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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What It Takes: What 2020 Candidates Can Learn from Local Struggles to End Mass Incarceration

Over the last five years, America has seen a massive pushback against the harsh, incarcerative policies of recent decades that have sent more than 2 million people to jail and prison and placed 4.5 million people under community supervision and surveillance. Led by grassroots activists, public defenders, those impacted by harm and violence and decades in prison, and even some elected prosecutors, communities have come together to recognize that incarceration is not always—or even often—the answer to protect our communities, that the war on drugs failed, and that we must give people a chance to grow and change. Philadelphia has been at the forefront in changing how we think about safety, dignity, and justice, with other cities following suit.

This panel will discuss The Justice Collaborative’s “Blueprint for a Safer and More Just America,” which includes seven pillars of criminal justice reform that progressive candidates must embrace. We’ll zoom in on how local criminal justice actors have worked on each of these issues to make their city more safe and fair and less punitive, especially to Black, Brown, immigrant, and poor community members. And then we’ll zoom out to discuss the lessons the Democratic party and 2020 candidates should learn as they discuss the changes this country must make to ensure that dignity is offered to all.   


Led by: Gabe Diaz

Panelists: Erika Almiron, Keir Bradford-Gray, Saleem Holbrook, Lawrence Krasner

Screening: “Health Undocumented”

HEALTH UNDOCUMENTED is a new powerful documentary film at the crossroads of the current national debate over healthcare and immigration. The film follows the journey of a courageous group of activists as they build a free clinic for undocumented immigrants, and explores the poignant stories of immigrant families who struggle to access basic healthcare.

Operation Save Abortion: Morning News Dump at Netroots

Because too many people are still shocked about the avalanche of anti-abortion detritus snowballing across America (SPOILER ALERT: It ain’t just GA and AL), Lizz Winstead and her crew from Abortion Access Front (formerly Lady Parts Justice League) have created Operation Save Abortion, the AAF daily livestream recap of all the daily assaults on reproductive rights you’re not hearing in the mainstream media. Or any media. Or anywhere. AAF will be doing THREE supersized episodes live at Netroots! Each day, Lizz and other abortion rights activists will cover the latest affronts to our rights and tell us what we can do to fight back.

The New Tools Showcase

Come learn about the latest voting, organizing, campaigning, make-the-world-a-better-place technology solution—and cast your vote for the best ones. The New Tools Showcase is a great way to get the inside story on new tools that are being designed and built, the impact they’re having on campaigns and organizations, and what they can do to help you become a more powerful and effective activist. At this event, select presenters will make a live pitch for their app, product or technology. Attendees will vote on their favorites in each category and for an overall winner.

The New Tools Showcase is brought to you by Netroots Nation & New Media Ventures.

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: Arjun Jaikumar, Claire Low, Stephen Wolf, Lala Wu

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

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

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

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, Anna Zivarts

DEMO: What?!? A Legislative Scorecard and Nonprofit eCard Campaign Builder for WordPress

Ira Horowitz, founder and expert dad-joke-maker of Cornershop Creative, will demo two exciting new WordPress add-ons built for nonprofits: an eCards Campaign Builder to grow your fundraising efforts and a legislative scorecard plugin that automatically feeds congressional data to your site. We will spend 30 minutes demoing each tool. This demo is presented by Cornershop Creative.

Led by: Ira Horowitz

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

Building Political Coherence towards 2020: Making Palestine Part of the Progressive Agenda

In 2018, 31 Democratic representatives cosponsored the first-ever bill to protect the human rights of Palestinian children. Prominent Senators now publicly back the constitutional right to engage in boycott campaigns for Palestinian rights. This training will provide attendees with the skills to join in successful political advocacy to advance of freedom, justice, and equality for the Palestinian people within a progressive framework. Topics will include base building for legislative campaigns, messaging to center values, and translating grassroots power into policy gains. With the 2020 elections process underway, this is an opportunity for all movements for justice to push elected leadership to be responsive to constituents and communities.

This training will help both newer activists and more seasoned organizers refine their skills to harness the power of the grassroots to make demands of policy makers.

Led by: Zaina Alsous, Leah Muskin-Pierret

Are You an Awesome Leader and Manager? Yeah, You Are!

