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The Intersections of the Supreme Court's Decision on Abortion Rights

The Supreme Court’s approaching decision in a challenge to Mississippi’s unconstitutional 15-week abortion ban will predictively be unfavorable. Abortion restrictions have a massive impact on people’s lives in more ways than pregnancy outcomes. The focus will be on issues that intersect with abortion typically not considered by lawmakers. Western Pennsylvania is a region about to become a key point for abortion access, with this conference located blocks away from one of only two abortion clinics in the region. Join us as we discuss the intersections of race, gender, economic status, policy, and navigating the right to choose, while uplifting local organizations’ work for those most affected but often left out of the discussion.

Led by: Morgan Overton

Panelists: Amy Collins, Kelly Davis, Kathi Elliott, Sydney Etheredge, Susan Frietsche

More Than a Bomb: The Past and Present Impacts of Nuclear Weapons

The crisis in Ukraine has thrust the threat of nuclear war into the spotlight, but the reality is we have been at risk since the creation of nuclear weapons. From the materials used to create them to the lands where they were tested, nuclear weapons have left a legacy of harm. While this existential threat can feel impossible to grapple with, activists are taking action on an issue that has been kept under wraps for decades. Join experts and impacted community members to discuss the intersections of nuclear war, climate change, and more.

Led by: Mari Faines

Panelists: Iman Awad, Samantha Miller, Mary Olson, Rep. Katie Porter

Starbucks Workers United, Young Workers, and the Future of the Labor Movement

Starbucks Workers United, the campaign by Starbucks baristas to organize across country, is one of the most exciting labor campaigns in recent U.S. history. Mostly young, often queer, Starbucks workers are helping to re-invigorate the labor movement with a truly-worker driven organizing campaign that has, as of this writing, filed for union elections at more than 200 of the global coffee giant’s locations. The campaign continues to grow despite an intense effort to quash it from the company and its union-busting law firm, Littler Mendelson. Hear from Starbucks workers about how they’re organizing at a company that many had once considered impossible to unionize and how their campaign is part of a wave of new organizing by young workers.

Led by: Daisy Pitkin

Panelists: Joey Nelson, Tori Tambellini, Jacob Welsh

Making Your Organizing and Campaigning Accessible to Disabled Folks

It is estimated that 13% of Americans have a disability. The importance of the disabled community in elections and organizing can be seen through successful campaigns such as #CripTheVote. Making your organizing or your campaign accessible to disabled people is essential, and it’s also easy to do. First, we will start with a brief history of disabled activism. We’ll discuss lessons learned, talk about inclusive language, and give examples on how you can use that language to make your social media, events, and volunteer opportunities accessible for disabled folks. We will wrap up with a look at resources you can use to make your organizing more accessible.

Led by: Jessica Olson

Instagram for Organizing

Engagement rates for nonprofit Instagram posts are over 18 times higher than their posts on Facebook. In this workshop, we’ll learn how to go from engagement to movement-building. We’ll cover best practices for organizing on Instagram, go over case studies such as the Voices of Amazon account—an account that generated over 8,000 worker followers/leads within the span of a few months—and lead participants through a workshop to plan their own IG organizing campaigns. We’ll share templates and workshop creating clear goals, compelling content, and effective workflows. We’ll end with key metrics that organizations should track to make their Instagram organizing even stronger.

Led by: Bianka Nora, Chloe Sigal

Text Out the Vote: How to Use In-Bound Texting to Drive Voter Turnout

In the final month of the 2020 election, VoteAmerica launched a first-of-its-kind inbound Voter Helpline built with an SMS/Slack integration to connect voters in need with trained volunteers around the country to provide timely and necessary information about the voting process. Our hundreds of Voter Helpline volunteers helped get thousands of voters to cast their ballots in only one month successfully. Join us to learn how your organization can leverage the power of inbound texts in 2022 and beyond.

Led by: Debra Cleaver, Brenna Cully

Starting and Running Your Own Grassroots PAC

What if you had a massive email list that you could activate to raise thousands of dollars for your favorite candidates or write thousands of letters to Congress or your state legislature for bills that you support? PACs aren’t just for big corporations or lobbying groups—YOU can start one! This training will teach you how to create an online grassroots group with a minimal budget, with a big email list that amplifies your voice.

Led by: Kenton Ngo

Email Deliverability in a Post-Mail Privacy Protection World

You spend so much time writing emails to your supporters, but how can you ensure that your important messages end up in their inbox? Gmail, Yahoo, and other email providers are constantly changing how they sort your emails, and Apple’s Mail Privacy Protection adds new challenges to the deliverability space. Join Action Network’s deliverability expert Amy Chin-Lai to learn how to ensure your emails get to your supporters every time. We’ll cover how email providers determine what’s spam and what isn’t, how algorithms have changed, and how you can test your email program to ensure deliverability.

Led by: Amy Chin-Lai

Staying Calm in the Face of a Disinformation Onslaught

Join us for a counter-disinformation training examining what disinformation is and why you should care about what happens online. We will look at key tactics right-wing actors use to move social media messaging into the mainstream, common pitfalls campaigns and organizations fall into that make the problem worse, and best practices for assessing and responding to new social media threats.

Led by: Jake Engle, Oscar Portillo-Meza

Making Progress: Conversations on Organizing for Progressive Change

In this afternoon plenary session, you’ll hear three unique conversations/fireside chats on building progressive power for the long-term:

  • The Future of Labor: A Fireside Chat with Chris Smalls of ALU and Brian Young of Action Network
  • The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales, featuring filmmaker Abigail Disney, Sara Nelson of the Association of Flight Attendants, and Disney worker Artemis Bell
  • Rebalancing the Supreme Court: Why We Must Expand the Court to Save our Democracy, with Sarah Lipton-Lubet of Take Back the Court, LaTosha Brown of Black Voters Matter and We Testify’s Emma Hernández

Panelists: Artemis Bell, LaTosha Brown, Abigail Disney, Emma Hernandez, Sarah Lipton-Lubet, Sara Nelson, Chris Smalls, Brian Young

Building Your Tech Stack 101: Getting Started with Digital Campaign Tools

Choosing to run for office or work on a campaign is a massive decision, but confronting which tech tools to help run your program is arguably even more overwhelming. In this panel, we’ll break down the landscape of campaign tech tools, offer pro-tips for assessing which tech stack is right for you, and help campaigns and organizations better understand what makes for winning strategic digital partnerships.

