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The Power of Women Voters Rising

It’s an understatement to say that 2020 is a critical year for our democracy and for each of us. In response, women are rising, organizing, working together, and preparing to get out the vote in unprecedented ways. Hear from leaders in the movement about proven-effective tactics being deployed this year for increasing voter engagement and persuasion in 2020; how others can strategically join this movement to win; why it’s critical to center racial justice, gender justice and economic justice in all the work; and what policies are igniting women voters and need to be moved forward.

Led by: Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

Panelists: Alicia Garza, Maria Teresa Kumar, Ai-jen Poo, Cecile Richards

The Biden Campaign Strategy for Progressive Victory In November

Join Ashley Allison, Director of the Biden Campaign Coalitions Department; Cristobal Alex, Biden Campaign Senior Advisor and Founding President of Latino Victory Fund; longtime progressive organizer Heather Booth, now Director of Progressive Engagement at the Biden Campaign; and voting rights expert Rachana Desai-Martin for a discussion of the campaign’s strategy to convert the massive energy of the Resistance into progressive electoral victory—up and down the ballot. We’ll explore how Netroots activists can help turn the darkness of the Trump era into the most progressive period in modern American history.

Panelists: Cristobal Alex, Ashley Allison, Heather Booth, Rachana Desai Martin

What We Mean When We Say Defund the Police (and How We Plan to Do It)

Join us for a panel conversation with the Movement For Black Lives and the role they are playing to defund the police and defend Black lives.

Led by: Karissa Lewis

Panelists: Network ., M. Adams, Ash-Lee Henderson, Jasmine Keith, Kayla Reed

The Feedback Loop: Using Field Listening Tactics to Build Strategic Intelligence

What is the most important concern you’d like to see addressed? That is the first question we ask voters at the door. In the 2018 cycle, For Our Future and For Our Future Action Fund knocked on more than 10 million doors and had more than 1.5 million conversations with voters across 7 states. Before asking traditional questions like “Who are you supporting for this race,” canvassers are listening to the voters and collecting data from those conversations. The data we’ve gathered across 400,000+ conversations covering 90 different issues helps us better build relationships with voters and understand the communities in which we work. We’ll walk through our methodology and findings here.

Trainers: John Malloy, Justin Myers

Breaking Up With the White Moderate Once and for All

Fifty-seven years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote that the “white moderate” is the biggest obstacle to black freedom. This training, by a white anti-racist educator, focuses on the premise that the same problem exists today in a new context. Then, as now, fighting white supremacy is the right thing to do. Unlike in the past, fighting white supremacy can also win elections by appealing to an interracial coalition. This training will feature concrete examples of why and how white candidates and predominantly white organizations should shift from a conventional way of thinking aimed at the white moderate to an anti-racist approach that simultaneously fights white supremacy and builds solidarity with voters of color.

Trainers: Karen Gaffney

Online Actions that Matter: Strategies for Digital Engagement in the Time of COVID

Your members, or the people on your email list, are looking for meaningful things they can do to fight for a better world. Don’t just ask them for donations—give them opportunities to stand up to corporate power, pressure elected officials and elevate marginalized voices, all while social distancing (and largely even at home). Designing meaningful online actions is an essential part of any organization’s strategy during COVID-19 and beyond. In this training, we’ll share some examples of creative online actions your list can do: from hashtag takeovers and Twitter campaigns to powerful online petitions, decentralized research and online gatherings.

Trainers: Elana Levin, Aaron Narraph Fernando

How Progressives Can Shape the Democrats' 2021 Climate Agenda

The next President and Congress present our last, best shot at passing bold, aggressive climate legislation that will not only give us a shot at survival, but also create millions of high-quality jobs, confront environmental racism and correct structural economic inequality. To succeed, this effort must be investment-led, standards-based, and grounded in justice and equity. This panel will explore how progressives can beat the fossil fuel industry and shape the contours of debate to ensure we prioritize and achieve a Green New Deal.

Led by: Julian Noisecat

Panelists: Rhiana Gunn-Wright, Lauren Maunus, Sam Ricketts, Anthony Rogers-Wright

Waging a War Against Disinformation and Misinformation: How to Win Using Inoculation and Facts

This cycle we are witnessing an unprecedented, corporate backed misinformation and disinformation campaign. Lies are being weaponized to stoke fear and uncertainty.These campaigns are designed to sow confusion, and ultimately suppress voter turnout. Our greatest defense will be preemptively arming the public with the truth and tactics to separate real from fake news. Defending our democracy callls for widespread inoculation efforts for the public against this well funded mis/disinformation campaign. This training will clearly define misinformation and disinformation, provide tips on how to identify trustworthy information sources, and equip participants with the basics steps of a proper inoculation conversation.

Trainers: Brittny Baxter, Wendy Fields

Guarantees for a Good Life: Income, Housing, Jobs and Family Care

As people struggle with rising child care, housing, and other costs while wages stagnate or fall, we know we deserve better. In communities across the country, people are demanding more from policymakers, and political momentum is building to demand that everyone is guaranteed the foundations for a good life. This panel will discuss four campaigns built on guarantees: housing, jobs, family care, and income. We will learn from pilot sites amd successful campaigns, and focus on what we can do together to elevate the idea of guarantees.

Led by: Solana Rice

Panelists: Mia Birdsong, Jess Morales Rocketto, Tara Raghuveer, Sarah Treuhaft

Reviving Regulation: The Key to the Next President’s Success

In the wake of the Trump administration’s attacks on consumer, worker, health and environmental safeguards, it’s crucial that we revive our system of public protections. The next Democratic White House will face substantial political and procedural obstacles to legislation—from skittish red-state lawmakers to the filibuster. Executive orders, cabinet appointments, strong regulation and tough enforcement hold the key to implementing a new agenda. This panel will focus on how activists can push the next administration for bold, progressive reforms through agency actions—and take the fight directly to big corporations and big money interests.