“I know what is expected of me.” “Someone at work encourages my development.” “My manager seems to care about me.” If your team were to answer these questions today, what might they say about your leadership and team culture? At a time when organizations and campaigns are moving at a breakneck pace, leaders and managers need to be even more clear in setting expectations, motivating and growing staff, and building a sustainable team culture that can go big and win. This session will provide from essential skills to cultivate leadership for people from ED’s to Intern Directors to step up and meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.

We believe that everyone is a leader, not just line managers and the C-Suite. This training will support people at all levels to deepen awareness of their own leadership capacity and to strengthen their skills to increase their impact with others at work and in daily life.

Led by: Lola Elfman

Beyond the Voter File: How Relational Organizing Can Expand the Electorate & Help Us Win

At its core, relational organizing is friends, family, and neighbors reaching out to people they know to vote. When applied well, relational organizing can help turn out low propensity voters and people who are not on the voter file. What does it take to run a successful program? What are the best practices and tricks to reaching scale? What pitfalls should you avoid? Come learn from people who have launched and implemented both online and offline relational organizing programs around the country.

Led by: Austen Levihn-Coon

Panelists: Debra Cleaver, Mike Griffin

The Role of Progressive Media in 2018 and 2020

What role did progressive media play in helping to deliver huge electoral victories in 2018? And what lessons can be learned for the 2020 election? Progressive values were front and center in the 2018 election—from protecting and expanding access to health care to taking on the NRA’s stronghold on elections and promoting gun safety legislation. And it worked with voters! So what can progressive media do to ensure that kind of success in 2020? What is still missing from the progressive media landscape? What does progressive media need to do to win the digital media fight in 2020 and motivate people to take action?

Led by: Kaili Joy Gray

Panelists: Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza, Greg Greene, Zerlina Maxwell, Christina Reynolds

Communicating Climate Action at the Intersections: Perspectives in Storytelling and Narrative

The impacts of the climate crisis are being felt far and wide—and yet, the reality is that those who will be most affected are those who have had the least to do with the problem. When communicating the effects of the climate crisis and what we must do to stop it, it’s critical that we tell the stories of those most impacted and that we uplift intersectional narratives to show how the need for climate action intersects with many issues from racial justice to migrant justice; from narratives of decolonization to indigenous rights. In this panel, communicators from the traditional media, multimedia and digital realms will discuss how to effectively and creatively tell stories about the many impacts of climate change and advocate for climate action across movements for justice.

Led by: Thanu Yakupitiyage

Panelists: Jade Begay, Bartees Cox, Jr., Sonia Guinansaca, Sabelo Narasimhan

Whose Courts? How Progressives Can Transform the Courts (and Win in 2020)

Kavanaugh’s confirmation fight and the response of progressive voters in 2018 shattered the notion that the courts are a losing issue for our side. With the Senate and White House up for grabs, 2020 is a pivotal year for the future of our judiciary. It’s no overstatement that our rights and our very democracy are at stake as the courts weigh in on the Muslim Ban, abortion access, the Russia investigation, environmental protections, civil rights, LGBTQ equality and more. Progressive candidates must share their vision for the courts—and progressive voters must raise the issue at every turn. Join us to discuss strategies to leverage the momentum of recent confirmation fights to make the courts a central and winning issue in 2020.

Led by: Keith Thirion

Panelists: Diallo Brooks, Reggie Hubbard, Kadida Kenner

Give It Up: Direct Giving as a Critical Engagement and Base Building Strategy

Poverty and lack of access to the means to exit from poverty disproportionately impacts Black and Latinx folks, LGBT and gender non-confirming folks, those with disabilities and single parents. Seventy percent of the country believes that redistribution of wealth should be part of our tax and social policy. While we should support these policies, we needn’t wait to act on the local level. Join us to hear strategies for developing a donor base, coordinating direct giving and demonstrating how everyday people with an internet connection can help provide for their communities on small and large scales. The panelists will share how they have fed thousands, housed hundreds, bailed out many and continue to use their voices and platforms to help the most marginalized.

Led by: Amy Jones

Panelists: Simone Gordon, Chanelle Helm, Creighton Leigh, Leslie Mac

Building Collective Power Through a Coalition: How we beat Amazon in NYC

The Amazon HQ2 deal was stopped by a powerful movement of grassroots organizations and unions who organized and won against the wealthiest corporation in the world. Learn about the strategies and tactics these organizations used to win this fight, and the lessons they learned from this experience.

