Agenda

If you’re new to Netroots Nation, you can get a sense of what the conference is like by checking out our schedule overview. Our 2019 agenda will include:

  • 70+ engaging panels on a variety of topics
  • 60+ hands-on training sessions
  • Keynotes and special featured content
  • A progressive film Screening Series
  • Caucuses, networking opportunities, social events and more!

You can browse our interactive agenda below. We’ll be adding more sessions and speakers over the next month, so check back often!

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And She Could Be Next: The Rise of Women of Color as a Transformative Political Force

In the face of deep polarization across the country and within political parties, women of color have risen up as a transformative political force in 2018 with the power to build a progressive movement and lead the New American Majority, a coalition of black, brown, young and progressive white voters, to victory. Women of color candidates inspired record turnout among voters who had previously felt unseen, unrepresented and left behind. This panel will discuss the implications for 2020 by exploring the coalition-building strategies deployed by the Stacey Abrams gubernatorial campaign and other key 2018 races.

Different Math: Candidates and Campaigns that Changed the Voter Landscape

In the 2018 election cycle, there were a record number of women candidates and candidates of color running for office from local to federal. Many built new coalitions out of previously disenfranchised and disengaged residents. How did they do it and what are replicable tactics and strategies for voter outreach and mobilization in 2020 and beyond? Hear from a candidate, a political strategist, and a high-profile activist who broke down barriers of language, access, enthusiasm and information to help change the demographics of the electoral landscape. Win or lose, they have valuable lessons needed to win the future of progressive politics. The session will be moderated by former Rep. Kesha Ram, the first woman of color to receive double digits in a statewide race in Vermont.

Led by: Kesha Ram

Panelists: Melanie Campbell

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 in 2020? 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 all 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. So if you want to know more about what’s happening in races around the country and what it will means for Democrats, Republicans, and the nation at large, join us!

Led by: Jeff Singer

Panelists: Claire Low, Stephen Wolf, Lala Wu

Election Security is the Single Most Important Issue in Our Elections Today

What is the ultimate form of voter suppression? Not having your vote count. What did we learn from the 2016 election? We learned that the risk of election manipulation is a real risk. How can voters, activists, election officials and legislators face this challenge? By understanding how our election systems are vulnerable and what needs to be done to protect them. By learning how the agenda of large corporate voting machine vendors could be affecting who represents us. Join our panel to find out how one county changed its entire slate of elected officials by focusing on election security—and the techniques that you need to take back home to your local elections to ensure that your vote gets counted as you intended.

Led by: Lulu Friesdat Friesdat

Panelists: Rich Demillo, Marilyn Marks, Virginia Martin, Bennie Smith

How Primaries Build Power and Transform What is Possible

Join campaigners who are supporting grassroots movements engaged in primary work across the country. Let’s talk about some lessons learned in 2018 and talk through the opportunities we should expand upon during this major cycle—up and down the ballot. Hear these organizers share learnings about primaries, power and gains made across races in Florida, Georgia, Pittsburgh, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and New York. The panelists represent a mix of primary engagement efforts on different levels of the ballot and all types of primaries, challengers and open, national, local and statewide efforts that were and are important to re-shifting power in ways that decenter whiteness and money.

Led by: María Urbina

Panelists: Alexandra "Alex" Rojas, Nelini Stamp

Building the Bench: Racial Equity and Diversity at the State and Local Level

The 2018 midterms swept in a welcome wave of diverse elected officials, especially at the state and local levels, which is the bench for future national leaders. But the election itself is just one moment in the broader political lifecycle. Well before the election, organizations work to recruit, train and support the candidates and after the election, organizations are in place to help newly elected officials govern. This panel brings together leaders from different parts of pipeline for an integrated look at how they incorporated racial equity and diversity into their state and local work in 2018, what gaps remain unfilled, and a discussion of challenges and opportunities as we look to 2019 and 2020.

Led by: Krithika Harish

Panelists: Gaby Goldstein, Helen Gym, Quentin James, Johanna Silva Waki

The End of Gerrymandering: Drawing Fair Maps and Fighting Gerrymanders in Court

Gerrymandering is a critical threat to democracy that politicians have used to subvert the public will in countless elections. With the conservative majority on the Supreme Court increasingly hostile to efforts to limit gerrymandering, enacting reforms at the state level is key. Join us as national redistricting practitioners discuss what we’ve learned from our experiences with the legal process and how to apply that to the ongoing fight against gerrymandering at both the federal and state levels.

Led by: Carolyn Fiddler

Panelists: Maria Blanco, Christopher Lamar, Sam Wang, Stephen Wolf

Triple Threat: Young Women of Color Winning Elections

Young, elected women of color speak to the role that racism and sexism played throughout their campaigns. Each panelist will tell her story about personal and systemic challenges they faced as they mounted successful, grassroots-driven bids for public office and share potential solutions, including how activists can support individual candidates as well as the broader movement to help more women of color win their first elections, reelections, and runs for higher office. Panelists will bring diverse perspectives from across the country on how they dealt with the intersectionality of racism and sexism in every aspect of their campaigns, from the decision to run for office to raising money and dealing with institutional supporters and allies.

Led by: Lizet Ocampo

Panelists: Sammi Brown, Anna Eskamani

Fighting ALEC's Control of Lawmaking is a Fight Against Racism

Visionary leadership has led to progressives taking decisive action against the years-long corporate, right-wing take over of government. In this effort there is no better focus than the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC). This session will equip participants with a deep understanding of the racist dimensions of ALEC’s legacy, and leave participants with practical ideas for how to leave Netroots with a plan to join the fight against ALEC.

Led by: Dominic Renfrey

Panelists: Brandi Collins-Dexter, Cherri Foytlin, Meera Shah, Tara T.

State Legislatures: The Most Important Elections We're Not Talking About

State legislatures determine who can vote and who controls Congress for the next decade. In fact, the Republican state legislative victories of 2010 set the stage for today’s politics. State houses also impact millions of lives: healthcare, wages, climate, mass incarceration and more. Right-wing special interests have been focusing on state houses for decades. It’s time to catch up. Now more than ever, attention and resources should be directed to state legislatures. Not because they will help us win the White House and in Congress (though they will), but because they are the key to changing the direction of the entire country.

Led by: Daniel Squadron

Democracy is Dying: How Do We Right the Ship of Democracy?

No greater modern threat exists to modern American democracy than the administration of Donald Trump. Daily chips and cracks are evident in our democracy—suppression of the vote; appointments of lower court and Supreme Court judges with little to no regard to the law—evident the slow death of the laws that guide and undergird our republic. We aren’t laying down during this moment—progressive patriots are championing the ideals that present an America that is just and good and provides equitable opportunity for all. That fight is evident in the push for impeachment, the lawsuits against unfair elections and the movement to restore the vote to returning citizens.

Led by: Jamiah Adams

Panelists: Nathaly Arriola, Abed Ayoub, Aquene Freechild, Colin Hicks

Equality at the Ballot Box: Lessons from Standing Rock

Four people who were on the ground in North Dakota during the 2018 Midterm cycle will take a deep dive into their experience at Standing Rock and Turtle Mountain Indian Reservations. This panel will walk you step-by-step on the specific challenges faced at each critical point in the North Dakota Court Battle and the resulting solutions to turn out Native American voters in record numbers.

