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Manager Confessions: Somehow We Manage

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

Led by: Jill Raney

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

Cripping the Movement: How Disability Inclusion Can Save Progressives

Fri 9am: Cripping the Movement: How Disability Inclusion Can Save Progressives

Cripping the Movement: How Disability Inclusion Can Save Progressives

Posted by Netroots Nation on Friday, July 12, 2019

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

Led by: Rebecca Cokley

Panelists: Sarah Blahovec, Patrick Cokley, Reyma McCoy McDeid, Alice Wong

Daily Kos Caucus

Daily Kos is the nation’s foremost online progressive media and activism hub and leads the way in supporting Democrats across the country, raising over $8.7 million for candidates and campaigns in small, grassroots donations in 2017-2018. We are continuing this crucial work into the 2020 cycle. Come meet the staff of Daily Kos and ask questions about how you can be involved.

Markos Moulitsas will be there and Iara Peng, founder and executive director of Prism, will give an in depth review of this new nonprofit affiliate of Daily Kos featuring diverse voices from every background. Q&A will follow. Please join us for coffee and pastries!

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

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

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

Led by: Sol Freire, Kelcie Glass

Proven Persuasion and Inoculation: Breakthroughs in Deep Canvassing

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

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

Led by: Ella Barrett, Steve Deline

So Many Social Media Platforms, So Little Time

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

This is a beginner-level training.

Led by: Beth Becker, Elana Levin

How to Build Your Own Rapid Response Network

Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda has increased fear and uncertainty within immigrant communities. Rapid Response Networks is a model based on coalition building where organizers, attorneys, the direct community and allies can work together to be prepared and respond with power and not panic at the time of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) activity. We’ll share how you can develop a defense structure in your community. You’ll learn how to build coalitions and how to how to build collective power through Know Your Rights philosophy.

This training for anyone who would like to help defend immigrant rights.


Led by: Itzel Nuno, Abigail Salazar

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. Mobile number theft. DNS poisoning. 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, including lessons from the 2018 midterms. 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.

This training is for any activist or nonprofit leader who organizes online and wants to improve their personal/organizational security hygiene. No programming knowledge or coding experience is needed. You should bring at least one connected device if you’d like to participate in the interactive aspects of the training.

Led by: Andrew Villeneuve

Getting a Job on an Electoral Campaign Roundtable

Interested in getting a job on a campaign? Join us for tips on how to find a job on an electoral campaign. We’ll go over resume tips and job lists, discuss how to think about your skill set and share tips on negotiation.

Led by: Biola Jeje

Get the Most Bang for Your Texting Buck with Chatbox (Demo)

Get the most bang for your texting buck with Chatbox’s intelligent and efficient campaign texting solution. Chatbox CEO Phil Gordon will show you how Chatbox stands apart with its hyper-localized constituent segmenting, enhanced P2P functionality and seamless polling, surveying, and volunteer sign-up technology. Enterprise-grade texting for campaigns that mean business. This demo is presented by Chatbox.

Rural Caucus

A movement, led women, people of color, and millennials, is rebuilding progressive power in small towns and rural communities across the country. In fact, in 2018, Democratic gains were actually largest in rural areas. However, these gains weren’t enough to get over 50%, so they have escaped much of the mainstream election analysis. Join with us as we discuss strategies to continue building progressive power in non-metro communities as we head into the 2020 election cycle.

Led by: Matthew Hildreth

Racial Justice and Climate Change: Building a Multiracial Environmental Justice Movement

The Green New Deal has breathed new life into the climate debate and positioned climate change as a top Democratic priority heading into the primaries. The resolution elucidated that climate change is a justice issue and that Democratic responses to the crisis must center center jobs, infrastructure and equity. The environmental movement in the U.S. has been historically rooted in histories of racism and exclusion. Despite momentum behind the proposal, significant work remains to build a multiracial climate and environmental justice movement.