Led by: Josh Eidelson

Panelists: Myriam Hernandez, Camille Rivera, Maritza Silva-Farrell, Angeles Solis

Everytown Afternoon Snack Break

Everytown brings people together to work on changes that will save lives. Please join your hosts from Everytown to enjoy some afternoon refreshments and catch up on what you’re doing in your community. “It starts in your town.”

A Progressive Vision for 2020 and Beyond

Assaults on reproductive rights. An unjust immigration system. Poverty. These are just a few of the pressing issues our country faces. To solve these problems, we must think big and uncover why these issues occur and how they affect people’s everyday lives. You’ll hear visioning talks from movement leaders, including Working Hero Founder Joe Sanberg, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Leana Wen, Saru Jayaraman of the Restaurant Opportunities Center, and Jess Morales Rocketto of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Then, Sen. Jeff Merkley and Rep. Pramila Jayapal will discuss how we can make progress on these issues in Congress—and what you can do to help build momentum.

Led by: Amanda Terkel

Panelists: Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Saru Jayaraman, Senator Jeff Merkley, Jess Morales Rocketto, Mayor Michael Tubbs, Dr. Leana Wen

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 candidates and high-profile activists 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: Sri Preston Kulkarni, Sheena Meade

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.

Led by: Libero Della Piana

Panelists: Judith LeBlanc, Donna Semans, Oliver Semans, Monique Teal

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.

Led by: Shanae Bass

Panelists: Rodney McKenzie, Rapheal Randall, Aditi Varshneya

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: Yousef Munayyer

Panelists: Noura Erakat, Marc Lamont Hill, Sandra Tamari, Vincent Warren

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, Abigail McElroy

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

Panelists: Genny Castillo, Ivan Cheung, Helen Gym, Catherine Vaughn

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

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

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

Screening: "Las Madres de Berks"

Award-winning visual artist Michelle Angela Ortiz will screen her 30-minute documentary, “Las Madres de Berks,”as part of her “Familias Separadas” public art project which amplifies the stories of families affected by detention and deportation in Pennsylvania. “Las Madres de Berks” shares the testimonials of four mothers that were detained for 2 years with their children at The Berks County Residential Center, a family prison in Pennsylvania. The documentary also features the artworks that Ortiz created based on the Berks mother’s stories that were unveiled in Harrisburg during a statewide action against family detention led by her community partner, the Shut Down Berks Coalition. The screening will be followed by a talkback to learn ways to take action to end family detention.

How to Use a Model (Sponsored Training)

Catalist will step through the basics of modeling, from 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 what are the costs? Could we do something more effective with the time and money spent on a new model? What are all of the ways a new model can add value, and how do we demonstrate that? This is a frank and open conversation about what models can and cannot do for a campaign or organization. This training is presented by Catalist.

Led by: Justine D'Elia-Kueper

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

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: Terri Burgin, Gregory Holston

Building a Comprehensive Harassment and Toxic Workplace Prevention Program

You’ve heard the stories about sexual harassment and #MeToo, and maybe had it happen to you. And you’re hearing more about toxic workplaces in political campaigns, nonprofit organizations, and other progressive groups. You know you need a policy in place, but what should it contain? Who should it apply to? And what happens once the policy is in place: what should reporting look like? What kind of training is needed? What are the consequences for violating the policy? Most know by now they should be doing something about their workplace climate, but what are the best practices to ensure what you do will be effective? This session will talk about the nuts and bolts to do a workplace prevention campaign right.

This training is appropriate for all skill levels, but those in the mid-stage of their career and those in leadership positions with an ability to implement workplace policies will have the most immediate benefit.

Led by: Paula Brantner

Don't Put Digital in the Corner: Why Every Department Should be Using Digital Tools and Tactics

Politics in the modern age has taught us that digital tools and tactics are no longer the the singular resource of a “digital team.” From comms to development to field staff, everyone will fail to reach their full potential if they don’t include digital tactics in their work. This panel will take a deep dive into how digital tools and tactics like email, SMS, social media organizing and more can and should be used to support the work of an entire organization.