Led by: Emily DaSilva

Panelists: Hillary Lehr, Annie Rimmon, Ashley Wilson

Election Subversion: The Role of State Legislatures in the Fight for Democracy

In key states, Republicans are building toward a future where they can engineer election outcomes by modifying the laws and rules governing election administration and limiting the ability of state courts to curb partisan redistricting and subversion. On top of that, an arch-conservative Supreme Court could thwart a constitutional challenge to this state power grab, through the Independent State Legislature theory. This panel will explore how state legislatures play an outsized role in the future of our democracy.

Led by: Gaby Goldstein

Panelists: Cecilia Aguilera, David Daley, Malcolm Kenyatta, Carmen Lopez

Messaging Strategies for Restoring Voting Rights to Citizens with Felony Convictions

In a true democracy, everyone deserves to have a voice. However, more than 5 million Americans are disenfranchised due to a prior felony conviction. Recently, we’ve seen many jurisdictions re-enfranchise those with felony convictions, but there are millions still excluded from casting their votes at the ballot box. Advocates in Illinois, Oregon, New York, and other states have introduced legislation to re-enfranchise American citizens who are currently incarcerated. This panel will discuss best practices to message these efforts to the public and legislators.

Led by: Nicole Porter

Panelists: Daniel Gotoff, Christina Harvey, Keshia Morris Desir, Ronald Pierce

Off Campus: Winning Progressives’ Most Important Generation

Young people between the ages of 18 and 35 are powerful political players—a fact that they demonstrated forcefully in the 2018 midterm elections and the 2020 presidential election. In 2020, despite the obstacles posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and decades of systemic voter suppression, young people turned out to vote in historic numbers, ultimately shaping the outcome of the election and delivering a strong message about their progressive vision for the country. This panel will discuss the importance of engaging communities of color and young people who do not attend college to galvanize the youth vote.

Led by: Amit Mistry

Panelists: Delilah Agho-Otoghile, Antonio Arellano, Stasha Rhodes, Jasiri X

Fighting for Care, For Us, and For Our Future!

Care. Can’t. Wait. Economic frameworks that leave out women and families don’t work for anyone. Policies that make invisible the unpaid and paid labor of women and caregivers who make our country run still urgently need updating. We know building bridges and trains alone doesn’t fully get America fully to work when we don’t build the care infrastructure that enables bridge builders—and all people—to go to work, including childcare, home- and community-based services, paid family and medical leave, and living wages for all care workers. So the fight is still very much “on” to build that care infrastructure for us all now and into the future. On this panel you’ll hear from leaders and parents, including parent activists from the Pittsburgh-area, about what’s happening and how you can get involved!

Led by: Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Jenn Stowe

Panelists: Ashley Comans, Heather Hopson, Dawn Huckelbridge, April Verrett

Optimizing Texting Programs in the Era of 10DLC

This session will help activists learn how to optimize their texting program in an increasingly regulated environment. We’ll discuss best practices for deliverability and how to avoid being audited, paused, or having your program stopped altogether. If you’re familiar with running texting campaigns but would like to learn more about how 10DLC could impact your digital field strategy, this session is for you. From texting volunteers to persuasion and ballot curing, we know how important it is for your messages to get delivered; we’re here to share everything you can do to make sure that happens. In the midst of this uncertain regulatory environment, we’ll teach you how to stay informed and run an effective program.

Led by: Ilana Kaplan, Naseem Makiya

How to De-escalate Red Voters with Cooling Conversations

Deep canvassing and relational organizing are increasingly recognized as powerful tools for mobilizing supporters and persuading the undecided. Less well-recognized is their usefulness for demobilizing and moderating opponents. This workshop will show you how to have cooling conversations with people who strongly disagree with you to help them process their negative emotions and reduce their hostility. The purpose of these dialogues isn’t to persuade red voters to vote blue, but to reduce their activism on behalf of extreme right-wing candidates and causes.

Led by: Karin Tamerius

FWIW, You Should Start a Newsletter

Newsletters aren’t just for organizational updates and donor appeals anymore—they’re a key digital tool to drive strategic narratives in the press and online. Join FWIW Media’s Kyle Tharp to learn why and how an email newsletter can get your organization press coverage, build your brand, expand your reach, and distribute strategic messaging beyond your owned audiences.

Led by: Kyle Tharp

Writing for the Web and SEO

Writing for the web is different than most other writing you’ve done: you have to consider what you want to say, but also how it will look on different screens and how search engines will interpret it. In this training, you’ll learn how to write in a way that works well for both busy people on mobile phones and busy search engine spiders.

Led by: Lesley Molecke

Art for Liberation: How to Use Written and Visual Storytelling as Solidarity Work

Audre Lorde says, “The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.” So often, in organizing and nonprofit work, storytelling is used for annual reports, fundraising campaigns, or to show a face behind some data. Unfortunately, these efforts can make those we seek to highlight feel tokenized and seem voyeuristic in intent. So how do we, in a society driven by capitalism, use storytelling to humanize others and create solidarity in our movements? If our goal is equity, and art/storytelling is the tool, what are other parts of the formula that we often miss?

In this training we’ll:
• address how power and hierarchical systems are at play in most storytelling projects,
• unearth how we can understand our own biases and position in the American caste system within organizing and social justice work,
• discuss how stories can be used to uplift and liberate communities,
• reflect on examples of historical and contemporary storytelling in movements, and
• radically reimagine what our society can look like with storytelling at its core.