Led by: Robert Weissman Weissman

Panelists: David Dayen, Celinda Lake, Rajesh Nayak

Building a Multiracial Democracy: A Narrative to Mobilize All Voters

Donald Trump and others have made the election season a referendum on Muslims, refugees, voter fraud and the urban-rural divide. But, progressives and advocates across the Midwest were ready to answer every charge—and move their communities toward a more inclusive future—with an updated and thoroughly vetted, campaign-tested, strategic communicatios plan known as the Midwest Race Class Narrative Project. Hear from leaders across the Midwest on how they are implementing the Race Class Narrative to mobilize the base, persuade the middle, and alienate the opposition to enact a bold policy agenda in 2020 and beyond.

Led by: Anika Fassia

Panelists: JaNae Bates, Prentiss Haney, Art Reyes, Tinselyn Simms

Drawing a Decade: Why State Legislatures are Our Last Chance to Stop GOP Gerrymandering

State legislators elected this year will draw the next set of Congressional and state legislative maps in most states. These maps will have a massive impact on partisan power in Congress and in states through 2030. This is our last chance to avoid another un-democratic decade of Republican gerrymandering, which silences voters, subverts elections and corrupts our government. This all-women panel of state legislative politics and campaign experts will discuss why state legislatures are the gateway to ending gerrymandering, analyze the state of play in 2020 state legislative races, and provide ideas for how we can work together to win big in 2020.

Led by: Carolyn Fiddler

Panelists: Gaby Goldstein, Leslie Martes, Johanna Silva Waki, Emilia Sykes

Pride Outside Cities: How LGBTQ+ Candidates Are Running and Winning Everywhere

Conventional wisdom often leads us to believe that LGBTQ+ candidates can only run successfully for seats in certain areas. However, with the recent surge of candidates of all backgrounds stepping up to run, a trend has started to emerge. A growing number of LGBTQ+ candidates are running for and winning seats in rural and traditionally purple areas. Women like Delegate Danica Roem, who flipped a seat in rural Virginia that had previously been held by a man who referred to himself as the state’s ‘chief homophobe and became the first openly transgender state legislator in the country. This panel will examine what took place in these races and position them as a roadmap for what could be done nationwide.

Led by: Lisa Turner

Panelists: Shontel Lewis, Danica Roem, Brianna Titone, Senator Claire Wilson

Campaign in Color: A Conversation with Presidential Campaign Managers of Color

In the 2020 Democratic primary, the pool of presidential candidates went from being one of the most diverse slates in history to a slate with no persons of color on the debate stage. Communities of color must take this experience as an opportunity to have candid conversations about these challenges, and to propose solutions for the next generation of presidential candidates of color. If we are truly going to elect governments that are reflective of our nation’s rich diversity, candidates of color must have the knowledge, tools and resources to overcome unique challenges and structural barriers. Join us for a real and raw conversation about overcoming the challenges of being a person of color running for President of the United States.

Led by: Mayra Macias

Panelists: Roger Lau, Juan Rodriguez, Maya Rupert

Progressives on the Hill: What They Do and Why it Matters

From organizing to social activism to policy, the progressive movement is fighting to ensure the voices of underrepresented and underserved communities have a seat at the table. So what happens when you take the movement to the Hill? During this session we’ll hear from special guest progressive congressional staff as they share their experiences, challenges and lessons learned and provide a unique window into how policy change works. They will share their perspectives on the power of the progressive movement, providing examples from their own experience.

Led by: Hebah Kassem

Panelists: Ryan Anderson, Marissa Barrera, Afton Cissell

How to Launch a Campaign that Pops on Day One

A grassroots campaign can’t afford failing to capitalize during its launch moment. Often, it’s one of the only moments of outsized attention you get. If coordinating your digital launch wasn’t already hard enough, the challenge is only getting worse as the Facebooks and Googles of the world scramble to revise their rules for political organizations. New restrictions and approval delays threaten to take the wind out of your sails before you even hit the open ocean. This training will walk you through the workarounds and preparation that can be done to ensure your campaigns make the most of Day One, and how to avoid the traps and pitfalls that lurk in this new digital environment.

Trainers: Ryanne Brown, Avery Lord, Janani Sreenivasan

Maintaining Autonomy and Privacy Online in a Culture of Surveillance

Our phones and computers are used by corporations, governments, and cybercriminals to track and surveil our activity, from our online purchases to our offline location. This is especially true for groups interacting with marginalized populations. Surveillance affects us all, but is even more likely to harm immigrants, people of color, trans folks, and those with other intersecting, marginalized identities. The good news? We can protect ourselves and maintain our digital autonomy, and in this workshop, you’ll learn how!

Trainers: Amanda Bennett, Rachael Lorenzo

Friday Keynote

Elections are just the first step in building the world we want to see. Winning is important, but even more crucial—and more difficult—is enacting change once we win. How do we build progressive power post-November? What role does the movement play in demanding our elected officials enact the policies they promoted during the campaign? Join us for an in-depth conversation about building progressive power and enacting policy change after the ballots are counted.

Speakers include: Zerlina Maxwell, author of The End of White Politics; Rep. Deb Haaland; Rep. Barbara Lee; Rep. Katie Porter; Rep. Pramila Jayapal; Heather McGhee and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Pub Quiz 2020: It's Been Quite A Year This Week

If Netroots is going online, so are we. We’ve had to adjust to a never-ending Howard Dean rope line, a phalanx of vuvuzelas, and cordial disagreements over geopolitical naming conventions, so by that measure a global pandemic is easy. (Heck, for once we should be able to start more-or-less on time.) So not much will change: Adam will provide the trivia questions, you’ll form teams (or be formed into them), convening in breakout rooms, to answer them. (Untethered to geography, the odds of an entire round on the Accomplishments of the Chester Arthur Administration are as high as they’ll ever be.) So study up, gather ’round, and join us to celebrate a Netroots Nation tradition that’s older than the name “Netroots Nation.”