Let My People Vote: How Florida Took on Felony Disenfranchisement and won

In a historic mid-term election in 2018, Florida residents voted in favor of state constitutional Amendment 4, which automatically restores voting rights to 1.6 million people with prior felony convictions. The ballot initiative received support from over 60% of Florida voters. The work now becomes moving those previously disenfranchised onto the voting rolls through voter education, engagement and registration. Participants of this panel will hear lessons learned from the Florida engagement table that accomplished the feat, and explore organizing strategies other states challenging felony disenfranchisement can employ ahead of the 2020 election.

Led by: Denise Lieberman

Panelists: Rachel Gilmer, Andrea Cristina Mercado

How Progressives Changed the Game on Yemen and How We Can Win on Foreign Policy

In 2015, Saudi Arabia and the UAE with the direct support of the United States, launched a military intervention into Yemen that has helped create the largest humanitarian crisis on the planet. In Washington, U.S. support was seen as “essential” and was backed up by some of the most powerful DC lobbyists and special interests. But a funny thing happened, working together, Yemeni American and progressive activists changed the game and have systematically ended U.S. support for the war. The story of how a small band of dedicated activists and allies did the unthinkable and made history isn’t just a story about Yemen, it’s a story about how progressives and frontline communities can take on the most pressing challenges we face—and win!

Led by: Stephen Miles

Panelists: Jehan Hakim

A Vision for Progressive Foreign Policy in the 2020 Elections and Beyond

The U.S. is at a pivotal point regarding how the country sees itself and relates to other countries on the global stage. Trump’s policies have invigorated social justice movements committed to resisting oppression at home and building solidarity with marginalized peoples’ abroad. This panel seeks to articulate a foreign policy vision that progressives can mobilize behind. The panel will be oriented around three core commitments of a progressive foreign policy framework: principled anti-interventionism, ending endless war, and solidarity with global anti-racist and anti-authoritarian movements. The panelists will discuss how grassroots organizing, policymaking, legislation and legal advocacy can work in tandem to create this vision.

Led by: Kate Kizer

Panelists: Iram Ali , Rep. Ilhan Omar, Vincent Warren, Noor Zafar

Sanctuary Cities: From the Dirty Wars to the War against Immigrants and Black Bodies

What does a sanctuary movement, policy, and advocacy look at when it is grounded in liberation for us all? What are the challenges and pitfalls? This panel will delve into the history of the sanctuary movement in the U.S. as well as the recent sanctuary movement in response to mass deportations and the current administration’s hostile policies towards immigrants, Muslims and people of color. Panelists will discuss the history of the movement providing sanctuary to those fleeing US-supported dictatorships in Latin America and provide an overview of the current landscape of sanctuary work.

Led by: Elica Vafaie

Panelists: Carl Hamad-Lipscombe, Avideh Moussavian, Azadeh Shahshahani

Tearing Down Cages: How We Divest from the ICE Police State and Invest in Thriving Communities

The devastating human toll of immigration raids, detentions and deportations have gained long overdue attention in the Trump era. While immigration enforcement has grown dramatically under this administration, the concept of a police force for the targeting and jailing of immigrants for civil offenses is a relatively new one that has boomed over the past 15 years. We’ll explore the ways in which current and past administrations have pitted communities against each other to justify the mass incarceration of immigrants and how we can reverse course by sharing a just—and achievable—vision to divest the billions of dollars that go into policing and criminalizing immigrants and invest in fully integrating all of our community members.

Moving Forward: Repealing the Muslim Ban for Good

2019 marks two years since the first Muslim Ban Executive Order was signed. Since then the ban has separated thousands of families, leading to tragic outcomes in some cases including the recent death of young Abdullah in Oakland. A new Congress though presents new opportunities to repeal the Muslim Ban through legislative action. This session will recap the current status of the Muslim Ban and the campaign to end it, and look forward to next steps with an emphasis on legislative strategies through the new Congress. Participants will have the opportunity to break out in to regional groups and map plans to mobilize their members of Congress to champion the issue and legislation.

Led by: Zahra Billoo

Panelists: Mohammad Khan, Avideh Moussavian, Manar Waheed

This All Used to be Chinatown: Building Grassroots Power

As Philadelphia becomes a more “desirable” place to live, we erase and push out the communities that have long called the city home. From the rapid gentrification in Chinatown to the unjust and cruel deportations of Southeast Asian refugees, Asian American communities in Philadelphia are taking matters into our own hands. We’ll share how imagining new ways of being for our communities has rooted our organizing in multi-media activism, inter-generational learning, community-based design, and alternative, sustainable economies. We’ll discuss histories of resistance, how Asian American communities are organizing today and our vision for the future.

Led by: Laura Li

Panelists: ANNE ISHII, Samip Mallick, Nancy Nguyen, Neeta Patel

Black People are Not a Monolith: Engaging and Organizing the Communities Within the Diaspora

Progressive organizations have long maintained transactional relationships with communities of color that have further traumatized already marginalized communities. There is an immediate need to shift our strategies on the left towards a more culturally considerate, community driven way of organizing, mobilizing and healing in order for us to achieve deeper trust and longterm victories. Join us to discuss how allies and advocates should engage and develop genuine relationships and nuanced strategy that is intentional and culturally appropriate.

Led by: Brittny Baxter

Panelists: Candis Castillo, Abena McAllister, W. Mondale Robinson

Keep that Same Energy: How We Build Power in Black and Brown Communities

Join us for a conversation between social justice advocates, influencers and millennials of color to unpack issues that are detrimentally impacting black and brown communities in 2019. We’ll discuss the significance of defining, building and maintaining power in our communities (beyond voting), and how we can ensure we keep that same energy in 2020 and beyond. Attendees of this panel should leave with a better understanding about issues that young black and brown people know to be detrimental in their communities and better informed about the big and small ways we can build and maintain power together in 2020 and beyond.

New Sheriffs in Town: How Local Elections Can Help End Racist Mass Jailings and Deportations

Throughout U.S. history, county sheriffs have been at the forefront of police violence against people of color. As James Baldwin noted, the sheriff was “hired by the Republic to keep the Republic White.” Today, sheriffs are central to the “New Jim Crow,” as their jails feed mass incarceration and deportation machines of bigoted politicians who target communities of color and immigrants. Building off the legacies of civil rights leaders and those who defeated racist Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, organizers across the U.S. are issuing calls to action against bad sheriffs whose elections are down ballot and ignored. In 2018, voter mobilization, especially with young voters of color, brought new sheriffs to town, and 2020 promises new wins.

Prison Organizing Led by the Directly Impacted

Overwhelming research has exposed the massive human and economic costs imposed by life without parole sentences and the use of solitary confinement. The voices behind the numbers tell staggering stories of pain and resilience that embody the urgency of taking action. The Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration, the Abolitionist Law Center, Reclaim Philadelphia Mass Liberation, and the Unlock the Box Campaign will join together to discuss the impact of these antiquated methods of social banishment that have ravaged communities of color across the country and normalized the treatment of human beings as disposable, hearing from directly impacted organizers on strategies locally and nationally to create pressure against these repressive systems of control.

Led by: Jasiri X

Panelists: Madusa Carter, Lorraine Haw, Robert Saleem Holbrook, Jessica Sandoval

The Double Down: Discussions of Black and Disability Identity

There is a unique history between the disability and African American Community. Issues related to slavery, Jim Crow, and the modern prison industrial complex are linked with institutionalization, asylums, seclusion and restraint and exploitation from the medical community. Unfortunately these shared issues are rarely discussed in clear relief in either community. This panel will explore the unique issues that lie at the intersection of race and disability with a specific emphasis on the African American disability experience. The panel will discuss historical connections between the communities, as well as explore current issues of race and disability that need to be addressed as a whole by each group.