Led by: Julian Noisecat

Panelists: Jade Begay, Alexa Ross and Carol White, Varshini Prakash, Carol White, Thanu Yakupitiyage

The U.S. Right and the Rise of Authoritarianism Around the World

Fri 9am: The U.S. Right and the Rise of Authoritarianism Around the World

The U.S. Right and the Rise of Authoritarianism Around the World

Posted by Netroots Nation on Friday, July 12, 2019

The rise of the far right in America is well known. But the cross-pollination between right-wing forces on both sides of the Atlantic, throughout the Western hemisphere and in the global South is often missed. Social media (and data collection) has created new bonds between right-wing forces around the world, and U.S. law governing both political donations and the rules of corporate governance allow unknown amounts of dark money to flow through the global financial system to fund them. This panel will explore the links between the U.S. and right-wing movements around the world, as well as how social media strategies have allowed these movements to manipulate public opinion and exploit the data of everyday people.

Led by: Melissa Ryan

Panelists: Nick Lowles, Cristina López G., Thenmozhi Soundararajan, Adele M. Stan

Building Community Power: Media-Based Organizing as Resistance

Media-based organizing has brought down corporations, stopped deportations, and moved hundreds of thousands of young people to take action together. In today’s digitally driven landscape, communities of color are using media-based organizing to build communities online and off, shift narratives and disrupt structures of power. In this participatory panel, activists of color will discuss their successes and failures with utilizing media ecosystems, art and design, storytelling, and creative technologies to fuel community organizing, rapid response interventions and political education. Attendees will participate in a group exercise and leave with a “mini zine” outlining strategies, takeaways and additional learning resources.

Led by: Laura Li

Panelists: Amanda Chavez Barnes, Chelsea Fuller, Bryan Mercer, Areerat Worawongwasu, bianca nozaki-nasser

Engaging on the Economy: How to Fight and Win the Economic Debate

Speakers will set the tone for “unlearning” faulty economic paradigms and centering a worldview that addresses inequality, and speaks to animating progressive values like equity and justice. The session will make it clear that we didn’t get to the current, and dominant, neoliberal economic worldview by accident or overnight. Panelists will provide connection between opinion polling and public messaging research on the economy, progressive economic issues, etc. Importantly, we will highlight that there is no way to think about how the economy should serve society without addressing structural power dynamics—and how these play out across race and class, and affect democracy and democratic access.

Led by: Angela Peoples

Panelists: Demond Drummer, Connie Razza, Samantha Sanders, Vanessa Williamson

Tech for the Movement, Not the Billionaires

Sometimes, the incentives of investor-driven, for profit technology are exactly counter to the long-term interests of our movement. Recently, a new generation of technology has been built using different, innovative models that put our movement first and sustainably fund themselves (and their organizations). Come hear from people building the technology backbone of our movement, using innovative new approaches to create tools that are built to amplify your work, not “disrupt” vulnerable industries for financial gain. And you’ll get a glimpse of what’s coming next.

Led by: Brian Young

Panelists: Catherine Huang, Ann Lewis, Josh Nussbaum, Palak Shah

New York State Caucus

From Long Island and NYC to Clinton County at the top of Upstate, if you’re in New York State we want you to join us for our caucus. Connect with other New Yorkers working for change and hear about the issues folks are engaging in across the state.

Led by: Amy Jones, Mohammad Khan, Eugenio Villasante

Screening: “Bootstraps”

Bootstraps is a docu-series capturing America’s most geographically diverse trial of basic income to date. Spanning ten states, the series tells the stories of 21 Americans each receiving a no-strings-attached income supplement for two years.

Tuesday Company Morning Coffee Break

Thursday is a fun night for the Netroots Nation, so The Tuesday Company is making Friday morning a little smoother by providing delicious caffeine! Sip some free coffee and learn about how our app, Team, helps anyone who’s passionate about supporting progressive candidates and causes share their conviction with others as trusted messengers. Early birds will be able to take home a fabulous camping mug!

