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Early Morning FAKE News Dump!

There’s no Lizz Winstead this year, but there’s still mornings and news! Join Chris Savage of Eclectablog, Vicki Roush, and some surprise guests for some bleary-eyed newsy-ness each day.

Coffee Break

Need a quick pick-me-up? Come by the Town Square for coffee and pastries to get your day started.

Digital Organizing Tools Overview

Since 2016, many new organizing tools have been created—but which ones actually work and how will they change how we organize in 2018? We ran the digital organizing program for the VA Coordinated Campaign last fall and have spent 2018 digging in even further, assessing 100+ digital organizing tools (ranging from SMS tools like Hustle, Relay, and Groundgame; relational organizing tools like Team App, Outvote, VoterCircle, and MyRVP; and events tools like Mobilize and Grove AI). This training will give an overview of these tools and how they fit in with organic digital organizing strategies like Facebook groups, Twitter and email programs.

Trainers: Dan Bram, Greta Carnes

Snap the Vote — Learn to organize on Snapchat

In this training, we’ll cover Snapchat 101 and best practices for using the platform. Plus, we’ll provide some advanced tips for how to use Snapchat for organizing, campaigning and civic engagement.

Trainers: Sofia Gross

Progressive Donors: What Motivates Them and How to Reach Them

In the era of Trump and bad news overload, how do you create a conversation with a potential donor so they care about your key issue? What can you say to them that will convince them to support your work? In this workshop, we’ll review and update results from the 2017 Progressive Donor Survey, which reached online and offline donors across the country. We’ll then do an exercise to identify who these donors are and what makes them tick. With these potential supporters in mind, we’ll explore the channels and messages to best reach them where they are. The session will finish with some tactics to keep them involved with your cause beyond that first donation or even that first Retweet or Facebook Like.

Trainers: Camron Assadi, Margaret Whiteley

The Muslims Are Coming: Organizing the Muslim Community in the Age of Hate

The increase of hate crimes, Islamophobia, and discriminatory rhetoric by candidates running across the nation has awakened a wave of Muslims that have become driven to make change. However, the Muslim community is a very diverse community, a very cultured community, and one that has been victim to scrutiny for more than 17 years. Although Muslims make up just one percent of the US population, they have significant communities in swing states like Florida, Ohio, Michigan and Virginia. Join us for a session that will help your organization build or strengthen your collaborative relationship with your local Muslim community, and help you organize/mobilize your Muslim allies.

Trainers: Mohamed Gula, Vetnah Yemen Monessar

Dare to Compete! How to Run for Office for Women Leaders

Are you a woman interested in running for office, but don’t know where to start? Let Emerge America point you in the right direction during our Dare to Compete! training. Learn the basics of starting your run for elected office or support women who are running. Women are stepping up to run in record numbers, and we know America desperately needs the unique perspectives and skills women can bring to the table. Emerge America and the Emerge affiliates share one mission: to increase the number of Democratic women leaders from diverse backgrounds in public office through recruitment, training, and providing a powerful network. We have trained over 3,000 women to run for elected office.

Trainers: A'shanti Gholar

Transcending Diversity

Let’s face it, “diversity and inclusion” efforts in this country, and in the progressive movement, have been dismal. The reasons for this are deep and complex, but one of them is that we treat our differences like something that can be boxed and put in a corner, and pulled out when we need to address tension or conflict. What we are proposing is that we understand that who we are permeates every single aspect of our work and interactions, and by training ourselves in the practice of remembering this and responding accordingly, we can transcend the need for “diversity training” and begin relating in ways that account for difference, create powerful organizational cultures and deliver the best results for our work.

Trainers: Maritza Schafer, Akaya Windwood

Organizing Walmart: How OUR Walmart has Moved Walmart Employees from Online Engagement to Offline Action

Too often online tools are being used as solely communication tools and not as opportunities to move people into offline action. Come learn about OUR’s online to offline pathway and learn about their best practices on their pathway from initial conversation to leader.

