19 looming, how can we ensure that November’s elections are safe and that everyone is able to exercise their right to vote? This panel provides an opportunity to have an open discussion with Democratic Secretaries of State about their roles in ensuring the 2020 election—and all future elections—are safe, accessible and that all votes are counted.

Led by: Vincent Warren

Panelists: Jocelyn Benson, Jenna Griswold, Denise Merrill

Unpacking Bias and Depolarizing Race and Class

Without blaming and shaming, we’ll work in small groups to realize how we demonstrate bias and examine the ways in which bias can negatively impact the decisions we make. Developed to examine the bias between law enforcement and community, this model has been used in tense and polarized environments with great success. It opens communication and helps to propose problems. We will analyze and discuss participant experiences and collectively examine situational examples. Join us and be open to unlearning judgements and thoughts about others you may not know you hold.

Trainers: Gianina Irlando, Mira Weinstein

Transcending the Tweet: How Activists Can Build Power and Money

The political earthquake of 2016 rewrote the rules of advocacy, fundraising and communications. Yet too many of us remain siloed in our different strategies without realizing that an integrated approach is key to sustaining the movement in 2020 and beyond. Veteran fundraiser Marjorie Fine and communications expert Robert Bray will provide participants with practical tips and tools to better integrate communication and development efforts into your work. We’ll provide case studies of organizations that used integrated strategies successfully, amplifying their messages and expanding their revenue streams.

Trainers: Robert Bray, Marjorie Fine

De-Nonprofit Your Social Media

Nonprofits: We have to admit, we have a problem. Our social media content is often stiff, inauthentic, and worst of all, unable to break out of the Washington bubble. We’ll teach you how to make relatable, authentic content that will bring new people into the fold and say something real and meaningful. We’ll talk about the basics of video, graphic, and text content and how to break through the chatter on each platform to make a difference.

Trainers: Norberto Briceño, Mariah Castañeda

Digital Tactics for Direct Action

How can digital tools put real pressure on a decision-maker? Learn how to transform an online petition, Twitter storm, livestream, or business reviews into a “direct action” that makes it impossible for your target to go about business as usual. This session uses case studies and organizing theory to show how the principles of direct action apply online. This workshop is for director-level staff, organizers, and digital practitioners at any level of experience.

Trainers: Rose Espinola, Evan Sutton

When Preparation Meets Opportunity: A Simulation on Rapid Response Communication

Crisis communications is usually viewed as responding to negative events, but the same principles apply to situations you can leverage to advance your cause. Progressive advocates and candidates can expect that they will have unexpected opportunities to engage in the public conversation and change how people approach their issues. We’ll guide participants through an hour-by-hour crisis of opportunity simulation. Participants will walk through every action they would take in response to the developing story and how they can shape the media narrative.

Trainers: Firdaus Arastu, Yasmeen Ramahi

Why Now? The Case for Climate Reparations

The global impact of climate change is already hitting the most vulnerable, marginalized communities. The fossil fuel industry has been lying and spreading misinformation about climate change for decades. Climate reparations is how we can center justice and equity and hold the industry accountable for this violent attack on people and the planet. Join us to hear about the vision and strategy emerging for climate reparations.

Led by: Tamara Toles O'Laughlin

Panelists: Maxine Burkett, Dr. Sandy Darity, Jacqui Patterson

Making an Organizer: Converting Clicks into Impact

What does it take to go from reading an email or text to taking action? Every year millions of volunteers help create change by taking action both on and offline. In this panel, speakers will discuss their takeaways and strategies for converting members to action. Topics will include: handling differences in originating channels and user intent, conducting experiments on user engagement, crafting authentic messaging, volunteer follow up, and building community online. In an era where online content can spread very quickly, we’re still learning how to best connect those moments with the organizing infrastructure that has been doing this great work for decades.

Led by: Ceyda Erten

Panelists: Sean Carlson, Michael Crawford, Naseem Makiya, Arianna Trujillo-Wesler

The DA Pipeline: Investing in District Attorney Races Across the Country

District attorneys wield tremendous power in local communities and impact the lives of millions of Americans. Progressive DAs seek justice in criminal cases, work to prevent crime and serve as leaders in the communities they represent. And DA positions serve as an important pipeline to higher offices across the country; Senator Kamala Harris started her elected career as San Francisco’s District Attorney. This panel will examine the recent and current work of district attorneys and how we can work to elect more progressive DAs nationwide.