After Cash Bail

There is no place in our criminal justice system where money more clearly buys justice than bail. Unaffordable cash bail undermines the presumption of innocence, criminalizes poverty, and perpetuates racial and economic disparities. While there is consensus among progressives to move towards the elimination of money bail, there is little agreement as to what should replace it. This panel seeks to discuss and inform a progressive vision for America’s pretrial justice system and the role (if any) that popular alternatives—such as risk assessments, electronic monitoring and probationary services—should hold in this space.

Led by: Robin Steinberg

Panelists: Chesa Boudin, Lawrence Krasner, Sandra Mayson, Mike Milton, Rachael Rollins

2019 Latinx Power! El Poder de Las Latinas en Las Elecciones

Latinx voters have the power to change the vote and are highly influential at the national level. There are about 12 million Latinx people who are voting-age U.S. citizens. Many groups have been reaching out to these voters, but there remains a lot of opportunity to successfully organize in Latinx communities. Want to know where the openings are, what works and doesn’t, and how we can move the needle on Latinx voting in the US in 2019 and beyond? Join us!

Indigenous Voices Rising in the Progressive Landscape

This panel explores the emerging digital culture of Indigenous participation and influence in the progressive landscape. Indigenous people have pioneered innovative uses of digital media for global connectivity and contestation. Digital and social media open up unprecedented opportunities for voice, and, in theory, participation in decision-making. There is limited understanding about how Indigenous voices are heard at times of major policy reform, and whether increased participation in digital media leads to increased democratic participation. Leading Indigenous influencers join the conversation with their experience. Three contemporary voices showcase Indigenous participatory media response to government policy initiatives.

Led by: Prairie Rose Seminole

Panelists: Ryan McMahon, Mark Trahant

Reclaiming Native Truth to Change the Narrative

Data on current attitudes toward Native communities is almost non-existent. Reclaiming Native Truth was a two-year project that collected data, expert insights, and created a collaborative space which engaged grassroots, tribal and community leaders about what people think about Native communities and issues. Changing public perceptions is fundamental to creating a new narrative to advance social and policy change for racial justice and the achievement of tribal sovereignty. The workshop will examine the results of the report and explore the impact on building racial justice movements with strong ties to Native Nations and communities.

The Role of Politics in the 21st Century from an Indigenous Perspective

In San Juan County, UT, several Native organizations and allies built a coordinated strategy around engaging first-time voters on the Navajo reservation to make history in electing the first ever Navajo-led County commission to help protect the cultural sites and natural beauty of the area. Join us to learn more about this effort and how to center Indigenous voices and support in true allyship Native political engagement in the 21st century.

Led by: Chrissie Castro

Building an LGBTQ+ Movement for Economic Justice

For too long, despite growing poverty rates among LGBTQ people, large mainstream LGBTQ organizations have not yet prioritized economic justice issues. Similarly, economic justice organizations have historically not prioritized LGBTQ issues. In both sectors, a radical intersectional lens that includes the people of color they are serving has often had to be hard won if won at all. Meanwhile, economic inequality is growing in the United States. Join us to discuss the economic justice movement building that needs to happen and is happening in the LGBTQ community.

Racism and the Struggle for Digital Rights

The struggle for the digital rights of communities of color is a central issue in the fight for racial justice. Large corporations and our government are using digital tools that further cement a white racial hierarchy in our society in the pursuit of profits and political power. Companies like Amazon, Facebook and Google are providing a megaphone for racists to spread hate speech and algorithms that discriminate against people of color. Government agencies are also using the tools of surveillance to criminalize communities of color. Panelists will discuss the actions they are taking to challenge these powerful institutions to ensure the digital sovereignty of communities of color—and what you can do to get involved.

How Muslims are Shaping their Political Destiny

The 2018 midterm election cycle saw Muslim communities mobilizing at unprecedented levels around civic engagement. To build a national movement that wouldn’t undermine local work, the #MyMuslimVote campaign provided resources and best practices to empower local organizations to bolster their civic engagement work. In doing so, local organizing by Muslim communities was uplifted to an historic and unified scale. We’ll share the creative digital/field activities hosted, and the strategies that led to local victories. Looking ahead to 2020 and beyond, we will share how Muslim communities are building a policy platform informed by grassroots representation of Muslims nationwide and increasing overall civic engagement.

Racial Justice Has No Borders: Embedding Palestinian Rights in the 2020 Agenda

Grassroots activists with shared experiences facing racial profiling, mass incarceration, and repression taught us that racial justice has no borders: at Black Lives Matter protests, activists call for freedom from Ferguson to Palestine, and at rallies to end family separation, participants have even raised their voices for an end to racist walls, from Palestine to Mexico. In response to the global rise of the authoritarian right, activists are calling on institutions of power—from the mainstream media to Congress—to support freedom, justice, and equality for all people, including the Palestinian people. Learn how activists in the progressive movement are building power for racial justice that extends beyond and across borders.

Led by: Ramah Kudaimi

Panelists: Noura Erakat, Marc Lamont Hill

Why Abortion Isn't a Wedge Issue

This panel will provide an in-depth look at what current influencers including activists, reporters, voters and politicians, say—or don’t say—about abortion. Progressives often deepen the stigma around abortion by claiming it a “wedge” issue that is disentangled and siloed from every other issue area. This could not be farther from the truth. Join us for a conversation about how progressives should be talking about abortion leading up to the 2020 election.

Led by: Lizz Winstead

Panelists: Jessica González-Rojas, Sebastian Pelaez, Maysoon Zayid

Combatting Fake Clinics: Local, State and National Efforts to Fight Back

Billboards line the highways—”Pregnant? Scared?”—luring pregnant people to anti-abortion centers that pretend to provide care but instead peddle misinformation and shame. Targeting patients of color, people who are low income and young people, these centers dangle “free pregnancy testing” and position themselves nearby legitimate clinics in order to confuse and scam people in need of full reproductive health information and counseling. Numbering in the thousands nationwide, with dozens in Pennsylvania, many are funded by tax dollars. Panelists are utilizing multiple avenues to combat these so-called crisis pregnancy centers and ensure patients get the care they are seeking.

Led by: Jen Moore Conrow

Panelists: Mary Alice Carter, Elicia Gonzales, Helen Gym, Seneca Joyner

Why Winning = Running on Reproductive Justice

For too long Democrats and the entire progressive movement have compromised on reproductive freedom believing discussion will doom most candidates. Since 2016 state, local and federal campaigns have proved that myth false in red, purple and blue areas across the country. ‘Nontraditional’ candidates from the New American Majority: communities of color, LGBTQ+ and young people are running reproductive freedom and winning.Hear from these newly elected officials and strategists about key approaches to electing this new wave of leaders and why running on a reproductive justice platform should be implemented everywhere.

Led by: Atima Omara

Panelists: Jennifer Carroll-Foy

How We Fight Anti-semitism

These things are all true at the same time: anti-semitic violence is increasing in the U.S.; the Right is using antisemitism as a tool to retain power and destroy Black and Brown-led movements; and the threat of antisemitism is tearing apart the Left. Antisemitism has been used as a wedge to break up social movements for generations. The progressive movement must deepen our understanding of how antisemitism works and how it is wielded politically in order to effectively fight back. In this moment, we must work to defeat antisemitism along with anti-Black racism, xenophobia, and misogyny, as part of our collective project to build a truly inclusive multiracial democracy where we can all be safe. But it’s going to take some work, together.