Led by: Olivia Noble

Panelists: Gerard Niemira, James Servino, Alexandria Witt

Fix the Damn Healthcare: Sorting out ACA 2.0, MFA, Med4Am and More!

The healthcare landscape is confusing and exciting in 2019. Reining in Big Pharma, strengthening the ACA, adding public options, “Medicare for America” or “Medicare for All”… the alphabet soup of plans can be confusing. Can improvements be implemented before 2021 at the federal level or is it all up to the states? And what about the latest lawsuit looming over everything? We’ll go beyond the slogans and into the details: How are the proposals similar and different, and what do patients, caregivers and other invested parties think.

Led by: Laura Packard

Panelists: Matthew Cortland, Charles Gaba, Elena Hung, SANJEEV SRIRAM

New Tech City? Smart Cities, Tech-Driven Development and Creating the Communities We Want

The tech sector is expanding its influence over the built environments of our cities large and small and far beyond Silicon Valley with major implications for democracy, privacy, racial justice and safety for communities of color, public goods, and economic equity. Communities, advocates, and policymakers are responding by building new coalitions and developing new strategies. In this conversation, organizers, advocates, and technologists will examine Google’s Sidewalk Labs project in Toronto, Amazon’s HQ2 project, and the mega-campuses of multiple firms in Silicon Valley to share insights about how we can seize opportunities in the face of change to expand democracy, secure accountability and win shared prosperity for all of our communities.

Led by: Mariah Montgomery

Panelists: Nasma Ahmed, Kumsa Baker, Maria Noel Fernandez, Marley Pulido

ActBlue Happy Hour

Join ActBlue for a happy hour on Friday, July 12 from 5:30-7:30pm in Room 122B! Stop by for snacks, drinks, and some ActBlue swag. We’re excited to connect with the small-dollar donors, candidates, and activists who are using our fundraising tools to transform power structures. Like the small-dollar donor movement, this happy hour is for everyone!

Freedom to Prosper Happy Hour

Hate student debt? Like free booze? Come to a happy hour sponsored by, the movement to cancel all student debt.

Innovate + Connect: Join Voqal and Mobile Citizen for Happy Hour!

Join Voqal and Mobile Citizen for a light reception to learn more about the Voqal Fellowship and the low-cost and, in some cases, free mobile internet provided to nonprofits by Mobile Citizen. Voqal’s fellowship program invests in the next generation of progressive social entrepreneurs by providing $30K and mentoring to help bring an early stage idea focused on creating positive social change to life. Mobile Citizen makes high-quality mobile internet available at an affordable price to create a more engaged public and more equitable democracy.

MobilizeAmerica Happy Hour

MobilizeAmerica is where progressives go to volunteer, and where progressive campaigns and organizations go to find them. Open to all, just like our platform, come join us in the Entrance Foyer on Friday, July 12 starting at 5:30 pm for drinks. Come for the drinks, stay for volunteer opportunities in your community, and learn why 15 Democratic Primary contenders use Mobilize as the backbone of their organizing programs.

Netroots Candidate Event sponsored by DFA and CPD

We’re proud to bring back the annual Netroots Candidate Event featuring progressive candidates from around the country. Sponsored by Democracy for America and Center for Popular Democracy.

BlueVote Happy Hour

Join BlueVote for drinks! Learn about the newest cutting-edge technology platform exclusively for progressive campaigns and organizations. Designed and built by the tech and data nerds at PDI National, the machine behind California’s democratic majority.

Building Power Happy Hour with Demos

Come join us this Friday for a night of deepening relationships and sharing of ideas. Demos will be highlighting some new work that will expand and ensure the right to vote, end the system of debt-for-diploma, create a democracy and an economy rooted in racial equity, and recent accomplishments with our partners. We are always pushing for policies that address a history of racial inequity in this country, proposing bold changes that directly serve the communities most affected. This event is sponsored by Demos.

Screening: "The Great Hack"

How did Trump out-organize us online in 2016? And will it happen again?

Be afraid. Be very afraid. Data has surpassed oil as the world’s most valuable asset, and it is being weaponized to wage cultural and political wars. We’re in a battle for control over our most intimate personal details. The Great Hack uncovers the dark world of data exploitation through the compelling personal journeys of players on different sides of the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data breach that rocked the world.