Panelists: Sherry Boston, Kaitlin Burner, Sarah George, Rachael Rollins

Maximizing Mail-In Ballot Systems for Increased Turnout and Equity

This panel will provide campaigners with tools to best leverage mail-in ballot election system to their campaign’s advantage as well as how to overcome potential obstacles. More and more states across the country are shifting toward election systems that provide voters with ballots via mail. This allows voters more time to research the issues and candidates and flexibility in when and how they cast their votes. However, this type of system has the potential to produce inequitable outcomes in turnout if not structured to maximize flexibility. This panel will equip you with best practices for designing mail (absentee) ballot campaigns.

Led by: Jiggy Athilingam

Panelists: Salvador Hernandez, Dr. Mindy Romero

Pitching in a Pandemic: Making News when the News is Bananas

There’s always been an art to getting your story out there in a busy news environment, but in 2020, sometimes it feels like you have to be Da Vinci to break through. We’ll let you in on our “secret sauce” for getting the attention of reporters who are stretched thinner than ever, and for turning a solid idea into a published piece in a top media outlet. In this training, we’ll provide a number of real-life pitch examples and the results they generated, and will walk through the “anatomy of a successful media pitch.” Come with any story idea or pitch you’re willing to workshop.

Trainers: Christy Setzer

Building a Better World by Building a Better Workplace

Isn’t it about time that progressive organizations practice what they preach? From supporting staff unions, to equitable hiring and management practices, to effective anti-harassment and discrimination programs, to good wages, to cultures that truly value everyone’s backgrounds and contributions, many of our organizations have a long way to go. Come discuss the strategies for creating change in your own workplace and movement spaces, and how doing so will help us build the world we want to see. Together we can build workplace cultures that work for ALL of us.

Led by: Robyn Swirling

Panelists: Keshia Allen , Cayden Mak, Aisha Satterwhite, Sydney Scout

Gen Z: The First-Time Voters Who Could Transform America's Future

Millions of Americans born after 1996 (Generation Z) will cast ballots this year for the first time. It is estimated that Gen Z could comprise 10 percent of the electorate, exceeding the Silent Generation’s total vote, and youngest generations could total 37 percent of ballots combining Gen Z and Millenials. Gen Z is America’s most educated, urbane and diverse generation with a near-majority people of color, nearly one-quarter Latinx and more than twice the multi-racial population than other generations. This panel will address the potential impact of Gen Z in 2020 and beyond as well as effective strategies and tactics to reach them.

Led by: Dawn Boudwin

Panelists: Raven Douglas, Samantha Gladu, Dakota Hall

Political Graphic Design 101: A Quick Start Guide

It’s 2020 and political visual design is EVERYWHERE. Ever wonder how you can get someone to stop and look at your design? Do you know your design looks amateur but don’t know how to fix it? Why do you stop and look at some billboards, but not others? How can 2D lines make us feel layered emotion? Why did you decide to not recycle one of those political mailers you got? We’ll cover how humans process visual information and what motivates us to act. This training will cover the basics of photo-based design and help you improve your understanding of the visual communications that surround you.

Trainers: Candice Dayoan, Chris McNeil

Thursday Keynote

A nationwide reckoning with racial injustice. A global pandemic and widespread economic devastation. Threats on our democracy. With the election of our lives just around the corner, we know that progressive change can’t wait. How do we take the urgency and the momentum of this political moment to the polls in November? What will it take to mobilize voters across the country so that we win—resoundingly—up and down the ballot? Join us for our opening keynote, where you’ll get to meet three bold progressive candidates who are fighting to usher in a new era of progressive leadership, and hear from one of the country’s top leaders on election reform, voter suppression and fair elections.

Speakers include: Netroots Nation Board Member Arshad Hasan; Congressman Joe Neguse; Maurice Mitchell of Working Families Party; candidates Jamaal Bowman, Mondaire Jones and Summer Lee; Jessica Byrd of Three Point Strategies and Stacey Abrams of Fair Fight Action.

Wanted: Bold Ideas

Join progressive movers, shakers, and shockers for an interactive session full of dance, videos, and spoken word as we learn about bold ideas for social change in action and how you can bring your idea to life through the Voqal Fellowship.