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

#NN19 Action: Break the Cages, Fund the People

On Friday at 11:15 am outside of the Philadelphia Convention Center, all Netroots Nation attendees and Philadelphia area residents are being called to action with a March Against White Supremacy. From the issue of police brutality to

those of immigrant rights, wrongful incarceration and other forms of direct violence by the state, to fighting against state enacted kidnapping of children from their families, to fighting against the displacement, rather than housing of, our community members without homes and, for safe and consistent access to education and food. We have been fighting for the rights of all people, with their varied identities, abilities, and orientations, to be honored and valued and invite all who believe in fighting for our collective humanity to join the #NNActionJawn”.

Friday Mindfulness Moment

Need a break to regroup and recenter? Join us for a mid-day mindfulness moment to reset after the morning sessions and stay grounded headed into the afternoon.

Led by: Reggie Hubbard

Screening: “Health Undocumented”

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

Operation Save Abortion: Morning News Dump at Netroots

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

The New Tools Showcase

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

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


Best startup technology
Julie Palakovich Carr, Victory Guide
Ari Trujillo Wesler, Openfield
Daniel Wolf, Democracy Counts!, Inc.,
Neisha Blandin, Change Research
Kedar Reddy, Playloops
Jake DeGroot, Reach
Geoff Miles, Human Agency*

Best use of existing technology
John Eaton, PRIN: The Progressive Influencer Network
Yoni Landau, Contest Every Race
Coco Price, FiscalNote*
Best new feature or product
Natasha Madison, New/Mode
Jason Van Anden, Quadrant 2/Jotto
Nathan Woodhaul, ControlShift Labs
Chris Massicotte, DSPolitical/DemocraticAds
*= finalist is not able to present live

Elections Q&A with Daily Kos Elections!

Fri 1:30pm: Elections Q&A with Daily Kos Elections!

Elections Q&A with Daily Kos Elections!

Posted by Netroots Nation on Friday, July 12, 2019

Join the editors of Daily Kos Elections and some of our smartest colleagues in the business for an in-depth Q&A about all things election-related. Will Democrats hold the House in 2020? Can they take back the Senate? And the big one: What’s going to happen with redistricting? Ask us anything that’s on your mind: We skip all the PowerPoints and presentations and go straight to YOUR questions on any race in the nation you care about. Progressives need to be well-informed about the elections that matter most so we can deploy our limited resources effectively. So if you want to know more about what’s happening in races around the country and what it will means for Democrats, Republicans, and the nation at large, join us!

Led by: Jeff Singer

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

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

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

Led by: Elica Vafaie

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

Trainers Caucus

Calling all trainers- doesn’t matter what kind of training you do- we want you! and you! and you! Let’s get together and talk training: how we can work together to train our movement? What kinds of training are being done and where are the holes? Who can help fill those holes? Let’s talk about how we can support each other as we do this important but sometimes lonely feeling work. Bring a trainer friend with you!

Led by: Beth Becker

California Caucus

We’ll discuss how the most progressive state in the union can keep resisting the Trump administration and build a more progressive future.

Led by: Dante Atkins, Kate Maeder

Strategizing Solidarity

A closed space for communities of color to strategize

Led by: YahNé Ndgo

Creative Digital Advertising for Advocacy and Politics

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

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

Led by: Colin Delany, Emily Gittleman

Digital Theory of Change Workshop

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

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

Led by: Tiffany Dena Loftin, Evan Sutton

Accessibility as a Foundational Tool for Social Storytelling

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

This is an introductory-level training.

Led by: Allexa Laycock, Anna Zivarts

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

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

Led by: Ira Horowitz

The Power of the Pod: Podcast Activism and Movement Building

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

This training is open to everyone.

