Agenda

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

  • Engaging panels on a variety of topics
  • Hands-on training sessions to improve your organizing
  • Keynotes and special featured content
  • A progressive film Screening Series
  • Caucuses, networking opportunities, social events and more!

You can browse our interactive agenda from 2019 below.

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40 State Strategy: The New Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Thu 1pm: 40 State Strategy: The New Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

40 State Strategy: The New Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Posted by Netroots Nation on Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Poor People’s Campaign is innovating a new model of fusion organizing. This panel will explore the campaign’s focus on state legislatures, on reclaiming the use of moral language, and the focus on organizing poor and dispossessed people across color lines. We will use experiences and stories to dispel the notions that we must narrow our focus to a few key issues, organize only in big cities, or stay away from religion and spirituality in our organizing. We will situate ourselves within a long but hidden revolutionary history of organizing across color lines in the U.S. Panelists will reflect the different fronts of struggle active in the Pennsylvania Poor People’s Campaign from immigrant rights to mass incarceration to healthcare.

Led by: Eboni Taggart

Panelists: Desi Burnette, Nijmie Dzurinko, Borja Gutiérrez, Jamie Longazel, Teresa Muldrow

Defending the Census: The Next Frontier in the Fight for Our Democracy

Thu 1pm: Defending the Census: The Next Frontier in the Fight for Our Democracy

Defending the Census: The Next Frontier in the Fight for Our Democracy

Posted by Netroots Nation on Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Trump administration has leveled an unprecedented attack on the decennial census in a thinly veiled attempt to discourage communities of color and immigrants from participating. The Census Bureau suffers from understaffing and underfunding in the critical years leading up to the decennial census. As a result, the 2020 Census and the resulting data risk being undermined from insufficient testing and planning. This census will be the first digital census, despite the fact that a digital divide still exists across the country. And the Trump administration, in breaking with both Republican and Democratic administrations of the last six decades, has chosen to include a question about citizenship. In response and resistance, a coalition of activists, electeds and lawyers are leading the charge to keep this administration from fulfilling its plan to undermine the census. We’ll discuss what the stakes are and what is being done via litigation and community organization to defend the integrity of the census.

Led by: Adam Bonin

Panelists: Vanita Gupta, Eric Holder, Denise Merrill, Alex Padilla

The Hip Hop Caucus’ Think 100%: The Coolest Show on Climate Change

Thu 1pm: The Hip Hop Caucus’ Think 100%: The Coolest Show on Climate Change

The Hip Hop Caucus’ Think 100%: The Coolest Show on Climate Change

Posted by Netroots Nation on Thursday, July 11, 2019

Hip Hop Caucus is bringing a live-production of their award-winning storytelling platform, “Think 100%: The Coolest Show on Climate Change,” to Netroots Nation. Show hosts Antonique Smith and Rev Lennox Yearwood Jr. will be joined by special guests for an in-depth discussion on environmental justice, stories from the frontlines of climate change, and how young people are leading the movement for community-driven solutions to the climate crisis, injustice, and inequality. For more, visit  Think100.info and follow @Think100Show on Twitter and Instagram.

Panelists: Antonique Smith, Rev. Lennox Yearwood

Building a Movement to #EndPoverty in America

Fri 10:15am: Building a Movement to #EndPoverty in America

Building a Movement to #EndPoverty in America

Posted by Netroots Nation on Friday, July 12, 2019

Poverty isn’t what the statistics say. Poverty is the lived experience of real people in America—the almost 8 out of 10 of us who live paycheck to paycheck. But some organizations and activists—including Joe Sanberg’s Working Hero Action—are working to change the conversation around poverty and put poverty front and center in the national political conversation. The problem isn’t just that we’ve failed to end poverty in America; it’s that in the last few decades, we’ve stopped trying. Join us for a conversation about some of the real solutions we can take in our communities and country to end poverty in America.

 

Led by: Rania Jamison

Panelists: Helen Gym, Kerri Evelyn Harris, Lanae Norwood, A. Salewa Ogunmefun, Joe Sanberg, J.D. Scholten

Black, Brown and In Charge: New Movement Leaders and the Future of the Left

Fri 10:15am: Black, Brown and In Charge: New Movement Leaders and the Future of the Left

Black, Brown and In Charge: New Movement Leaders and the Future of the Left

Posted by Netroots Nation on Friday, July 12, 2019

Just as newly elected officials have reshaped Congress, movement leaders like Yvette Simpson (Democracy for America), Maurice Mitchell (Working Families Party), Karundi Williams (re:power) and Nina Turner (Our Revolution) are reshaping the larger progressive movement. It’s all part of a larger effort to ensure that we build a progressive coalition which lifts up all voices and recognizes the leadership of people of color. This panel will discuss the future of the Democratic Party, priorities for the progressive movement, and the 2019 and 2020 elections.

Led by: Arshad Hasan

Panelists: Maurice Mitchell, Yvette Simpson, Nina Turner, Karundi Williams

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

Fri 10:15am: What It Takes: What 2020 Candidates Can Learn from Local Struggles to End Mass Incarceration

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

Posted by Netroots Nation on Friday, July 12, 2019

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