HOW TO PLAY

1. Click here to join on Zoom using your computer, tablet or smartphone.

2. Please be on time—you will have 5 minutes or so to ensure your device is configured and working.

3. Your host will walk through some housekeeping items to explain how the event will be played.

4. You can play as a team or an individual. Your team can consist of you, members of your household or others playing with you remotely. If you are playing on a team, you will need to change your Zoom name to start with the team number given by your organizer. This is how the trivia host will sort you into the right team room.

5. Participants who are playing on a computer can rename themselves by right clicking on their picture in the Zoom Gallery. Find yourself, right click and select Rename. Then enter your team number and name.

6. Participants who are playing on a mobile device can rename themselves by clicking on the Participants button at the bottom of the screen. Find your name and hit the Rename option. From there, enter your team number and name.

7. The TriviaHub host will provide you with a website link to visit (do NOT use Internet Explorer). This is where you will create your team name, record your team members and submit answers for the game. Choose one person who will act as your captain and submit answers on behalf of the team. (Pick someone with a stable internet connection, who can toggle between Zoom and their browser with ease.)

8. Go to the website and enter your team name and team members.

9. Once all teams are registered, the host will start the game. They will present questions, and you will enter your answers in the website. At the end of each round, you’ll submit your answers to the host.

10. After each round is completed, the host will review answers and announce the current scores and leaders.

11. The host will tally final scores after the last round of trivia. If there is a tie, they will go into an optional tie-breaker round, in which the tied teams will compete in answering a numerical question. The team closest to the answer will break the tie and win.

12. The winning team (and prizes) will be announced.

Panelists: Adam Bonin

Film Screening: Crip Camp

Join us for a screening of the Netflix documentary Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution, from executive producers Barack and Michelle Obama under their growing production company, “Higher Ground.” A groundbreaking summer camp galvanizes a group of teens with disabilities to help build a movement, forging a new path toward greater equality. Crip Camp took home the coveted Audience Award for U.S. Documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Panelists: Andraéa LaVant, Jim LeBrecht

Morning Yoga with Reggie Hubbard

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. This offering will ground you in peace and clarity as a foundation rather than an afterthought and provide you tools to take with you in your daily life to maintain peace of mind and health in body. The practice includes breathwork, meditation, light stretching and joint mobility enhancements to start you off on the right note. Led by MoveOn.org’s Reggie Hubbard

Panelists: Reggie Hubbard

The Feminist Sleeper Cell Presents ... Your Morning (News) Dump!

Lizz Winstead (co-creator of The Daily Show) returns to Netroots with her reproductive rights organization Abortion AF for your Morning Dump of garbage news & the current state of abortion and reproductive rights! Kick off each day of Netroots 2020 with Lizz and her crew of activists in the Feminist Sleeper Cell—along with special guest experts!—for hilarious and informative conversations about the latest  f**kery happening to abortion access, while giving us actions to fight back. Abortion AF’s Feminist Sleeper Cell covers the repro rights news you’re not getting in the mainstream media. Or any media. Or really, anywhere—so grab your coffee and join us for a morning dump!

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

Progressive Storytime for Kids

Pass the iPad to your kiddos so they can log on for Progressive Storytime each day. While you get ready for a day full of sessions, your little one(s) can enjoy a reading of beloved books including “No! My First Book of Protest,” “Julian is a Mermaid,” “Little Blue Truck” and “Courageous People Who Changed the World.” Targeted to ages 2-5. Brought to you by our friends at the Colorado Education Association.

Led by: Alisa Roost

You Too Can Design a Thing: A Scrappy Guide to Simple and Low-Cost DIY Design

Design can be intimidating, expensive, outsourced, or boring—but it doesn’t have to be. We’re two mostly self-taught designers who learned how to make the most of the tools that were available to us. We draw inspiration from everywhere to create eye-catching designs for political campaigns, nonprofits, advocacy, and more. This is our quick andn dirty how-to, with a focus on design for social media and digital organizing. Get ready to learn how to design content that resonates and drives action, basic design principles and tips for inclusive design, how to create an inspiration bank, and where to find free or low-cost tools.

Trainers: Zainab Javed, Shireen Mathews

Rebalancing the Supreme Court: How Do Progressives Take Back the (Stolen) Court?

Despite a handful of critical progressive rulings, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority remains a co-conspirator in a scheme to sabotage democracy for partisan reasons. While Chief Justice Roberts gives SCOTUS proceedings the appearance of an honest competition, the fix is in. The Roberts Court has issued 80 split decisions in civil cases involving GOP donor interests and his majority has ruled 80-0 in favor of GOP donors. Rebalancing the Supreme Court—which Mitch McConnell stole from the rest of America—through addition of seats is emerging as a top advocacy issue as prominent writers such as Jamelle Bouie, Brian Beuler, and Moira Donegan have recently spoken out in favor of it. Aaron Belkin, who has been leading the charge on this fight via Take Back the Court will host this panel underscoring how the issue of the Supreme Court and courts in general are no longer just a topic of interest for the extreme right, but also a key advocacy flash point for the progressive movement.

Led by: Aaron Belkin

Panelists: Mondaire Jones, Dan Pfeiffer, Tamara Toles O'Laughlin

Email Going to Spam? Improving Your Deliverability One Send at a Time

You spend so much time writing emails to your supporters, you need your important messages to end up in the inbox! But Gmail, Yahoo, and other email providers are constantly changing how they sort your emails. Join deliverability experts from Twilio SendGrid and Action Network to learn how to ensure your emails get to your activists every time. We’ll cover how email providers determine what’s spam and what isn’t, how the algorithms have changed in the past year, and how you can test your email program to ensure deliverability. You’ll also have a chance to learn new strategies, practice techniques like testing down the list, and ask questions to some of the foremost experts in the email deliverability field.

