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 agenda includes:

  • 90 engaging panels on a variety of topics
  • 70 hands-on training sessions (the most trainings we’ve ever hosted!)
  • Keynotes and special featured content
  • A progressive film Screening Series
  • Caucuses, networking opportunities, social events and more!

Below you can use our interactive agenda to search panels, training sessions, keynotes and other content as sessions are announced.

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(DEMO) Got Friend-to-Friend Outreach? Going Beyond Phone and Door with VoterCircle

You are running for office and you are worried you don’t have enough time and you have too many demands for your money. This training will teach you how to implement a friend-to-friend outreach program to help you win your race. You will learn how to: identify and locate super influencers in your electorate, enable 100s of your supporters to personally reach 100s of their friends who can become 1,000s of enthusiastic voters, and dramatically reduce the time and cost of voter outreach. This demo is offered by VoterCircle.

(DEMO) Maps: Do More With Data When You SEE Data

Come hear about the brand new! It allows you to look at snapshots of districts and to pull up maps of useful Catalist data in seconds. You can also click and color to make maps of anything you want to track. Learn how every field organizer can see maps of their own progress to goal, and hear how your campaign management team can save days of time on defining organizer turf. Everyone from the candidate to the volunteer loves to see maps of 1s and 2s that update every night. We will also demonstrate the core Empower Engine platform. Empower tools let you make and use awesome maps even if you have no tech or data background. This demo is offered by Empower Engine.

(DEMO) Accio Supporter Engagement! The Online Petition Wizarding Workshop

Volunteer. Donate. Volunteer. Donate… Do you keep asking your supporters to do the same things over and over again? Chances are, they’re tired of it and you’re burning them out. So the question becomes, how else can you creatively engage your supporters? Petitions to the rescue! Bring your creative thinking caps and join Care2 for an interactive writing workshop, where you’ll put pen to paper and learn how to create a compelling petition campaign and tap into the power of your supporters. This demo is offered by Care2.

(DEMO) Relay 101: How to Use Peer-to-Peer Texting For Progressive Change

Combining the mass scale of email and the intimacy of one-to-one conversations, P2P texting is changing the face of organizing. Come learn how P2P texting works and see what sets Relay apart from other texting tools. This demo is offered by Relay.

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 political campaign? This training will cover topics they don’t talk about in Social Media 101: 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 the effectiveness of your fundraising emails? Barrage reporters with your messaging? Reach the voters most important for your campaign? This training will show how advertising on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and other channels can help you win in 2018.

Trainers: Colin Delany, Emily Gittleman

Advanced Emailing for Progressive Change: Don't be a Dumpster Fire

Email is THE most powerful one-to-many communications channel available to progressive organizers. Done right, it delivers a powerful message for your candidate or cause, raises huge sums of money and mobilizes volunteers quickly and cheaply. Done wrong, it annoys your supporters, breeds negativity and breaks trust—or just goes to spam folders and is ignored. Come learn how your program can sparkle with best practices, grow your supporters’ engagement, and max out your ability to fundraise. I’ll share lessons learned from more than 13 years experience managing email programs for CREDO, Bernie 2016, NextGen, and Mozilla—and discuss with you where email is going over the next few years.

Trainers: Will Easton

Cutting Through Inbox Clutter with Mobile-First Email Design

Email remains the workhorse of any digital campaign—it drives smaller donations, grassroots actions, and audience engagement. But what makes your email program unique? How can you make sure your messages stand out in increasingly crowded inboxes, increasingly accessed from folks’ palms? Conventional email strategy centered on desktops is so 1999. In this training, based on our experience managing some of the country’s most effective email programs, we’ll discuss how the ever-shifting geography of an inbox demands an ever-changing strategy of email response. We’ll teach you how to implement a smart, flexible approach to email design to meet people where and when they’re most responsive—and engage them through a ladder of action.

Trainers: Kyle Albert, Briana Santos

The Facebook Algorithm: Friend, Not Enemy

In recent months, Facebook has made some significant changes to their NewsFeed algorithm. To many, this is nothing but frustrating, but data shows that if you understand how the algorithm works, you can better optimize your content to keep your community coming back for more. In this training, we’ll dig deep into the Facebook Algorithm including why it exists, changes made in the last few months and strategies to help you deliver content that your community wants—turning the dreaded algorithm updates into your best friend.

Trainers: Beth Becker

Infographics for Social Change: How to Tell Compelling Visual Data Stories

Become a graphic ally! Learn how to tell visual data stories to inspire policy change and mobilize information at the grassroots level. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll explore and apply principles of conscious and responsible design to a real-world infographic project. Participants will leave with an actionable list of design strategies, and with experience creating an infographic for a local nonprofit or community group.

Trainers: Jessica Bellamy

Building Story-Shifting GIFs

Do you think GIFs are the smallest unit of change? We do! We’ll share strategies for creating compelling GIF stories to intervene and change popular discourse around issues that affect our communities. We will create GIFs using the best free tools online. Participants will have gained important skills in transforming existing videos into GIFs and editing existing GIFs to reframe narratives online.

Trainers: Kedar Reddy, Theeba Soundararajan

Using SEO for Social Change, Profit and Fame

SEO is straight-up magical. It’s free, easy and can drive millions of visitors to your website. We’ll show you how we used SEO to secure top Google placement for almost any voting-related search, allowing us to run the largest—and cheapest—voter engagement program in America. During the training, you’ll learn five things you can immediately do to your website to improve your search engine ranking and reach more visitors without spending money. This is an intermediate to advanced level training for people who love the internet, love user-generated content, know HTML and have administrative access to at least one website. Bring your laptop so you can get under the hood of your website and start making changes.

Trainers: Debra Cleaver, Jim Pugh

Social Listening Matters: How Understanding the National Conversation Will Help Us Win in 2018

While the right uses social media to label voters for manipulation, progressives are better served in the 2018 elections and beyond by using social media to better understand what issues matter to voters, what language they are using to talk about issues and what lenses they use when looking at the issues. Social listening is key to bringing the resistance more deeply into the political process. Social media is filled with voices of real people who are crying out for progressive change. This training focuses on tools and methods for discovering what real people are saying on social media—and how understanding the national conversation will help us better connect with voters, energize our base and deradicalize the opposition.

Trainers: Beth Becker, Alan Rosenblatt

Digital Organizing Tools Overview

Since 2016, many new organizing tools have been created—but which ones actually work and how will they change how we organize in 2018? We ran the digital organizing program for the VA Coordinated Campaign last fall and have spent 2018 digging in even further, assessing 100+ digital organizing tools (ranging from SMS tools like Hustle, Relay, and Groundgame; relational organizing tools like Team App, Outvote, VoterCircle, and MyRVP; and events tools like Mobilize and Grove AI). This training will give an overview of these tools and how they fit in with organic digital organizing strategies like Facebook groups, Twitter and email programs.