Morning Yoga with Reggie Hubbard

As activists we often get caught up in the perception of progress through busy-ness and neglect the necessity of health, balance, focus and calm. This offering will ground you in peace and clarity as a foundation rather than an afterthought and provide you tools to take with you in your daily life to maintain peace of mind and health in body. The practice includes breathwork, meditation, light stretching and joint mobility enhancements to start you off on the right note. Led by’s Reggie Hubbard

Panelists: Reggie Hubbard


Lizz Winstead (co-creator of The Daily Show, founder Abortion Access Front) and crew return to Netroots with the daily livestream Operation Save Abortion, a recap of garbage news in the current state of abortion and reproductive rights. Kick off each day with a hilarious and informative conversation about the latest  f**kery in abortion access, while giving you actions to fight back. Operation Save Abortion covers the repro rights news you’re not getting in the mainstream media. Or really, anywhere. Grab a coffee, connect with friends and join us for a morning news dump!

Progressive Storytime for Kids

Pass the iPad to your kiddos so they can log on for Progressive Storytime each day. While you get ready for a day full of sessions, your little one(s) can enjoy a reading of beloved books including “No! My First Book of Protest,” “Julian is a Mermaid,” “Little Blue Truck” and “Courageous People Who Changed the World.” Targeted to ages 2-5. Brought to you by our friends at the Colorado Education Association.

Prepping for a Post-November America: Legal Guidance To Maximize Your Advocacy Efforts

Nonprofit organizations play a critical role in shaping policy outcomes that meet the needs of the communities they serve. And while 501(c)(3)s must play a nonpartisan role in the upcoming elections, they are particularly important advocates on policy issues after the dust settles in November. The time is now to prepare for whatever leadership changes occur in the next election at the local, state and federal level to push for positive policy change. This session gives new and seasoned advocates the lay of the legal landscape on what 501(c)(3)s can do as policy advocates plus tips and best practices to prepare for what’s next.

Trainers: Quyen Tu

Next Level Content Creation and Optimization

It’s the biggest unrecognized opportunity on every website. While most website managers, brand managers, and content strategists spin their wheels every month on something new, they overlook what their existing content tells them. This session is equal parts art and science. We’ll improve your search rankings, attract more of your target audiences, and convert a higher percentage of them by finding the content that inspires a visitor to take action.

Trainers: Edie Salter

Beyond Lists: Tech and Techniques to Canvass Voters Where They Are

Without corporate money, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign relied on people power and grassroots energy. To harness that energy as effectively as possible, AOC’s Digital Organizing & Data Director and Technology Director invented a mobile app called Reach. Reach was designed so that any social engagement becomes an opportunity to canvass and gather rich data. However, for many organizations, canvassing in 2020 won’t look the same as the field-first efforts of the past as we navigate social distancing. In this session, we will run through the new field tactics and strategies that emerged from the Ocasio 2018 campaign, as well as how those strategies have adapted to our distanced world to continue to build people-powered campaigns, even if that’s online instead of at doors.

Trainers: Amanda Frankel, Cristina Gonzalez

Democracy Champions: Connecting Democracy, Power and Kitchen Table Issues

To win on the issues that impact our lives—workers’ rights, environmental justice, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, immigration reform, etc.—we must have a base of activists who are passionate about their kitchen table issues to make the link to democracy reforms that will transform our elections. Protecting and expanding our democracy during these unprecedented times activism and engagement by all who want to defend democracy and build collective power. This session taps into the lived experiences of participants to connect the dots between the wealthy interests who use power to impede democracy for personal gain and the real consequences that we suffer. You’ll come away with an understanding of how corporations and the wealthy use their money and power to dominate the political system-and real action items you can engage in to build our collective power to win.

Trainers: Joanne Antoine, Brittny Baxter

Storytelling with Data: How to Create Insights from Data to Win Campaigns

Understanding how to communicate data effectively is a critical skill, especially when it comes to inspiring voters to support a candidate. This training will help you learn how to generate insights with data using a storytelling framework and publicly-available data to convey what’s at stake to the voter. By honing this skill, progressive campaigns will be better positioned to craft messages that resonate with voters and win more seats up and down the ballot.

Trainers: Michelle Schreiner

Climate President: Organizing for Climate Justice through Transformative Executive Action

The climate crisis, like police brutality and the COVID-19 pandemic, is inextricable from racial injustice. With Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities bearing the brunt of dirty energy extraction, pollution, and resulting climate impacts, there has never been a more urgent time for the next President to take immediate action for climate justice. The assumption that Congress alone holds the keys to climate action is a sabotage strategy peddled by fossil fuel executives and their allies on the political right. Over 500 leading climate, environmental, racial and economic justice, and youth organizations representing millions of people nationwide have backed a set of sweeping executive actions to advance climate justice. Together we will unpack the top executive actions the next President must take the moment they step in the oval office–without waiting for Congress.