Manager Confessions: Somehow We Manage

Progressives need to treat managing staff as a skill—the same way we do email, web development, organizing, and everything else. As progressive managers, we sit at a critical intersection of enacting the values of our movement: How do we protect our staff from burnout? How do we be emotionally supportive when their friends, family, and even they are under attack? How do we teach all these fresh faces in the movement how to successfully organize without passing down our bad habits?Both a confessional and group-help session, we’ll try to figure out some of the answers to these questions together.

Led by: Jill Raney

Panelists: Sean Carlson, Malinda Frevert, Rachael Junard, Adrian Reyna

Cripping the Movement: How Disability Inclusion Can Save Progressives

Disabled people, both those with visible conditions and those with hidden ones (mental health, learning disabilities, chronic illness) are already within our movement. In this session, we’ll discuss how our issues and agendas overlap, incorporating best practices and strategies to recognize and combat ableism to strengthen our agenda, buttress our grassroots, and sustain us for the long road ahead.

Diversity Doesn't Just Happen: Here's How to Work for It

Diversity is something we all want, but all to often when we look around the room progressive organizations and firms are coming up short. In this panel we’ll break down how small things like who we refer to informational interviews to expanding our social circles and writing job descriptions, as well as big systematic efforts, can impact how we increase diversity to improve our programs and put our values into action.

Led by: Tim Lim

Panelists: Catherine Algeri, Clarke Humphrey

Sparkle or Shade? Let's Get Real About Inclusive Politics

What does it look like to change our campaigns, organizations, coalitions, and institutions to center the people that are most impacted? What would it look like to remove barriers and inequities so that leaders within our communities can actually lead? Let’s get real about inclusive politics and what’s at stake. Learn from some of the most prominent leaders at the state and national level that can speak about this directly and share what we have to gain when we do this and do it right.

Hijabi Power: The Badass Women Fighting Hate

Despite the global rise of Islamophobia, hijabi-wearing leaders like Linda Sarsour and Ilhan Omar have been fearless in their quest to create a more inclusive, representative democracy. Join us for a panel presentation and discussion on the barriers they’ve encountered and how each of them are creating long-lasting change in their community.

Panelists: Raaheela Ahmed, Deqa Dhalac, Hodan Hassan

Philly in Charge: How Community Coalitions are Transforming Power Here and Nationwide

In the poorest big city in America, hundreds of thousands of people are separated by poverty, segregation, and many other forms of oppression. Community organizations that traditionally worked in separate spaces have been coming together to push a vision for a Philly that works for all us, not a few. Come hear the role of coalitions in the election of Larry Krasner and holding him accountable to progressive criminal justice reform, protecting our immigrant community from ICE, and how a group of over 30 organizations is creating a platform to wins demands from City Council ranging from fair funding of public schools to community control of land use.

#ProgressivesToo: Dealing with Sexual Violence in Our Movement

If Progressives hope to claim the moral authority to lead in taking on sexual harassment and assault, we cannot look the other way when it happens in the progressive movement. This panel will focus on why we must believe survivors no matter who they accuse and best practices for supporting them. We’ll discuss the balance between believing survivors and due process, the racialized history of believing survivors, as well as alternatives to the police/prison system, including models for justice that consider healing and growth, that progressives can put into practice internally and externally. This will be a space for progressives to have an honest conversation on the mistakes we’ve made and how we can, and must, do better.

Led by: Natalie Green

Panelists: Charlene Carruthers, Sandra Park, Shaunna Thomas

The Resistance is DIY: How Creative Rapid Response and Digital Media are Shaping Culture through Activism

From the Daily Action app to shutting down streets in song and dance to DIY poster printing, get ready to uncover the ways in which creative and digital media is used to facilitate rapid response. This panel will be a crash course on what it looks like to use a variety of creative and digital media tools to effectively and efficiently respond to injustice. It will also cover the ways in which creative and digital media can facilitate and enrich intersectional approaches to organizing, specifically centering communities of color, women, femmes, and queer and trans folks. Lastly, it will serve as a space for participants to scheme up creative ways to protest the next time their communities are under attack.

Not Just for Presidential Candidates: Bringing the Power of Small-dollar Donors to the Local Level (Sponsored Panel)

The 2018 elections made it clear that investing in small-dollar donors is more than a feel-good idea—it’s a winning strategy. This is especially true in state and local races that don’t cost as much as federal races and are not always in the spotlight. A few dollars can go a long way toward resources at the local level, and a passionate grassroots supporter base will spread the word about your campaign more enthusiastically than any reporter. Learn from fundraising practitioners and a local candidate how online grassroots fundraising at the state and local level has evolved thanks to technology and what you can do to start building a strong small-dollar donor program today, no matter the size of your campaign!

This panel is sponsored by ActBlue

Led by: Rachael Junard

Addressing Sexual Harassment and Discrimination in Philadelphia Restaurants: A Case Study

What can we learn from examining sexual harassment in a celebrated restaurant scene thriving in a poverty-stricken city? With low wages, majority female workers, rampant wage theft, and a large immigrant workforce, it’s little wonder most EEOC sexual harassment complaints come from restaurants. On this panel, we’ll discuss the challenges of addressing sexual harassment in restaurants and highlight local innovative advocacy efforts including mobilizing workers, promoting a multi-faceted policy agenda including One Fair Wage, and a new coalition of anti-rape advocates, city officials, and public interest lawyers working directly with restaurant owners and workers.

Panelists: Nadia Hewka, Samuel Jones

Getting it Passed is Only the First Step: Enacting and Enforcing Local Labor Laws

The City of Philadelphia has made good strides in passing local labor laws that fill the gaps in worker protection that are unfilled by state and federal labor law. However, the City currently has a very small operation for enforcing these laws, and basically no plan at all to educate low-wage workers in the city about their rights under these new laws. Hear from workers and organizers with Make the Road PA, the Restaurant Opportunities Center, and One Pennsylvania who are working to beef up the city’s enforcement and education operation.

Led by: Kati Sipp

Panelists: Cecily Harwitt, Samuel Jones, Katia Perez

Is it Time for a General Strike?

“Start in the workplace and the politics will follow.” When working people feel empowered at work, they are empowered in our democracy as well. As bold visions like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal galvanize our politics, could a general strike be the vision we need to rally working people around a shared vision of what our economy and democracy can be? High-profile strikes have made headlines in recent years, but for millions of Americans the idea of workplace action is a radical departure. In the age of the internet, with labor resurgent and working people looking for a fair shake, could we pull off something we’ve never done before in the United States?

Led by: Kim Kelly

Panelists: Jess Kutch, Jess Morales Rocketto, Sara Nelson, D. Taylor

Relational Organizing Insights from the Field: Scaling for the 2019/2020 Cycle

If you’re a progressive activist, you have likely heard about relational organizing—friends reaching out to friends to support a cause, organization or campaign. But what does it take to run a successful program? What are the best practices, and what pitfalls should you avoid? Learn from leading practitioners in the field who have successfully planned, launched and implemented both online and offline relational organizing programs around the country.

Led by: Sangeeth Peruri

Panelists: Dylan Cate, Emily Isaac, Brandon A. Jessup, Kristee Paschall

How Women, People of Color, and Millennials are Reshaping Rural Politics

As we saw during the 2018 midterms, progressives still have a lot of work to do in small towns and rural communities. And with Donald Trump on the ballot in 2020, Democrats will have to invest in rural voters across the country to take back the White House. During our panel, we’ll hear from organizers working on the front lines in small towns and rural areas about how women, people of color, and millennials are reshaping politics in their communities and discuss strategies for progressive engagement in non-metro areas.