Trainers: Dan Bram, Greta Carnes

F**k Petitions: How to Do Principled and Personalized Digital Work in an Increasingly Crowded Online Space

We’ll walk through how to develop principles for your digital communications that align with the same strong values you hold when building and maintaining offline relationships. We’ll discuss the downsides of blasting out one-way emails or texts to big lists and the upsides to thinking through creative ways to have personal conversations with a bunch of supporters at the same time. We’ll talk about using data and digital tools in a way that ensures that you’re having the right conversation with the right person at the right time while expanding your reach and relationships. And, lastly, we’ll run through how to build a team that reflects the digital principles you’re developed.

Trainers: Vanessa Tsimoyianis

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: best practice testing, multi-stage testing, multivariate testing, challenges with ad testing and effective test tracking.

Trainers: Sandhya Anantharaman, Jim Pugh

How to Grow Your List in 80 Days

When it began, Tom Steyer’s Need to Impeach campaign started with exactly zero names. Join the team that built the Need to Impeach community into a 5 million person strong movement for an interactive training on paid strategies to grow your email list. Efficiently adding new names to your list takes smart advertising strategies, thumb-stopping creative, smart targeting and a thoughtful approach to utilizing different acquisition platforms. But the result of a well-executed acquisition plan isn’t just a big list, it is a community ready to take action for your cause. With plenty of real-life examples, this training will show you how to grow your list in 80 days.

Trainers: Zuha Khan, Ross Nelson

Hidden Figures: How Women of Color are Making History in the Midterms 

Women of color lead the most vibrant movements of our day and are the nation’s often-unacknowledged strongest progressives at the polls. The turnout and the numbers tell the story: Women of color are the critical swing vote leading wins at the polls in 2018, 2020 and beyond. The most underrepresented group, women of color are poised to make history this year; but this transformational moment requires progressives to invest deeply in the leadership and vision of women of color. We’ll hear from the nation’s “hidden figures”—women of color strategists who have demonstrated the power of electoral strategies that leverage deep knowledge of community priorities and networks and prioritizes the new American majority framework to win elections in Alabama, Virginia, Texas, Georgia and beyond. These strategists are creating new possibilities for progressive victories, in areas where Republicans and moderate Democrats have dominated the agenda.

Led by: Aimee Allison

Panelists: Sayu Bhojwani, LaTosha Brown, Tram Nguyen, DeJuana Thompson, Crystal Zermeno

Getting Started with Facebook Live: How to Amplify Your Action and Bring More People into the Movement

Join us to learn how to use Facebook Live to reach hundreds of thousands of people with your action or protest and recruit them to join in your efforts. In this interactive workshop, we’ll break down the components to a successful Facebook Live broadcast: how to script your broadcast, how to build an audience, how to interact with viewers and how to move people from Facebook spectators to movement participants. You’ll also leave with a list of inexpensive gear to improve the quality of your broadcast.

Trainers: Nicole Carty, Thais Marques

Do It Yourself! How to Build a Small-Dollar Fundraising Program for the Causes You Care About

Ever since the 2016 election, activists around the country have been calling their elected officials, marching, volunteering and donating. We’re even seeing people take the next step and ask their friends and family to contribute to the candidates and causes they care about—with huge success! We’ll show you how to create your own fundraising pages and give you tips on how to get interested friends to take out their wallet and give.

Trainers: Patrick Farace, Chelsea McDonnell

Visual Design 101: How Decisions YOU Make Affect Decisions THEY Make

Visual designers make decisions that affect your decisions every day. Why do you stop and look at some billboards, but not others? How can 2D lines make us feel layered emotion? Why did you decide to not recycle one of those political mailers you got? We’ll cover how humans process visual information and what movitates 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.

Trainers: Candice Dayoan

Snap the Vote

In this training, we’ll cover Snapchat 101 and best practices for using the platform. Plus, we’ll provide some advanced tips for how to use Snapchat for organizing, campaigning and civic engagement.

Trainers: Sofia Gross

Social Media 101: How To Build, Grow and Engage on Social Media

A compelling social media presence is an essential part of any candidate’s campaign or any advocacy group’s mission. But running a personal account is different from managing effective profiles and campaigns. How do you build a presence that will stand out? In this training, we’ll tackle the nuts and bolts of how to build your social media presence from scratch, how to create a unique voice, how to grow your profiles and how to engage your audience. Participants will learn how to develop a strategy that meets your larger goals and how to build a content calendar. We’ll break down misconceptions and give you the tools you need to be successful on social media.

Trainers: Alyssa Franke

The Millennials are on Instagram: Why Social Media is the Foundation of Organizing At-Scale

#BlackLivesMatter. #NeverAgain. #55Strong. What do these all have in common? An expert use of social media. Movements throughout history have always mastered new technology to advance their cause. In the civil rights movement, this meant knowing how to use television to broadcast the movement; today it means using social media. Join us to learn how social media has been instrumental in movement building from Occupy Wall Street to the present; successful case studies of organizing at-scale by harnessing social media; and hard skills to help organizers start integrating social media in their work.

Trainers: Nicole Carty, Thais Marques

Digital Organizing 101

Join us for a primer on digital organizing. We’ll focus on social media and cover what it means to conceptualize your own digital strategy, why social media fuels activism and how to find your digital voice. We’ll share tried and true best practices that are practical to the everyday comms worker—helping you juggle that press release and demanding social schedule and whatever else that might be on your plate.

Trainers: Jamila Brown, Meena Hussain

Stop Telling Me to Make It Viral: Establishing a Compelling Digital Presence for Your Org or Campaign

We can’t teach you how to make a post go viral, but this workshop can help you establish a compelling digital presence for your organization or campaign. We’ll introduce messaging and branding (including graphics, photography and basic design theory); discuss how to find and grow your audience, cover events, generate buzz and engagement and measure impact. Finally, we’ll share how to build this multi-channel digital strategy into your entire organization’s work and form external partnerships. Our digital strategy will be informed by a racial justice, environmental justice, feminist, disability and LGBTQ lens, and it is our hope that our training will help change the online conversation on progressive issues to be more inclusive and intersectional.

Trainers: Camden Hargrove, Kayley Whalen

Tools for Winning Your Campaign: How We Ended Fracking in Maryland

Using the Food & Water Watch Don’t Frack Maryland Campaign as a case study, we will demonstrate the Midwest Academy Strategy Chart as a tool to power map your targets, execute tactics, create a narrative that builds public support for your issue and share the secret to getting your decision maker to say yes. The chart provides organizers with the tools to set concrete and achievable goals; measure organizational considerations in decision making; identify constituents, allies and opponents; create a power analysis of targets and develop strategic tactics. Food & Water Watch will discuss their groundbreaking victory to ban fracking in Maryland, altering the relations of power with elected officials and impacting the role of voters in the election.

Trainers: Jorge Aguilar, Kweli Kitwana

Get Tested: How to Run an Optimized Email Program

Every email list is a special unicorn. How do you know what messaging motivates your supporters? What subject lines grab their attention? Which layout will get them to click through? Are graphic emails really all that? The answers to all of those questions—and more—are a simple email test away. In this session, attendees will learn the basics of email testing, including what makes an effective test, what tools they need to start testing, testing best practices, how to analyze the results of a test and how to apply those lessons to future emails.