Trainers: Eric Schlein

Turning a Sprint into a Marathon: The Muslim Ban Organizing Efforts as a Model on Sustaining a Movement

On January 27, 2017, diverse communities of activists from across the country descended upon airports. Elected officials, families, people of all backgrounds showed up in droves to protest President Trump’s Executive Order commonly known as the Muslim Ban. As the months passed and new variations of the Executive Order conveyed the same Islamophobia, advocates—often from the most impacted communities—continued fighting in the airports, in the courtrooms and on the streets. How does a movement born quickly on a Friday afternoon harness the energy of the thousands compelled to action and engage them in long-term work?

Led by: Zahra Billoo

Panelists: Gadeir Abbas, Almas Haider, Mohammad Khan, Subha Varadarajan

Digital Sanctuary: Engineering Tools and Models for Racial Justice

As racial justice techies and campaigners, we have been talking about the problematic values that underpin the internet ecosystem, developing new advocacy models for racial justice, and defining our own narratives. We need to strategize to overcome algorithmic bias, problems with digital security, and how for-profit tech increases inequality and contributes to injustice. This panel will dig deeply into legacy online campaigning and how old organizing models are being replaced by grassroots tech solutions; how voter suppression in the digital age is inextricably tied to our fight for Net Neutrality; how we can transform campaigning by integrating digital security at every step; and how we are building new toolkits for digital sanctuary.

Led by: Mariana Ruiz Firmat

Panelists: Bex Hurwitz, Cayden Mak, Jess Morales Rocketto, Steven Renderos

It Takes Everyone: Building Power to Advance Ambitious Equitable Climate Change Solutions

In order to meaningfully address climate change, the solutions we build must engage a diverse set of stakeholders across issues—from health, to housing, to immigration, to others. Confronting climate change also demands centering economic and racial inequity. Ambitious climate campaigns today are building power through cross-sectoral coalitions, electoral engagement, and the leadership of people of color, low-income communities, and young people. In this panel, you’ll hear from groups advancing equitable climate change solutions, building new governing coalitions through democratic organizing, and advancing electoral strategies to win policy that confronts climate change and paves the way for a just economy for all people.

Led by: Adrien Salazar

Panelists: Annel Hernandez, tiffany.mendoza Mendoza, Andrea Cristina Mercado, Varshini Prakash

The West Virginia Teacher Strike: Sparking a National Movement for Public Education

February 23 through March 6, West Virginia teachers and service personnel united in a historic statewide strike to demand better healthcare, competitive wages, and respect for the public education system. Faced with ongoing benefit cuts, increased premiums, and ranked 48th in pay, teachers and service personnel began organizing using a secret Facebook group in November 2017 that grew to over 24,000 members. By providing a space for open dialogue and planning, and discussing escalation tactics, a movement was created that ignited the grassroots in not only WV but across the country. This panel will discuss some of the background of the strike organizing, the results, and how it has spread to multiple localities and states.

Led by: Ryan Frankenberry

Panelists: Erica Newsome, Brianne Solomon, Zanetta Stallworth

Guns Don’t Discriminate, People Do: Equitable Organizing in the Gun Safety Space

Recent school shootings are sparking an incredible movement around ending gun violence this country, but youth in Chicago and New York in predominately black and brown communities have been organizing around these issues for years. How can we build a movement for gun safety that is truly equitable and recognizes the participation of youth of color and allied communities to make an inclusive, diverse movement?

Led by: Jamiah Adams

Panelists: Amber Goodwin, Michelle Janaye Nealy, Qudsia Raja

Housing Touches Everything Progressives Care About. So Why Aren’t We Talking About It?

A growing body of evidence demonstrates that safe, affordable housing contributes to increased educational attainment, improved health care outcomes, stronger economic mobility and productivity, less homelessness, and greater equity and civil rights. Yet despite this demonstrable impact, only a handful of progressive advocates have embraced housing as a key political and organizing imperative. That needs to change. And it’s starting to change. This session will make the case for why all progressives should be involved in housing issues, introduce federal and state opportunities to get involved, and provide an opportunity for questions that dive deep into the intersection between housing and why it should matter to all progressives.