Led by: Annie Leonard

Panelists: Michael Leon Guerrero, Anthony Rogers-Wright, Adrien Salazar, Jean Su, Tamara Toles O'Laughlin

Waging a War Against Disinformation and Misinformation: How to Win Using Inoculation and Facts

This cycle we are witnessing an unprecedented, corporate backed misinformation and disinformation campaign. Lies are being weaponized to stoke fear and uncertainty.These campaigns are designed to sow confusion, and ultimately suppress voter turnout. Our greatest defense will be preemptively arming the public with the truth and tactics to separate real from fake news. Defending our democracy callls for widespread inoculation efforts for the public against this well funded mis/disinformation campaign. This training will clearly define misinformation and disinformation, provide tips on how to identify trustworthy information sources, and equip participants with the basics steps of a proper inoculation conversation.

Trainers: Brittny Baxter, Wendy Fields

Public Ownership: Understanding and Seizing the Momentum

The privatization of public services—whether historically private enterprises like electric utilities or recently created businesses to operate services ranging from water to prisons—has drawn a grassroots backlash as its unfulfilled promises and negative consequences become increasingly evident. Still, decades of anti-government rhetoric and framing of business as inherently more efficient still have a powerful sway over much of the general public and the officials they elect. With an economic crisis growing and a historic opening for an ambitious progressive agenda in Washington looming, this panel will bring together key activists and experts for a look at why public ownership matters.

Led by: Isaiah Poole

Panelists: Tara Raghuveer, Trinity Tran, Mari Rose Turac

Dying for Healthcare: Medicare for All and Racial Justice

Medicare for All is, at its core, a racial justice issue. The color of your skin or the size of your bank account should not determine if you can get the healthcare you need and deserve—but unfortunately, it does. Fifty-nine percent of people without health insurance are people of color. From higher rates of heart disease and cancer to how often pain is treated, racial bias mars our healthcare system and costs people of color their health and their lives. We’ll explore the impact of racism within our healthcare system, the fight for Medicare for All and how this is a model for centering racial justice within a universal policy system.

Led by: Alan Barber

Panelists: Bonnie Castillo, Abdul El-Sayed, Jennifer Epps, SANJEEV SRIRAM

Rethink Trade: Why Progressives Must Reclaim the Trade Debate From Trump

Trump was elected by flipping Midwestern states with appeals to working-class voters on trade. After decades of corporate-rigged trade policies, the pain is real—but Trump’s agenda isn’t the fix. He has pushed trade policies benefiting Big Pharma, Big Data, Big Oil, and Wall Street. And as he makes trade a centerpiece of his administration, manufacturing and service job outsourcing continues. Worse, Trump’s agenda includes special interest handouts that could handcuff domestic progressive priorities for years to come. We must unite to call out Trump’s broken promises and failed policies and elevate our contrasting progressive trade alternatives that put people and the planet first.

Led by: Lori Wallach

Panelists: Rep. Debbie Dingell, Rep. Ro Khanna, Alex Lawson, Brenda Roberts

Building Effective Political Allyship with Women of Color

Women have demonstrated our collective power through recent political successes: the historic number of women elected to Congress, running for President, and Virginia’s ratification of the ERA. Yet in 2020, a large percentage of women will make political decisions that work against the interests of women as a whole. In contrast, women of color, particularly Black women, consistently support Democratic candidates and progressive causes. By building a multiracial coalition driven by women, where women of all races turn out for progressive causes at the same rate as WOC, the progressive movement would be unstoppable. This panel addresses the failures of cross-racial allyships among women, and how we can strengthen them.

Led by: Jennifer Taylor-Skinner

Panelists: Sayu Bhojwani, PaKou Her, Sarah Myhre Ph.D., Tami Sawyer

What the Next Administration Can Do for the Labor Movement

Workplace rights and union membership have been eroding for decades, as the balance of power tips ever further toward employers and corporations. The Obama administration approached the problems with regulations like expanded overtime protection—which the Trump administration quickly reversed. If Democrats win control of the government in 2020, how can they achieve big gains for workers? This panel brings together some of labor’s most visionary thinkers and movement leaders and a rank-and-file worker to discuss where to focus efforts. Our panelists look at bold new ideas with growing support: a $15 minimum wage, a Green New Deal that guarantees good jobs, new labor standards like requiring a just cause for firings, and more.

