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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

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?

Grassroots Organizing in 2020: A New Era Begins

Small-dollar donors have proved that grassroots fundraising *is* organizing, and this movement is here to stay. In the midst of a momentous election cycle, small-dollar donors are making history, fueling campaigns and organizations at every level by already contributing more than $2 billion to the candidates and causes they care about. Hear from digital organizing practitioners and movement makers about how digital organizing is driving the progressive movement at an unprecedented level and creating lasting changes to how we organize. We’ll reflect on our successes as a movement and share case studies demonstrating why small-dollar donors are more essential than ever to building a people-powered movement. This panel is sponsored by ActBlue.

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

Worker Safety in the Food Supply Chain

Teamsters represent nearly 500,000 workers at every level of the food chain—from meat and dairy processing, packing, transportation and delivery, to the country’s largest breweries, bakeries, soft drink companies and grocery chains. The union fears a resurgence of COVID-19 could put the food supply on the brink of collapse. In order to protect food workers, both union and nonunion, and the country’s food supply chain, the Teamsters are calling for enhanced safety measures at all food facilities and demanding protections. In this panel, we will look at what the government must do to ensure the country’s essential workforce can be kept safe and well.

This panel is sponsored by the Teamsters.

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.

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.

Political Graphic Design 101: A Quick Start Guide

It’s 2020 and political visual design is EVERYWHERE. Ever wonder how you can get someone to stop and look at your design? Do you know your design looks amateur but don’t know how to fix it? Why do you stop and look at some billboards, but not others? How can 2D lines make us feel layered emotion? Why did you decide to not recycle one of those political mailers you got? We’ll cover how humans process visual information and what motivates us to act. This training will cover the basics of photo-based design and help you improve your understanding of the visual communications that surround you.

Trainers: Candice Dayoan, Chris McNeil

Get Tested: How to Run an Optimized Email Program

Every email list is a special unicorn, so how do you know what messaging motivates your supporters? What subject lines grab their attention? How do you write the most engaging copy? And are graphic emails really all that? The answers to all of those questions—and more—are an email test away. In this session, you’ll learn the basics of email writing and testing, including crafting copy and testing its effectiveness, what makes an effective email test, what tools you need to start testing, best practices, how to analyze the results, and how to apply those lessons to future emails.

Trainers: Malinda Frevert, Damien Shirley

Start MOBILE-izing Your Base: Getting Started with SMS for Campaigns

In grassroots organizing we say, “Meet people where they are.” With 95 percent 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 head or tails over which is best for your needs. This training will cover why your campaign or organization should be investing in mobile (SMS), the differences between peer-to-peer and broadcast texting, and how you can use both effectively.

Trainers: Sandi Fox

Creating Compelling Social Content for Your Campaign or Organization

What kind of social media content will help you build your online community of supporters and activists? Where do you find great content, how often should you post, and what should you be posting? You know how your boss keeps saying you should just make that thing go viral? “Going viral” on today’s internet is a herculean task that requires strategy, timing and tremendous amounts of luck. But, taking all the knowledge and testing accumulated from working at places like Upworthy, Vice, and Versa News, we’ll walk you through some basic strategy to make sure your message has the best chance possible. SPOILER: Good storytelling is the most important ingredient.

Trainers: Adam Mordecai, Laura Packard

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, Liz Rilley

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: Toby Fallsgraff, Avery Lord, Janani Sreenivasan

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

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

Stop Redesigning Your Website and Start Evolving It!

Best practice used to say you should fully redesign your website every few years. But major redesigns can can be costly: aside from money, they can suck up a huge amount of staff time, affect SEO, and alienate users already familiar with your site. The smarter way to approach a modern website is to budget for gradual, ongoing changes—ideally informed by A/B testing. In this session we’ll talk about the ins and outs of making this philosophical shift, including budgeting, tools and vendor relationships, plus how to assess if your current site is amenable to this data-informed incrementalism.

Trainers: Ira Horowitz

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

How to Attract and Keep the Best Volunteers

A strong organizing program is arguably the most powerful mechanism to win. To date, MobilizeAmerica has helped over 1.5 million volunteers take 3.2 million actions to support the mission-driven organizations and campaigns they care about. In tandem with Swing Left, one of our most active partners, we’ll share the data-driven learnings we’ve gathered with organizers of all levels. Join us and hear proven strategies for optimizing the volunteer lifecycle, from recruitment to reengagement. We’ll cover best practices across the entire volunteer lifecycle: how to recruit, empower, gather feedback, reengage, and more.

