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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

Centering Indigenous Leadership

There is a desperate need for Indigenous leadership in our movements. In this session, we’ll cover language and terminology, Indigenous history, outreach, relationship building, representation vs. leadership, and the deciphering and importance of urban and rural Indigenous cultures. This toolkit is meant to educate users on language awareness and relationship building, while also highlighting the importance of moving beyond representation or acknowledgment and into offering meaningful leadership roles for Indigenous people.

Trainers: Thomas Lopez

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

Optimize Your Grant Writing to Boost Your Work

Grant writing is a specific toolset that can help your organization or project get the resources it needs; but if you’ve never done it, it’s hard to know how to get started. This is a 101 lesson on how to write and optimize grants to increase your chances of success. The trainer has secured over $29 million in research and development grants as well as pilot project grants to advance climate solutions. She will familiarize attendees with how to evaluate project fit, write for grant grading, streamline project team participation, and run the project of applying for a solicitation.

Trainers: Urvi Nagrani

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

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

You Too Can Design a Thing: A Scrappy Guide to Simple and Low-Cost DIY Design

Design can be intimidating, expensive, outsourced, or boring—but it doesn’t have to be. We’re two mostly self-taught designers who learned how to make the most of the tools that were available to us. We draw inspiration from everywhere to create eye-catching designs for political campaigns, nonprofits, advocacy, and more. This is our quick andn dirty how-to, with a focus on design for social media and digital organizing. Get ready to learn how to design content that resonates and drives action, basic design principles and tips for inclusive design, how to create an inspiration bank, and where to find free or low-cost tools.

Trainers: Zainab Javed, Shireen Mathews

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

From Online to Offline: Integrating Issue Advocacy and Digital Campaigning

In our online world, digital tactics must be fully embedded for campaign strategies to be effective. But, many organizations have divided “field” and “digital,” making it hard to build alignment. We have a solution for that! We’ll help you build a toolkit for digital and field campaign success: from knowing what tools are out there to developing compelling calls to action to keep activists engaged today and for the long haul. We’ll also talk about using storytelling to uplift those closest to injustice—putting our progressive values into action. Field and digital alignment is a must if we are to win in 2020 and advance with the hard work of enacting progressive policies.

Trainers: Ntebo Mokuena, Colleen Moore

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

Deep Engagement at Scale: Organizing through Mobile-First Messaging

Communities of color and younger voters overindex in terms of mobile use, making mobile-first messaging essential for communicating with key constituents and driving progressive outcomes at the local, state, and national levels. A recent study found that 92% of Facebook ad clicks occur on mobile devices. In this training, we’ll discuss tactics and emerging best practices for leveraging ever-changing mobile-focused platforms to reach people where they are and engage in sustained conversations to support advocacy actions and electoral mobilization.

Trainers: Josh Merritt, Sha’Tisha Young

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

Email Going to Spam? Improving Your Deliverability One Send at a Time

You spend so much time writing emails to your supporters, you need your important messages to end up in the inbox! But Gmail, Yahoo, and other email providers are constantly changing how they sort your emails. Join deliverability experts from Twilio SendGrid and Action Network to learn how to ensure your emails get to your activists every time. We’ll cover how email providers determine what’s spam and what isn’t, how the algorithms have changed in the past year, and how you can test your email program to ensure deliverability. You’ll also have a chance to learn new strategies, practice techniques like testing down the list, and ask questions to some of the foremost experts in the email deliverability field.

Trainers: Will Boyd, Amy Chin-Lai

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

Building a Broadcast Text Program for Mass Mobilization

Join us for a training on how an innovative broadcast texting program can help mobilize constituents to drive direct action, make their voice heard, and effect change. We’ll cover how to drive conversions using both SMS broadcast text and peer-to-peer tactics, how to effectively use SMS and MMS to educate your community, and how to use SMS creatively—from incorporating custom data into your broadcasts, using keyword opt-ins, and micro-targeting for groups.