Trainers: Will Boyd, Amy Chin-Lai

Proven Persuasion: How to Apply Deep Canvassing to Win in 2020 and Beyond

Join organizers from People’s Action and The New Conversation Initiative to learn how deep canvassing is being used in 2020 to persuade voters in a lasting way, mobilize big grassroots teams, and win support for truly progressive solutions. Deep canvassing continues to be the only voter engagement tactic proven, in experiment after experiment, to have a large persuasive impact that can last for months or longer. Join us and learn how to defeat Trumpism—and counteract the fear, prejudice, and despair that poison our communities. You’ll learn how to apply this approach in your own work to make your conversations with voters as powerful as the tools you use to reach them.

Trainers: Mehrdad Azemun, Ella Barrett

How to Get on TV and Make It Count

Getting on TV is an important part of your candidate’s or organization’s earned media portfolio, but getting on TV can be tough. This training will teach the fundamentals of whom to pitch and how to do a pitch right, and workshop long-term strategies to build loyalty with producers and bookers to make sure you can maximize your odds of getting solid hits on local or cable television that you can use to promote your cause.

Trainers: Dante Atkins

Democracy No Longer Deferred: Why Following the Most Impacted is a Winning Strategy

The most oppressed, lead the best. In our current democracy, wealthy interests disenfranchise, disregard and exploit groups that have historically been labeled as “other.” Our efforts to achieve a fair, inclusive democracy cannot happen without leadership from the most impacted communities. Hear from activists fighting for workers, mothers, immigrants, LGBTQ+ and differently-abled folks—and against racism, the climate crisis, and poverty—on how they are fighting for their communities to be represented in our democracy. This will be a high-level strategy conversation about the present state of democracy and our shared vision for the democracy we are fighting to build, from the perspective of those most impacted.

Led by: Marilyn Carpintyero

Panelists: Maya Berry, Jonathan Butler, Bill Cobb, Brisa Johnson

The Great Political Puzzle: How Muslims are Organizing in 2020

Islamophobic attacks, smear campaigns and other propaganda tactics have long been used by special interest groups through well-funded, coordinated transnational networks, using social media and other powerful digital tools to create division—especially during sensitive political times. This has led to an increase in intergroup conflict that targets vulnerable audiences, for instance the revelation that Russian trolls orchestrated a clash outside of a Houston mosque during the 2016 elections. We’re prepared for an upcoming 2020 election cycle that is similarly contentious and divisive. Join a collective of leading, national Muslim organizations to learn more how we can prepare to combat the challenge ahead. The panelists will present the results of an internal policy survey and provide toolkits for action.

Led by: Kifah Shah

Panelists: Abbas Barzegar, Mohamed Gula, Wardah Khalid, Mohammed Missouri

Why She Ran: A Conversation with Progressive Womxn of Color in Politics

Women, particularly women of color, have a hard time finding role models when it comes to running for office. And once we’re in office and elected, governing with integrity becomes that much harder as we’re plagued by challenges that others don’t encounter. Our panel brings together progressive womxn of color who have run for office and lets them talk in depth about what motivated them to run for office, the challenges they encountered in their race, and the intersectionality of many of the challenges encountered by women and POC civic leaders.

Led by: Aimee Castenell, Britney Whaley

Panelists: Kendra Brooks, Tiffany Caban

Winning is Easy, Governing is Harder: Moving from Electoral Victory to Policy Change

Virginia has been at the center of the national conversation for its shifting political landscape. After a series of election victories, Democrats entered 2020 with a governing trifecta in Virginia for the first time since 1993. But electoral victories don’t automatically translate into policy victories that transform people’s lives. To win significant policy battles, especially ones that center race and gender equity, we need to channel the values and aspirations of a broad coalition of progressive organizations, allies and policymakers into a multi-issue policy agenda.

Led by: Tram Nguyen

Panelists: Maya Castillo, Jennifer McClellan, Marcia Price, Anna Scholl

Get Out The (Virus)

Progressives make the difference in close races on the doors. That’s been how the left has won and maintained power in Colorado and many swing states throughout the country. Turnout is going to be the main factor in 2020, and conservatives are doing everything they can to distort the facts about multi-option voting and mail ballots. With the coronavirus changing the way we campaign, how can progressives ensure strong turnout in 2020 without putting our coalition members at risk on both sides of the door?

Led by: Ian Silverii

Panelists: Manuel Lopez del Rio, Elena Nunez, Peg Perl, Martha Tierney

Virtual Hallway Hangout

Looking to connect and network in between sessions? Join us daily for a Virtual Hallway Hangout, where you can find friends and connect one-on-one with other attendees.

Saturday’s Virtual Hallway Hangout is sponsored by Aptify by Community Brands.

Social Media News You Should Use

Join us for our annual review of all the changes made to the various social media platforms since #NN19. We’ll discuss Facebook algorithm changes, rules changes, Twitter, Instagram and more and look at how these changes affect the work we do and the strategies we use.

Trainers: Beth Becker

The Candy Crush Approach: How to Get Your Team Hooked on New Tech

Progressive organizations need to leverage technology to boost their work and beat the powerful forces our movement is facing. But choosing and purchasing a new digital tool is just the beginning. The question becomes: how do I get my team to use it? This session will introduce participants to the lifecycle of technology adoption (from assessment and strategy setting to implementation) and take a deep dive on the staff training process. Participants will leave with concrete know-how for not only training but also getting staff and volunteers hooked on new digital tools—through an approach modeled on the addictive video game “Candy Crush.”

Trainers: Julien Burns

Centering Indigenous Leadership

There is a desperate need for Indigenous leadership in our movements. In this session, we’ll cover language and terminology, Indigenous history, outreach, relationship building, representation vs. leadership, and the deciphering and importance of urban and rural Indigenous cultures. This toolkit is meant to educate users on language awareness and relationship building, while also highlighting the importance of moving beyond representation or acknowledgment and into offering meaningful leadership roles for Indigenous people.

Trainers: Thomas Lopez

#DignidadLiteraria: Writers and Organizers Unite: Our Stories, Our Power!