Led by: Chantelle Wilkinson

Panelists: Allison Bovell-Ammon, Mike Koprowski, Lisa Bland Malone, Andrenecia Morris, Agatha So

Black Women Teach: Electoral Perspectives from Black Women Electeds

Fri 9am: Black Women Teach: Electoral Perspectives from Black Women Electeds

Black Women Teach: Electoral Perspectives from Black Women Electeds

Posted by Netroots Nation on Friday, August 3, 2018

Since November 2016, there has been an increase of women candidates across the country. Come engage with decorated elected officials and hear what the political process has entailed for them. All of the panelists will have served at least one term in their respective state legislature and will come ready to share and answer any questions that you may have about their process. As we head into an unprecedented election season, it’s important that we continue to collectively share the resources that enable progressives to take over GOP controlled seats and win at every level.

Led by: Michelle Wright

Panelists: Rep. Park Cannon, Leslie Herod, Rep. Renitta Shannon, Emilia Sykes

#UsToo: Overcoming Invisibility and Battling the #MeToo Backlash

Fri 9am: #UsToo: Overcoming Invisibility and Battling the #MeToo Backlash

#UsToo: Overcoming Invisibility and Battling the #MeToo Backlash

Posted by Netroots Nation on Friday, August 3, 2018

Movements like #MeToo and #TIMESUP have drawn an influx of new people, media and policy attention to longstanding efforts to end our society’s culture of sexual violence. But with heightened visibility comes a heightened risk of problematic “solutions” and vehement backlash. How can we leverage this visibility to make lasting change in schools, at work and beyond? How can progressives fight the erasure of communities most severely impacted by sexual violence to ensure that much-needed policy and cultural shifts center members of these communities? How do we create a world where care and respect are the norm, not abuses of power? Join this diverse panel of experts to build a future where no one has to say “Me, too” when it comes to sexual violence.

Led by: Sabrina Joy Stevens

Panelists: Dara Baldwin, Girshriela Green, Mary Cathryn Ricker, Catalina Velasquez

Rural ≠ White

Since the election of Donald Trump, many pundits and professional Democrats have “white washed” rural America. But the fact is, immigrants are revitalizing small towns and rural communities across the country while African African voters across the rural south and Native American voters in the Great Plains have long been critical members of the Democratic coalition. This panel will feature rural leaders of color across the country working to pass progressive reforms at the state, local and federal level.

Led by: Matthew Hildreth

Panelists: Lanon Baccam, Nereyda Calero, Francys Johnson, Alli Moran

Fighting the Global Right (Sponsored Panel)

Fri 9am: Fighting the Global Right (Sponsored Panel)

Fighting the Global Right (Sponsored Panel)

Posted by Netroots Nation on Friday, August 3, 2018


Donald Trump and his people have been part of a sharp rise of an ethno-nationalist right wing that has spanned borders, a network that has shared funding and is knit together on social media. Progressives need to marry strong organizing and bold tactics to meet this challenge. Campaigners from Europe and the U.S. who are on the front lines in this fight will join us to talk about how they have been fighting back, and winning.

Led by: Brian Young

Panelists: Patrik Hermansson, Nelini Stamp, Dirk Van Den Bosch

Fight Pipelines, Fight Racism: Louisiana’s #NoBayouBridge Fight is About More than a Pipeline

The #NoBayouBridge short-film series and panel discussion will detail how a fight to stop a 162-mile oil pipeline is about more than resisting the oil industry in Louisiana. It’s also about more than just stopping ETP/Sunoco—pipeline companies with some of the worst environmental records in the U.S.—from endangering 700 waterways and 50 miles of the Atchafalaya Basin. It’s even more than a fight to stop private and public security forces from repressing activists. While it’s all of these, #NoBayouBridge continues the struggle against economic and political elites in Louisiana—whose decisions perpetuate racial and environmental injustice, and land and cultural dispossession—that links back to white settler colonization and slavery.

Led by: Dominic Renfrey

Panelists: Cherri Foytlin, Pastor Harry Joseph, Anne Rolfes

Rebrand the Democrats: Crowdsourcing the New Progressive Narrative

Traditional party and political boundaries are being actively, dynamically redefined, and Democrats are without a clear brand, vision or narrative. We can no longer rely on old rules. We need a platform and narrative strategy that are transcendent—that rise above old campaigns and driven by people most impacted by harmful policies—to unite an irrefutable majority against the real threats we face and toward a co-created vision of democracy. This session will be interactive, drawing upon the wisdom and experiences of all present through inclusively-facilitated activities. Our goal, by the end of the session, is to emerge with two or three clear, visionary, testable brand/narrative directions for the Democratic party.