Trainers: Malinda Frevert, Damien Shirley

Websites 101: Best Practices for 2018

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 best practices and trends including mobile-first, responsive design, flat design, parallax, scrolling versus non and more. Also we’ll share tips on when it makes sense to do it in-house versus hire out. Be there or be error 404!

Led by: Laura Packard, Isaac Salazar

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

Every year Black people report instances of anti-Blackness at the conference you are attending (anti-Blackness defined as the fear, devaluation or abuse of Black people). Come to this training and be part of changing that. Learn to communicate your true intent as white accomplices interested in providing relevant support for Black people. Join Black Lives Matter: Houston, BiNet USA and Black bisexual, queer and trans organizers together in one room, invested in one idea … teaching YOU how to shut it down, so we don’t always have to.

Trainers: Faith Cheltenham, Ashton P. Woods

Every Hour Counts: A Crisis Simulation for Comms Staffers

Hour 1: News breaks on social media of a truck attack in Lower Manhattan. Hour 2: Initial media reports speculate on the suspect based on traffic cameras. Hour 3: Local law enforcement hold press conference. The first hours after a major crisis can be trying, even for the most experienced comms pros. ReThink Media has worked for eight years with the Muslim, Arab and South Asian community to coordinate a collaborative communications approach to crisis response incidents. We’ll guide participants through an hour-by-hour crisis response simulation. In teams, participants will walk through every action they would take in response to the developing story and how they can shape the media narrative.

Trainers: Firdaus Arastu, Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons

Saving Millions with Earned Media: How to Organize Kick-Ass Press Events and Get Your Campaign Covered

Back by popular demand! Earned media can be one of the most important (free) resources on your campaign, especially when you are strapped for cash. Our exercise-based curriculum will help you learn hands-on how to plan and execute a great press event—and generate thousands of dollars in media for your campaign.

Trainers: Jasmine Carter-Gales, Lucy Olena

Everything for Everyone: Abundance Messaging for Progressive Wins

The opposition wants us to believe there isn’t enough of anything to go around. We know that’s not true, but our messaging often reinforces the idea that there are not enough resources—or even respect—for everyone. For example, we challenge mass incarceration by pointing out how prison costs more than college. But do we want to send more people to college than prison because it saves money? Would we want mass incarceration if it cost less? Of course not! Join this training to understand the problem with messaging for scarcity, workshop alternative messages and co-create next steps for moving our movements toward abundance thinking and language so we can not only believe that there is enough of everything for everyone, but make it true.

Trainers: Amanda Cooper, Irene Rojas-Carroll

Phenomenal Policy Knowledge, Itty Bitty Twitter Space: Using Digital Media to Communicate Complex Ideas Simply

You don’t need a JD to understand the importance of our federal courts, and you don’t need an MBA to see how tax reform is being used to attack the middle class. Every day activists and groups across the nation face a challenging task: distill the complex ins and outs of policies into a simple, engaging public message. But simplifying your message is more than cutting words—it’s about making content that moves people to act. From Tweets to podcasts, infographics to videos, digital media makes it possible to educate and motivate people in unique ways. This session will cover identifying your audience, where they are, and how best to reach them; finding the message that speaks to their values; and translating big ideas into visual products.

Trainers: Megan Simons, Bradley Williams

Unifying our Progressive Story: A Narrative to Unite Working People Across Race

A robust conversation about race is critical to converting the aspiration of a New American Majority into an energized and cohesive force. The question is how to engage around race and class in ways that build solidarity, reduce division and scapegoating, and create a viable foundation for both electoral and policy victories. Demos embarked on a research project last summer to answer this question, and we are excited to share our findings with you. Join us to learn, discuss and practice strategies on how to unify constituencies across race and class in your electoral campaigns, grassroots organizing, media outreach, and legislative advocacy to mobilize a multiracial coalition and build progressive governing power.

Trainers: Anika Fassia, Causten Rodriguez-Wollerman

A Wrinkle in Time: Using Pop Culture Stories to Mobilize and Organize Communities

Trump tapped into stories like “Leave it to Beaver” and “The Birth of a Nation” and rode them to victory. Our side has better stories; we just need to be more strategic about using them. Progressive stories like “Coco” or “Black Panther” fill movie screens and the popular fiction the public devours. We must understand how stories work and learn to use them in our strategy. Stories should not be an afterthought to get a few more clicks on a cute graphic. The creative strategies we teach will help you identify stories in popular culture and story archetypes that the people you seek to mobilize respond to. We’ll identify where and how those stories are best told and map out how to integrate them into your organizing work and use them to win.

Trainers: Elana Levin

You're Probably Talking to the Wrong People: Targeting Tactics for 2018

For years, traditional targeting and messaging tactics have dominated our industry. We’ve used what we believed were tried and true tactics. In 2016, we began questioning those tactics and deconstructing what we thought we knew about research, polling and targeted voter communications. After crunching numbers in all 50 states, we used Virginia in 2017 as a testing ground for a new approach. We quickly discovered that not only was our targeting as an industry off, but that our messaging was being affected by it. You’ll leave this training armed with the ability, especially in red districts, to pull out your true “market” of voters and talk to them with the messages they want to hear.

Trainers: Joseph Lestingi, Joshua Ulibarri

Eyes on ICE: Using Video to Expose Immigration Abuses and Advocate for Immigrant Rights

ICE continues to surveil and abuse immigrant rights across the country. Join us for a session on how to use the cameras in our pockets to help fight deportations and hold ICE accountable. Participants will learn basic digital security, tactical tips for filming ICE, strategies for making the biggest impact with video, and how to protect valuable footage. You’ll walk away knowing how to safely, ethically and effectively film ICE for evidence and advocacy.

Trainers: Palika Makam

Birddog Nation: Tips for Tracking the Positions of Candidates and Electeds

The Birddog Nation is a national network of people tracking candidate events, attending candidate events and asking pointed questions to candidates in one of the most important election years in the past few decades. This training will teach the skill of birddogging—how to seek out candidates, pin them down with specific questions or information, and track their views and responses. You’ll learn how to engage with decision makers and track the positions of candidates and electeds.

Trainers: Tracey Corder, Jennifer Flynn

Youth Rising: Letting Young People Lead in Winning

From the historic mobilization of young people for the 2017 Virginia election to the unmitigated organizing effort around Parkland and the nationwide fight led by young people against gun violence, young people are leading the way toward a more progressive future. Learn from NextGen America organizers who mobilize young people through leadership development and activation—while understanding that young people are not a monolith and different tactics work in different geographic areas. The NextGen America Rising program has organizers in 10 states who will share what worked on the ground through the campus and cities (non-college) programs.

Trainers: Hannah Bristol, Erin Carhart

Youth-Led Campaigns to Promote Social Justice

In this interactive workshop, participants will examine a youth-led campaign to promote social justice. We’ll look at dynamic case studies of Youth Leadership Institute’s (YLI) youth leaders whose campaign and advocacy efforts led to the passing of model ordinances limiting payday lenders, strengthening of laws limiting tobacco and alcohol advertising in neighborhoods, and increased access to healthy food in low-income California communities. Participants will also explore YLI’s Positive Youth Development framework that illustrates practical strategies for partnering with youth in social justice efforts.