Academy Award nominees Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim (The SquareControl have made a deeply layered, ethically complex, disturbing and riveting documentary. The Great Hack compels us to question the genesis of the information we consume daily and challenges us to think about what we give up when we tap that phone or keyboard and share ourselves in the digital age.

Pub Quiz 13: Homecoming

Really, it’s all been building to this moment: twelve years of preliminary competitions across this great land of ours, often touching upon issues of local concern, but there will be nothing like a trivia competition hosted in the gritty birthplace of the Declaration of Independence, Boyz II Men, the ice cream soda, and your quiz host. This year’s group trivia contest promises to be even more raucous than usual, while requiring only intermediate-level knowledge of William Penn’s real estate practices, mascot genealogy, or M. Night Shyamalan’s oeuvre. We’ll supply the refreshments, prizes, and a lot of good trivia; you bring the teams of 8-10 and the chanting. (Don’t have a team yet? No problem: they’ll form on-site as well.) Cheese whiz is decidedly optional; sharp provolone preferred.


Emerging Federal Consensus: How and When We Will Legalize Marijuana

Join us for a conversation on the emerging agreements and fault lines amongs the various proposals to end federal marijuana prohibition. With so many aspects of policy needing to be addressed, spanning criminal justice to immigration to industry diversity and inclusion issues, these panelists are the ones who are “in the weeds” working with lawmakers and their offices on Capitol Hill and around the states every day.

Led by: Justin Strekal

Panelists: Queen Adesuyi, Chris Goldstein , Shanita Penny, Shaleen Title

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

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

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

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: Iram Ali , Jehan Hakim, Layla Picard

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.

Led by: Angel Padilla

Panelists: Juan Guzman, Mary Small

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: Dave Kyu, 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: Joanne Antoine, Candis Castillo, Abena McAllister, W. Mondale Robinson

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, Roxanne Sutocky, Maysoon Zayid

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, Krina Patel, David Topping

Hack the Algorithm: Facebook Strategies for Civic Actors

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.


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

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

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

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

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, Nadia Mozaffar

Equity in Tech: Building Leadership of Women and People of Color

In advance of the 2020 elections, many of us are having conversations about how to ensure that our movement leaders reflect our values of equity and inclusion. That needs to be true in tech-related roles as well, including digital organizing, data, analytics and coding. But this kind of shift doesn’t happen overnight. We’re here to share insights and practices honed over years of training in movement technology that are essential to anyone who has been talking about equity and diversity on campaigns and in organizations, but has struggled to make that value a reality when it comes to tech-related roles.

This training is intended for a wide audience—no prior experience is required.

Led by: Jane Booth-Tobin, Arianna Trujillo-Wesler

Freedom to Prosper Coffee Break

You’re invited to join Freedom to Prosper, the movement to cancel student debt, for FREE coffee and pastries at 10am on Saturday morning before the keynote address. At breakfast there will be more information about our campaign, followed by remarks by economist Stephanie Kelton. And later, join us at 1pm for a panel with Rep. Ilhan Omar, Stephanie Kelton, Dr. Darrick Hamilton, and Richard Eskow, on cancelling student debt.

Making Herstory: The Women who are Shifting the Balance of Power in Washington

Women, and particularly women of color, are the new face of power in the United States. The most diverse class of lawmakers in history was sworn into Congress in January, and they’ve been shaking things up in Washington ever since. Join us for a panel conversation with some of the women who are making history—Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Deb Haaland and Rep. Rashida Tlaib. We’ll discuss what work and life has been like for them in their first few months, and talk about how progressives can support them as they continue pushing forward progressive policies in the coming months. She the People founder Aimee Allison will moderate, and Rep. Barbara Lee will kick off this high-powered keynote.

Led by: Aimee Allison

Panelists: Rep. Deb Haaland, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Rashida Tlaib

Showcase: "Let My People Go" and "Calling for Change: Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline"

Film showcases present several films in one session by showing multiple short films or clips, then inviting a presenter from each film to participate in a moderated discussion. “Let My People Go” is a 30-minute documentary detailing a David and Goliath battle fought by the people of South Dakota against the predatory lending industry. It follows the 2016 ballot measure campaign to cap interest at 36%, which had been up to 574%—all in a red state, led by co-chairs on opposing political sides. Interviews include First Nations community development lenders and their clients who had gotten caught up in payday lending, as well as a charismatic nun who helped lead the campaign. In the short documentary “Calling for Change: Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline,” Philly youth explore the impact of the school to prison pipeline and the local organizing fighting to disrupt it. What do you do when your school feels like a prison?