Led by: Fariha Tayyab

Fund Our Future: Using the Race Class Narrative to Message on Revenue

Where’s one issue area where progressives can flip the script, go on offense, and mobilize? Revenue. That’s right — after four rounds of research over the past year, we found that there’s a sexy, galvanizing, and persuasive way to rally voters around making corporations pay what they truly owe us through wages and taxes and for our governments to fund what our families need to thrive. Learn how to use and implement new Fund Our Future messaging and creative content based in the Race Class Narrative to engage voters in 2022 and win new policies, while inoculating against unrelenting right-wing dog whistles that undermine faith in and desire for robust, effective government.

Led by: Anthony Torres, Eleonore Wesserle

How to Avoid Being So Data-Driven That You Miss Underrepresented Audiences

Some of the most powerful technologies for progressive organizing of the past decade—digital fundraising optimization, 1:1 matching ads, voter file enrichment, and more—systematically miss underrepresented audiences like young people, people of color, and lower income people. In other words, the relentless pursuit of efficiency can cause us to miss the reason we organize in the first place. This panel will help attendees identify why and when these blind spots come up and how to make our metrics serve our values—instead of letting our values slip into serving our metrics.

Led by: Will Bunnett

Panelists: Janay Cody, Jess Moore Matthews, Dan McSwain, MaryEllen Veliz

How You Can Help Save Email from Spammers and Scammers

Email remains the primary channel most political campaigns and advocacy organizations use to reach supporters. But thanks to unscrupulous consultants and campaigns who are willing to do anything to scam supporters for donations, email’s long-term viability is now under threat. In this session we’ll forcefully push back on the lie that sending spam and deceiving your email community is the best way to raise money, and use anecdotes and case studies to discuss how you can build and run ethical email programs that treat your supporters with respect.

Led by: Josh Nelson

Panelists: Amy Chin-Lai, Lauren Miller, Murshed Zaheed

Should Campaigns Lean into NFTs? Everything You Need to Know this Cycle

NFTs generated more than $17 billion dollars in 2021, yet less than $1 million of that was raised by political campaigns. The letters “NFT” stir up a wide range of emotions. But is there a constructive role for digital ownership of assets in political campaigns? Are NFTs just a speculative asset, or are they the breakout technology that can reinvigorate grassroots supporters and volunteers? Is it possible to reconcile the environmental impact of certain blockchain technologies with progressive values? Do progressives risk ceding an entire category of supporter engagement to the right by ignoring Web3? This panel will discuss all of these questions and more as we explore the opportunities and challenges NFTs present to campaigns.

Led by: Brian Forde

Panelists: Hayley Drapkin, Macon Phillips

Netroots Candidate Happy Hour, hosted by Democracy for America & Black Male Voter Project

Every year, we gather some of the rising progressive stars who are building people-powered campaigns to win around the country. Grab a drink on us, meet these superstar candidates, and connect to the work it’ll take to transform elections up and down the ballot in all 50 states. Hosted by Democracy for America and Black Male Voter Project.

COVID/venue notes: This is an indoor space. Masks are required.

Happy Hour sponsored by Civic Eagle

After sessions end, head up to the Convention Center rooftop for a happy hour hosted by Civic Eagle! Featuring artist and Lizzo’s DJ Sophia Eris, plus a special appearance by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. RSVP at civiceagle.com/ontheroof

COVID/venue notes: This is a fully outdoor space.

Happy Hour sponsored by MoveOn

Join MoveOn for a special happy hour at the Allegheny Overlook (by Room 323). Enjoy a free drink courtesy of MoveOn and connect with friends old and new.

COVID/venue notes: This space has a terrace for those who wish to socialize outdoors. Masks required indoors except when actively eating or drinking.

Chairman (Emeritus)'s Pub Quiz 2022: The Confluence

Chocolate and Peanut Butter. The Allegheny and the Monongahela. Salt and Pepper, and for that matter Salt-N-Pepa. Sometimes the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and the same is true when combining Netroots Nation attendees, trivia questions, and a veteran emcee who occasionally proofreads his quizzes before the conference, and sometimes, well, it’s still on YouTube. So as we’ve been doing since 2007, you’ll form teams (we can help!) and try to answer questions, with prizes, fame, and glory to follow. (Well, at least prizes. Fame is fleeting: just ask Grady Tripp.) Whether it’s your first time or your 15th, join us. Sponsored by Mobile Commons.

COVID/venue notes: This is an indoor space. Masks are required.

Led by: Adam Bonin

Daily Kos & Action Network present: Slide to the Left: A Funk Party for the People

After the fun wraps up at the Convention Center, Daily Kos and Action Network are teaming up to host a huge Friday night party complete with funk band, food trucks, drinks and dancing! The festivities will take place at Stage AE (400 N Shore Dr) starting at 7:30pm and going until late. Food trucks at 7:30pm; doors open at 8pm. You won’t want to miss this bash!

COVID/venue notes: Stage AE is an indoor/outdoor music venue. Masks required indoors except when actively eating or drinking.

BAMEMSA and AAPI Caucus

Join fellow BAMEMSA and AAPI-identifying folks for an informal space to build community, share resources with one another, and discuss common challenges in organizing across our wide and diverse communities who are seen as perpetual foreigners in the US.

*BAMEMSA is an acronym for Black, African, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian to describe communities that have been acutely impacted by post 9/11 discrimination, surveillance, and hate-based violence. We also have been on the front lines of creating a just, multiracial democracy in the United States.

*AAPI is an acronym for Asian American, Pacific Islander. We want to acknowledge the importance of centering Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander voices who have been historically marginalized in this umbrella identity category.

California Caucus

Join attendees from California to discuss everything from our upcoming election to climate change and efforts to protect choice.

Indigenous Caucus

Join with Indigenous leaders and allies for informal discussions and conversations about urgent challenges, lessons learned and next steps on issues ranging from climate change and justice to civil rights.

Solidarity "Sip-In"

On Saturday, meet us at the Starbucks at 7 Market Square between 9 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Show solidarity with organizing workers by ordering a drink and leaving a message of support like “Solidarity Forever ” as your pickup name (don’t use the word “union,” though, or workers could face discipline). Bring a cash tip!