Trainers: Anastasia Mallillin

From Protest to Policy Change: Congressional Advocacy 101

Want to step up your Congressional advocacy game (even from the comfort of your own home)? Join us for a hands-on training with interactive simulation modules. The training includes a crash course on how Congress works, walk-throughs for engaging effectively with your members of Congress, case studies for how anyone’s voice can make a difference in today’s national policy debates, and the connection between electoral politics and policy advocacy. While the focus is on Congressional advocacy, the lessons and tactics shared are applicable to engagement at multiple levels of government.

Trainers: Wardah Khalid, Afif Rahman

Event Planning Like a Pro: How to Plan Events that Inspire Change

Events are powerful experiences. They are spaces in which people come together to build vision, to strategize and to learn from each other. In this session, we will go over a standard event planning cycle and best practices. We will share actionable tips for planning more diverse and inclusive events while walking you through how to plan an event that will move your audience to action and further engagement with your cause long after your event. Regardless of your experience, you will walk out of this session feeling ready to plan your next campaign launch, organizing training, panel discussion, and more, just like a pro!

Trainers: Devorne Hormeku, Suhayl Santana

Fundraising 101: Donor Research and Baller Asks

Improving your fundraising is critical, whether you’re running a small grassroots campaign or running for office. Our exercise-based curriculum will help you learn hands-on how to research donors and ask for money more effectively. And when progressives can raise more grassroots dollars, we win more. This training received rave reviews at Netroots Nation last year, and we’re excited to offer it again!

Trainers: Jasmine Carter-Gales, Lucy Olena

Progressive Donors: What Motivates Them and How to Reach Them

In the era of Trump and bad news overload, how do you create a conversation with a potential donor so they care about your key issue? What can you say to them that will convince them to support your work? In this workshop, we’ll review and update results from the 2017 Progressive Donor Survey, which reached online and offline donors across the country. We’ll then do an exercise to identify who these donors are and what makes them tick. With these potential supporters in mind, we’ll explore the channels and messages to best reach them where they are. The session will finish with some tactics to keep them involved with your cause beyond that first donation or even that first Retweet or Facebook Like.

Trainers: Camron Assadi, Margaret Whiteley

Everything You Know about Voter Turnout is Wrong

Without effective intervention, 40 million people who voted in the 2016 election will won’t cast ballots in 2018. These 40 million voters are overwhelmingly progressive: they’re young, they’re people of color, they’re unmarried women, and they are the New American Majority. This situation is tragic, but it’s also preventable, as long as you’re willing to ignore conventional wisdom about increasing voter turnout. In this session you’ll unlearn some fundamental “truths” about voter turnout and hear about the latest research in what actually does increase voter turnout. You’ll leave ready to run hyper-effective GOTV campaigns in 2018 by targeting the 65% of Americans who are considered “low propensity” voters this year.

Trainers: Debra Cleaver, Daniel Gonzales

How to Persuade and GOTMFV Online for Down-Ballot Races

With all the bluster and hype around Trump’s digital strategy, it’s hard to know what works online to persuade voters and get them to out to vote at a national scale. It’s even harder to know what works and doesn’t for local and down-ballot races. Join DSPolitical’s Jesse Juntura to learn not only what the evidence shows works (and doesn’t) online, but practical instruction as to how you can develop winning creative, target the right voters, and make sure they get out to vote. This training will cover digital persuasion and online GOTV research, include a walkthrough of how to set up, target, run, and optimize your online campaign using as an example for local campaigns.

Trainers: Jesse Juntura

Activist's Secret Weapon: How to Harness Your Passion, Build Your Confidence, and Step into Leadership

There are plenty of activism and campaign trainings out there. But there’s only ONE mindset training for getting you emotionally and mentally ready for advocacy and politics. This training session gets right to the heart of the fears many women have around leadership and stepping into public life. We’re masters at showing you how to manage your inner critic (and imposter syndrome), use your passionate voice to create change and inspire voters and donors to support, give and spread the word like fire. If you’ve been thinking about jumping into advocacy, have trained to help campaigns or run yourself and are still afraid of putting yourself out there, attending this training can give you the secret weapon you need to change the world.

Trainers: Dr. Melissa BIrd, Melanie Childers

How Hyper-Local Organizing Can Leverage Youth Power

Hyper-local issue organizing creates new activist entry points that can lead to traditional civic engagement. This training will examine how the Planned Parenthood Generation Action program leverages hyper-local campus campaigns to build youth momentum in electoral cycles. The training will look deeply at program best practices including: leadership development, data accountability, and local to electoral pivoting.

Trainers: Kate Cartagena

The Muslims Are Coming: Organizing the Muslim Community in the Age of Hate

The increase of hate crimes, Islamophobia, and discriminatory rhetoric by candidates running across the nation has awakened a wave of Muslims that have become driven to make change. However, the Muslim community is a very diverse community, a very cultured community, and one that has been victim to scrutiny for more than 17 years. Although Muslims make up just one percent of the US population, they have significant communities in swing states like Florida, Ohio, Michigan and Virginia. Join us for a session that will help your organization build or strengthen your collaborative relationship with your local Muslim community, and help you organize/mobilize your Muslim allies.

Trainers: Mohamed Gula, Vetnah Yemen Monessar

#RunAsYouAre 2020

Map your personal plan to run for local and state office in 2020—and win. Geared towards first-time female candidates, #RunAsYouAre is tailored for diverse women who have the passion to run, but don’t want to lose themselves in the process of political leadership. With 519,000 local and state offices, we specialize in training women to run—just as they are—by building political capital, identifying what office to run for, mapping networks and identifying your why. Your voice is valuable, and your vision is needed. Learn from the first Latina in the Wisconsin State Assembly who knows what it means to break barriers, and from the Founder of VoteRunLead, an expert in gendered leadership development.

Trainers: Erin Vilardi, JoCasta Zamarripa

Black Women Power: Investing in the Communities that Propelled Our Biggest Electoral Victories of 2017

Far too often, progressives in power only shows up in Black churches and community centers during election season. Virginia and Alabama proved once again that Black women are the most powerful political force in the progressive movement both in terms of grassroots organizing and voter turnout. It is well past the time for progressives to listen to and fight for the specific needs of Black communities. Bottom line: progressives need to be at the forefront of the fight against voter suppression. They need to run on anti-racist policies. And they need to drive resources not just towards turning out Black voters, but in supporting Black candidates running for office.

Dare to Compete! How to Run for Office for Women Leaders

Are you a woman interested in running for office, but don’t know where to start? Let Emerge America point you in the right direction during our Dare to Compete! training. Learn the basics of starting your run for elected office or support women who are running. Women are stepping up to run in record numbers, and we know America desperately needs the unique perspectives and skills women can bring to the table. Emerge America and the Emerge affiliates share one mission: to increase the number of Democratic women leaders from diverse backgrounds in public office through recruitment, training, and providing a powerful network. We have trained over 3,000 women to run for elected office.