Trainers: Ruby Anaya, Liz Mullen

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

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

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

Don't Micromanage! How to Lead Teams and Deliver Results

“I thought I was clear” or “It’s faster if I do this myself … ” Most managers have said one of these things at some point in their careers. The pressure to lead teams and deliver results is real. What’s also real is that managers can provide their teams with clarity, support, and a healthy work culture. Together we’ll cover how to set clear expectations so that people can deliver great work. We’ll give you a coaching framework that is easy to remember and we’ll integrate some choice points and awareness for how you can address systems of oppression and bias in the workplace. Whether this is your first time managing or you’ve been doing it for years, we welcome you to join us.

Trainers: Lola Elfman

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

Operation Save Abortion: Morning News Dump and Coffee Hour

Lizz Winstead (co-creator of The Daily Show, founder Abortion Access Front) and crew return to Netroots with the daily livestream Operation Save Abortion, a recap of garbage news in the current state of abortion and reproductive rights. Kick off each day with a hilarious and informative conversation about the latest  f**kery in abortion access, while giving you actions to fight back. Operation Save Abortion covers the repro rights news you’re not getting in the mainstream media. Or really, anywhere. Grab a coffee, connect with friends and join us for a morning news dump!

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.

Organization Showcase

Want to learn more about our progressive organizational partners and the work they do? Pop into one of our Organization Showcases and you’ll have a chance to chat with representatives from organizations and companies that share your values.

Building Racial Equity: Democratic AGs On the Front Lines

Democratic AGs have been on the frontlines protecting vulnerable communities from defending DACA at the Supreme Court and protecting health care to confronting the COVID-19 crisis and reforming our criminal justice system. Now more than ever, Dem AGs are providing critical leadership in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by police and protests demanding change around the country. They are listening to Black Americans, meeting with community leaders, working with state legislative leaders and law enforcement, and taking proactive steps to address police brutality, pursue reform, and rebuild trust. As chief legal officers, their criminal justice powers vary from state to state, yet Democratic Attorneys General stand united in their commitment to fight for justice and equality.

Led by: Jennifer Song

Panelists: Keith Ellison, Maura Healey

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

OPERATION SAVE ABORTION: MORNING NEWS DUMP AND COFFEE HOUR

Lizz Winstead (co-creator of The Daily Show, founder Abortion Access Front) and crew return to Netroots with the daily livestream Operation Save Abortion, a recap of garbage news in the current state of abortion and reproductive rights. Kick off each day with a hilarious and informative conversation about the latest  f**kery in abortion access, while giving you actions to fight back. Operation Save Abortion covers the repro rights news you’re not getting in the mainstream media. Or really, anywhere. Grab a coffee, connect with friends and join us for a morning news dump!

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.

Organization Showcase

Want to learn more about our progressive organizational partners and the work they do? Pop into one of our Organization Showcases and you’ll have a chance to chat with representatives from organizations and companies that share your values.

Say That Sis: A Space to Vent for BIPOC Femme Organizers

Quilt, a collective exclusively for BIPOC women identifying folks, is hosting a session for BIPOC organizers to vent, share experiences and challenges in their work and how we can create environments to heal and move forward to continue our work. This will be an interactive session will be led by Candice Fortin and Tamara Lee and is exclusive to BIPOC femme identifying folks.

Panelists: Candice Fortin, Tamara Lee

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

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.”

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.

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

OPERATION SAVE ABORTION: MORNING NEWS DUMP AND COFFEE HOUR

Lizz Winstead (co-creator of The Daily Show, founder Abortion Access Front) and crew return to Netroots with the daily livestream Operation Save Abortion, a recap of garbage news in the current state of abortion and reproductive rights. Kick off each day with a hilarious and informative conversation about the latest  f**kery in abortion access, while giving you actions to fight back. Operation Save Abortion covers the repro rights news you’re not getting in the mainstream media. Or really, anywhere. Grab a coffee, connect with friends and join us for a morning news dump!

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.

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: 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

Film Screening: Resisterhood

Resisterhood is a film about the power of women, hope and resistance in modern American politics. When historians tell the story of the aftermath of the 2016 presidential elections, Resisterhood will be Exhibit A. 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, we watch as they work to protect our rights and inspire others to join this peaceful and historic movement. Through their eyes, we experience the reality of Trump’s America. And through their actions, we witness the strength and courage of ordinary Americans during this extraordinary time. Join us for the exclusive, world-premiere of this film.

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