Engaging Voters, Fighting Disinformation and Winning the Latinx Vote

From Arizona to Nevada, Wisconsin to Georgia, Latinx organizers were critical to driving the needed votes to deliver a decisive win for progressives in 2020. Pundits and many in the media wanted to paint a different story, however, one without a genuine understanding of the intricacies of the Latinx electorate. Who are Latinx voters and how can we authentically engage with them? Join a panel of experts working to engage with voters on the ground, moving critical research about Latinx young people, driving cutting edge engagement on Whatsapp, and fighting the rampant radicalized disinformation targeting Latinx folks in an attempt to dissuade them from voting for progress.

Led by: Deyanira Deya Aldana

Panelists: Roberta Braga, José Muñoz, Faith Ramon

Hope in the Dark: Out-Organizing Voter Suppression in 2022

In response to the massive turnout in 2020, Republicans in state legislatures have passed aggressive voter suppression legislation that closes polling locations, shortens the window for early voting, and eliminates drop box locations. In states like Texas, these bills target Black and brown communities so that their votes won’t be counted in the upcoming midterm elections. Without national voting rights legislation, we’re left to out-organize voter suppression in red and purple states. Join our panel of voting rights experts and organizers for a conversation about Republicans’ most recent voter suppression tactics and how we can think creatively to organize around them.

Led by: Sarah Jackel

Panelists: Jena Griswold, Stephanie Gómez, Charley Olena

The Power of Us: Centering Real People in the Fight for Democracy

The work to protect our democracy is happening on every front, and impacts each of our lives in a multitude of ways. As organizers who do this work every day, it’s easy for us to see how every new voting rights bill, Supreme Court nominee, or anti-democracy state law directly affects our lives—but to build the movement, we need to make the stakes clear to people outside the movement too. In this panel, we’ll hear lessons and tactics from movement leaders who have centered real people in their work to build our movement and protect our democracy.

Led by: Megan Simons

Panelists: Carlos Childs, Cedric Lawson, Erinn Martin, Leslie Watson Wilson

Our Values In Action: Union Organizing in the Progressive Movement

In recent years, there has been a surge in interest in union organizing in the Progressive Movement—from Emily’s List to Color of Change to ActBlue. Workers in the progressive movement have joined together to advocate for the same ideals in their workplaces as they do in society. But why now? What does this tell us about the future of work in the progressive movement? What type of world do these workers hope to shape? And how is this connected more broadly to organized labor asserting itself across the country?

Led by: Hamilton Nolan

Panelists: Amy Chin-Lai, April Siese, Akshai Singh

Inside the Ten-Year, Multiracial Base-Building Plan in Predominantly White Kentucky

We all saw and benefitted from the long-term vision and drive of organizing groups in Georgia in 2020. To further break up the GOP stronghold on federal power, we have to apply the Georgia treatment to other states in the South. Organizers will describe and dissect the “Path to Power,” a ten-year vision and plan to win in Kentucky by shifting the focus of the left from an inside game strategy to a grassroots base-building approach. Kentucky might not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking about multiracial organizing, but this panel will demonstrate how a multi-racial grassroots movement for progressive candidates in Kentucky, balancing long-term organizing in working class communities, can win.

Led by: Beth Howard

Panelists: Erin Heaney, Alicia Hurle, Celine Mutuyemariya

Data-Driven Organizing: The Progressive Antidote to Dark Money

In the 2022 midterms cycle, the progressive movement has seen an influx of dark money in addition to IE spending to buy elections against progressive candidates. While in the immediate future there’s no way to regulate such spending, an antidote has been shown in offsetting spending by already being organized. The progressive movement was birthed out of grassroots organizing, and that must remain our recipe to success no matter the money spent. This panel will focus on how campaigns can offset spending or overcome other financial challenges by building a robust organizing program, using case study examples of some of the greatest campaigns of recent that have accomplished this feat.

Led by: Chris Scott

Panelists: Nathán Goldberg Crenier, Rosetta Okohson-Reb, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Yvette Simpson

Illusions of Ubiquity: Creative Digital Advertising for Campaigns and Advocacy

This training will explore a range of creative ways political and advocacy campaigns use digital advertising in the real world today. We’ll examine how ads can help with testing, fundraising, persuasion, recruiting, mobilization, GOTV and more. We’ll dig into questions including: What is addressable advertising and what are its limits? How can digital ads help a fundraising email perform better? How can they help you build a messaging strategy, or turn out the right voters? What options lie beyond Facebook and Google? How can careful targeting help stretch a thin budget? And, how do you create an “illusion of ubiquity”? We’ll dive into these topics and more, inviting participants to share their own creative digital advertising experiments.

Led by: Colin Delany

“Oh, no. He wants to stop at Culver’s again”: Filming Your Candidate on the Go

Since the dawn of the motion picture age, people have been following political candidates around with cameras. But now you have to do it, and it’s hard to know where to start. In this training, we’ll share tips and tricks on run-and-gun shooting for newcomers, how to plan to capture exciting, high-quality B-roll at campaign stops, make sure you’re ready for the unexpected, and get all the key moments on film. We’ll also teach you how to build a kit that ensures your footage looks great without breaking the bank or requiring weekly physical therapy.

Led by: John Bollozos, Laura Carlson

Mobile-ize Your Base: SMS Strategy, Content and Messaging for Impact

With 2022 advocacy, fundraising and GOTV outreach campaigns around the corner, we all know text messaging (SMS/MMS) will be front and center as a component of most campaign strategies. Whether you are using broadcast, peer-to-peer texting, or both, this training will cover best practices and how to determine strategy, content, and messaging that will have an impact. We’ll also answer the following questions: What should I be testing? How do I make sure my messages get through? How many messages are too much? How do I get my supporters to engage?

Led by: Sandi Fox

Reimagining Cultural Impact: Engaging the Entertainment Industry to Ensure Authenticity and Equity

Narrative and cultural impact for collective liberation requires active reflection on how we uplift, support, and engage communities. In recent years, we continue to see a heightened demand—from audiences and the entertainment industry—to uplift untold stories of historically underrepresented communities and experiences. This session asks questions about how we as organizers, artists, and narrative strategists engage the entertainment industry to ensure authenticity and equity while holding the industry accountable to their cultural power. We’ll examine tactics traditionally used to leverage films and TV for cultural impact, where they come from (white western culture) and how we can reimagine entertainment advocacy/impact.