Led by: Matt Hildreth

Panelists: Jeremy Blake, Ruby Elbasha, Susan Kroger

Women Marched, Women Ran & Won - What's Next?

Women are the majority of consumers, educators, organizers, donors, and voters. So why do two Koch brothers still have more power than 166 million American women? Why are we the only developed country with no nationally mandated paid family leave? Why are two-thirds of minimum wage workers women? Why are American women today 50% more likely to die in childbirth than their own mothers? This session will bring together women leaders from across movements to reimagine a world where issues that impact our lives are no longer dismissed as “identity politics” but placed front and center. We’ll make a game plan that builds on our collective power and diversity, and works for women’s equality.

Panelists: Alicia Garza, Cecile Richards, Cortney Tunis

Motivating Young Voters of Color: Racism, Hate and other Factors in the 2018 Midterms

Young voters are eager to see racism undone, and they see electoral politics as a means of achieving this goal. Join us to hear about how a coalition came together to turn solid research into a meaningful, effective campaign with language and concepts focused on voting as an act of individual and collective empowerment. Contrary to popular assumptions, messages of unity motivate voters more than messages of hate and division.

Led by: Rajneesh Aggarwal

Panelists: Elana Needle, Dwayne Royster

More than Words: Using the Language of Imagery to Mobilize

From Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s iconic poster to the Sunrise Movement’s mediagenic expressions of urgency and discipline to the futurism of Black Panther going from theaters to the streets, visual strategy makes a clear difference in campaigns. It’s time to learn why art and culture is necessary to win. Our panel features examples of visual strategy making a difference in campaigns, from memes to banners, told by cultural workers operating at the cutting edge of visual production, meme-making and community organizing. How do we best apply these practices to the visually saturated world of social media and media? What do organizers need to know to integrate visual and narrative storytelling in to their work?

Led by: Elana Levin

Panelists: Felicia Perez, Ange Tran, Josh Yoder

Going the Distance: Lessons from Winning the Largest Grassroots Campaign for Trans Rights

After years of sustained attacks in state legislatures and by the Trump Administration, trans-led campaigns decisively won trans rights at the ballot box in 2018 in Anchorage, Alaska (53-47%) and Massachusetts (68-32%), in the process building the largest grassroots campaign for trans rights in U.S. history. Join veterans of the nationwide push for trans rights to discuss how the deployment of heart-forward, story-based, values-centric campaigns grounded in multidisciplinary, evidence-based strategies succeeded not only in changing minds, winning hearts, and generating momentum on trans rights, but also surfaced strategies for healing our country’s divisions and securing the progressive solutions we seek in this moment of deep polarization.

Led by: Kasey Suffredini

Panelists: Mason Dunn, Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, Fran Hutchins, Krina Patel

Hack the Algorithm: Facebook Strategies for Civic Actors (Sponsored training)

How do you best get your Facebook and Instagram content in front of the right people? What tools does Facebook have specifically for the politics, government, and advocacy world? How does the algorithm *really* work? What changes have been made in the last year? Come to Hack the Algorithm: Facebook Strategies for Civic Actors to learn best in class strategies for building and growing your movement from Facebook itself.

This training is sponsored by Facebook.

Led by: Carrie Adams

Diversifying Our Lists: Acquiring "Hard-to-Reach" Communities with Smart Targeting and Relevant Creative

For our progressive movement to win, we know that marginalized communities—including people of color, queer and trans communities, working people, and women—must be centered, especially in our digital programs. Unfortunately, traditional strategies to grow organizational and campaign lists often end up acquiring the same homogenous groups of (white, cis/het, upper middle-class) “liberals” who don’t reflect the true diversity of our movements or leadership. In this training, we’ll show you how to design targeting and develop creative that helps you engage traditionally “hard-to-reach” communities through your digital advertising program.

This training is intended for those with at least a basic understanding of digital list-building acquisition strategies and platforms. Ideally, you have executed or developed copy or creative for acquisition programs in the past and are looking to further develop your skills.

Led by: Ky Albert, Gabrielle Cardoza

Creative Digital Advertising for Advocacy and Politics

You know how to boost a Facebook post, but do you really know the many ways that digital ads can support your advocacy or campaign? This training will cover innovative targeting, testing and promotion strategies designed to reach the right people with the right messages at the right time. Need to connect with grasstops influencers? Convince decision makers that EVERYONE’s talking about your issue? Use social media to boost your fundraising emails? Barrage reporters with your messaging? This training will show how advertising on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and other channels can help you win.

Attendees should have a basic knowledge of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and an interest in expanding their outreach beyond that.

Led by: Colin Delany, Emily Gittleman

You’re Better than Boosted Posts: Digital Ads 101

What if I told you that boosted posts only reach 16% of Facebook users? Many campaigns, causes and organizations are constantly looking for ways to reach more voters online through paid channels. For many, their first step is boosting posts and it’s easy to see why. For $20, you can see thousands of impressions and reach tens of thousands of people. But, boosted posts are best used as a small part of a much larger social media advertising strategy that, with the right knowhow, will help your campaign be more strategic, reach more voters, and turn more people out to vote. Move beyond the boosted post with this session.

This training is ideal for first-time candidates, new campaign staffers, as well as advocates, activists and grassroots organizers.

Led by: Emily Gittleman, Salim Zymet

Basics Bootcamp: Choosing the Best Digital Actions for Your Advocacy

Digital media is great—except when it’s completely overwhelming. From tweetchats to Facebook lives, AMAs to twitterstorms, the menu of options you can pull from when laying out your digital strategy is vast. Mastering the art of choosing a digital action can help you boost your advocacy, strengthen your digital community and educate and motivate people in unique ways. This session will help you get a handle on all of the options for reaching your people through digital media, when to use them, and how to build digital actions into a full digital campaign.

This is a beginner-level training.

Led by: Megan Simons, Bradley Williams

You Gotta Organize to Mobilize: How to Do Digital for a Mass Mobilization or Direct Action

Mass mobilization and direct action have long helped movements win, but the way we build and communicate to our base has changed. Digital tools have democratized the way we tell stories and opened up opportunities for more personalized outreach and recruitment to help shift the balance of power in our favor. With step-by-step handouts and case studies from the People’s Climate March in NYC and APTP’s 96 hours of direct action in Oakland, this panel will prescribe how to easily create supporter engagement journies across channels before, during, and after mobilization that will help you get the numbers to win AND change hearts and minds.

This training is for anyone who is beginning to think about organizing and mobilizing online and for those who run events and want to engage new supporters.

Led by: Vanessa Tsimoyianis-Butterworth

Black Data in Digital Organizing

This panel will offer suggestions about metric driven campaigns to better help organizers grasp the historical and contemporary ways that data can exploit black, indigenous and low-income communities. Data can reduce these communities to their most granular aspects. But organizers can push back by advocating for campaigns that are responsible and accountable with data collection and management.

Some organizing experience is preferred but not required. Data specialists/managers are encouraged to attend.

Led by: Ishmael Bishop

Email Going to Spam? Learn Deliverability from the Experts

You spend so much time writing to your supporters, so it’s a shame when your important messages end up in their spam folder. Join deliverability experts from Twilio SendGrid, the largest email sending company in the world, and Action Network, one of the largest digital toolset providers to the progressive movement, to learn how to ensure your emails get to your activists every time. We will cover how email providers determine what’s spam and what isn’t and how you can adjust your email program to ensure deliverability. You’ll also have a chance to practice these techniques and ask questions to some of the foremost experts in the email deliverability field.