Led by: Hamilton Nolan

Panelists: Sara Nelson, Shaun Richman

Disaster Strategy So White: How a Lack of Inclusivity Harms Recovery Efforts

More often than not, mainstream efforts intended to support people impacted by natural events do not take into account how race, disability, and other manifestations of marginalization can impact both access to and effectiveness of disaster relief services. Panelists will discuss how centering an intersectional focus into disaster strategy results in positive longitudinal outcomes–and is a crucial component to social change.

Led by: Reyma McCoy McDeid

Panelists: Allilsa Fernandez, German Parodi, Shaylin Sluzalis, Paul Timmons

Grassroots Organizing in 2020: A New Era Begins

Small-dollar donors have proved that grassroots fundraising *is* organizing, and this movement is here to stay. In the midst of a momentous election cycle, small-dollar donors are making history, fueling campaigns and organizations at every level by already contributing more than $2 billion to the candidates and causes they care about. Hear from digital organizing practitioners and movement makers about how digital organizing is driving the progressive movement at an unprecedented level and creating lasting changes to how we organize. We’ll reflect on our successes as a movement and share case studies demonstrating why small-dollar donors are more essential than ever to building a people-powered movement. This panel is sponsored by ActBlue.

Led by: Rachael Junard

Panelists: Hillary Holley, Quentin James, Patrick Stevenson, Jocelyn Strauss

Virtual Hallway Hangout

Looking to connect and network in between sessions? Join us daily for a Virtual Hallway Hangout, where you can find friends and connect one-on-one with other attendees.

Stop Redesigning Your Website and Start Evolving It!

Best practice used to say you should fully redesign your website every few years. But major redesigns can can be costly: aside from money, they can suck up a huge amount of staff time, affect SEO, and alienate users already familiar with your site. The smarter way to approach a modern website is to budget for gradual, ongoing changes—ideally informed by A/B testing. In this session we’ll talk about the ins and outs of making this philosophical shift, including budgeting, tools and vendor relationships, plus how to assess if your current site is amenable to this data-informed incrementalism.

Trainers: Ira Horowitz

#AbortionIsEssential. Tell a friend, NOW!

A lot has changed across the country, but one thing remains the same: our opponents will use any moment—even a national crisis like this pandemic—to attack access to sexual and reproductive health, and talking to people who know us and trust us about these attacks has never been more important. This Spring, as states moved to lockdowns in the face of a pandemic, governors in several states moved to cut off access to abortion during the shutdown. Learn how state and national organizers pivoted into strong virtual organizing to protect access to reproductive health, hold governors accountable for their actions, and how Planned Parenthood Votes and Planned Parenthood Action Fund will leverage lessons learned from virtual relational organizing last spring to win elections this fall—and how you can help by talking to the people you know.

Led by: Brianna Twofoot

Panelists: Jared DeLoof, Jenny Lawson, Jacinda Padilla

Influencer Engagement: The Future of Online Organizing is Already Here

Whether you look at Instagram, TikTok, YouTube or beyond, online influencers and creators have reshaped the political landscape. After all, a top online influencer has translated that influence into becoming president and continues to use Twitter effectively as a platform to build community, increase offline turnout and manipulate public opinion. Influencers have become the new community organizers. Our session will update you on emerging trends around influencers and what motivates influencers to partner with causes and campaigns. We’ll show you the latest technology and techniques to ensure you’re identifying and reaching these powerful people at a time when it matters to get out the census and generate voter turnout in record numbers.

Trainers: Cheryl Contee, Paul Kahn

The Power of Facebook Groups: How to Hack the Algorithm and Organize Your People

Social media algorithms are ever-changing. Facebook has recently made the decision to prioritize “meaningful interactions” that we can use to our advantage to scale our campaigns. Learn how to use the power of Facebook groups to develop an online-to-offline organizing model to move people to action. We will cover examples of how Walmart and Amazon workers are using Facebook groups to organize–and how Toys R Us workers used secret groups to organize and win a historic $20 million hardship fund after the company declared bankruptcy.

Trainers: Aneta Molenda, Aliya Sabharwal

Women Run Campaigns: The Fundamentals of Running a Successful Campaign

The Women Run Campaigns training is made for and by women—as well as other gender minorities, including trans-feminine, gender nonconforming, and non-binary folks—to give them the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to become campaign managers and senior campaign staffers. We cover the fundamentals of running a competent campaign including building your personal network, securing endorsements, managing staff and volunteers, campaign messaging, fundraising, communications and digital organizing, and charting a path to victory.