Trainers: Taylor Behnke, Emma Delaney

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: Jake DeGroot, Amanda French

Your Friends Are Doing It: Using Social Pressure to Boost Voter Turnout

Democrats’ path to victory for the White House and Senate runs through boosting voter turnout among non-traditional voters who are often immune to traditional forms of political messaging, including issue advocacy. In 2018, Progressive Turnout Project used a data-driven, deep canvassing program to boost turnout among infrequent Democratic voters by an average of 10.4%. Social pressure has been shown to be the most effective way to motivate non-voters to participate in the electoral process. This training will cover innovative new social pressure messaging, strategy, and tactics to reach voters in the field and online.

Trainers: Kelsey Fritz, Chris Gentry

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

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

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

Proven Persuasion: How to Apply Deep Canvassing to Win in 2020 and Beyond

Join organizers from People’s Action and The New Conversation Initiative to learn how deep canvassing is being used in 2020 to persuade voters in a lasting way, mobilize big grassroots teams, and win support for truly progressive solutions. Deep canvassing continues to be the only voter engagement tactic proven, in experiment after experiment, to have a large persuasive impact that can last for months or longer. Join us and learn how to defeat Trumpism—and counteract the fear, prejudice, and despair that poison our communities. You’ll learn how to apply this approach in your own work to make your conversations with voters as powerful as the tools you use to reach them.

Trainers: Mehrdad Azemun, Ella Barrett

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Organizing Through Our Stories

Group decisions are infinitely more powerful, yet difficult to create. Our job as community organizers and leaders is to create and curate groups that will take action together to create change. A good story helps people learn and remember and also motivates them. In this training, we’ll discuss the power of story to capture hearts and minds and how those stories can help us recruit and motivate others to act. We’ll also discuss how to record and bank the stories of your leaders and our movement.

Trainers: Lisbeth Espinosa, Elliott Petty

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

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

The Power of the Pod: Activism, Movement Building and Fundraising through Podcasting

Podcasting is the fastest growing digital media platform in terms of audience reach and revenue growth. This training will cover end-to-end podcast production with a concentration on the technical aspects of production, including equipment, recording and software. We’ll also cover content planning and publishing, plus how to use your podcast for fundraising and generating revenue. Lastly, this training will cover how to promote your podcast through social media using audiograms.

Trainers: Jennifer Taylor-Skinner

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

How to Get on TV and Make It Count

Getting on TV is an important part of your candidate’s or organization’s earned media portfolio, but getting on TV can be tough. This training will teach the fundamentals of whom to pitch and how to do a pitch right, and workshop long-term strategies to build loyalty with producers and bookers to make sure you can maximize your odds of getting solid hits on local or cable television that you can use to promote your cause.

Trainers: Dante Atkins

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

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

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, Adrien Salazar, Jean Su, Tamara Toles O'Laughlin

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.

Why Now? The Case for Climate Reparations

The global impact of climate change is already hitting the most vulnerable, marginalized commuities. 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.

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: Tanski Clairmont

Panelists: Suzanne Singer, Dr. Karin Wadsack

Doing It for the Planet, not for the 'Gram: Leveraging Social Media for Climate Justice

No one can deny the power of social media or the role that it plays in sharing information. This panel features queer, brown, youth environmental media creators who are using social platforms to educate and inspire people around the world about taking action on the climate crisis. Social media is helping put climate justice on the map, and it’s allowing new voices to have a seat at the table. We’ll discuss how social media serves as a bridge for audiences to learn about ongoing campaigns, news, and resources to live more sustainably and advance climate justice in their communities.

Led by: Kristy Drutman

Panelists: Gia Chinchilla, Kaitlin Grable, Isaias Hernandez, Ariel Maldonado

Designs on Democracy: Using Graphic Design to Reframe the Story and Win

As graphic designers and media makers, how can we use creative tools to reframe a story, subvert dominant narratives, and win campaigns? Join creative directors and campaign leaders for a panel on best practices with successful case studies on issues of immigrant rights, climate justice, and electoral politics. As people of color, women and immigrants, we will reflect on opportunities and challenges we face in doing this work.