Led by: Jennifer Taylor-Skinner

Taking Trump to Court—and Winning: What it Means to be (AG)gressive in the Fight to Protect Democracy

Fri 1:30pm: Taking Trump to Court—and Winning: What it Means to be (AG)gressive in the Fight to Protect Democracy

Taking Trump to Court—and Winning: What it Means to be (AG)gressive in the Fight to Protect Democracy

Posted by Netroots Nation on Friday, July 12, 2019

With Congress stuck in partisan gridlock and a President who clearly hasn’t read the Constitution, Democratic Attorneys General are the only elected leaders effectively protecting our democracy. Together, Democratic AGs are leading the resistance on issues ranging from climate change, immigration, and reproductive rights to health care, labor rights, and the opioid crisis. Holding bad actors accountable is the name of the game—and Democratic AGs are WINNING. This previously under-the-radar office is front and center—and there are critical races ahead in 2019 and 2020. Take it right from the source! This panel brings together leaders from the most diverse coalition of Democratic AGs in history to talk about how they are working together like never before to protect progress and defend our most vulnerable communities.

Led by: Farah Melendez

Panelists: Keith Ellison, Kathy Jennings, Josh Shapiro

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

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

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

Led by: Zaina Alsous, Leah Muskin-Pierret

Parents Caucus

Progressive parenting as an organizing tactic that wins! When we show up to political organizing as our full selves– wearing our hats as both organizers AND as parents/caregivers– we bring the full power of our truth to storytelling. We turn data into stories that WIN big on policy. From healthcare to paid leave to immigration and beyond, let’s talk about how, as parents & caregivers, we change our culture and build a nation where everyone thrives.

Led by: Anita Jackson, Rachel Perrone

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

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

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

Led by: Lola Elfman

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

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

Led by: Austen Levihn-Coon

Panelists: Debra Cleaver, Mike Griffin, Arisha Hatch, Ashlea Phenicie

The Role of Progressive Media in 2018 and 2020

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

Led by: Kaili Joy Gray

Panelists: Greg Greene, Zerlina Maxwell, Christina Reynolds, Vincent Thompson

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

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

Led by: Thanu Yakupitiyage

Panelists: Jade Begay, Bartees Cox, SONIA GUIÑANSACA, Sabelo Narasimhan

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

Fri 1:30pm: Whose Courts? How Progressives Can Transform the Courts (and Win in 2020)

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

Posted by Netroots Nation on Friday, July 12, 2019

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

Led by: Keith Thirion

Panelists: Diallo Brooks, Reggie Hubbard, Kadida Kenner, Anisha Singh

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

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

Led by: Amy Jones

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

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

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

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

Everytown Afternoon Snack Break

Everytown for Gun Safety & Moms Demand Action bring people together to work on changes that will save lives and put an end to the 100 lives lost every day to gun violence. Please join your hosts from Everytown to enjoy some afternoon refreshments and catch up on how you are making a difference in your community.

A Progressive Vision for 2020 and Beyond

Fri 2:45pm: Keynote Netroots Nation 2019

Friday Keynote Netroots Nation 2019

Posted by Netroots Nation on Friday, July 12, 2019

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

Led by: Amanda Terkel

Panelists: Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Saru Jayaraman, Senator Jeff Merkley, Joe Sanberg, Mayor Michael Tubbs, Dr. Leana Wen

Different Math: Candidates and Campaigns that Changed the Voter Landscape

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

Led by: Kesha Ram

Panelists: Cliff Albright, Brendan Duff, Sri Preston Kulkarni, Sheena Meade

Equality at the Ballot Box: Lessons from Standing Rock

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

Led by: Libero Della Piana

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

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

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

Led by: Shanae Bass

Panelists: Rodney McKenzie, Rapheal Randall, Aditi Varshneya

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

Fri 4:30pm: Racial Justice Has No Borders: Embedding Palestinian Rights in the 2020 Agenda

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

Posted by Netroots Nation on Friday, July 12, 2019

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

Led by: Yousef Munayyer

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

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

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

Led by: Jen Moore Conrow

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

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

Fri 4:30pm: Not Just for Presidential Candidates: Bringing the Power of Small-dollar Donors to the Local Level