Panelists: Vanice Dunn, Ellen Roche

Trump's Russia ties: Protecting the Mueller investigation – a strategy discussion

In the past few weeks public interest Trump’s Russia ties has peaked, and there is increased urgency around protecting the Mueller investigation. This caucus will discuss strategies to resist Russian interference in U.S. elections, protect the Mueller investigation, and proactively defend Democracy from foreign interference.

Led by: Kaili Lambe

Doing Politics, Advocacy and Organizing with Open Source Software, Platforms and APIs

This caucus will feature quick demos/lightning talks about Spoke (it’s like Hustle and Relay), CiviCRM (contact/constituent relationship management), Mattermost (a ‘Slack-alike’), Rapid Pro (txt tool used by resistbot), the OSDI API, and a few other projects and platforms that use open source (“OS”) software for advocacy, organizing or electoral campaigns. To be followed by Q and A, discussion, networking opportunities. We’ll avoid ‘ideological’ arguments re OS versus ‘closed source’/proprietary, and focus on what OS tools are useful, and can complement and integrate with other platforms.

Led by: Joe McLaughlin

Indigenous People's Caucus

Indigenous People Caucus at Netroots Nation! A time to represent, to meet and to exchange information and experiences. During the Caucus session we can discuss further opportunities or issues to bring awareness to the Netroots Nation.

Led by: Prairie Rose Seminole

Anti Nuclear Caucus

The nuclear threat is more real than ever. Join us to talk about the role nuclear disarmament work should play in the broader resistance movement. We’ll talk about how we can work together to prevent nuclear war and put an end to the exploitative and morally bankrupt system that support these horrific weapons. And, importantly, how this work intersects with and can lift up a wide range of other progressive causes from women’s rights and immigration to climate change and safety nets.

Led by: Cecili Thompson Williams

LGBTQ Women Out to Win

Women candidates encounter a myriad of obstacles to running for office that their men counterparts rarely face. Yet LGBTQ women candidates face the additional challenges of homophobia and transphobia—not to mention racism for LGBTQ women of color. Hear from some of the nation’s leading candidates and elected officials about the challenges and opportunities of running as an out LGBTQ woman. Also hear about the unprecedented number of LGBTQ women running for office this cycle, and the importance of increasing representation in government.

Led by: Annise Parker

Panelists: Leslie Herod, Danica Roem, Pat Spearman

Race-Class: How to Build a Truly Multiracial Movement for Racial Justice and Shared Prosperity for All

Government violence against communities of color is rising to match the Trump administration’s rhetoric of racial fear-mongering. These outrages pose, at once, severe human rights challenges, and also, strategic cover for the right’s economic war on all working-class people. The progressive movement must speak forcefully to both racial and economic injustice. But how, when conversations about racism discomfit significant numbers of whites, and a colorblind economic populism leaves large parts of our base frustrated and alienated?

Our research indicates the key lies in a narrative that centers racial division as the principal weapon in a class war the rich are winning. For the last year, Ian Haney López (author of Dog Whistle Politics), Anat Shenker-Osorio (ASO Communications), and Heather McGhee (Demos Action) partnered in an ambitious multi-phase project to create an effective new narrative around racism as a divide-and-conquer weapon that generates both racist violence and surging economic inequality. We crafted, empirically validated, and field-tested the result against a range of existing progressive and reactionary frames—and narratives fusing race and class outperformed both colorblind economic populism and racial justice messages, as well as Trumpian white nationalist populism. We believe the race-class approach provides a route toward a truly multiracial progressive coalition equally and simultaneously committed to racial justice and shared economic prosperity. Please join us for a conversation, with an opportunity for questions and answers, introduced by Heather McGhee and featuring Ian Haney López.

Led by: Ian Haney Lopez, Causten Rodriguez-Wollerman

Panelists: Celinda Lake

State of Resistance: How Democratic Governors are Leading the Fight Against the Republican Agenda

Fri 10:30am: State of Resistance: How Democratic Governors are Leading the Fight Against the Republican Agenda

State of Resistance: How Democratic Governors are Leading the Fight Against the Republican Agenda

Posted by Netroots Nation on Friday, July 27, 2018

Within days of the Trump administration taking office, Democratic leaders in blue states promised a wall of resistance to block the chaos coming out of Washington. Governors and other state leaders vowed to use legislation and lawsuits to create an alternative to Trump’s agenda. Come hear from Democratic governors and leaders about how states are helping to both lead the resistance and continue to advance progressive ideas and policies on issues like immigration, health care, reproductive rights, voting rights and climate change.