Led by: Rachel Birnam, Maya Minhas

Refining Our Stories: Everything We Know About Crafting Winning Messages

We all want to see progressive change happen ASAP. But too often we lose the messaging battle to the right—by reacting within the boundaries they set, leading with numbers and policy instead of with values, or failing to unite behind simple stories that resonate emotionally. The truth is we know what works, but we don’t have consistency in messaging that across our ecosystem. By refining our ability to tell winning stories, together we will become a more successful movement. In this workshop, you’ll learn the key elements of every effective story, examine cases in which stories worked or didn’t, and leave with a draft message for your organization or cause that is concise and adaptable to various media channels.

Led by: Kate Catherall, Will Packer

We Keep Us Safe: Oppositional Data Collection As Community Care

For communities who are at best marginalized by law enforcement, and at worst, targeted by them, data collection and sharing of oppositional research can be a powerful tool for building relationships with other activists and organizations, predicting and documenting security risks and incidents, and increasing awareness of and preparedness for existing threats. Using the abortion community as an example, our panelists discuss how collecting, using, and sharing information about threats, yet being cognizant of the necessity to use that information responsibly, has helped clinics plan for known threats, document violent incidents for their legal teams, and connect bad actors to other known extremist groups.

Led by: Kat Green

Panelists: Lara Chelian, Kristin Hady, Marie Khan

In-house Development, For-profit Vendors, or Something Else? How Progressives Are Embracing Alternative Models to Build Sustainable Tools

The progressive digital space looks very different from when we last got together in-person at NN19. At that time, the digital tools landscape was in flux, with new private equity investment and new acquisitions announced seemingly every month. Now, we’re left with just a handful of tools representing vastly different approaches to building technology. On one hand, we have for-profit, private equity-backed models. On the other, we have nonprofit, cooperative models. In this panel, we’ll compare these approaches and discuss the way forward for the progressive movement, with input from leading figures in our movement.

Led by: Brian Young

Panelists: Nicole Aro, Jacky Chang, Rachel Colyer

Our Voices: Fathers of Children Killed by Law Enforcement Speak Up

The stereotype of the absent Black father gained currency in the 1960s as the political advancements of the civil rights movement failed to translate into economic and social progress for everyday Black Americans. Social science research turned away from structural explanations for inequality toward a search for behavioral causes. Join us for a powerful conversation with Black fathers, uncles and sons whose lives have been impacted by police violence and hear how they are fighting against this pervasive stereotype of the absent Black father.

Led by: Cephus "Uncle Bobby" Johnson, Michael Roosevelt

Panelists: Jacob Blake, Michael Brown Sr., Kenneth Chamberlain, Andrew Joseph

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, and Higher Ground Labs.

To Protect Our Elections, We Must Protect Those Who Run Them

We’ve talked a lot about 2020, but how do races in 2022 lay the foundation for fair elections in 2024 and beyond? This panel features Secretaries of States and candidates for Secretary talking about what’s at stake in 2022 including how we can preserve democracy in the states. Now that the enemies of democracy understand the executive authority and oversight of Secretaries, we’ve seen increased attacks and huge investment from the far right. Join us to talk about how we defend our democracy and ensure that voters decide our elections in 2022 and beyond.

Led by: Geri Prado

Panelists: Cisco Aguilar, Acting Secretary Leigh M. Chapman, Jena Griswold

Post-Roe Doesn’t Mean Post-Abortion ... If You Step Up

Where do we go from here in a post-Roe world? What do you need to think about? What do you NOT need to think about? We have the people to tell you. Moderated by Lizz Winstead (co-creator of The Daily Show), this panel will give you all the info you need to know about the support abortion patients need right now, what it’s like to provide abortions in this chaos, how to expose the fake clinics scamming pregnant people, and how to spread the word about self-managed abortion.

Led by: Lizz Winstead

Panelists: Caitlyn Caruso, Lara Chelian, Kristin Hady, Tara Murtha

Trainers Caucus

The trainers caucus will be an opportunity for progressive trainers to come together and discuss best practices and upcoming opportunities. Share experiences from the field, opportunities, and challenges.

SCREENING: "The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales"

In this feature-length, personal essay documentary, The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales filmmaker and philanthropist Abigail Disney grapples with America’s profound inequality crisis. The story begins in 2018, after Abigail encounters workers at the company that bears her name struggling to put food on the table. Could she, a descendent, with no role in the multinational conglomerate, use her famous last name to help pressure Disney and other American corporations to treat low-wage workers more humanely? Believing her conservative grandfather, Roy Disney, (Walt’s brother and company co-founder) would never have tolerated employee hunger at “The Happiest Place On Earth”, Abigail reexamines the story of modern American capitalism from the middle of the last century, when wealth was shared more equitably, to today, when CEO’s earn upwards of 800 times more than their average employees. What happened? What Abigail learns—about racism, corporate power, and the American Dream—is eye-opening, unexpected, and inspiring in that it begins to imagine a path to a fairer future for everyone.

Filmed over a two year period, The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales expertly weaves together Abigail’s family story and the stories of Disneyland workers with commentary from historians, authors, and academics. The film artfully employs archive, animation, and never-before-seen Disney family movies. From the boardroom to the union hall, the film will no doubt jump-start urgently needed conversations, about how to make American capitalism work for everyone. As Abigail concludes, it won’t be easy, “but with imagination and courage it can be changed.”

Let's Go Crazy: A Prince-themed Yoga Flow/Dance Party

Dearly beloved, all are welcome to experience 60 minutes of purple mountain majesty—a yoga flow/dance party unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. Come celebrate the magic of Prince and the vibrancy of health as you express yourself fully in keeping with the energy required to fuel the movement with joy, song and inspiration. Let our re-evolution as a nation begin with song and dance, not cynicism and data sets. Bring your dancing shoes and an open heart and let’s go crazy!