Democratic Data: How We Are Bringing It All Together

A lot has been made of the innovation and investments our Republican opponents have made in their data and technology systems, but one thing is clear: in order to stay competitive in a data world that has long been Democrats’ competitive advantage, we needed to evolve the way our progressive data ecosystem was structured. After more than a year of consultation with hard side partners—including state parties and sister committees—the DNC has entered into a partnership with the Democratic Data Exchange to allow real-time data sharing with partners around the political ecosystem. This is a game-changer for our entire progressive universe. Voter contact, digital data, media expenditures, disposition scores, and any number of other data sets can now be shared near-instantaneously. From IEs, labor unions, SuperPACs, and newly formed progressive groups, to electoral campaigns, the committees that drive national investment, and the state parties that are the infrastructure after a cycle has passed: everyone can all benefit from DDX, so come learn how.

This lunch and learn is presented by the DNC.

Operation Save Abortion: Morning News Dump at Netroots

Because too many people are still shocked about the avalanche of anti-abortion detritus snowballing across America (SPOILER ALERT: It ain’t just GA and AL), Lizz Winstead and her crew from Abortion Access Front (formerly Lady Parts Justice League) have created Operation Save Abortion, the AAF daily livestream recap of all the daily assaults on reproductive rights you’re not hearing in the mainstream media. Or any media. Or anywhere. AAF will be doing THREE supersized episodes live at Netroots! Each day, Lizz and other abortion rights activists will cover the latest affronts to our rights and tell us what we can do to fight back.

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

Panelists: Sydney Batch, David Daley, Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, Sarah Horvitz

Democracy Rising: 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: Dwight Bullard, Rachel Gilmer

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, Karthik Dinakar, Lawrence Krasner, Shameka Parrish-Wright, Rachael Rollins

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

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.

Panelists: Andy Bowen, Jerame Davis, Tyrone Hanley, Joan Jones

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, Eric Lundy

Welcome to Philadelphia: Today's Example of the Progressive Democratic Future

The city of Philadelphia has historically been and continues to be a political haven for progressive Democrats. Due to this history, Philly can be studied as a microcosm of what is possible for the U.S. Democratic party, and can serve as a model when we envision future power-building among progressive, liberal, and grassroots movements. In this panel, participants will hear from an intergenerational, intersectional panel of grassroots organizers and activists born and raised in Philadelphia, sharing their experiences organizing within a progressive Democratic government. You’ll learn what worked, what didn’t, and how we can continue moving forward toward the progressive future we all deserve.

Screening: “Time for Ilhan”

On November 8, 2016, a young, hijab-wearing mother-of-three named Ilhan Omar made history, becoming the first Somali Muslim woman to be elected to state office in America. She was hailed by the New York Times as, “one of the bright lights in the post-election darkness,” and this film intimately chronicles her hard-fought campaign for State Representative in Minnesota’s Senate District 60B, home to the nation’s largest Somali community. A fresh take on the old story of the American Dream, “Time for Ilhan” offers an inspiring, stereotype-busting portrait of a rising political star as she begins a bold and powerful political career.

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

#womensmarch, #metoo, #youknowme (Women's Caucus)

Social media gave women the courage to speak up, report abuse, march & take down the powerful elite.  What started as a Facebook event ballooned into the largest protest in human history, giving women a glimpse into the power they wield. Next came #MeToo and #TimesUp in which women shared their personal stories of sexual abuse and misconduct, taking out powerful men across politics, entertainment and business. Now, the #YouKnowMe is the latest phase of women coming together to share their most personal stories, but in a cathartic way intended to stand up for women’s reproductive freedoms. Join us to discuss how social media in the hands of women has literally changed our society—and hear about what this next chapter of change might look like.