Led by: Amanda Terkel

Panelists: Gov. Jay Inslee

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.

Women of Color: Creating Community for Shared Success

Progressive organizing is usually led on the ground by women of color who do not traditionally receive the resources and attention that they need and deserve. With midterms upon us, we would like to build connections amongst WOC activists, candidates, and advisors to share stories and best practices to support intersectional organizing and progressive agendas.

Led by: Kat Calvin, Sameena Mustafa

Special keynote with Sen. Cory Booker

Friday Noon Keynote

Friday Noon Keynote

Posted by Netroots Nation on Friday, August 3, 2018

Please join us for a special keynote featuring Sen. Cory Booker and Mustafa Santiago Ali, who were unable to make Thursday’s keynote due to inclement weather.

Panelists: Sen. Cory Booker, Mustafa Santiago Ali

Advanced Emailing for Progressive Change: Don't be a Dumpster Fire

Email is THE most powerful one-to-many communications channel available to progressive organizers. Done right, it delivers a powerful message for your candidate or cause, raises huge sums of money and mobilizes volunteers quickly and cheaply. Done wrong, it annoys your supporters, breeds negativity and breaks trust—or just goes to spam folders and is ignored. Come learn how your program can sparkle with best practices, grow your supporters’ engagement, and max out your ability to fundraise. I’ll share lessons learned from more than 13 years experience managing email programs for CREDO, Bernie 2016, NextGen, and Mozilla—and discuss with you where email is going over the next few years.

Trainers: Will Easton

Social Media 101: How To Build, Grow and Engage on Social Media

A compelling social media presence is an essential part of any candidate’s campaign or any advocacy group’s mission. But running a personal account is different from managing effective profiles and campaigns. How do you build a presence that will stand out? In this training, we’ll tackle the nuts and bolts of how to build your social media presence from scratch, how to create a unique voice, how to grow your profiles and how to engage your audience. Participants will learn how to develop a strategy that meets your larger goals and how to build a content calendar. We’ll break down misconceptions and give you the tools you need to be successful on social media.

Trainers: Alyssa Franke

A Wrinkle in Time: Using Pop Culture Stories to Mobilize and Organize Communities

Trump tapped into stories like “Leave it to Beaver” and “The Birth of a Nation” and rode them to victory. Our side has better stories; we just need to be more strategic about using them. Progressive stories like “Coco” or “Black Panther” fill movie screens and the popular fiction the public devours. We must understand how stories work and learn to use them in our strategy. Stories should not be an afterthought to get a few more clicks on a cute graphic. The creative strategies we teach will help you identify stories in popular culture and story archetypes that the people you seek to mobilize respond to. We’ll identify where and how those stories are best told and map out how to integrate them into your organizing work and use them to win.

Trainers: Elana Levin, Felicia Perez

Fundraising 101: Donor Research and Baller Asks

Improving your fundraising is critical, whether you’re running a small grassroots campaign or running for office. Our exercise-based curriculum will help you learn hands-on how to research donors and ask for money more effectively. And when progressives can raise more grassroots dollars, we win more. This training received rave reviews at Netroots Nation last year, and we’re excited to offer it again!

Trainers: Jasmine Carter-Gales, Lucy Olena

How to Persuade and GOTMFV Online for Down-Ballot Races

With all the bluster and hype around Trump’s digital strategy, it’s hard to know what works online to persuade voters and get them to out to vote at a national scale. It’s even harder to know what works and doesn’t for local and down-ballot races. Join DSPolitical’s Jesse Juntura to learn not only what the evidence shows works (and doesn’t) online, but practical instruction as to how you can develop winning creative, target the right voters, and make sure they get out to vote. This training will cover digital persuasion and online GOTV research, include a walkthrough of how to set up, target, run, and optimize your online campaign using as an example for local campaigns.