Led by: Reggie Hubbard

Disability Caucus

An open conversation about disability inclusion in community outreach and politics.  What do we want campaigns and organizations to know?  What policies are we fighting for?  How do we leverage the size of the disability community in politics?  How do we protect the vote for disabled folks?

Feminist Buzzkills Live! from Netroots Nation

Lizz Winstead (co-creator of The Daily Show) returns to Netroots with an in-person version of Feminist Buzzkills Live!, the podcast from her reproductive rights organization Abortion Access Front. Join Lizz and cohosts Moji Alawode-El (writer, activist, marketing guru Abortion Access Front) and Marie Khan (activist and programs director at Midwest Access Coalition) as these hilarious and brilliant experts on all things abortion break down the news from patriarchy’s evil trilogy of misogyny, white supremacy, and anti-abortion extremism. Your Buzzkills will make sense of all the madness with policy experts and leaders in the reproductive health, rights, and justice movements, giving you news you’re not getting in the mainstream media. Or any media. Or really, anywhere—so grab your lunch and meet us for the latest on all things abortion.

Panelists: Moji Alawode-El, Marie Khan, Lizz Winstead

Progressive Storytime

Bring your little one(s) and join us in the Town Square for Progressive Storytime! You and the kiddos can enjoy a reading of beloved books including “No! My First Book of Protest,” “Red, A Crayon’s Story,” “Click Clack Moo,” “A Is for All the Things You Are: A Joyful ABC Book,” and “Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race.”

Panelists: Alisa Roost, Eric Roost

Education Caucus

Public schools are under attack like never before by a highly coordinated and well-funded campaign conducted by the most powerful rightwing organizations. Come to this year’s Education Caucus to tell us what’s going on in your community, hear what’s happening elsewhere, and share ideas for how progressives can fight back and win.
Facilitator: Jeff Bryant, Chief Correspondent, Our Schools and Managing Editor, Public School Advocate, The Progressive magazine’s education project.

The Pundit's Cup

The 7th annual Pundit’s Cup gives Netroots Nation attendees a chance to deliver their message in mock interviews with real progressive media hosts in a bracket-structured challenge. The initial rounds will be held Thursday and Friday on Radio Row, with the final rounds on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. sharp. We’ll have free snacks and drinks to sustain us as we watch the finalists compete for fame, glory, and a red Solo cup stuffed with $500 cash!

Sign up here: punditscup.com

Sponsored by act.tv, Convey Communications and Social Security Works 

Stranded in a Maternity Care Desert: Improving Access and Equity for Moms and Babies

The U.S. is one of the most dangerous places to give birth in the developed world. More than 7 million Americans live in maternity care deserts without adequate access to care, and the issue is most acute for communities of color. Join us for a conversation about how we can advocate for closing the health care gaps contributing to preventable deaths of moms and babies nationwide.

Led by: Stacey Brayboy

Panelists: Gerria Coffee CLC, CD, CBE ,CHW, MA, Dr. Zsakeba Henderson, Jada Shirriel, Danielle Smith

How Democrats Can Run on Climate—and Win—in 2022 and Beyond

The 2020 election demonstrated clearly that the climate and environmental justice crises are crucial to voters’ choices at the ballot box and to voter turnout. The climate crisis’ harms to American communities have escalated rapidly since then, and an increasing number of voters—50% of all voters, 75% of Democrats—identify climate change as a “critical threat.” It is apparent that climate and environmental justice will be crucial, intersectional issues in 2022 and beyond. Less apparent but still true is that they are win-win issues for Democrats in every part of the country. Join us as we discuss how Democrats can run on climate and win in 2022 and beyond.

Led by: Michelle Deatrick

Panelists: Danielle Deiseroth, Summer Lee, John Paul Mejia

Dreams in Debt: How the Racial Wealth Gap Drives Student Lending

Students of color, and in particular Black students, tend to borrow student loans in higher amounts than their peers and borrow more frequently. This is the legacy of the historic and ongoing systemic racism that has created a persistent racial wealth gap, leaving Black and Latino students with less family wealth to draw upon as they pursue their degrees. And after graduation, the disparate impact persists. Almost half of Black graduates owe more on their undergraduate student loans four years after graduation than they did when they received their degree. During this panel, experts on student lending will discuss the student loan crisis—how we got here, the effects on Black wealth in particular, and how to fix it.

Led by: Jaylon Herbin

Panelists: Fenaba Addo, Wisdom Cole

Defending the 2024 Election Today: How Down-Ballot 2022 Wins Can Protect 2024

From election defense ballot initiatives in Arizona and Michigan to down-ballot races for pivotal election administration and judicial positions, the 2022 elections will be crucial to protecting our freedom to vote and to choose who represents us in government. This panel will focus on how we can build the firewall now to protect democracy in 2024 and beyond.

 

Led by: Christina Harvey, Joi Rae

Panelists: Cisco Aguilar, Michael Ambler, Sharon Dolente, Joel Edman

Amplifying Abolition: How Storytelling Can Advance Transformative Justice

Abolitionist filmmaking requires abolitionist approaches. This panel will explore how narrative and storytelling can advance prison industrial complex abolition organizing and transformative justice. This panel will include a preview of the upcoming film “What These Walls Won’t Hold,” which tracks the origins of COVID-19 inside the California state prison system and a newly formed coalition, led by currently and formerly incarcerated people, that brought an abolitionist framework to a life or death situation.We will also preview the film “I’m Free Now, You Are Free” about the reunion and repair between Mike Africa Jr and his mother Debbie—a formerly incarcerated political prisoner of the MOVE9. We’ll discuss how relationships, built on trust, shared struggle, and connections across broader abolitionist organizing work, can unfold into spaces of resistance and radical change.

 

Led by: Gerry Leonard

Panelists: Ash Goh Hua, adamu chan

YouTube for Civics

Join us for a training on new products, best practices, and advice on how to scale your YouTube channel to your campaign or office.