In light of systemic racism and anti-immigrant narratives in U.S. publishing, #DignidadLiteraria founders will discuss how to lead powerful campaigns seeking literary dignity for Latinx communities. Latinx people working in publishing amount to a dismal 6%, and only around 1% of books published each year are written by Latinx authors. After securing an unprecedented commitment from Macmillan USA (publishers of American Dirt) to transform publishing its practices and include substantial increases in Latinx titles and staff, the #DignidadLiteraria movement keeps building momentum to take on the “Big 5” largest publishing conglomerates in the U.S.. Join the conversation to see how Latinx people and allies can drive national/translocal offline and digital organizing campaigns to combat major players in the culture sphere, and win!

Led by: Nancy Trevino

Panelists: David Bowles, Myriam Gurba, Roberto Lovato, Matt Nelson

Deep Engagement at Scale: Organizing through Mobile-First Messaging

Communities of color and younger voters overindex in terms of mobile use, making mobile-first messaging essential for communicating with key constituents and driving progressive outcomes at the local, state, and national levels. A recent study found that 92% of Facebook ad clicks occur on mobile devices. In this training, we’ll discuss tactics and emerging best practices for leveraging ever-changing mobile-focused platforms to reach people where they are and engage in sustained conversations to support advocacy actions and electoral mobilization.

Trainers: Josh Merritt, Sha’Tisha Young

The Power of the Pod: Activism, Movement Building and Fundraising through Podcasting

Podcasting is the fastest growing digital media platform in terms of audience reach and revenue growth. This training will cover end-to-end podcast production with a concentration on the technical aspects of production, including equipment, recording and software. We’ll also cover content planning and publishing, plus how to use your podcast for fundraising and generating revenue. Lastly, this training will cover how to promote your podcast through social media using audiograms.

Trainers: Jennifer Taylor-Skinner

Driving Digital Division: Race and Gender in the Fight Against Disinformation

Digital disinformation is a cloud hanging over the 2020 elections, but the forces behind it have been building for a long time. This panel will explore the white surpremacist and misogynistic underpinnings that created this perfect storm for our current digital environment. We will focus on the role that digital platforms like Google, Twitter, and Facebook play in creating and perpetuating this, and discuss what activists around the country can do about it.

Led by: Bridget Todd

Panelists: Madihha Ahussain, Candace Clement, Sharon Kann, Kristina Wilfore

Let’s Get Digital: Mapping Our Way to Electoral Victory

Districts are based on geography, so maps and addresses should be the foundation off of which you build your strategy, right? Unfortunately this isn’t the case for many campaigns. While most critical campaign activities have gone digital, the data and tooling to support rapid mapping efforts has not caught up. In this session, experts will help you transform maps from a campaign office decoration to the center of your digital universe. You’ll learn about tools available to better visualize voters, volunteers, donors, events and more.

Led by: Josh Hendler

Panelists: Karthik Balasubramanian, James Denny, Alex Niemczewski, Arianna Trujillo-Wesler

Building an Inclusive Internet: A Challenge Borne of Necessity

For our work, the Internet is critical and, on many fronts, its effectiveness and independence is under attack. In struggling to find a way to defend it, our movements are hampered by the under-representation in Internet decision-making of women and people of color. To save the Internet as a useful communications and organizing network in our quest to build a just and sustainable society, we need to change that. Representatives of major national organizations that are leading the work of inclusion will discuss how to combat the racism and sexism crippling Internet decision-making by excluding people of color and women and alienating them by seeping into the content of social media.

Led by: Alfredo Lopez

Panelists: Alice Aguilar, Teresa Basilio Gaztambide, Brandi Collins-Dexter

Combating Trump's Targeting of Men of Color

As people of color make up a significant portion of the Rising American Electorate, earning their vote will be critical to electing a Democrat to the White House in November. Trump’s campaign realizes this, and as a result, has started targeting men of color by talking about issues like the economy. With many younger Millennial men of color, Trump and his team are using the approach of convincing them to vote third party. This panel will discuss the extent of this problem in the upcoming general election and what can be done to combat these actions by the Trump campaign.

Led by: joshua ulibarri

Panelists: Duy Nguyen, W. Mondale Robinson, Tomas Robles, Terrance Woodbury

Disrupting Nationalist Narratives: Understanding and Mobilizing Military Veterans

When people think about the American military or veterans, very specific stories, images, and tropes come to mind. While veterans are not a monolith, this community is often ceded to the right or exploited by corporate politicians to build political capital and shield themselves from accountability. Progressives are not immune from treating this community in linear binaries, and often overlook the plurality and dynamism of this force-multiplying, vital base that is sorely needed in the fight to dismantle militarism, white supremacy, jingoism, corruption and neo-fascism. This session features progressive and leftist veteran leaders who have worked in movements, campaigns, policy, or run for office. They will offer needed analysis and tools for movement builders to deconstruct antiquated notions of the military/veteran base in order to identify, engage and mobilize veterans without forcing them to leave their diverse identities and power behind.

 

Led by: Pam Campos-Palma

Panelists: Shaniyat Chowdhury, Kerri Evelyn Harris, Arti Walker-Peddakotla

Say 'No' to Burnout Culture: Executing Sustainable, Winning Campaigns

Learn from a badass team of women of how to execute sustainable campaigns based on progressive values. Why should you listen to what we had to say? We won the DLCC’s #1 targeted race in the 2018 general election cycle by 13% in a four-way race in a swing district. The candidate, campaign manager, and field organizers did not work more than 40 hours a week until GOTV. Then join us in a discussion in how we can take sustainable campaigns to the next level by sharing your ideas on the actions we can take in taking these ideas to new campaigns and community organizations.

Led by: Leslie Herod

Panelists: Emilia Delgado Heinz, Sheena Kadi, Jordan Smith, Sen. Faith Winter

Who’s the Boss Now? Building Worker Power in an Age of Apps and Insecure Work

Workers not only should earn a livable wage, but they should be able to work collectively with security and dignity. To pad their bottom line, however, corporations have eroded that social contract and invented a fiction where all workers are their own boss, removed from labor rights and protections. In doing so, employers leave millions of workers nationwide, particularly those of color, vulnerable and atomized. This panel will explore how progressives can stand with workers to fight for a system where they are treated fairly and employers are held accountable. Building on lessons learned in 2019 and 2020, this panel will encourage progressives to organize and fight strategic battles at the local, state, and federal level.