Led by: Rachel Carmona, Emiliana Guereca

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

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

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

Conflict Mapping Tools for Analysis and Strategic Engagement

Conflict is universally present in interpersonal, organizational, intercommunal and structural settings. Some conflicts are easy to understand, while others seem overwhelmingly complex. In either case, conflict mapping is a versatile tool that can increase understanding of a given setting. This training will introduce various conflict mapping models that you can apply in a wide variety of settings, providing insight into the most effective and impactful areas for engagement and action. Through mapping a conflict setting, participants will gain strategic perspective into a conflict by examining actors, relationships and directions of influence in a conflict and how these insights can inform participants’ work.

This training is designed for activists and organizers of all skill levels.

Led by: Sophie Bouwsma, Nadia Hassan

Black People Have the Answer to Reducing Gun Violence

Since Parkland, it has become clear that we need new, bold policy gun reforms and that survivors—many of them Black, Brown and Indigenous peoples—must have a seat at the table. Join us as grassroots organizers and gun violence survivors provide strategies on how to effectively engage black and brown communities who remain the most affected by everyday gun violence. We cannot reduce all gun violence if we do not include those who are closest to the pain in our narratives.

Led by: Amber Goodwin

Panelists: Erica Atwood, Erica Ford, Kheperah Kearse, Mike de la Rocha

Freeing Us From the Student Debt Trap

This panel will explore the growing burden of student debt and student debt cancellation as a necessary counterpart to the tuition-free college movement. For decades, this country invested in young people—and in its future—by providing a low-cost or tuition-free college education. This investment was slashed. Instead, we trapped people into borrowing for their own education. Now 44 million people are imprisoned by deb that holds us all back, whether we attended college or not. The panel will feature a team of experts and lawmakers who will examine the student debt crisis, explore policy options, and make the moral case for complete student debt cancellation.

Led by: Rep. Ilhan Omar

Panelists: Richard (RJ) Eskow, Dr. Darrick Hamilton, Stephanie Kelton

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

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.

Led by: Patrick Cokley

Panelists: Azza Altiraifi, Neal Carter, Keri Gray, Reyma McCoy McDeid

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.

Led by: Crystal Echo Hawk

Panelists: Judith LeBlanc, Sarah Sunshine Manning, Mark Trahant

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

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

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

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

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

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

Open Canvassing: Tech and Techniques Developed During Ocasio 2018

Without corporate money, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign relied on people power and grassroots energy. To harness that energy as effectively as possible, we invented a mobile app called Reach. By giving volunteers the ability to capture valuable data from every voter interaction (no matter when or where it happened), this tool enabled new options of canvassing that simply weren’t possible before. This session will explore those new tactics and methods. We’ll work through the mechanics of the tools and the ideas behind the broader strategies, drawing lessons from two dozen campaigns which have been implementing them so you can apply them to your next field program and truly meet voters where they are.

This session is intended for campaign managers, directors and organizers for both issue-based and electoral campaigns.

Led by: Jake DeGroot, Leo Sussan

We Need You Alive for the Win: Creating Healthy Campaign Environments

Whether it’s an election campaign or a longer-term issue campaign, dedicated campaign staff and volunteers put in long hours and sometimes practically live at campaign headquarters. It’s easy to fall into the fast food trap, leading to poor nutrition, low energy, sick staff and resultant absenteeism, lower productivity and avoidable mistakes. This training will provide a model for establishing healthy campaign environments, including the rationale, sample materials, checklists and templates for how candidates, campaign managers and staff/volunteers can easily and affordably create an environment which elevates an ethic of self-care by making it easy to stock what’s needed to prepare quick and easy healthy meals and snacks.

This training is open to everyone.

Led by: Abraham J. Bonowitz, Marjorie Roswell

Get Tested: How to Run an Optimized Email Program

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

This training is for those who may be relatively new to email but want to improve their game and launch an effective testing program.


Led by: Malinda Frevert, Damien Shirley

Align Left: Why Designers are Integral to the Resistance

As graphic designers and media makers, how can we best develop strategic visual communication to win campaigns and stay accountable to the leadership of community organizers? How does our work fit into the grander strategy of change? Join us for a panel discussion on best practices and case studies. As people of color, women and immigrants, we will reflect on opportunities and challenges we face as media makers doing this work.

Led by: Tanzila Ahmed

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