Trainers: Emily Keller

Using SMS to Build Black Power

Movement Labs has sent over 50 million texts across thousands of campaigns to support the power building work of Black-led organizations, identifying hundreds of thousands of new supporters. Join us as we share the results of experimental work from registering, recruiting, organizing, and moving potential volunteers up the ladder of engagement to support the power building work of Black-led organizations. We’ll share a basic organizing framework, how to measure success and how to use mass SMS to supercharge organizing in Black communities.

Led by: Brianna Kirkland, Chardonnay Singleton

There Is a Plan C: Increasing Abortion Access Online and By Mail

While we all prepare for a post-Roe future, the reality is that too many are already living it. With traditional routes of abortion access restricted and criminalization threatened, amplifying an alternative option has become paramount. Abortion pills are available online and by mail, right now. In spite of censorship, shadow-bans, and stigma, Plan C Pills utilizes creative digital strategies to ensure everyone in the U.S. knows about abortion pills: what they are, how they work, and how people are accessing them. As access to abortion care becomes more and more difficult this information becomes critical. Participants will leave this training with newfound knowledge around self-managed abortion and with creative digital strategies to amplify available resources.

Led by: Caitlyn Caruso, Imani Wilson-Shabazz

Cross Culture Collaboration in Times of Crisis

Attendees will have an opportunity to hear from diverse community leaders who worked together during the Covid-19 pandemic to help marginalized communities. Volunteers from different sectors worked together in creative ways to ensure the basic needs of our communities were being met. Speakers will also share resources and reflect on the strong sense of leadership, resilience and courage shown within these communities and how they continue to work together.

Led by: Monica Ruiz

Panelists: Sabrina Liu, Veronica Lozada, Larry Meadows, Jr., Noah Theriault

Lights! Camera! How to Let Your Star Shine ⭐️on Camera!

The most compelling medium to get your message across is video. Whether on TV or online video, live or recorded, your star needs to shine. Will you know what to do when lights go on and the cameras start rolling? We’ll take you through the basics of on-camera appearances—from lighting to clothing, from where to look to how to sit, from how to speak into a mic to how to look into the camera. Our trainers will create an ad hoc studio right here at Netroots Nation and take you through the fundamentals of letting your star shine.

Led by: Arshad Hasan, Vicki Roush

From the Brain to the Ballot Box: Three Principles of Effective Messaging

Knowing how to talk to voters about critical issues like race, health care and health inequities, taxes, abortion, and immigration begins with an accurate understanding of how the mind and brain work. Join us for a messaging training that’s grounded in cutting edge psychology and neuroscience, as well as message testing with more than 100,000 voters on a range of issues. We’ll talk about how to avoid using linguistic constructions such as “the unemployed,” which turn real people into abstractions. To elicit empathy or concern, use “people who …” constructions. For example: “People who’ve lost their jobs through no fault of their own.” We’ll dig into the language of race, talk about how many of the words, phrases, and narratives we use are playing into the hands of the right.

Led by: Drew Westen

Kansas Victory and the Future of Abortion

Kansas is the first state in the country since the fall of Roe to put the question of abortion directly to voters. The result was not even close. Ballot measures about abortion continue to proliferate around the country. Hear directly from the winning coalition in Kansas that delivered this huge victory. How did Kansans defeat an anti-abortion ballot measure? What resources, research, messaging, polling, and organizing went into building this coalition?

Panelists: Helena Buchmann, Emma Dillon, Kimberly Inez McGuire, Rebecca Tong

Beat the Boss: Lessons from Worker Organizing in Tech and Games

Over the past few years, workplace organizing has surged in the tech and game industries as workers have raised concerns about gender discrimination, racial justice, pay equity, workplace ethics and health and safety. This panel will explore the effectiveness of different approaches workers have taken to advocate for change and build power including forming unions, organizing walkouts, and taking political action.

Led by: Edward Ongweso

Panelists: Kara Fannon, Emma Kinema, Parul Koul

How to Protect Indigenous Sacred Places so the World Can Go Green Honestly

Indigenous people and the special places they hold sacred have come under threat and destruction from global resource extraction industries in a “Green New Deal” response to climate change. With the conflict at the Apaches’ sacred Chi’chil Bildagoteel (“Oak Flat”) caused by mining giants Rio Tinto and BHP’s proposed copper mine there, the panelists will explain how universal moral and ethical tenets and traditional Indigenous ecological and cultural knowledge should guide people, governments, and corporation boards in developing honest socially responsible solutions to the challenges of the climate change problem.

Led by: John Welch

Panelists: Vernelda Grant, John Mendez, Michael Nixon, Vanessa Nosie, Wendsler Nosie

Clean Slate: Leveraging Technology for Equity and Justice

Too often, access to data and technology is reserved for those with power, access, and privilege. However, grassroots campaigns can leverage recent advancements in technology and data analysis to advance powerful systemic change. Doing so can benefit individuals suffering from the lasting collateral consequences of an arrest or conviction record and prioritize justice for Black, Brown, Indigenous, and low-income people. Automatic clearance relieves individuals from the arduous, costly, and inaccessible petition-based process. Panelists will discuss the growing national Clean Slate movement and how technology is helping millions of people clear their records and gain access to meaningful employment, education, and housing opportunities.

Led by: Jesse Kelley

Panelists: Morgan Kelly, Meilani Santillán, Sam Sinyangwe

Transforming America's Immigration Narrative: How to Counter the GOP's Xenophobic Attacks

The GOP has made nativism a cornerstone of their midterm message, and silence is a losing strategy. Join us to hear from some of the leading voices tracking right-wing, anti-immigrant messaging with tips on how to effectively counter them. We’ll discuss the latest research and data to understand these attacks and how to help disrupt misinformation to transform America’s immigration narrative.

Led by: Zachary Mueller

Panelists: Mario Carrillo, Thomas Kennedy, Taslim Tavarez, John-Michael Torres

Parenting in the Progressive Movement

It’s no secret that the pandemic has been especially hard for parents and caregivers and that parents across all sectors and of all genders are experiencing burnout at alarming rates. How do we as a sector and movement support parents and caregivers and help them prevent burnout? This session will feature an honest discussion from parents across the progressive movement about what it’s really like as a parent working for progressive organizations. We will hear from speakers about what policies and culture at their current workplaces allow them to be happy, healthy, whole people in and outside of work. Also, what additional changes need to be implemented across the sector so that we can support parents and retain them within our movement.