Trainers: A'shanti Gholar

Field: From the Ground Up

Appealing to a variety of audiences can be tricky. Targeting an audience, then successfully reaching them, requires planning, messaging and coordination. This training addresses what it takes to carry out a successful field operation from a small grassroots initiative to a nationwide political campaign using proven strategies. By using data driven information, precise messaging and effective volunteer management, you can grow a successful movement or campaign. We will address the subtleties of outreach to specific populations and building credibility within diverse communities. This training will appeal to everyone from novice to expert.

Trainers: Westley Bayas, Mary Pritchard

From the Doorstep to the Ballot Box: Engaging, Mobilizing and Activating Communities of Color to Win

The 2016 election season, the Alabama special election, and numerous wins in local races have reinforced the fact that people of color, specifically women of color, are a formidable voting block that should cannot be overlooked. When campaigns engage communities of color effectively, there’s an opportunity to win while creating an inclusive movement that recognizes and acts on their interests. This training will introduce participants to the fundamental skills and tools needed to employ a successful voter outreach strategy designed to engage and mobilize voters of color for issue and candidate campaigns and within progressive organizations.

Trainers: Michele L Watley

How to Be an Accomplice to the Gay Agenda

This training is intended for people who want to be an intentional ally to the LGBTQ+ community. We’ll start with information on being an ally/advocate and practical advice for common situations. The second half of this training will focus on how to be an effective ally in your movement building and campaign work, including how to make sure your candidate is a effective ally/advocate on the campaign trail and in office, and how your allyship shows up in progressive writing and social media.

Trainers: Maggie Cudahy

Calling In the Calling Out Culture

Many criticize the call-out culture but few offer concrete skills-building techniques to create a “call-in” culture that strengthens our movement. This training by an experienced anti-fascist black feminist will teach how to call each other in to strengthen our resistance and focus. Participants will learn the dos and don’ts of calling in and how to intervene when others are calling out. You’ll leave with skills to discern between offenses, micro-aggressions, triggers and threats, as well as increased self-reflection skills for engaging in debates or dialogues.

Trainers: Loretta Ross

Addressing Class Privilege as Activists

Ever been in an activist environment that inadvertently replicated classism and excluded poor and working-class leaders? Wondering how someone with class privilege clues like private school education, an inheritance or trust fund, high-paying job, or no student debt can meaningfully leverage their class privilege for social justice? Class privilege is rarely acknowledged or examined in activist spaces, politics, or the U.S. at large even though wealth inequality is at the root of so many of today’s systemic injustices. Through our roles at Resource Generation (the only organization in the U.S. organizing people (18-35) toward the equitable distribution of wealth, land, and power), we’ll provide concrete tools to recognize and counter class privilege. People with class privilege and wealth have many roles to play in creating a more just world. It’s important that we understand our power, class backgrounds, and its intersections and distinctions with race so we can effectively collaborate across lines of class and with movements led by communities most impacted by injustice.

Trainers: Kaitlin Gravitt, Iimay Ho

Empowering the Largest Minority Group: Diversity Outreach to People with Disabilities

Searing images of people in wheelchairs fighting for healthcare was an important force in the battle to protect the Affordable Care Act. Yet people with disabilities remain a mostly untapped population within the larger progressive movement, despite being the largest minority population. Too often progressive diversity outreach programs fail to sufficiently include strategies to reach those with disabilities and their families or caregivers. This training will provide strategies on how to build coalitions with people with disabilities and their caregivers, provide ideas on designing diversity outreach programs to include those with disabilities, and give tips on how to empower people with disabilities to fight for their rights.

Trainers: Rachna Heizer

Transcending Diversity

Let’s face it, “diversity and inclusion” efforts in this country, and in the progressive movement, have been dismal. The reasons for this are deep and complex, but one of them is that we treat our differences like something that can be boxed and put in a corner, and pulled out when we need to address tension or conflict. What we are proposing is that we understand that who we are permeates every single aspect of our work and interactions, and by training ourselves in the practice of remembering this and responding accordingly, we can transcend the need for “diversity training” and begin relating in ways that account for difference, create powerful organizational cultures and deliver the best results for our work.

Trainers: Maritza Schafer, Akaya Windwood

Tech=Power: How to Find Good Tech People and Get Them to Do What You Want

Tech=power in organizing. Websites, apps and digital tools can amplify actions into the power of the crowd, and turn your organizing ideas into national movements. But finding good tech people to partner with can be difficult. There’s a strong professional language barrier between organizing and tech, and the tech world brings its own culture of power and oppression that can be difficult to navigate. In this training you’ll learn how to find tech partners, how to navigate tech culture and filter out arrogant and unhelpful tech people. You’ll even have the opportunity to practice creating formal requests for proposals to find tech partners for projects, and evaluate proposals.

Trainers: Courtney Eimerman-Wallace, Ann Lewis

Be Bold! 501(c)(3) Election Year Advocacy

Election day will be here before you know it! Get a refresher on what a 501(c)(3) organization may do and say during an election season to avoid intervening in a campaign for or against a candidate. During this session, you’ll learn how to safely talk about your issues and elected officials during election season; how to conduct nonpartisan voter outreach efforts; how to educate voters about the candidates through debates, forums and questionnaires; and how to ensure that staff and volunteers’ election activities are not attributed to the organization.

Trainers: Nikhil Pillai

Charting Your Path in the Progressive Movement: How to Give Back While Staying Employed, Valued and Paid

Sustaining a life in the movement is hard. Whether it’s finding a job in the first place, fighting the perils of impostor syndrome, staving off burnout or figuring out how to stay involved while paying off loans and bills, we’re faced with challenges at every turn. Veteran strategists and trainers Jay Carmona and John Brougher have worked in the movement for years now, through a variety of campaign, nonprofit and organizational positions. Jay and John will walk through techniques on how to be an effective political operative while also navigating a long-term professional and personal life in the movement.

Trainers: John Brougher, Jay Carmona

Fired Up and Burnt Out: Keeping It Together in Uncertain Times

How can we keep ourselves grounded as we participate in this movement moment? In our current political climate, we’re seeing many new activists and increasing momentum but also increasing burnout and despair. This workshop shares strategies for how to collectively address burnout and make sure our movement work is sustainable. This hands-on workshop will use The Icarus Project resources, group exercises and role plays to help activists get tools for sustainable resistance.

Trainers: Byul Yoon

Lock It Up: How to Secure Yourself and Your Team Against the Internet's Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy

Ransomware. Viruses. Data breaches. Phishing emails. Website defacement. Ad network hijacking. These are just some of the cyber threats that every progressive organizer, campaign and nonprofit needs to be aware of and on guard against. This training will cover best practices for securing websites, personal computers and mobile devices that everyone should know. Learn how to protect yourself and your organization against the hive of scum and villainy on the Internet that would do you harm. As the old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Trainers: Andrew Villeneuve

Ratf**ked: Protecting Your Org from Rightwing Infiltration

In this training you will learn how to protect yourself from getting ratf**ked by rightwing political operatives like James O’Keefe and Project Veritas. We will cover their operations and methodology, as well as suggested vetting protocols, tools and steps to take if infiltrated.