Led by: Brian Chen

Panelists: Veena Dubal, Diego Gerena-Quiñones, Asm. Lorena Gonzalez, E. Tammy Kim

They Said WHAT? Black Disabled Women Discuss the Cultural Shift in White-dominated Social Justice Spaces

The murder of George Floyd spearheaded a worldwide movement that has brought the issue of racism to the forefront of everyone’s minds–especially within spaces that are mission-driven to advocate for marginalized people that are, nevertheless, dominated by white people. In this panel, Black disabled women and allies discuss working and collaborating with a community that has a long history of being racist and oppressive to racially marginalized people. Our intent is to invite critical thinking from people who work in progressive spaces that have histories of being racist but are similarly experiencing “awakenings.”

Led by: Andraéa LaVant

Panelists: Allie Cannington, Reyma McCoy McDeid, Dr. Angel Miles, Odunola Ojewumi

Game Changer: Tech Workers Organizing for Justice

Over the past few years, tech and game workers have been joining together to question the role that their companies are playing in covering up sexual harassment and gender inequity, enabling white supremacy, promoting economic inequality, advancing surveillance capitalism, suppressing free speech, and accelerating climate change. They are demanding a voice in the workplace and debating the best way to create lasting change. At the same time, there has been a renewed focus on the concentration of power in the industry among a few tech giants. On this panel, workers will discuss the tactics they’ve used to gain power, and the next steps for their movement. This panel is sponsored by the Communication Workers of America.

Led by: Emma Kinema

Panelists: Parul Koul, Cherri Murphy, Devan Soyka

Make Beautiful Trouble: A Strategy Game for the Revolution

The key strategies and tactics that have inspired centuries of people-powered victories are now in a deck of 100+ cards YOU can play! In this training, we’ll use the new Beautiful Trouble Strategy Card Deck to guide participants through a Design-an-Action rapid prototyping game. Teams will use their cards to spark an action idea that addresses their issue & goal. Play with an array of creative tactics that activists use in real campaigns for change, created collaboratively by over 100 activists from around the world. Learn how gaming is bringing progressive ideas to new audiences & inspiring action toward holding candidates accountable and mobilizing voters for the November election.

Trainers: Rae Abileah, Nadine Bloch

Using Time-tested Tactics to Evaluate and Boost Your Organizing

It’s no secret that organizing is hard work. Talking with people, creating relationships, and building leaders is what has, and will continue to, advance our movement. We’re at a pivotal moment where we know the importance of high-attention, short-term events like elections, voter registration pushes, and Census outreach. Our challenge is molding these moments into long-term power building opportunities for our communities. This training will cover the basics of the “leaderful” organizing model—including assessments, one-on-ones and more—and how to bring them all together into an effective, power-building organizing program that identifies and develops leaders to help scale progressive movements.

Trainers: Seth Pinckney, Elizabeth Rilley

Moving Beyond Nuts and Bolts with Harassment and Toxic Workplace Prevention

Nearly three years after #MeToo, we’re still learning about new sexual harassment and #MeToo stories. In the heat of the 2020 campaign, toxic workplaces are still compromising the work of political campaigns, nonprofit organizations, and other progressive groups. Most organizations now have a policy in place, but are they effective? Is the reporting mechanism effective? What kind of training is needed? What are the consequences for violating the policy? While more employers are finally starting to do something about their workplace climate, how do you ensure those strategies will work? Here’s how to dig deeper and move beyond the bare minimum to do a workplace prevention campaign right.

Trainers: Paula Brantner

Cybersecurity Tips for Progressive Organizations

The threat of a foreign cyber attack—against an individual, a campaign, an organization, or municipalities—is real and potentially dangerous. But the risk is not just from other countries attempting to interfere with our work or our democracy; smaller groups or even individuals invading email accounts, wiping computers, or otherwise causing havoc can be disastrous both personally and professionally. In this training, participants will learn simple techniques to prevent hacking from happening, or at least make it significantly more difficult for attackers to substantially cause harm.

Trainers: Nick Catalano

Mid-day 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 rest of the day.

Led by: Reggie Hubbard

Your Anti-Sexist, Anti-Racist Guide to Supporting Women Running—Starting with the VP Nominee

Join us for an IGNITE style session that will delve into the challenges facing womxn, particularly womxn of color, that seek leadership roles and run for office. Our emcee, Muthoni Wambu Kraal, and presenters will address four specific areas:
  • Challenges around the harm sexism and racism has had on women candidates with Amanda Brown Lierman, Glynda Carr and Christina Reynolds
  • Disinformation Data and how to avoid accidentally helping those who spread it with Safiya Umoja Noble, Jiore Craig and Tim Durigan
  • How to become a confronter versus a bystander with Alencia Johnson, Reggie Hubbard and Mari Urbina
  • How to use your power for good and ladder up from supporter to advocate with Jess Morales Rocketto and Waikinya Clanton
To round out the conversation, team members from the DNC will share ways we can all empower womxn candidates as well as tangible ways you can fight racism and sexism. With Emily Keller, Danai Pointer, Bhavana Kodira, Jaime Harrison and Michael Blake.

Led by: Muthoni Wambu Kraal

Panelists: Michael Blake, Amanda Brown Lierman, Glynda Carr, Waikinya Clanton, Jiore Craig, Tim Durigant, Jaime Harrison, Reggie Hubbard, Alencia Johnson, Emily Keller, Bhavana Kodira, Jess Morales Rocketto, Christina Reynolds, Safiya Umoja Noble, María Urbina

Disinformation in the 2020 Campaign: Who's Behind It? (It's Not Just Russia)

According to Recode, ‘many news publications—including established outfits like the Post, Miami Herald, Buzzfeed and Vox, as well as controversial alt-right hubs like InfoWars—were duped into citing nefarious tweets in their reporting, perhaps unwittingly amplifying the reach of Russian propaganda in the process.’ But Russia is far from the only player in this arena. The Trump campaign itself is poised to weaponize Facebook and other social media platforms with false narratives in the general election. Then there’s Iran, Israel, Macedonia and other countries. We aim to break down the different categories of disinformation and identify key players.