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

Posted by Netroots Nation on Friday, July 12, 2019

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

This panel is sponsored by ActBlue

Led by: Rachael Junard

Panelists: Genny Castillo, Ivan Cheung, Helen Gym, Tori Taylor

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

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

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

Led by: Christine Miranda, Patricia Murphy

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

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

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

Led by: Cheryl Contee

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

In grassroots organizing we say, “Meet people where they are,” and with 95% of Americans owning a mobile phone, organizations and campaigns without a mobile (SMS) program are missing key opportunities. Mobile is the best direct response tool to reach, engage and activate donors, supporters, volunteers and voters. With response rates 4X what we see on email, more organizations are integrating SMS into their digital and field programs. But with so many different platforms out there, it’s hard to make heads or tails over which is best for your needs. This training will cover why your campaign or organization should invest in mobile (SMS), the differences between peer-to-peer and broadcast texting and how you can use both effectively.

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

Led by: Sandi Fox

Screening: "Las Madres de Berks"

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

Led by: Michelle Angela Ortiz

How to Use a Model (Sponsored Training)

Catalist will step through the basics of modeling, from how models are constructed, how they should (and shouldn’t!) be used, what to know about your model before using it, and what to ask before you decide to purchase or build a custom model. Catalist’s Analytics team builds and maintains a robust set of civic behavior models for the progressive community and often works through these challenges internally. When do we need to build a new model? What are the benefits and what are the costs? Could we do something more effective with the time and money spent on a new model? What are all of the ways a new model can add value, and how do we demonstrate that? This is a frank and open conversation about what models can and cannot do for a campaign or organization. This training is presented by Catalist.

Led by: Justine D'Elia-Kueper

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

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

This training is open to everyone.

Led by: Arshad Hasan, Vicki Roush

How Faith-Based Organizers Work in Coalition

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

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

Led by: Terri Burgin, Gregory Holston

Building a Comprehensive Harassment and Toxic Workplace Prevention Program

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

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

Led by: Paula Brantner

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

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

Led by: Olivia Noble

Panelists: Gerard Niemira, James Servino, Alex Witt

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

Fri 4:30pm: Fix the Damn Healthcare: Sorting out ACA 2.0, MFA, Med4Am and More!

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

Posted by Netroots Nation on Friday, July 12, 2019

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

Led by: Laura Packard

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

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

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

Led by: Mariah Montgomery

Panelists: Kumsa Baker, Maria Noel Fernandez, Marley Pulido

ActBlue Happy Hour

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

Freedom to Prosper Happy Hour

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

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

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

MobilizeAmerica Happy Hour

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

Netroots Candidate Event sponsored by DFA and CPD Action

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

BlueVote Happy Hour

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

Building Power Happy Hour with Demos

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

Screening: "The Great Hack"

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

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

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

Sponsored by MoveOn & Front Page Live

Beer, drinks, pizza, popcorn & pretzels provided

Panel Discussion immediately to follow featuring
David Carrol (the New School professor who sued Cambridge Analytica for his data and exposed them to the world), Ann Lewis, CTO of MoveOn, Shireen Mitchell, data rights expert, and Joe Romm, EIC of Front Page Live

Moderated by Laura Dawn, ART NOT WAR

Led by: David Carroll

Panelists: Ann Lewis, Shireen Mitchell

Pub Quiz 13: Homecoming

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


Saturday Morning Yoga

As activists we often get caught up in the perception of progress through busy-ness and neglect the necessity of health, balance, focus and calm. Our morning flow will ground your day in peace and clarity before diving into the business/busy-ness of the conference. We’ll do light stretching, joint mobility enhancements, breathing and relaxation exercises to begin your day the right way.