Trainers: Lauren Windsor

Pivoting from a Toxic Progressive Workplace

Whether you’ve had a #MeToo moment, find yourself suddenly unemployed or just dread going to work every day, you know the toll that being in a toxic workplace can have on your career, your self-esteem and your life. It can feel even more intense when you have to give up what you thought was your dream job in the movement and stop working on the cause or with the candidate you love. While it may feel like you’ll never escape, there are key strategies you can use to pivot and move forward in a positive way without torpedoing your career, selling out to the man or ruining your life. Let’s talk about what to do when the unthinkable happens at work.

Trainers: Paula Brantner

Sexual Harassment Isn't a Progressive Value: How to End it in Your Organization

None of us should ever have to say #MeToo about our experiences at work—especially if we work for progressive organizations—but too many of us have stories about sexual harassment, assault and other inappropriate behaviors from our time in progressive organizations, companies and campaigns. In this training, learn how to speak up in the moment if you experience harassment. We’ll also talk about bystander intervention techniques and how to get your workplace to take this issue seriously.

Trainers: Robyn Swirling, Robyn Swirling

PDI: Visualize Your Campaign Data (Sponsored Training)

Campaign data can turn into a mess very quickly. We want to show you some innovative ways campaigns are using the PDI National software platform to visualize their data and make their organizations as efficient as possible. We strive to make data understandable and usable from the most advanced data directors, to new campaign staff who are trying to learn as they go. Come see how to show over 250,000 voters and a national precinct file on a map. See how you can use data dashboards to understand your data and make quick, useful decisions about campaign tactics and strategy. This training is sponsored by PDI.

Trainers: Nic Zateslo

Action Network: A Training for Digital Organizers (Sponsored Training)

The Action Network is an intuitive, full-featured online mobilization toolset. In this training, we’ll walk through some of our top features to help organizers get the most from Action Network, including our new drip emailer, the distributed events campaign tool and our sophisticated email testing tool. We’ll also dissect some of the most creative campaigns run on Action Network in the last year to identify tips and best practices that can be applied to your next campaign. This training is ideal for folks who are interested in exploring new tools to run their digital programs and existing partners that want to take their campaigning to the next level. To learn more about our toolset before the session, visit This training is sponsored by Action Network.

Trainers: Mari Vangen

Live Tweet Your Way to Success

Live tweeting protests, panels, elections days, conferences (like the one we’re at today!) and even TV shows are some of the most effective ways to grow an engaged Twitter following for yourself and/or your organization. We’ll share strategies for live tweeting that you can use right away so that your being at #NN18 will grow your Twitter account. We’ll show the value of leveraging personal and organizational Twitter accounts together. Learn how popular culture moments like award shows and TV twitter present opportunities for Twitter engagement beyond your existing base. Skill level: If you or your organization has a Twitter account and use it, even occasionally and poorly, you’ll be good to go. If you’ve never seen Twitter before, this may not be a fit.

Trainers: Elana Levin

The Darkest Web: What's Next on the Internet and How To Prepare

Many are still grappling the revelations stemming from Cambridge Analytica and the Internet Research Group’s nefarious activities online. Yet that’s now yesterday’s news—what fresh nightmares await us that are already emerging from the dark web? This training session will educate you beyond Black Mirror to understand the latest in research and trends so that you can begin to prepare for new manipulative techniques that use cutting edge artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to erode our shared concept of news and reality. We’ll cover topics like DeepFake, political botnets, automated laser phishing and more. You’ll leave this session armed with suggestions on how we can begin to fight back.

Trainers: Cheryl Contee

Organizing Walmart: How OUR Walmart has Moved Walmart Employees from Online Engagement to Offline Action

Too often online tools are being used as solely communication tools and not as opportunities to move people into offline action. Come learn about OUR’s online to offline pathway and learn about their best practices on their pathway from initial conversation to leader.

Trainers: Eric Schlein

Rebrand the Democrats: Crowdsourcing the New Progressive Narrative

Traditional party and political boundaries are being actively, dynamically redefined, and Democrats are without a clear brand, vision or narrative. We can no longer rely on old rules. We need a platform and narrative strategy that are transcendent—that rise above old campaigns and driven by people most impacted by harmful policies—to unite an irrefutable majority against the real threats we face and toward a co-created vision of democracy. This session will be interactive, drawing upon the wisdom and experiences of all present through inclusively-facilitated activities. Our goal, by the end of the session, is to emerge with two or three clear, visionary, testable brand/narrative directions for the Democratic party.

Student Debt Workshop: Training and Tools to Take Control of Your Student Loans

Student loan borrowers are at risk of losing vital repayment programs. Trump, DeVos and Congress are rolling back reforms and putting student loan companies over borrowers and students. Attendees may be unaware of free repayment options that could save them from financial distress. It doesn’t have to be this way. Join us to learn more about student loan repayment options, public service loan forgiveness and tips for getting out loan default. This session includes a 30-minute Q&A segment. We will be introducing a new online tool from our partners at Savi to assist borrowers in understanding and enrolling in federal student loan repayment programs, free of charge.

Building High Impact Communications for Advocacy

With great tools comes great communication. In this hands-on training, we’ll show you how to build personalized, innovative advocacy tools with the Twilio platform (the same platform powering communications for Hustle, Relay, Phone2Action,, the DNC and many more). We’ll cover Twilio basics and then start building scalable communication workflows for SMS, chat, phone calls and more. The training will utilize the Twilio Studio visual editor. If you’re not a developer, you can dive in and create custom messaging flows, no code required. If you are a developer, you’ll be able to extend functionality with the full range of Twilio APIs.

Trainers: Charlie Weems

The Power Coalition: How Integrated Voter Engagement is Empowering Citizens in Louisiana

The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice has built an Integrated Voter Engagement (IVE) model to support community-driven activism and grassroots leadership development that empowers citizens to address classism, racism, and other marginalization in their own lives and communities instead of having their voices ignored in the traditional, top-down structures of power. Join us for a discussion on how to bridge and connect community organizing and advocacy that is people centered. We’ll also discuss how we have mobilized infrequent voters of color to chose elected leaders that understand their issues.

Led by: Ashley Shelton

Panelists: Norris Henderson, Andrenecia Morris, Minh Nguyen

People-first Persuasion: Rethinking the How and Who of Engagement

In the wake of the 2016 election, Catalist undertook an expansive, research project that sought to consider voters from a “people first” perspective—without preconceptions—in order to provide the progressive community with a more complete view of the electorate and how to engage with them. Join us for a discussion on how to better ground your content with a more multi-dimensional understanding of what motivates the people you want to be your voters—the substance of their lives and beliefs—and how to design messages and media plans to open conversations with new segments of the electorate.

Polling Technology and Public Opinion in 2018

Political polling is changing rapidly in response to shifting patterns of communication and new technological opportunities. Meanwhile, public opinion itself is in flux heading into the midterm elections. This panel brings together leading political pollsters and polling innovators to talk about where the public stands on the issues in 2018, what issues matter—and which don’t!—and how pollsters are going about measuring and projecting attitudes in the current political environment.