Led by: Alesa Mackool

Panelists: Faizan Faruq, Jamie McGonnigal, Sabrina Joy Stevens, Nicole Varma

Equitable Development is Possible!: The Lower Hill Story

In the 1950s, the City of Pittsburgh was chosen to be the recipient of federal funds to address post-World War II urban renewal. Hence, the first Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) in the nation was created and, in 1957, they cut the ribbon for what was to be a brand new cultural district. Urban planning began but was not finished. Promises were made but were not kept. Protests and resistance ensued and in the end, at least 8,000 African Americans, in particular, were displaced. Today, the second chance at development of the Lower Hill site is afoot. With an organized community, government accountability and corporate citizenship resulting in a “CCIP,” The Buccini/Pollin Group will discuss how they have the best reinvestment plan of at least $50 million in America, for the Historic Hill. You will hear from Historic Hill residents who are longtime organizers and activists, who are now working in development and education to realize the full potential of their communities.

Led by: Kimberly 'Dr. Goddess' Ellis

Panelists: Bomani M. Howze, Councilman Daniel Lavelle, Tracey McCants-Lewis, Diamonte Walker

On (and Off) the Media: How the Press Can Save or Sink Democracy

The media has an essential role to play in preserving–or destroying–democracy. This panel will discuss the press’s successes and failures in this area, explain the dangerously direct path of misinformation from the fringes of the internet to mainstream news outlets, and what progressives can do to both hold the media accountable for their failures and support factual, pro-democracy reporting that actually reaches voters.

Led by: Carolyn Fiddler

Panelists: Ellie Konfrst , Liz Lebron, Melissa Ryan, Brennan Suen

Exposing & Surviving Domestic Terrorism and the Crisis of Racism: The Threat to Cities like Buffalo Across America

Join us for a discussion on domestic terrorism, gun reform, the need for diversity in education, and the crisis of racism in America. The racially motivated attack at a grocery store in Buffalo which took the lives of ten Black people and seriously injured one other has shown that America has a long way to go in the fight against white nationalism.

Led by: Zeneta Everhart

Panelists: Mariah Cooley, Erica Ford, Greg Jackson

Anti-Blackness and You: How Non-Black People Perpetuate and Uphold Anti-Blackness

Understanding how anti-Blackness impacts political strategy and political discourse—and how it shapes our current socio-political moment—is critical. Join us for a workshop exploring what anti-Blackness is and how it is different from racism. We’ll identify ways anti-Blackness has been institutionalized both historically and contemporarily, as well as steps you can take to unlearn and combat it. You’ll leave with a robust understanding of how various systems of oppression intersect with one another to create, uphold and perpetuate anti-Blackness.

Led by: Karlyn Bradley

Voter Education: Dispelling Disinformation and Turning Out Voters in PA

A lot is at stake in the midterms, and Pennsylvania is in the center of the action. Join us to learn about what’s happening legislatively in the Keystone State. We’ll discuss how to dispel misinformation in the field and go over canvassing tips and relational organizing tactics to turn out voters wherever you live.

Led by: YT Bell, Brandi Fisher, Miracle Jones

Storytelling Workshop for Content Creators

Have your fingers hardened into claws from typing the words “chip in before the deadline?” Have you written the same 250 words 250 times? Are you looking for a way to revitalize an email program that’s lost its variety, or build a program that sparkles with wit, relies on strong narratives, and remains grounded in humanity? At Do Big Things, we’ve often found that an email or piece of content that tells a marvelous story outperforms content that’s just checking the boxes. In this training, we’ll teach you literary devices and techniques to make your email program unforgettable.

Led by: Janani Sreenivasan

Unions + Memes: How to Create, Distribute and Use Memes to Build Worker Power

Memes are an important aspect of the digital zeitgeist. They tell you what the internet thinks and helps to create talking points about the moment. In this training, we’ll show you how we use memes to push our movement forward. Unions often create memes to push our message of worker solidarity and a fair economy. Learn about the methods we use to create, distribute and use memes to build worker power!

Trainers: Alesia Lucas, Khalid Sarsour

TransYOUniting: Housing is Healthcare

TransYOUniting, Proud Haven and True T acollaborate to run some of Pittsburgh’s first short-term emergency shelters centered on Trans ad non-binary youth and young adults aged 18 to 30 years old. Come hear from local leaders about these partnerships and how local organizations in Pittsburgh are working to meet the critical needs of those who need them in their communities.

Led by: Aria Copeland (She/her)

Panelists: Nicholas Anglin (They/them), Rashod Brown (He/him), ALEXANDER SMITHSON, Dena Stanley (She/her)

Next Gen of Texting: How to Move People with Video

We know texting is an incredibly effective communication channel , but how can video storytelling help our organizations and campaigns deepen connections with our communities?In the new era of texting, how can we build trust with our constituents? What makes a compelling story in a short clip? In this training we’ll talk through best practices for using 1:1 vs. broadcast messages, leveraging video content from other channels, tips for using video to lift up community leaders, and more.

Led by: Chris Dingus

On to November: How We Win and Save Democracy

There’s a lot at stake this November: control of the House and Senate, state legislative balances and governorships, ballot initiatives on issues like abortion and voting access—and even our democracy as we know it. With the GOP stepping up their efforts to attack and divide us, it’s critical that we go on offense with a winning message that both speaks authentically to what we believe across issues and acts as an effective rebuttal to right wing attempts to divide us. We’ll kick off this keynote with key findings and messaging recommendations from ASO Communications’ Race Class Gender Narrative research, along with lightening talks on issues like education and gun violence. And you’ll head home from this year’s conference with some inspiration and a call to action from Daily Kos’ Markos Moulitsas and Rep. Ilhan Omar.

Panelists: Austin Davis, Reggie Hubbard, Markos Moulitsas, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Anat Shenker-Osorio, Randi Weingarten, Brandon Wolf

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