Trainers: Jesse Juntura

Activist's Secret Weapon: How to Harness Your Passion, Build Your Confidence, and Step into Leadership

There are plenty of activism and campaign trainings out there. But there’s only ONE mindset training for getting you emotionally and mentally ready for advocacy and politics. This training session gets right to the heart of the fears many women have around leadership and stepping into public life. We’re masters at showing you how to manage your inner critic (and imposter syndrome), use your passionate voice to create change and inspire voters and donors to support, give and spread the word like fire. If you’ve been thinking about jumping into advocacy, have trained to help campaigns or run yourself and are still afraid of putting yourself out there, attending this training can give you the secret weapon you need to change the world.

Trainers: Dr. Melissa BIrd, Melanie Childers

Addressing Class Privilege as Activists

Ever been in an activist environment that inadvertently replicated classism and excluded poor and working-class leaders? Wondering how someone with class privilege clues like private school education, an inheritance or trust fund, high-paying job, or no student debt can meaningfully leverage their class privilege for social justice? Class privilege is rarely acknowledged or examined in activist spaces, politics, or the U.S. at large even though wealth inequality is at the root of so many of today’s systemic injustices. Through our roles at Resource Generation (the only organization in the U.S. organizing people (18-35) toward the equitable distribution of wealth, land, and power), we’ll provide concrete tools to recognize and counter class privilege. People with class privilege and wealth have many roles to play in creating a more just world. It’s important that we understand our power, class backgrounds, and its intersections and distinctions with race so we can effectively collaborate across lines of class and with movements led by communities most impacted by injustice.

Trainers: Kaitlin Gravitt, Iimay Ho

Our Rights, Our Fight: Why Progressives are Uniting Across Issues to Protect our Courts

Fri 1pm: Our Rights, Our Fight: Why Progressives are Uniting Across Issues to Protect our Courts

Our Rights, Our Fight: Why Progressives are Uniting Across Issues to Protect our Courts

Posted by Netroots Nation on Friday, August 3, 2018

Federal courts are holding the line against some of Trump’s worst attacks on our rights, including the transgender military ban, the Muslim ban, and more. But this bulwark is at risk. He could still fill over 100 judicial vacancies, reshaping the courts for decades. Among his nominees are one who called transgender youth part of “Satan’s plan”; attorneys who defended a voter ID law that a court said targeted black voters with “surgical precision”; and the lawyer who fought for Hobby Lobby to deny employees contraceptive coverage. Advocates for LGBTQ rights, communities of color, women and workers are uniting to fight back. Hear from leaders about why they’re doubling down on courts and lessons learned from cross-issue nominations campaigns.

Led by: Keith Thirion

Panelists: Karol Alzate Londono, Elizabeth Beavers, Hilary Shelton, Ian Wilhite, Ambalika Williams

From Chains to Change: Race and the Right to Vote in the Nation's Incarceration Capital

Formerly incarcerated organizers are flipping the script in Louisiana. Organizing inside prisons and in community, members and leaders of VOTE (Voice of the Experienced) are leading the fight for the rights of the formerly incarcerated. On this panel, we’ll discuss how VOTE took an idea hatched behind bars and turned it into a power-building machine where the formerly incarcerated deliver the change they need in their lives. We’ll also touch on an active, historic lawsuit where VOTE is demanding that the State of Louisiana restore the vote for more than 71,000 Louisiana citizens on probation and parole. From prisons to courts to the streets, these local grassroots visionaries are reinventing and expanding the path to freedom.

Led by: Jennifer Lai-Peterson

Panelists: Andrea Armstrong, Andrew Hairston, Norris Henderson, Ariel Jeanjacques

The Dangers of Disruption: Privatization is Not Progressive

Disruption has become a buzz word, especially in the tech and business sectors. Many innovations meant to ‘disrupt’ have made life easier for those who use the services. But there’s a downside to disruption and it can have a devastating effect on communities. AirBnb was meant to disrupt expensive hotels. It’s also driven an affordable housing crisis in places like New Orleans. Uber and ride sharing apps pay poverty wages. Charter schools have contributed to contributed to a rise in segregation. In the San Francisco Bay Area, there are private elite busses, which are used mostly by white people and are not handicapped accessible. Join us for an honest discussion about ways to screen for downsides as disruption happens and hear examples of how people have organized and fought back.