Led by: Drew Linzer

Panelists: Masa Aida, Albert Morales, Emily Norman, Alan Rosenblatt, Alissa Stollwerk

From Online Message Boards to Trump’s Tweets: How Fake News and Online Harassment are Threatening Our Democracy

The far-right has long dismissed concerns about widespread fake news and online hate since the 2016 election, suggesting that these realities are mere figments of progressive imagination. But the online weaponization of fake and hate-based stories has real-life consequences. Many originate from anonymous online message boards and are weaponized by “alt-right” and other trolls on major social media platforms to target Muslim activists, people of color, journalists, young activists, and other communities. Too often, these fallacies spur in-person harassment (sometimes yielding a body count) and get an assist on Trump’s Twitterfeed. Digital activists share what progressives should know about this landscape and what we can do to fight back.

Led by: Rebecca Lenn

Panelists: Madihha Ahussain, Greg Greene, Shireen Mitchell, David Neiwert, Melissa Ryan

Fighting Nazis on the Internet: Free Speech in the Age of Hatemobs

While we use the internet to do crucial work bringing voices from the margins to the mainstream, the tactics of the reactionary right are unforgiving and make our work incredibly difficult. Sociologist Zeynep Tufecki suggests that in this “golden age of free speech,” it’s inexpensive to speak, but attention is dear. In today’s media environment, organizers must rise to the challenge of finding people, building trust and moving them to effective action. This panel will examine these shifts for activists working online. We will consider the future: What can we do now to strengthen our organizing? What can, or should, we ask the state or the platforms to do? What are our responsibilities for new practices for action?

Led by: Cayden Mak

Panelists: Brandi Collins-Dexter, Evan Greer, Alex Hanna

Facing Anti-Muslim Campaigns Head On—and Winning

Anti-Muslim political campaigns have been on the rise in the 2018 and 2017 elections, but they have been losing. These campaigns are inflaming bigotry and hate violence nationwide, but the unpopularity of this hateful rhetoric, the extreme nature of these candidates and the unified rejection from communities of all types has led to many more losses than wins. This panel brings together American Muslim candidates and activists who have faced threats and bigotry head on in rural, suburban and urban communities, a Republican pollster who has conducted an analysis of anti-Muslim messages and a national civil rights group to discuss how to blunt the impact of this rhetoric in communities and make it a loser at the ballot box.

Led by: Scott Simpson

Panelists: Jamiah Adams, Taneeza Islam, Adam Probolsky

The Role of Progressive Media in Mobilizing the Resistance

How is progressive media amplifying the voice of the grassroots and the resistance to bring about electoral change? As we move closer to 2018, there is a question of persuasion vs. mobilization. This is a false choice: Progressives must both persuade through emotionally resonant content and mobilize the resistance to turn-out for the 2018 election. In order to win in 2018 and beyond, we need content that creates a community, draws on the work happening both to resist Trump and support progressive candidates, and also motivates people to take action.

Panelists: Nicole Cairns, Kaili Joy Gray, Daniel Koessler

Unifying our Story: Lessons on Creating and Implementing a Race-Class Narrative

A robust conversation about race is critical to converting the aspiration of a New American Majority into an energized and cohesive force. For the last year, Demos, Anat Shenker-Osorio (ASO Communications), and Ian Haney López (author of Dog Whistle Politics) partnered in an ambitious multi-phase project to craft an effective new narrative on race, class, and democracy. The central question we’ve explored is how to engage simultaneously around race and class in ways that strengthen social solidarity, reduce division and scapegoating, and create a viable foundation for progressive policy victories. We’ve crafted, empirically validated, and field-tested a range of narratives, and compared these to existing frames. Join us to hear our key takeaways, how state partners are integrating the research findings in their campaigns and organizing efforts, and help inform our plan to refine what we learned and win in 2020.

Making Progressive Values a Winning Issue: SCOTUS, Public Education and Guns (Sponsored Panel)

Too often people will claim they care about key progressive issues, like the Supreme Court, public education and gun violence prevention. These issues regularly rank as a top priority in issue polling, but when it comes to voting or advocacy, that support too often doesn’t materialize. It’s time to talk about how we put these issues front and center. We need to both inspire and organize people to vote for the policies our communities need. It’s been successful in places like Philadelphia and Virginia. In the 2018 midterms we can run on these issues. It’s time to discuss the roadmap to power. This panel is sponsored by AFT.

A Progressive Vision for a 21st Century Social Contract

As progressives engage in urgent fights today, it’s important to also think about where we’re going in the longer term—what does a progressive vision of the future look like? What policies will we eventually need to enact to create a 21st century social contract that supports and empowers all members of our society? And how do we hold onto this long-term vision while still engaging in the critical battles we face right now? Join us for a discussion with leading progressive advocates and thinkers as we explore these questions.

Led by: Sandhya Anantharaman

Panelists: Jessica Bartholow, Rakeen Mabud, Aisha Nyandoro, Ai-jen Poo

Beyond Fake News: Opposition Research in a Digital World

Progressive opposition researchers make sure that our organizations are armed with the knowledge and messages they need to fight back on the ground and online, but 2018 is a complicated year for research. At a time when scandals play out in the public eye, bots leverage fake news to sway elections, and personal data is increasingly less secure—what is the role of opposition research in digital campaigning and how can we break through?

Panelists: Jenna Kruse, Ellie Langford, Dorothy Scheeline, Shirpal Shah

Turning a Sprint into a Marathon: The Muslim Ban Organizing Efforts as a Model on Sustaining a Movement

On January 27, 2017, diverse communities of activists from across the country descended upon airports. Elected officials, families, people of all backgrounds showed up in droves to protest President Trump’s Executive Order commonly known as the Muslim Ban. As the months passed and new variations of the Executive Order conveyed the same Islamophobia, advocates—often from the most impacted communities—continued fighting in the airports, in the courtrooms and on the streets. How does a movement born quickly on a Friday afternoon harness the energy of the thousands compelled to action and engage them in long-term work?

Led by: Zahra Billoo

Panelists: Gadeir Abbas, Almas Haider, Mohammad Khan, Subha Varadarajan

Fighting Back Against Russian Active Measures

There is no longer any question that Russia played a role in the 2016 election of Donald Trump. Learn about how we can fight back in 2018 and beyond, including how state election officials are securing their election infrastructure from cyber attack, best practices from an election and cybersecurity expert, and how to combat the bots, fake news, and social media skullduggery of Russian and the alt-right.

Led by: Gabe Rosenberg

Panelists: David Becker, Denise Merrill, Melissa Ryan

The Race Paper and other Secret Documents: How the FBI and DHS are Surveilling and Criminalizing Black Protest

In 2017, under court order, the Department of Homeland Security and FBI turned over hundreds of pages of emails, reports, policies and other documents to the Center for Constitutional Rights and Color Of Change. These documents reveal government surveillance of the Movement for Black Lives, and Black activists and organizers. They show how federal agencies characterized protesters as “Black Supremacist Extremists” and portrayed protected First Amendment protest activity as inciting violence to justify surveillance. These documents also reveal for the first time the existence of a report produced by the DHS Intelligence and Analysis office called the “Race Paper” and that is entirely blacked out in reliance on the National Security Act. We must refocus attention on law enforcement’s historic and current suspicion and targeting of Constitutionally-protected political speech and call for accountability.