Trainers: Biola Jeje, Ericka Persson

Building an Inside-Outside Strategy for State Advocacy

For years, conservative activists and interests have out-organized progressives at the state level, often beating our movement to the punch when it comes to budgets, bills and advocacy at the state level. With so much momentum on our side this year, we cannot let that happen! State assemblies are unique beasts, and in this training, you’ll learn how to build an inside-outside advocacy strategy, which key questions to ask about your state assembly, and how to power map your state cap.

Trainers: Nikkilia Lu

On the Margins: Mutual Aid as a Means to Combat Gentrification

Black Americans experience homelessness at disproportionate rates because they are the individuals most harmed by the impacts of white supremacy. Gentrification, a byproduct of white supremacy, has created an epidemic that further marginalizes Black families. BLM Louisville co-founder Chanelle Helm has created a mutual aid housing strategy that offers long-term support that not only houses families, but moves families from crisis to stability. Learn more about mutual and leave with the tools and skills necessary to fight gentrification in your own community.

Trainers: Chanelle Helm

From the Brain to the Ballot Box: The Psychology of Effective Messaging

This training, by the author of The Political Brain, focuses on three principles of effective messaging rooted in psychology, neuroscience, and message testing with 100,000 voters of the last 15 years: activate the right neural networks (e.g., talk about “people who’ve lost their jobs,” not “the unemployed,” which is abstract and dehumanizing); speak to voters’ values and emotions; and “move” voters by telling coherent, memorable narratives. Although these principles apply across issues, we’ll focus on healthcare and abortion as primary examples.

Trainers: Drew Westen

Ethical Email: How to Avoid the Tragedy of the Commons

Email is a vitally important communication channel for progressive activists. It’s not under the control of any one corporate entity, and when done right, can deepen subscribers’ engagement, increase turnout to events, and can raise incredible amounts of money. Unfortunately these days, we see a tragedy of the commons developing. Often driven by a consultant culture with a narrow focus on immediate numbers, spammy emails with deceptive tactics and alarming subject lines (Termination Notice! Account Delinquent!) have begun to poison the ecosystem. Where are the solutions and what role can we as organizers, email senders and comms professionals play in implementing them?

Led by: Will Easton

Panelists: Amy Chin-Lai, Murshed Zaheed

How to Build Trust and Reach the Unreachable through Relational Organizing Without Leaving Your Home

Times have never been tougher — or more complicated — in America. Voters are increasingly turning to friends, family and social networks to figure out who they can trust. Research has shown that by utilizing trusted messengers to break through the noise, Relational Organizing can have stronger impacts than conversations with impersonal strangers. And due to the inherent inequity in VAN data, traditional voter contact programs was leaving many voters out even when campaigns COULD canvass and utilize more traditional methods to reach potential voters. RO offers a path forward—it can be used to cut through the noise, build trust and reach those that may otherwise be unreachable, even from the safety of your own home. This session will focus on how organizations can use Relational Organizing to leverage the power of their activists to achieve change, without ever leaving the house.

Led by: Jasmine Gonzalez

Panelists: Dylan Carney, Emily Isaac, Saru Jayaraman, Jasmine Jones, Denicia Montford Williams

Protecting the Vote: Cybersecurity, Misinformation, and the Aftermath of Iowa

The evening of February 3, 2020, and the news of inaccurate results coming in from the Iowa Democratic caucuses struck a chord at the very heart of American democracy. It reverberated through every local, county and state registrar’s office and posed a very important question: Is America ready for voting in the age of the app? From Russian election interference to troll- and bot-infested social media to the debacle in Iowa, the integrity of our elections is on the ballot in 2020. Join chief elected officials, cybersecurity analysts, and experts in online information manipulation for a discussion of what steps can be taken to ensure Americans that they can trust the results of their elections.

Led by: Adam Bonin

Panelists: Alex Padilla, Melissa Ryan

What Matters to Native Voters and Why the Presidential Candidate Must Listen

As we organize to get out the vote in this historic 2020 election, we need to elevate what matters to Native and Indigenous voters. As the often forgotten and disenfranchised minority in their own lands, Indigenous people comprise a critical component to the 2020 election, especially in seven states where their votes can make a real difference. Progressive politics center around the notion of social equality, yet Indigenous people continue to fall to the margins of society. This panel will explain why Indigenous people and Tribal Nations matter especially to this upcoming election, and provide effective strategies for engaging the Native vote.

Led by: Michael Johnson

Panelists: Chrissie Castro, Judith LeBlanc, Julian Noisecat

The Alt-Right’s Anti-Transgender Backlash

The political and legislative anti-trans backlash has exploded this year with more than 18 states and localities across the country considering the penalization of people for their gender identity. But these seemingly separate actions are actually united and pushed by an organized movement of think tanks, non profits and legal-writing organizations like ALEC to push anti-trans law during this highly volatile year. Join us as we explore this toxic mix of gender identity and right-wing politics.