Organizations and campaigns of all sizes will gain value from this training. Digital campaigners with a working knowledge of deliverability are welcome, from absolute beginners to more seasoned veterans.

Led by: Will Boyd, Amy Chin-Lai

What is Absorption? Turning Mobilizing into Organizing at Scale

Something happens, and millions of outraged people take to the streets in powerful mobilizations that bring people from all walks of life together. Flash forward a few weeks later and people have moved on to the next issue. How many times have we experienced these powerful mobilizations, only to learn that there’s nothing to do next? How can we turn moments of outrage into meaningful, real, lasting power? Absorption is about giving people as many possible opportunities to take action. In this training, you’ll learn proven strategies for building leadership and deepening engagement at scale.

This training is best suited for advanced organizers who are looking to build power.

Led by: Nicole Carty, Thaís Marques

How Immigrants are Using Facebook Messenger to Build a Movement—and How You Can Too

Facebook Messenger bots are an exciting new tool for growing and engaging your online audience through campaigns. In this session, organizers will present a case study of how Messenger bots helped move Spanish-speaking adults and workers to take offline action to demand driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants in various state-wide campaigns. Learn how you can use Messenger bots to separate yourself from the inundation of emails and P2P texts, communicate with your base in innovative new ways, and reach diverse audiences that don’t respond well on other communication platforms.

Familiarity with Facebook, Facebook Ads, peer-to-peer and broadcast texting and messaging is recommended. More advanced usage and familiarity with API is beneficial.

Led by: Christine Miranda, Patricia Murphy

All the Facebook News You Should Use

Love it, like it or hate it, the need to use Facebook in our organizing work isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. From pages to groups to advertising, there are constant changes which means we need to adjust our strategies in order to maximize our impact on Facebook. Join us for this survey of the big changes over the last year and some strategy tips for how to make Facebook work for you.

This is an intermediate-level training.

Led by: Beth Becker

The Rise of the Candidate & Cause as Online Influencers and What It Means for 2020

Whether you look at AOC, DJT or Cardi B, it’s clear that digital personalities that create online communities are driving the direction of contemporary politics. While influencer engagement has been standard in corporate marketing for years, candidates and causes have lagged in cultivating the new grassroots leaders online who may look like Instagram foodie or fashion folks, local rappers on Twitter or unboxing YouTube vloggers who might also be in the demographics most interested in and impacted by progressive policies. This session will get you prepared to ID and recruit influencers that can expand and diversify your current organizing and fundraising online.

This is an intermediate to advanced-level training. You already have a social media practice and are looking to help your candidate, organizers and/or spokespeople engage at a new level.

Led by: Cheryl Contee

From a LIKE to a Leader: Real Online-to-Offline Organizing

Using social media to move your message or share memes isn’t enough to build a movement. Online-to-offline organizing is so much more than event turnout. Sol Freire and Kelcie Glass will share their experiences using social media to organize workers and build power. They’ll discuss how to proactively find new supporters, how to use public and private social media pages to build a community, how to use comments and messaging to identify key individuals, and how to build an online-to-offline pipeline to connect individuals with ‘real-world’ organizers and create a movement. Come learn what it takes to build likes and ad clicks into activists and members.

This training is intermediate: attendees should be familiar with using social media platforms for their organization and have some experience managing Facebook pages and or groups.

Led by: Sol Freire, Kelcie Glass

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 visitors to take action.

This training is best suited for those with experience in website management, content creation, and digital analytics.

Led by: Eric Pratum

Beyond A/B Testing: Upping Your Digital Analytics Game

More and more organizations are adopting the fundamentals of analytics into their digital programs: tracking key metrics, A/B testing and making data-informed decisions. But is there more you could be doing? This training will cover advanced digital analytics practices: benchmarking, best practice testing, multivariate testing, challenges with ad testing, and effective test tracking.

Attendees should be very familiar with A/B testing and how analytics can help guide a digital program.

Led by: Sandhya Anantharaman, Jim Pugh

Google Tag Manager: The Wand of Digital Power

Been hearing a lot about Google tag manager (GTM) lately? Wondering what it’s all about? GTM is a system you can use to easily install tracking, analytics, testing and personalization on your website without making changes to your core code. It was created by Google to quickly inject code snippets into your website, bypassing your web developer. It is one of the most commonly used tag systems that can not only save you a ton of developer time but also open up a whole world of data gathering, ad targeting and customizing web experiences without knowing too much code. In this training, you’ll learn the basics of GTM and some of its most common applications for non-profits.

This is an intermediate-level training.

Led by: Cyriac Joseph

Give Them a Warm Welcome: How to Build a Welcome Series

All too often organizations and campaigns are so focused on getting people on their list that they forget about what happens once they’re there. Start off on the right foot with new subscribers by implementing a welcome series that will cultivate a long-lasting relationship with your audience from the get-go. This training will walk through the basics of welcome series strategy from content to targeting and everything in between to ensure your new subscribers feel, well, welcomed!

This training is for those with a basic understanding of email and marketing best-practices.

Led by: Kaitlyn ryan

Pretty Important: Political Graphic Design 101

Whether it’s for digital or print, visual designers make decisions that affect your decisions every day. Why do you stop and look at some billboards, but not others? Why did you decide to not recycle one of those political mailers you got? We’ll cover how humans process visual information and what can movitate them to act. This training will cover the basics of photo-based design and help you improve your understanding of the many visual communications that surround you. We’ll end the session designing something together, live!

This training is for both beginners/non-designers as well as intermediate designers/communication professionals who want to improve their design and communication skills.

Led by: Candice Dayoan

Building Powerful Digital Communities: Inspiring Action and Long-Term Engagement

Powerful online communities are key to successful field and digital organizing. With online communities, volunteer fervor does not disappear after a single election or fundraising cycle. Instead, these organized networks serve as structures for long-term progressive power-building. Through relational organizing, these communities expand supporter networks and activate hard to reach supporters, increasing democratic participation – especially amongst young people and communities of color. Our session gives seasoned and first-time field organizers clear takeaways on building long-term relationships with supporters, creating action-producing content, and using tracked data to refine communication and facilitate rapid message experimentation.

This session is valuable for those interested in forming digital communities and using relational organizing to better engage volunteers. Both seasoned and first-time field organizers will learn clear takeaways on how they can activate their supporters online and keep those supporters engaged.

Led by: Shola Farber, Ananya Panda

How to Text Like a Human Being

As texting explodes in popularity and accessibility, the way you message supporters stands out more than ever. How do you craft interesting, relevant and distinct messages that spur conversation and action? The Hustle team combines our unique experience in the field with advanced machine learning and will teach you how to get the most of your 160 characters while still sounding authentic and genuine. Organize better, fundraise better, communicate better.

This training is for anyone who uses or is interested in using peer-to-peer texting tools.

Led by: Kafia Ahmed, Lloyd Cotler

MOBILE-ize Your Base: Getting Started with SMS for Campaigns

In grassroots organizing we say, “Meet people where they are,” and with 95% 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 heads or tails over which is best for your needs. This training will cover why your campaign or organization should invest in mobile (SMS), the differences between peer-to-peer and broadcast texting and how you can use both effectively.

This training is open to all experience levels. You might be a digital expert or novice with some or limited mobile (SMS) experience, or you might be the field director on a campaign that has utilized peer-to-peer texting but knows nothing about broadcast SMS.