Led by: Adele M. Stan

Panelists: Sharon Kann, Shireen Mitchell, Fadi Quran, Melissa Ryan, Thenmozhi Soundararajan

A Crip Camp Discussion: Community Building as Movement Building

Netflix’s award-winning documentary, Crip Camp, chronicles the story of the disability rights movement through the lens of those who led it: disabled people. Moreover, it shares about the transformative power of community building as an impetus for change. In response to present-day global crises, the Crip Camp impact campaign has focused on carving out space for strategic community building that centers collective access and collective liberation. Lauded as a key leader in the social impact space, the campaign has engaged communities worldwide in its efforts to present disability justice as an overarching social justice issue. To date, almost 9,000 participants gather each week for its signature program: Crip Camp: The Official Virtual Experience.

As we continue to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), join Crip Camp co-directors Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht; actress and Crip Camp impact campaign advisor, Natasha Ofili; and disability policy leader and Crip Camp: The Official Virtual Experience presenter, Patrick Cokley, for a deep-dive discussion on key takeaways from the film and how modern social justice movements can cultivate their communities to strengthen them for lasting social change. This discussion will be moderated by Crip Camp Impact Producer, Andraéa LaVant.

Led by: Andraéa LaVant

Panelists: Patrick Cokley, Jim LeBrecht, Nicole Newnham, Natasha Ofili

How the West was Won (and Keeps Winning)

Colorado was deep red for decades before 2006, and the state’s politics were dominated by religious conservatives, fossil fuel companies, chambers of commerce and ideological extremists. The state constitution was hijacked in the ’90s and Colorado was labeled the “Hate State” due to horrible anti LGBTQ laws that the U.S. Supreme Court ended up overturning, and the most regressive tax law in the country. When a group of donors, communicators, and campaign strategists came together in 2004 and figured out how to win in the west and set up the first model “progressive infrastructure” in the country, Colorado went purple for a decade, and is now considered by many to be reliably blue. This year, progressive Colorado lawmakers passed a sweeping police reform law in just 16 days, a feat that seemed unimaginable just months before. Hear from some of the people who helped make this progressive shift happen.

Led by: Ian Silverii

Panelists: Steve Fenberg, Leslie Herod, Rick Palacio, Ted Trimpa

Optimize Your Grant Writing to Boost Your Work

Grant writing is a specific toolset that can help your organization or project get the resources it needs; but if you’ve never done it, it’s hard to know how to get started. This is a 101 lesson on how to write and optimize grants to increase your chances of success. The trainer has secured over $29 million in research and development grants as well as pilot project grants to advance climate solutions. She will familiarize attendees with how to evaluate project fit, write for grant grading, streamline project team participation, and run the project of applying for a solicitation.

Trainers: Urvi Nagrani

From Online to Offline: Integrating Issue Advocacy and Digital Campaigning

In our online world, digital tactics must be fully embedded for campaign strategies to be effective. But, many organizations have divided “field” and “digital,” making it hard to build alignment. We have a solution for that! We’ll help you build a toolkit for digital and field campaign success: from knowing what tools are out there to developing compelling calls to action to keep activists engaged today and for the long haul. We’ll also talk about using storytelling to uplift those closest to injustice—putting our progressive values into action. Field and digital alignment is a must if we are to win in 2020 and advance with the hard work of enacting progressive policies.

Trainers: Ntebo Mokuena, Colleen Moore

Your Friends Are Doing It: Using Social Pressure to Boost Voter Turnout

Democrats’ path to victory for the White House and Senate runs through boosting voter turnout among non-traditional voters who are often immune to traditional forms of political messaging, including issue advocacy. In 2018, Progressive Turnout Project used a data-driven, deep canvassing program to boost turnout among infrequent Democratic voters by an average of 10.4%. Social pressure has been shown to be the most effective way to motivate non-voters to participate in the electoral process. This training will cover innovative new social pressure messaging, strategy, and tactics to reach voters in the field and online.

Trainers: Kelsey Fritz, Chris Gentry

Organizing Through Our Stories

Group decisions are infinitely more powerful, yet difficult to create. Our job as community organizers and leaders is to create and curate groups that will take action together to create change. A good story helps people learn and remember and also motivates them. In this training, we’ll discuss the power of story to capture hearts and minds and how those stories can help us recruit and motivate others to act. We’ll also discuss how to record and bank the stories of your leaders and our movement.

Trainers: Lisbeth Espinosa, Elliott Petty

Doing It for the Planet, not for the 'Gram: Leveraging Social Media for Climate Justice

No one can deny the power of social media or the role that it plays in sharing information. This panel features queer, brown, youth environmental media creators who are using social platforms to educate and inspire people around the world about taking action on the climate crisis. Social media is helping put climate justice on the map, and it’s allowing new voices to have a seat at the table. We’ll discuss how social media serves as a bridge for audiences to learn about ongoing campaigns, news, and resources to live more sustainably and advance climate justice in their communities.

Led by: Kristy Drutman

Panelists: Gia Chinchilla, Kaitlin Grable, Isaias Hernandez, Ariel Maldonado

Designs on Democracy: Using Graphic Design to Reframe the Story and Win

As graphic designers and media makers, how can we use creative tools to reframe a story, subvert dominant narratives, and win campaigns? Join creative directors and campaign leaders for a panel on best practices with successful case studies on issues of immigrant rights, climate justice, and electoral politics. As people of color, women and immigrants, we will reflect on opportunities and challenges we face in doing this work.