Led by: Tanzila Ahmed

Panelists: Sabiha Basrai, Candice Dayoan, Yash Mori, Anthony Rogers-Wright

Driving Digital Division: Race and Gender in the Fight Against Disinformation

Digital disinformation is a cloud hanging over the 2020 elections, but the forces behind it have been building for a long time. This panel will explore the white surpremacist and misogynistic underpinnings that created this perfect storm for our current digital environment. We will focus on the role that digital platforms like Google, Twitter, and Facebook play in creating and perpetuating this, and discuss what activists around the country can do about it.

Led by: Maria Tchijov

Panelists: Madihha Ahussain, Candace Clement, Kristina Wilfore

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

Let’s Get Digital: Mapping Our Way to Electoral Victory

Districts are based on geography, so maps and addresses should be the foundation off of which you build your strategy, right? Unfortunately this isn’t the case for many campaigns. While most critical campaign activities have gone digital, the data and tooling to support rapid mapping efforts has not caught up. In this session, experts will help you transform maps from a campaign office decoration to the center of your digital universe. You’ll learn about tools available to better visualize voters, volunteers, donors, events and more.

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: Jamie McGonnigal

Panelists: Michael Crawford, Emily Hughes, Naseem Makiya, Arianna Trujillo-Wesler

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, Laura Packard, Murshed Zaheed

Building an Inclusive Internet: A Challenge Borne of Necessity

For our work, the Internet is critical and, on many fronts, its effectiveness and independence is under attack. In struggling to find a way to defend it, our movements are hampered by the under-representation in Internet decision-making of women and people of color. To save the Internet as a useful communications and organizing network in our quest to build a just and sustainable society, we need to change that. Representatives of major national organizations that are leading the work of inclusion will discuss how to combat the racism and sexism crippling Internet decision-making by excluding people of color and women and alienating them by seeping into the content of social media.

Led by: Alfredo Lopez

Panelists: Alice Aguilar, Teresa Basilio Gaztambide, Brandi Collins-Dexter

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: Saru Jayaraman

Panelists: Dylan Carney, Jasmine Gonzalez, Emily Isaac

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.

#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

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.

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.

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

RedForEd: Big Wins and the Future of the Largest Worker Movement in a Generation

In 2019, Denver educators went on strike and delivered a massive win for students in a state where paying teachers some of the lowest wages in the country has resulted in unsustainable turnover and disruption of students’ education. The victory was just one of a string of wins that continues for the #RedForEd movement, which stretches from West Virginia to California and has been called the largest pro-worker movement in a generation. But #RedForEd is more than strikes. From fighting for racial justice in Little Rock, to electing more educators to public office than ever, #RedForEd is an intersectional movement that is fighting for the middle class and will be pivotal in winning the 2020 presidential election.

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: Abdul El-Sayed, Jennifer Epps, SANJEEV SRIRAM

Reviving Regulation: The Key to the Next President’s Success

In the wake of the Trump administration’s attacks on consumer, worker, health and environmental safeguards, it’s crucial that we revive our system of public protections. The next Democratic White House will face substantial political and procedural obstacles to legislation—from skittish red-state lawmakers to the filibuster. Executive orders, cabinet appointments, strong regulation and tough enforcement hold the key to implementing a new agenda. This panel will focus on how activists can push the next administration for bold, progressive reforms through agency actions—and take the fight directly to big corporations and big money interests.

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.

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

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

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.

Led by: Erika Maye

Panelists: Sherry Boston, Sarah George, Rachael Rollins

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.

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.