Led by: Imara Jones

Panelists: Heron Greenesmith, Chase Strangio, Brennan Suen

Remote Activism: Harnessing Progressive Power from Afar

How can we harness the energy in extreme blue states like California and New York to impact elections in red or purple states? Many politically passionate Americans live in states without truly competitive races for federal offices. The anti-democratic structural distortions of the electoral college and the Senate lead many residents of the bluest (and reddest) states to doubt the significance of their own ballots. But their energy and enthusiasm can be channeled to impact elections in the most competitive states. In this panel, we’ll discuss innovative tactics for harnessing volunteer energy from afar.

Led by: Ashlei Blue

Panelists: Ruby Anaya, Scott Forman, María Urbina, Lala Wu

Start MOBILE-izing Your Base: Getting Started with SMS for Campaigns

In grassroots organizing we say, “Meet people where they are.” With 95 percent of Americans owning a mobile phone, organizations and campaigns without a mobile (SMS) program are missing key opportunities. Mobile is the best direct response tool to reach, engage and activate donors, supporters, volunteers and voters. With response rates 4x what we see on email, more organizations are integrating SMS into their digital and field programs. But, with so many different platforms out there, it’s hard to make head or tails over which is best for your needs. This training will cover why your campaign or organization should be investing in mobile (SMS), the differences between peer-to-peer and broadcast texting, and how you can use both effectively.

Trainers: Sandi Fox

How to Attract and Keep the Best Volunteers

A strong organizing program is arguably the most powerful mechanism to win. To date, MobilizeAmerica has helped over 1.5 million volunteers take 3.2 million actions to support the mission-driven organizations and campaigns they care about. In tandem with Swing Left, one of our most active partners, we’ll share the data-driven learnings we’ve gathered with organizers of all levels. Join us and hear proven strategies for optimizing the volunteer lifecycle, from recruitment to reengagement. We’ll cover best practices across the entire volunteer lifecycle: how to recruit, empower, gather feedback, reengage, and more.

Trainers: Ruby Anaya, Liz Mullen

Who Cares Where You’re Working: Tips for Successful Remote Working

In this age of always-on communications and availability, it really shouldn’t matter where you are. Or should it? Remote work can be an ideal setup for many reasons, and the first part of this session will go through some of the best ways to achieve the optimal remote/solo work scene. Steps to achieving success from a coffee shop, your kitchen table, or a coworking space will be shared. Yet there’s potential downsides to all this workplace connectivity if you don’t have good boundaries. We’ll spend the second half of this session talking about good ways to keep a healthy balance with clear communication.

Trainers: Camron Assadi

Organization Showcase

Want to learn more about our progressive organizational partners and the work they do? Pop into one of our Organization Showcases and you’ll have a chance to chat with representatives from organizations and companies that share your values.

Say That Sis: A Space to Vent for BIPOC Femme Organizers

Quilt, a collective exclusively for BIPOC women identifying folks, is hosting a session for BIPOC organizers to vent, share experiences and challenges in their work and how we can create environments to heal and move forward to continue our work. This will be an interactive session will be led by Candice Fortin and Tamara Lee and is exclusive to BIPOC femme identifying folks.

Panelists: Candice Fortin, Tamara Lee, LadySpeech Sankofa

The Pundit Cup (Finals)

The Pundit Cup is back! The Pundit Cup gives Netroots Nation attendees a chance to deliver their message in mock interviews with real progressive media hosts in a bracket-structured challenge. We’ll watch the finalists compete for fame, glory, a prize suitable for framing, AND $500 cash! Sponsored by Convey Communications and Social Security Works. Interested in competing? Sign up here.

The quarterfinals are Wednesday, August 12 at 1 p.m.; semifinals are Thursday, August 13 at 1:15 p.m.; finals are Friday, August 14 at 1:15 p.m.

The Road to Recovery: Progressive Economic Policy in a Post-Trump, Post-COVID America

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked financial havoc on millions of Americans. And while the national response to this crisis has been poorly managed from the start, working families have been systematically stripped of safety nets for decades. It is not enough to return to where we were before the pandemic– we must lift working families out of poverty and fortify our nation against future disasters. Reimagining our economic policies isn’t just possible — it’s necessary for our survival. Join us for a conversation about the steps the next administration must take to steer us out of this unprecedented crisis and how progressive economic policy will address much more than just the fallout of COVID-19.