Led by: Reggie Hubbard

Emerging Federal Consensus: How and When We Will Legalize Marijuana

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

Led by: Justin Strekal

Panelists: Queen Adesuyi, Vanessa Maria Graber, Shanita Penny, Shaleen Title

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

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

Led by: Lulu Friesdat

Panelists: Rich Demillo, Ronnie Martin, Virginia Martin, Stephanie Singer, Bennie Smith

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

Sat 9am: Building the Bench: Racial Equity and Diversity at the State and Local Level

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

Posted by Netroots Nation on Saturday, July 13, 2019

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

Led by: Krithika Harish

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

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

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

Led by: Stephen Miles

Panelists: Iram Ali, Jehan Hakim, Layla Picard

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

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

Led by: Angel Padilla

Panelists: Juan Guzman, Mary Small

This All Used to be Chinatown: Building Grassroots Power

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

Led by: Laura Li

Panelists: Dave Kyu, Samip Mallick, Nancy Nguyen, Neeta Patel

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

Sat 9am: Black People are Not a Monolith: Engaging and Organizing the Communities Within the Diaspora

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

Posted by Netroots Nation on Saturday, July 13, 2019

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

Led by: Brittny Baxter

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

Why Abortion Isn't a Wedge Issue

Sat 9am: Why Abortion Isn't a Wedge Issue

Why Abortion Isn't a Wedge Issue

Posted by Netroots Nation on Saturday, July 13, 2019

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

Led by: Lizz Winstead

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

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

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

Led by: Kasey Suffredini

Panelists: Mason Dunn, Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, Krina Patel, David Topping

Hack the Algorithm: Facebook Strategies for Civic Actors

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


Led by: Carrie Adams

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

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

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

Led by: Ky Albert, Gabrielle Cardoza

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

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

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

Led by: Kaitlyn Ryan

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

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

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

Led by: Victoria Fontaine, Tillie McInnis

Taboo Topics: How to Message Contentious Issues to Latinx Voters

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

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

Led by: Johanny Adames, Luisana Perez Fernandez, Federico de Jesús

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

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

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

Led by: Aksa Asgher, Nadia Mozaffar

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

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

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

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

Youth Leadership in Progressive Movements

This caucus will generate dialogue between young people involved in progressive movements throughout the country. We hope to build understanding and share strategies on social justice organizing. It is important for youth leaders to learn about not only one another’s struggles but their wins as well. We hope young people walk out of the caucus feeling empowered, energized and excited to envision the many ways each group can support each other.

Led by: Saudia Durrant, Stormy Kelsey

Carolinas Caucus

NC-SC caucus: Connect with Carolina neighbors post-SCOTUS rulings. Senate seats and more are contested in 2020.

Led by: Tom Sullivan

Pacific Northwest Caucus

We’ll be talking about how the Left Coast is resisting Trump, recap the legislative sessions in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, and Montana; discuss what happened to Oregon’s cap and invest bill, analyze right wing measures coming to Washington State’s 2019 ballot, and preview next year’s federal and state elections in all five states.


Led by: Andrew Villeneuve

Freedom to Prosper Coffee Break

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

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

Sat 10:15am: Keynote Netroots Nation 2019

Saturday Morning Keynote Netroots Nation 2019

Posted by Netroots Nation on Saturday, July 13, 2019

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

Led by: Aimee Allison

Panelists: Rep. Deb Haaland, PA. Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, Rep. Barbara Lee, Summer Lee, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Rep. Rashida Tlaib


Join other attendees of color who also identify as lesbian, gay, bi, pan, fluid, intersex, two-spirit, queer and trans. This is a space where all identities we hold within are honored. Join us for conversation and community. Hosted by Faith Cheltenham (@thefayth) of BiNet USA, a proudly Black bi trans and intersex woman.

Led by: Faith Cheltenham

Get Up To Speed On The Local Front

Netroots Nation has committed to ramping up its local outreach this year, and Lenapehoking (so-called Philadelphia) has proven to be an exciting place do it! Philly is a city packed with activists and organizers doing amazing work. We’ve created an opportunity for you to meet many of these organizations during a Local Organizers Speed Dating lunch event. Arrive Saturday at 11:45am in Room 122B to grab snacks and spend the hour from noon to 1 p.m. talking with these orgs. Learn a bit of what activists are doing in this part of Lenapehoking and find out how you can learn from and support their work!

Democratic Data: How We Are Bringing It All Together

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

This lunch and learn is presented by the DNC.