Building a Multiracial Democracy: A Narrative to Mobilize All Voters

Donald Trump and others have made the election season a referendum on Muslims, refugees, voter fraud and the urban-rural divide. But, progressives and advocates across the Midwest were ready to answer every charge—and move their communities toward a more inclusive future—with an updated and thoroughly vetted, campaign-tested, strategic communicatios plan known as the Midwest Race Class Narrative Project. Hear from leaders across the Midwest on how they are implementing the Race Class Narrative to mobilize the base, persuade the middle, and alienate the opposition to enact a bold policy agenda in 2020 and beyond.

Drawing a Decade: Why State Legislatures are Our Last Chance to Stop GOP Gerrymandering

State legislators elected this year will draw the next set of Congressional and state legislative maps in most states. These maps will have a massive impact on partisan power in Congress and in states through 2030. This is our last chance to avoid another un-democratic decade of Republican gerrymandering, which silences voters, subverts elections and corrupts our government. This all-women panel of state legislative politics and campaign experts will discuss why state legislatures are the gateway to ending gerrymandering, analyze the state of play in 2020 state legislative races, and provide ideas for how we can work together to win big in 2020.

Led by: Carolyn Fiddler

Panelists: Gaby Goldstein, Jessica Post, Geri Prado, Emilia Sykes

Combating Trump's Targeting of Men of Color

As people of color make up a significant portion of the Rising American Electorate, earning their vote will be critical to electing a Democrat to the White House in November. Trump’s campaign realizes this, and as a result, has started targeting men of color by talking about issues like the economy. With many younger Millennial men of color, Trump and his team are using the approach of convincing them to vote third party. This panel will discuss the extent of this problem in the upcoming general election and what can be done to combat these actions by the Trump campaign.

Led by: joshua ulibarri

Panelists: Duy Nguyen, W. Mondale Robinson, Tomas Robles, Terrance Woodbury

#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: Sara Haghdoosti

Panelists: Rahna Epting, Azadeh Shahshahani

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

Disrupting Nationalist Narratives: Understanding and Mobilizing Military Veterans

Within movements, veterans are often exploited as a homogenous and one-dimensional symbol without an understanding of the intersectional race, class and gender identities that exist within the veteran community. Simplifying them and defining them by their relationship with the very systems we are often trying to challenge not only deafens the voice of diverse veterans but also holds us back from combatting hyper-nationalistic structures and systems that weaponize notions of sacrifice to sustain their strength. This panel will work to deconstruct the veteran into diverse identities so we can understand the plurality of experiences and how to mobilize this population to win justice and change.

Democracy No Longer Deferred: Why Following the Most Impacted is a Winning Strategy

The most oppressed, lead the best. In our current democracy, wealthy interests disenfranchise, disregard and exploit groups that have historically been labeled as “other.” Our efforts to achieve a fair, inclusive democracy cannot happen without leadership from the most impacted communities. Hear from activists fighting for workers, mothers, immigrants, LGBTQ+ and differently-abled folks—and against racism, the climate crisis, and poverty—on how they are fighting for their communities to be represented in our democracy. This will be a high-level strategy conversation about the present state of democracy and our shared vision for the democracy we are fighting to build, from the perspective of those most impacted.

Led by: Marilyn Carpintyero

Panelists: Maya Berry, Jonathan Butler, Bill Cobb, Brisa Johnson

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

Panelists: Amy Spitalnick

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.

Pride Outside Cities: How LGBTQ+ Candidates Are Running and Winning Everywhere

Conventional wisdom often leads us to believe that LGBTQ+ candidates can only run successfully for seats in certain areas. However, with the recent surge of candidates of all backgrounds stepping up to run, a trend has started to emerge. A growing number of LGBTQ+ candidates are running for and winning seats in rural and traditionally purple areas. Women like Delegate Danica Roem, who flipped a seat in rural Virginia that had previously been held by a man who referred to himself as the state’s ‘chief homophobe and became the first openly transgender state legislator in the country. This panel will examine what took place in these races and position them as a roadmap for what could be done nationwide.