Panelists: Brandi Collins-Dexter, Omar Farah

The FCC's War on the Poor

The FCC chairman and the Republican majority have been axing our communications rights for the past year. And those who will suffer the most from their policies are people living below the poverty line and people of color. It’s our job to intervene and make sure that—instead of being thrown to the wolves—vulnerable communities are centered in the policies that dictate how we communicate with one another. This panel is designed to sound the alarm about the FCC’s disastrous policies and provide useful guidance for progressive organizers and communities seeking to resist. The session will include a conversation between activists and advocates integral to the fight for #DigitalCivilRights.

Led by: Carmen Scurato

Panelists: Brandi Collins-Dexter, Laura Li, Joseph Torres

Digital Sanctuary: Engineering Tools and Models for Racial Justice

As racial justice techies and campaigners, we have been talking about the problematic values that underpin the internet ecosystem, developing new advocacy models for racial justice, and defining our own narratives. We need to strategize to overcome algorithmic bias, problems with digital security, and how for-profit tech increases inequality and contributes to injustice. This panel will dig deeply into legacy online campaigning and how old organizing models are being replaced by grassroots tech solutions; how voter suppression in the digital age is inextricably tied to our fight for Net Neutrality; how we can transform campaigning by integrating digital security at every step; and how we are building new toolkits for digital sanctuary.

Led by: Mariana Ruiz Firmat

Panelists: Bex Hurwitz, Cayden Mak, Jess Morales Rocketto, Steven Renderos

DO Read the Comments: How to Build Genuine Facebook Communities

As digital organizers, we hear time and again that building a sense of community and a relationship with our supporters online is critical to transitioning our online community to offline organizers. And we know that Facebook is one of the best tools we have to foster meaningful online communities that advance our progressive goals. But how do you actually go about building a community on Facebook? And how do you ensure that you are having meaningful interactions with your supporters—and that your supporters are connecting with each other in genuine ways? In this panel, we’ll explore the use of tools like Facebook Groups, Events, and—you heard us right—comment threads.

Panelists: Nicole Cairns, Grace Caldara

Open Source Tech #FTW

The panel will consist of developers and organizers involved in open source progressive tech projects. We’ll focus on the decision to use open source tech, how it’s developed and why it’s important. This panel will also give space to attendees to ask questions about open source in general, about specific open source projects, and how open source tech helps the political tech ecosystem.

Led by: Shaka Lee

Panelists: Rapi Castillo, Pamela John, Duveen Schuyler

Robots with Canvass Packets: The Future of Digital Organizing

For the past decade, Democratic campaigns and progressive advocacy groups have largely kept their “digital” and “organizing” strategies separate. With the rise of new digital organizing technologies and their increasingly widespread utilization among smaller campaigns and organizations, 2018 is the year that digital can meet field organizing in a meaningful way. From automated workflows to volunteer recruitment, event follow-ups, and GOTV, this panel will discuss what they’re seeing on the ground in 2018, and what is possible heading into 2020 and beyond.

Led by: Amanda Coulombe

Panelists: Clarke Humphrey, Mallory Long, Lauren Miller, Tessa Simonds

Organizing Around Jerry Brown's Legacy, the Global Climate McSummit

California Governor Jerry Brown is organizing a Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco September 2018 to cement his legacy as a climate leader; but he’s never come to grips with California’s role as one of the largest oil-producing states in America and home to the dirtiest oil on the planet. This panel will use the summit, and progressive response to same, to explore California’s role as a nation-state setting a global agenda, and whether any state can fully phase out fossil fuels.

It Takes Everyone: Building Power to Advance Ambitious Equitable Climate Change Solutions

In order to meaningfully address climate change, the solutions we build must engage a diverse set of stakeholders across issues—from health, to housing, to immigration, to others. Confronting climate change also demands centering economic and racial inequity. Ambitious climate campaigns today are building power through cross-sectoral coalitions, electoral engagement, and the leadership of people of color, low-income communities, and young people. In this panel, you’ll hear from groups advancing equitable climate change solutions, building new governing coalitions through democratic organizing, and advancing electoral strategies to win policy that confronts climate change and paves the way for a just economy for all people.

Led by: Adrien Salazar

Panelists: Annel Hernandez, Andrea Cristina Mercado, Varshini Prakash

Local Victories Reveal a Path to Climate Equity

Can you envision policies that simultaneously center racial and economic equity, tackle climate change, and create good union jobs? It’s not a utopia. It’s already happening. From New York to New Orleans, local movements across the country are leading the way in pushing for policies to support a just transition to a clean energy economy. By building on local victories, progressives have an opportunity to build cross-sector, multiracial movement power behind a federal platform for good jobs and climate equity. Come hear local leaders from across the country offer concrete ideas for this policy platform, spotlight local successes, and offer grounded lessons for the national fight that lies ahead.

Led by: Anthony Torres

Panelists: Colette Pichon Battle

Our Rights, Our Fight: Why Progressives are Uniting Across Issues to Protect our Courts

Federal courts are holding the line against some of Trump’s worst attacks on our rights, including the transgender military ban, the Muslim ban, and more. But this bulwark is at risk. He could still fill over 100 judicial vacancies, reshaping the courts for decades. Among his nominees are one who called transgender youth part of “Satan’s plan”; attorneys who defended a voter ID law that a court said targeted black voters with “surgical precision”; and the lawyer who fought for Hobby Lobby to deny employees contraceptive coverage. Advocates for LGBTQ rights, communities of color, women and workers are uniting to fight back. Hear from leaders about why they’re doubling down on courts and lessons learned from cross-issue nominations campaigns.

Led by: Keith Thirion

Panelists: Karol Alzate Londono, Elizabeth Beavers, Hilary Shelton, Ian Wilhite

Lawyering in the Age of Trump: Protecting Civil and Economic Rights in the Courts

The past 18 months have been a whirlwind for public interest litigation, starting with the Trump travel ban, and ending … never. And one of the things we have learned—just as Republicans did in the Obama years—is that courts matter, and that even without political power, policy can still be impacted through litigation. Our panelists are on the legal front lines, fighting in the courts to protect basic civil and economic rights on every issue from public access to Twitter accounts, to Department of Education loan forgiveness, to keeping refugee families together, to combating a resurgent white supremacist movement.

From Chains to Change: Race and the Right to Vote in the Nation's Incarceration Capital

Formerly incarcerated organizers are flipping the script in Louisiana. Organizing inside prisons and in community, members and leaders of VOTE (Voice of the Experienced) are leading the fight for the rights of the formerly incarcerated. On this panel, we’ll discuss how VOTE took an idea hatched behind bars and turned it into a power-building machine where the formerly incarcerated deliver the change they need in their lives. We’ll also touch on an active, historic lawsuit where VOTE is demanding that the State of Louisiana restore the vote for more than 71,000 Louisiana citizens on probation and parole. From prisons to courts to the streets, these local grassroots visionaries are reinventing and expanding the path to freedom.