Led by: David Dayen

Panelists: Rhiana Gunn-Wright, Rep. Ro Khanna, Holly Mitchell, Joe Sanberg, Zephyr Teachout

The Power of Women Voters Rising

It’s an understatement to say that 2020 is a critical year for our democracy and for each of us. In response, women are rising, organizing, working together, and preparing to get out the vote in unprecedented ways. Hear from leaders in the movement about proven-effective tactics being deployed this year for increasing voter engagement and persuasion in 2020; how others can strategically join this movement to win; why it’s critical to center racial justice, gender justice and economic justice in all the work; and what policies are igniting women voters and need to be moved forward.

Led by: Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

Panelists: Alicia Garza, Maria Teresa Kumar, Ai-jen Poo, Cecile Richards

The Feedback Loop: Using Field Listening Tactics to Build Strategic Intelligence

What is the most important concern you’d like to see addressed? That is the first question we ask voters at the door. In the 2018 cycle, For Our Future and For Our Future Action Fund knocked on more than 10 million doors and had more than 1.5 million conversations with voters across 7 states. Before asking traditional questions like “Who are you supporting for this race,” canvassers are listening to the voters and collecting data from those conversations. The data we’ve gathered across 400,000+ conversations covering 90 different issues helps us better build relationships with voters and understand the communities in which we work. We’ll walk through our methodology and findings here.

Trainers: John Malloy, Justin Myers

How to Turn Your Donors into Your Strongest Issue Advocates

Donors want to do more, but it’s up to us to ask them. There’s an increasing need for us to take a stronger role in advocating for the issues that are central to our mission and build powerful communities of support for our causes. In this session, we’ll explore how to introduce advocacy to your existing donors in a meaningful way, and bring even more people into your community on the issues you care about. We’ll look at case studies that prove that advocacy, as part of your engagement strategy, boosts fundraising results overall and should be a central part of your integrated fundraising, comms and digital strategies.

Trainers: Natasha Madison, Ryann Miller

Breaking Up With the White Moderate Once and for All

Fifty-seven years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote that the “white moderate” is the biggest obstacle to black freedom. This training, by a white anti-racist educator, focuses on the premise that the same problem exists today in a new context. Then, as now, fighting white supremacy is the right thing to do. Unlike in the past, fighting white supremacy can also win elections by appealing to an interracial coalition. This training will feature concrete examples of why and how white candidates and predominantly white organizations should shift from a conventional way of thinking aimed at the white moderate to an anti-racist approach that simultaneously fights white supremacy and builds solidarity with voters of color.

Trainers: Karen Gaffney

Online Actions that Matter: Strategies for Digital Engagement in the Time of COVID

Your members, or the people on your email list, are looking for meaningful things they can do to fight for a better world. Don’t just ask them for donations—give them opportunities to stand up to corporate power, pressure elected officials and elevate marginalized voices, all while social distancing (and largely even at home). Designing meaningful online actions is an essential part of any organization’s strategy during COVID-19 and beyond. In this training, we’ll share some examples of creative online actions your list can do: from hashtag takeovers and Twitter campaigns to powerful online petitions, decentralized research and online gatherings.

Trainers: Elana Levin

How Progressives Can Shape the Democrats' 2021 Climate Agenda

The next President and Congress present our last, best shot at passing bold, aggressive climate legislation that will not only give us a shot at survival, but also create millions of high-quality jobs, confront environmental racism and correct structural economic inequality. To succeed, this effort must be investment-led, standards-based, and grounded in justice and equity. This panel will explore how progressives can beat the fossil fuel industry and shape the contours of debate to ensure we prioritize and achieve a Green New Deal.

Led by: Julian Noisecat

Panelists: Rhiana Gunn-Wright, Lauren Maunus, Sam Ricketts, Anthony Rogers-Wright

Guarantees for a Good Life: Income, Housing, Jobs and Family Care

As people struggle with rising child care, housing, and other costs while wages stagnate or fall, we know we deserve better. In communities across the country, people are demanding more from policymakers, and political momentum is building to demand that everyone is guaranteed the foundations for a good life. This panel will discuss four campaigns built on guarantees: housing, jobs, family care, and income. We will learn from pilot sites amd successful campaigns, and focus on what we can do together to elevate the idea of guarantees.

Led by: Solana Rice

Panelists: Mia Birdsong, Jess Morales Rocketto, Tara Raghuveer, Sarah Treuhaft