Led by: Lisa Turner

Panelists: Shontel Lewis, Danica Roem, Brianna Titone, Colorado Senator Claire Wilson

#MyMuslimVote: How Muslims are Politically Organizing in 2020

Islamophobic attacks, smear campaigns and other propaganda tactics have long been used by special interest groups through well-funded, coordinated transnational networks, using social media and other powerful digital tools to create division—especially during election cycles or other sensitive political contexts. This has led to an increase in intergroup conflict that targets vulnerable audiences, for instance the revelation that Russian trolls orchestrated a clash outside of a Houston mosque during the 2016 elections. We’re prepared for an upcoming 2020 election cycle that is similarly contentious and divisive. Join a collective of leading, national Muslim organizations to learn more how we can prepare to combat the challenge ahead.

Later Abortions: Why Progressives Must Talk About Them in 2020

Anti-abortion extremists have enormously influenced how Americans talk about abortions later in pregnancy. Manipulative, inaccurate terms like partial-birth abortion distort how even pro-choice progressives perceive the procedure, creating ambivalence and even support for restrictions that have a devastating impact on those seeking this care, particularly poor women and people of color. With abortion bans sweeping across states and the most significant abortion case soon to be decided by the Kavanaugh Supreme Court, 2020 is a critical moment to examine what later abortion is, what the impact of barriers to care have on patients, and how we can most effectively fight for access for all.

Led by: Gena Ozols

Panelists: Amanda Carlson, Karla Gonzales-Garcia, Jaki Lawrence

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, Sarah Myhre, Tami Sawyer

Healing and Joy as Power

Audre Lorde said: “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” Working to change the world while neglecting ourselves and our immediate communities depletes us and replicates patterns of trauma, harm, and extraction. We need a radical, ongoing investment in our own healing. The panelists will share and explore their commitments to cultivating a culture of self and community care in order to build power and increase sustainability in social justice work.

Led by: Brianna Simmons

Panelists: Jonathan Lykes, Johnaé Strong Doe, JeNae Taylor

Say 'No' to Burnout Culture: Executing Sustainable, Winning Campaigns

Learn from a badass team of women of how to execute sustainable campaigns based on progressive values. Why should you listen to what we had to say? We won the DLCC’s #1 targeted race in the 2018 general election cycle by 13% in a four-way race in a swing district. The candidate, campaign manager, and field organizers did not work more than 40 hours a week until GOTV. Then join us in a discussion in how we can take sustainable campaigns to the next level by sharing your ideas on the actions we can take in taking these ideas to new campaigns and community organizations.

Led by: Leslie Herod

Panelists: Emilia Delgado Heinz, Sheena Kadi, Jordan Smith, Rep. Faith Winter

Building Progressive Infrastructure Beyond Elections

How do we build infrastructure—tech, staffing and more—that takes us beyond election day? How do we leverage election work for direct action, local lobbying, and building our base? This superstar panel will share best practices and current projects.

Led by: Rose Espinola

Panelists: Barb Cardell, Gabriela Lemus, Ejike Obineme, deepa k

Racist Data: Is Your Work Inclusive, POC-centered, or Truly Anti-racist?

Come to this panel of women and people of color technical practitioners who are currently fighting to revolutionize biased technical processes. They will explore how data can inform organizing and mobilizing models to move toward true anti-racist work that will lead to victories in November and beyond.

Campaign in Color: A Conversation with Presidential Campaign Managers of Color

In the 2020 Democratic primary, the pool of presidential candidates went from being one of the most diverse slates in history to a slate with no persons of color on the debate stage. Communities of color must take this experience as an opportunity to have candid conversations about these challenges, and to propose solutions for the next generation of presidential candidates of color. If we are truly going to elect governments that are reflective of our nation’s rich diversity, candidates of color must have the knowledge, tools and resources to overcome unique challenges and structural barriers. Join us for a real and raw conversation about overcoming the challenges of being a person of color running for President of the United States.