Led by: Sandi Fox

Digital Theory of Change Workshop

Your Theory of Change is the strategic center of your work. For digital to be an effective component of your campaigns, your online actions must connect back to—and advance—your core strategy. With so many possible choices available, it’s critical to assess each option to determine how it will move the central goals forward, and build to the next action. In this session, we’ll learn the steps to craft a Theory of Change, then practice the skill of applying digital strategies to your campaigns by examining a famous pre-digital mobilization, working in teams to apply online campaign approaches to this classic organizing plan, and comparing notes as a group.

This training is appropriate for all skill levels. Beginners will receive everything they need to understand and apply the theory, and intermediate and advanced practitioners will get a chance to hone their skills.

Led by: Tiffany Dena Loftin, Evan Sutton

User Experience in Organizing: How Good UX Leads to Better Engagement, Retention and Impact

UX is under-resourced and under-utilized in organizing, but it is key to understanding what your users need, how they think, and how they behave—and incorporating that understanding into every aspect of your process. This session will focus on the value of user experience and how to employ UX in your work. Good UX leads to higher engagement, higher retention, more referrals, and a better experience overall for the people using your product/content/service. This training does not include graphic design, user interface training, branding/identity, or marketing.

No previous experience in UX, design or tech is required. This is a training for attendees with zero experience who want to do more UX in their organization.

Led by: Victoria Fontaine, Tillie McInnis

Websites 101! Tips and Trends

If your campaign or non-profit is thinking about building or rebuilding a website this year, it’s tough to know what will deliver results, and what will be the next <blink>. DON’T spend an arm and a leg, DON’T take all year for a mediocre site design, DON’T stress yourself out, DO deliver a great website that will get the job done. Come to this session and learn the latest trends for 2019 and the future including mobile-first, responsive design, flat design, parallax, scrolling versus non and more. We’ll share tips on when it makes sense to do it in-house versus hire out, and we’ll go over best practices to make sure your site stays current and relevant.

This is a beginner-level training.

Led by: Ira Horowitz, Isaac Salazar

Don’t Fear the Black Activist: How to Communicate without Anti-Blackness

Join Black organizers beloved by Team Netroots to train with us on communicating your true intent as white accomplices interested in providing relevant support for Black people. We’ll combine elements of stand-up comedy, large action role playing and decades of Black advocacy experience into a training designed to reduce and eliminate anti-Blackness from Netroots Nation! Join BiNet USA, Black Lives Matter: Houston, Metro Trans Umbrella Group (MTUG) and Black bi, queer and trans organizers, in one room, invested in one idea … teaching YOU how to shut it down, so we don’t always have to.

This training is intended for ALL white people, people of color, Black people, and individuals interested in increasing the positive experiences of Black people at this conference, in this country, and in this world. We welcome attendees of all backgrounds, disciplines and skill levels—anti-Blackness exists at every level.

 

Led by: Faith Cheltenham, Monica Roberts

When Preparation Meets Opportunity: A Simulation on Rapid Response Communications

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.

Participants should have at least 1-3 years of experience working in communications at an advocacy organization. This training will equip staffers who are on the frontlines to answer the question “What do we say?” when a major news story breaks about their issues.

Led by: Firdaus Arastu, Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons

Accessibility as a Foundational Tool for Social Storytelling

Accessible media improves the experience for your existing audience and invites and engages folks with disabilities with your content. People with disabilities are frequently overlooked as activists, storytellers and political actors. Accessibility in digital spaces often costs nothing, can be implemented into your existing workflow, and allows your message to be shared with a largely untapped group. Putting accessibility first challenges you to be specific in your storytelling and to utilize your creativity to push beyond what you think is possible. Join members of the Rooted in Rights team to learn several digital storytelling strategies for video and social media that will make your content accessible.

This is an introductory-level training.

Led by: Allexa Laycock, Rachel Miyazaki

Messaging and Media 101: Sharing Your Vision Effectively in a Fast-Changing Media Landscape

Have you ever wondered how to get news coverage on a topic or campaign you’re driving in your community? How to build press-worthy events? Looking to share and expand your vision? Maybe you’ve never been on camera, written an op-ed, or pitched a story—and have no idea where to begin! Then this training is for you! This training has been developed to celebrate, elevate, and expand your influence authentically, without compromising your values or vision.

This is a beginner-level training for newer organizers and those who haven’t been on camera or written much. Ideal for smaller organizations without a dedicated communications department.

Led by: Jess Torres

Freedom of Information! FOIA as a Grassroots Advocacy Tool

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has long been a tool for activists to gain access to government records, but getting the information is only the first step. The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) has used FOIA requests and litigation as a tool to support movement and community partners in their advocacy and organizing. Together with one of our partners, Detention Watch Network (DWN), we will go through the basic steps for filing and litigating a FOIA request, and show you how information obtained through FOIA can shape creative and powerful public education and advocacy campaigns.

This training is open to anyone working on social justice issues—especially those working on immigrant rights, prison and detention issues. No experience working with FOIA is needed.

Led by: Ian Head, Mary Small

IllumiNative: Changing the Story to Change the Future

Data on current attitudes towards Native communities is almost non-existent. Reclaiming Native Truth was a two-year project co-led by IllumiNative founders that collected data and expert insights and created a collaborative space which engaged grassroots, tribal and community leaders about what people think about Native communities and issues. Changing public perceptions is fundamental to creating a new narrative to advance social and policy change for racial justice and the achievement of tribal sovereignty. This workshop will examine the research findings and IllumiNative’s new narrative change strategies and explore the impact on building racial justice movements with strong ties to Native nations and communities.

This training is open to everyone.

Led by: Crystal Echo Hawk, Judith LeBlanc

A Vote for All and a Message to Get Us There: Voting Rights Messaging for 2019 and Beyond

Even though nearly every major newspaper’s editorial board has championed voting rights, voting rights advocates struggle to achieve proactive policy wins. Why is that? ReThink Media analyzed more than 4,100 articles; nearly 22,000 quotations; and over 600 million tweets, and combined this intelligence with three years of public opinion and messaging research from more than five leading research firms to figure out why and how to fix it. Come learn how we can re-center this most important civil right in the American political consciousness and build a better democracy for us all. We’ll learn how to reframe our messages to better reach the public through themes and values that move people to listen to and act with voting rights advocates.

This training is best suited for people who talk about voting rights in their daily work.

Led by: Ricardo Ramírez, Emma Weinstein-Levey

Media Training for the 21st Century

From message to delivery, you need a smart strategy to tell your story to the audience you want to reach. Media Training for the 21st Century is a general communications training for organizers, staff, and principals that leaves you feeling empowered and able to get your message across regardless of fear and distraction. This goes way beyond style tips for television hits—this is about communicating your values in a way that resonates long after you’re done speaking.

This training is open to everyone.

Led by: Jess McIntosh, John Neffinger

You Don't Have to be a D**k to Run for Office: Campaign Communications for Real People and Hell Raisers

This training is for those interested in running for office that will not receive significant support from the party and/or won’t have big budgets to hire staff or consultants. It’s also useful for organizers and activists not afraid to raise a little hell. We’ll give an overview of designing a core message and push attendees to concretely identify what winning looks like, plus share best practices and pitfalls you might encounter.

This training is for those with little to moderate experience interacting with the media or those who are nervous about telling their stories.