Led by: Tanzila Ahmed

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

Later Abortions: Why Progressives Must Talk About Them in 2020

Anti-abortion extremists have enormously influenced how Americans talk about abortions later in pregnancy. Manipulative, inaccurate terms like partial-birth abortion distort how even pro-choice progressives perceive the procedure, creating ambivalence and even support for restrictions that have a devastating impact on those seeking this care, particularly poor women and people of color. With abortion bans sweeping across states and the most significant abortion case soon to be decided by the Kavanaugh Supreme Court, 2020 is a critical moment to examine what later abortion is, what the impact of barriers to care have on patients, and how we can most effectively fight for access for all.

Led by: Gena Ozols

Panelists: Karla Gonzales Garcia, Dr. Warren M. Hern, Justine Sandoval, Lauren Smith

Healing and Joy as Power

Audre Lorde said: “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” Working to change the world while neglecting ourselves and our immediate communities depletes us and replicates patterns of trauma, harm, and extraction. We need a radical, ongoing investment in our own healing. The panelists will share and explore their commitments to cultivating a culture of self and community care in order to build power and increase sustainability in social justice work.

Led by: Briana Simmons

Panelists: Jonathan Lykes, Johnaé Strong Doe, JeNae Taylor

Building Progressive Infrastructure Beyond Elections

How do we build infrastructure—tech, staffing and more—that takes us beyond election day? How do we leverage election work for direct action, local lobbying, and building our base? This superstar panel will share best practices and current projects.

Led by: Rose Espinola

Panelists: Jamarr Brown, Barb Cardell, Gabriela Lemus, Ejike Obineme

Racist Data: Is Your Work Inclusive, POC-centered, or Truly Anti-racist?

Come to this panel of women and people of color technical practitioners who are currently fighting to revolutionize biased technical processes. They will explore how data can inform organizing and mobilizing models to move toward true anti-racist work that will lead to victories in November and beyond.

Led by: Jessica Yanez

Panelists: Fryda Guedes, Kareem Jones, Fred Oaxaca, Arianna Trujillo-Wesler

Best Practices and Challenges of Working Remotely

As more organizations allow for remote workers, it’s important to build cultures and use tools to support staff, enable strong communication, and ensure equitable and inclusive work environments. This panel will have representatives from several organizations that are either fully or partially remote. They’ll share best practices and learnings, tips and tools, as well as challenges of working remotely.

Led by: Lisa Changadveja

Panelists: Libby Buechler, Jake Levine, Maria Tchijov, Veronica Young

Solidarity for Good: How Workers Across the Movement are Organizing

Do you work for a progressive nonprofit, political campaign, consulting firm, or tech company? Unions are for you too! Over the past few years, thousands of workers have been a part of organizing new unions in the progressive movement. Join union organizers and members as they share the actions they’ve taken to democratize progressive workplaces, win more sustainable working conditions, and grow the labor movement. From forming their unions to enacting pay transparency, building wage floors, and implementing racial equity principles—panelists will discuss some of the common challenges and successes in workplace organizing and explain what they have learned as they continue to build power in their workplaces and beyond.

Led by: Kim Kelly

Panelists: Kayla Blado, Amy Chin-Lai, Lilly Daigle, Sydney Scout

Tech is for Everyone: The Basics of Online Accessibility

Are your tools marginalizing people without you even knowing it? Join us in this session for an introduction to the world of accessibility—the practice of ensuring technology is usable by all people, including those with disabilities. We’ll cover the ways different types of disabilities can make it hard for people to work with common tools, techniques designers and developers can use to remove those impediments, and what to look for when selecting software and services to ensure your message can reach the widest possible audience. We’ll also teach you how to audit your existing tools for common accessibility problems, so you can start putting what you learn to work right away. Let’s build a world that works for everyone!

Trainers: Jason Lefkowitz

How to Stop Your Ad from Getting Rejected: Navigating Political Ad Certification

Nearly every month, social media platforms announce changes regarding new certification processes to run political and issue-based ads. From Jack Dorsey’s big news about Twitter last year, to the multi-faceted process on Facebook, and Google’s reactionary banning of list-targeting, the outcomes of these decisions can be jarring—and confusing. Join us to learn how to navigate through these changes in an easy-to-understand way and finally get your ads running without a hitch.

Trainers: Zuha Khan, Ross Nelson

Saturday Keynote

This political moment is bigger than winning elections or even enacting progressive policies. The bigger picture—our end goal—is to create a movement and a society that is equitable and just for all. To achieve our goals, we must dismantle white supremacy and the systems that perpetuate injustice. What does it take to break down systems of oppression that have existed for centuries? What roles can each of us play to support the work of those on the frontlines of injustice?

Speakers include: Reps. Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley, Alicia Garza, Color of Change’s Rashad Robinson, NDN Collective’s Nick Tilsen, immigration activists Alejandro Fuentes-Mena and Zenen Jaimes Perez, and Community Change’s Dorian Warren.

Film Screening: Resisterhood

Join us for the World Premiere of Resisterhood! If ever there was a time for an uplifting film about standing up for a more just and inclusive America, it is now. Resisterhood is a documentary about the power of women, hope and resistance in modern American politics. Beginning at the 2017 Women’s March in Washington, DC, the film follows six diverse Americans as they fight for social justice on the streets and in the halls of power. Over the course of two years, experience the reality of Trump’s America through their eyes. And through their actions, witness the strength and courage of ordinary Americans during this extraordinary time. Closed captioning and Spanish subtitles available.

Resisterhood’s mission is to fire up the resistance and get people out to VOTE. Find out how you can use the film to support your work at www.ResisterhoodDoc.com.

Join us after the screening for a Q&A with panelists Jean Gearon, Luis Gutierrez, Soraida Gutierrez, Mimi Hassanein, CJ Crim, Margaret Morrison and Courtney Sheehan.

Led by: Courtney Sheehan

Panelists: Jean S Gearon, PhD, Luis Gutierrez, Soraida Gutierrez, Mimi Hassanein, Cheryl Jacobs Crim, Margaret Morrison

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