Why She Ran: A Conversation with Progressive Womxn of Color in Politics

Women, particularly women of color, have a hard time finding role models when it comes to running for office. And once we’re in office and elected, governing with integrity becomes that much harder as we’re plagued by challenges that others don’t encounter. Our panel brings together progressive womxn of color who have run for office and lets them talk in depth about what motivated them to run for office, the challenges they encountered in their race, and the intersectionality of many of the challenges encountered by women and POC civic leaders.

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

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 , Sydney Batch, Cayden Mak, Aisha Satterwhite

Best Practices and Challenges of Working Remotely

As more organizations allow for remote workers, it’s important to build cultures and use tools to support staff, enable strong communication, and ensure equitable and inclusive work environments. This panel will have representatives from several organizations that are either fully or partially remote. They’ll share best practices and learnings, tips and tools, as well as challenges of working remotely.

Deep Canvassing and the Race-Class Narrative: Proven Strategies to Mobilize

This panel combines prominent leaders and practitioners who will speak to two salient and powerful tools that organizers have been using—on the ground and online—to shift attitudes and win elections: the Race-Class Narrative, pioneered by Anat Shenker-Osorio, and Deep Canvassing. Positive results from a series of experiments and thousands of door-knocks are offering key insights into effective anti-Trump persuasion. Panelists will also share the results of groundbreaking online-offline strategies used on immigration messaging.

Led by: Mehrdad Azemun

Panelists: Ella Barrett, 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

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.

Solidarity for Good: How Workers Across the Movement are Organizing

Do you work for a progressive nonprofit, political campaign, consulting firm, or tech company? Unions are for you too! Over the past few years, thousands of workers have been a part of organizing new unions in the progressive movement. Join union organizers and members as they share the actions they’ve taken to democratize progressive workplaces, win more sustainable working conditions, and grow the labor movement. From forming their unions to enacting pay transparency, building wage floors, and implementing racial equity principles—panelists will discuss some of the common challenges and successes in workplace organizing and explain what they have learned as they continue to build power in their workplaces and beyond.

Led by: Kim Kelly

Panelists: Kayla Blado, Amy Chin-Lai, Lillyanne Daigle, Caleb-Michael Files

Who’s the Boss Now? Building Worker Power in an Age of Apps and Insecure Work

Workers not only should earn a livable wage, but they should be able to work collectively with security and dignity. To pad their bottom line, however, corporations have eroded that social contract and invented a fiction where all workers are their own boss, removed from labor rights and protections. In doing so, employers leave millions of workers nationwide, particularly those of color, vulnerable and atomized. This panel will explore how progressives can stand with workers to fight for a system where they are treated fairly and employers are held accountable. Building on lessons learned in 2019 and 2020, this panel will encourage progressives to organize and fight strategic battles at the local, state, and federal level.

Led by: Brian Chen

Panelists: Veena Dubal, Diego Gerena-Quiñones, Asm. Lorena Gonzalez, E. Tammy Kim

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, Juan Marcano

Winning is Easy, Governing is Harder: Moving from Electoral Victory to Policy Change

Virginia has been at the center of the national conversation for its shifting political landscape. After a series of election victories, Democrats entered 2020 with a governing trifecta in Virginia for the first time since 1993. But electoral victories don’t automatically translate into policy victories that transform people’s lives. To win significant policy battles, especially ones that center race and gender equity, we need to channel the values and aspirations of a broad coalition of progressive organizations, allies and policymakers into a multi-issue policy agenda.

Led by: Tram Nguyen

Panelists: Maya Castillo, Jennifer McClellan, Marcia Price, Anna Scholl

Progressives on the Hill: What They Do and Why it Matters

From organizing to social activism to political reform, the progressive movement is fighting to ensure the voices of underrepresented and underserved communities have a seat at the table. So what happens when you take the movement to the Hill? During this session we’ll hear from progressive Congressional staffers as they share their experiences, challenges and lessons learned and provide a unique window into how policy change works. They will share perspectives on the power of the progressive movement, providing examples from their own experiences.

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

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.