Led by: AJ Springer, Loryn Wilson Carter

Taboo Topics: How to Message Contentious Issues to Latinx Voters

With Latinx voters becoming the largest non-white ethnic voting bloc in 2020, democratic presidential candidates will have to address some of the most pressing issues affecting the Latinx community in the United States. From the status of Puerto Rico to the crisis in Venezuela, reproductive health care, or the tension of communicating to Latinx voters in English, Spanish or Spanglish—these are some of the taboo topics that candidates will be forced to answer. Latinx voters are paying close attention to how candidates are reacting to the issues they care about. So having culturally competent messengers and messages in the early stages of the presidential campaigns is no longer a second thought, it is necessary for any winning campaign.

Ideal participants work in communications or messaging strategy, but this session will be helpful for all organizers trying to engage the Latinx community.

Led by: Melissa Mark-Viverito, Luisana Perez

Proven Persuasion and Inoculation: Breakthroughs in Deep Canvassing

Join the founders of the New Conversation Initiative to discuss the landmark results of 2018 Deep Canvassing persuasion experiments and learn how to improve your campaigns ability to persuade, motivate your base and reduce voters’ underlying prejudice that allows our opposition’s fear-based messaging to dominate. Deep canvassing is the only field tactic that has been validated to be longitudinally persuasive, and in order to win, what we say to voters must be as effective as the tech or engagement tool we use.

This training is best suited for those with field or campaign experience and are looking for new tactics to motivate and hold our base or persuade the moveable middle.

Led by: Ella Barrett, Steve Deline

The Power of the Pod: Podcast Activism and Movement Building

Podcasting is currently the fastest growing digital media platform in terms of audience reach and revenue growth. Fifty percent of those in U.S. homes say they are podcast fans, and 44% (124 million) of the U.S. population has listened to a podcast. This training session willl cover end-to-end podcast production including content planning, publishing, recording and choosing equipment and software. We’ll also cover growing your audience, how to reach top ranks on podcast charts, and how to use the platform to proliferate a progressive message using social media.

This training is open to everyone.

Led by: Jennifer Taylor

Believe Me! Great Public Speakers Use Body Language to be Heard

Want to be taken seriously? Are your finely crafted messages not landing the punch you expected? Or do you just have trouble standing up to be heard? Progressives have the best ideas (duh!), but even after all we’ve learned about how to communicate them, we sometimes find our audiences aren’t absorbing these ideas or messages. Non-verbal communication makes all the difference in determining how your brilliant words are heard. We’ll provide tips and tricks for getting your ideas and expertise across and ensuring your audience remembers the messenger AND the message.

This training is open to everyone.

Led by: Arshad Hasan, Vicki Roush

The Race-Class Narrative We Need: Putting it to Work

The labor movement has fought for years to win justice for all working people by raising wages and improving families’ lives. It’s clear that we cannot achieve economic justice without racial justice. SEIU’s Racial Justice Center joined the Race-Class Narrative Project to find tested messages that rebut the right’s faux populism and white nationalism with a new story. This research shows that an integrated Race-Class Narrative outperforms a colorblind economic approach and beats the opposition’s divisive frames. Join us as we share how the research was implemented and practice strategies to help you connect race and class to win on the issues that matter to working people of all races.

The intended audience includes campaign leads and staff, as well as communicators and communication leads.

Led by: Josh Keller, Tinselyn Simms

The Power of Persona: Shape Your Story Into a Powerful Digital Presence

Join us for a fun, interactive session that will provide ideas for how your personal story is connected to the causes you care about, directions to help you navigate the online universe, and tools to understand the different audiences and pick the media with the highest potential. Whether you want to fundraise for a campaign, get people to turn out to an event, or encourage allies to take action, our goal is to help you develop concrete skills to shape your personal narratives and the stories familiar to you in ways that elevate progressive values and support good causes.

If you work in the social justice space, are familiar with the basics of social media, and are eager to step up your online game to support progressive causes, this training is for you!

Led by: Alex Perotti, Rafael Shimunov

So Many Social Media Platforms, So Little Time

Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Facebook—the number of social media networks that activists are using to organize on is vast, and it’s tempting to try to use them all. But you don’t need to use all the platforms; you need to know which ones will help you win. Join us to learn the questions you need to ask yourself as you make your platform choices. We’ll share in-depth use case scenarios that can help you use social media to win while also respecting your organization’s capacity in terms of time, personnel and finances.

This is a beginner-level training.

Led by: Beth Becker, Elana Levin

How To Engage Twitch Content Creators in Your Campaign

Since 2011, creators on Twitch.tv have raised more than $110,000,000 for nonprofit causes. Gamers have led the way: 58% of gamers have donated while playing or buying video games in the past 12 months and 67% said they would join other gamers to fundraise. But gaming is just the tip of the iceberg. Streaming everything from Cross-Fit to knitting to cooking, Twitch creators today attract more 140MM unique viewers per month to the site (on par with MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, and ESPN). Learning how to engage this new creator-class can be incredibly powerful. Join Aly Sweetman, Charity Program Lead at Twitch and Roz Lemieux, Director of Blackbaud Labs for a fast-paced training on how to make it fun and easy for them to engage with your campaign.

This training is best suited to those who either have never run a livestream fundraising (or engagement) campaign — or are still in the early stages of formulating a strategy.

Led by: Roz Lemieux, Alyssa Sweetman

Congressional Advocacy 2.0: You've Met with Your Member. Now What?

Last year, we delivered a training teaching attendees how to talk to their Member of Congress in person, through a town hall, and via phone calls on pressing issues. But what happens afterward? In this training, you’ll learn the nuts and bolts of how to track legislation and Congressional votes (i.e. what is cloture?) as well as how to take your advocacy to the next level through strategies such as media efforts, coalition building, and non-legislative tools including Congressional briefings and hearings.

This is an intermediate training for those with no advocacy background and those who are more experienced.

Led by: Aksa Asgher, Wardah Khalid

Birddogging 101

The escalation of activism demands for a middle step between requests and grievances, a form of lobbying that isn’t done behind closed doors and truly holds public officials accountable: The answer is a tactic called “birddogging.”Birddogging is when you ask a public official or aspiring candidate to do something you care about, in person, and in public. Birddoggers apply pressure directly to a target who has the power to give us what we want, and it works! Al Gore was birddogged before issuing support for cheaper AIDS drugs in Africa. McCain was birddogged before he cast his vote that saved the ACA. In this training, we’ll teach you how to step up and make your legislators work for you.

If there’s change you’d like to see and you know who has the power to make that change happen, this training is for you.

The ABCs, c4s and c3s of Political Spending

We demystify all the ways money influences elections. You’ll learn what kind of groups can spend in your election, how they are funded, how you can monitor their activity, and how and when you can communicate with them. There will also be an in-depth discussion of the strategy of outside spending—who should buy what, when, where and why.

This is an all-ages training. For beginners, we’re providing a vocabulary for understanding who and what is impacting their campaign and taking some of the spooky out of the things they read. For attendees who are employed full-time in politics but relatively inexperienced, we’re providing a structure for thinking strategically about the breadth of communications channels and how to be most effective. Advanced practitioners will benefit from our analysis of privileged spending.

Led by: Matthew 'Mudcat' Arnold, Becca Slutzky

How Faith-Based Organizers Work in Coalition

POWER works with social, racial and economic justice organizations around Philadelphia and Pennsylvania, and we’ve found this coalition work to be essential to winning campaigns. Join us for a training where we’ll teach attendees how their organizations can have productive relationships in coalition with faith-based organizations.

This training is for established organizers who would like to build new partnerships with faith-based organizations in their communities.

Led by: Gregory Holston

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