Led by: Sarah Jaffe

Panelists: Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson, Charles Khan, Julian Vasquez Heilig

Nuts and Bolts 4.0: From the Bottom Up!

Fri 1pm: Nuts and Bolts 4.0: From the Bottom Up!

Nuts and Bolts 4.0: From the Bottom Up!

Posted by Netroots Nation on Friday, August 3, 2018

Nuts & Bolts represents a longstanding series on Daily Kos built around the development of successful small campaigns. While the series focuses on state and local races, Nuts & Bolts has also been used as a point of reference by federal candidates. Join us for a panel heavy on Q&A about what makes for great campaigns, how to build a campaign that wins, and humorous stories from the last election cycle that inform the next cycle.

Led by: Christine Pelosi

Panelists: Michael Blake, Carolyn Fiddler, Rep. Deb Haaland, Angeliina Lawson, Chris Reeves

Progressive While Black in 2018

Building on last year’s panel and growing trends in movement spaces nationwide, this panel will analyze the challenge facing the progressive movement to organize and engage Black voters and provide practical tactics for engagement that will lead to wins in 2018 and beyond. With a panel comprised of black progressive thought leaders, grassroots organizers and former Sanders campaign staff, participants will gain insight from the shared experiences of each panelist through their respective roles in the movement. Participants will be challenged to examine how to bridge the gap between intention and action when engaging black progressives in key upcoming races.

Led by: Anoa Changa

Panelists: Anoa Changa, Elle Hearns, W. Mondale Robinson, khalid kamau

Collective Fundraising Power: How Teaming Up Builds Powerful Movements

When candidates and organizations on the left fundraise together, they’re able to build stronger coalitions and secure electoral wins. Since the 2016 election, groups have been teaming up in innovative ways and using ActBlue’s Tandem Fundraising forms, which allow donors to give to a slate of candidates or organizations, to not only raise money for their own work but also to change the map and build stronger progressive ties. You’ll hear from leaders in the fundraising space about how they’ve reached out to their communities to help raise for down-ballot candidates, progressive partners, disaster relief charities, and advocacy organizations, which has led to more engaged supporters and a stronger movement overall.

Led by: Julia Rosen

Panelists: Michael Langenmayr, Adrienne Lever, Caitlin Mitchell

Base Drop: How "Missing" Base Voters are the Key to Democratic Majorities at Every Level

Fri 1pm: Base Drop: How "Missing" Base Voters are the Key to Democratic Majorities at Every Level

Base Drop: How "Missing" Base Voters are the Key to Democratic Majorities at Every Level

Posted by Netroots Nation on Friday, August 3, 2018

Democratic campaigns and committees leave millions of votes on the table every national campaign cycle. Whether it’s the “missing millions” of Obama voters who sat out the 2010 and 2014 midterms, or the rising multi-cultural millennial generation with millions of potential “new” voters, Democratic decision makers too often choose between swing voters and base voters, or they focus on likely voters, missing opportunities to attract, engage, and convert younger voters who may lack strong voter history. This isn’t a messaging problem, but a commitment problem; our panel will address these shortfalls and recommend positive and actionable steps towards building sustainable majorities at every level.

Led by: Paul Rivera

Panelists: Glynda Carr, Quentin James, Camille Rivera

New Phone Who Dis? How to Text Your Community and Not Be Gross

Mobile has become a vital part of progressive campaigns, advocacy organizations, and other movements; and it gives practitioners the opportunity to reach people where they are. Sometimes, investing in mobile can help make the difference between winning and losing. We’ll provide an overview of the differences between subscription and peer-to-peer SMS, how they work together (and how they don’t), and offer recommendations for your campaign or organization’s mobile strategy.

Led by: Ben Dotson

Panelists: Taylor Behnke, Maya Cantrell, Lloyd Cotler, Meg DiMartino

(DEMO) Got Friend-to-Friend Outreach? Going Beyond Phone and Door with VoterCircle

You are running for office and you are worried you don’t have enough time and you have too many demands for your money. This training will teach you how to implement a friend-to-friend outreach program to help you win your race. You will learn how to: identify and locate super influencers in your electorate, enable 100s of your supporters to personally reach 100s of their friends who can become 1,000s of enthusiastic voters, and dramatically reduce the time and cost of voter outreach. This demo is offered by VoterCircle.

Film Showcase: "You a Nomad" and "Water Warriors"

Film showcases present several films in one session by showing 10-15 minutes of each, then inviting a presenter from each film to participate in a moderated discussion. Films in this showcase include “You a Nomad” and “Water Warriors.”

YOU A NOMAD: Deconstructing Urban Displacement, asks the question: “What happened to the Black people in Oakland?” It explores why in just a generation, Oakland, CA’s black populations has dwindled from an estimated 44% to 26% to reveal the systematic roots of what we call gentrification.

Water Warriors is the story of a community’s successful fight to protect their water from the oil and natural gas industry. When an energy company begins searching for natural gas in New Brunswick, Canada, Indigenous and white families unite to drive out the company in a campaign to protect their water and way of life.

Led by: Luisa Dantas, Shirah Dedman, Julianna Forlano

Immigration Caucus: Building power for the 2018 election and beyond

What does building power for immigrants and communities of color look like in the era of Trump? We’ll be talking about how to make our power count in the 2018 elections, and how to push for a post-November narrative that holds Trump, Jeff Sessions, and Stephen Miller accountable for their attacks against immigrants, and holds Democrats accountable for standing up for immigrant communities.

Consent Caucus

Interested in building a world where it’s really #TIMESUP for sexual harassment and violence in schools, the workplace, and beyond? Join the National Women’s Law Center, UltraViolet, Works in Progress, and more to strategize about ways to connect political and cultural campaigns to end sexual violence and build cultures of consent in our communities and society at large.

Led by: Sabrina Joy Stevens, Robyn Swirling

LGBTQ Caucus

Join us for the LGBTQ Caucus. Meet leaders and activists from across the progressive spectrum. Part meet & greet, part brainstorming, this gathering will connect Netroots Nation attendees interested in the LGBTQ and Allies movement and and activists supportive of LGBTQ causes.

Led by: Mike Rogers

Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Caucus

Join Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders from across the country to learn about some of the great work being done in AAPI advocacy and progressive political advocacy. We’ll make friendship, build up our communities and movement, and talk about our role in the resistance. This is a closed caucus.

Led by: Tanzila Ahmed, John Brougher

Friday Keynote: "Hidden Figures" Panel Discussion plus remarks from Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Fri 2:30pm: Plenary: Hidden Figures: How Women of Color are Making History in the Midterms

Plenary: Hidden Figures: How Women of Color are Making History in the Midterms

Posted by Netroots Nation on Friday, August 3, 2018

Hear remarks from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kamala Harris and candidate Deb Haaland. Plus, join us for “Hidden Figures: How Women of Color are Making History in the Midterms,” a panel discussion featuring women of color who are leading the way to progressive victories in key states.

Women of color lead the most vibrant movements of our day and are the nation’s often-unacknowledged strongest progressives at the polls. The turnout and the numbers tell the story: Women of color are the critical swing vote leading wins at the polls in 2018, 2020 and beyond. The most underrepresented group, women of color are poised to make history this year; but this transformational moment requires progressives to invest deeply in the leadership and vision of women of color. We’ll hear from the nation’s “hidden figures”—strategists who are women of color, who have demonstrated the power of electoral strategies that leverage deep knowledge of community priorities and networks and prioritize the new American majority framework to win elections in Alabama, Virginia, Texas, Georgia and beyond. These strategists are creating new possibilities for progressive victories, in areas where Republicans and moderate Democrats have dominated the agenda.


Led by: Aimee Allison

Panelists: Sayu Bhojwani, LaTosha Brown, Rep. Deb Haaland, Sen. Kamala Harris, Tram Nguyen, DeJuana Thompson, Elizabeth Warren, Crystal Zermeno

Ice Cream Social

Before heading to your next session, drop by the Town Square lounge for a mid-afternoon ice cream treat!

Stop Telling Me to Make It Viral: Establishing a Compelling Digital Presence for Your Org or Campaign

We can’t teach you how to make a post go viral, but this workshop can help you establish a compelling digital presence for your organization or campaign. We’ll introduce messaging and branding (including graphics, photography and basic design theory); discuss how to find and grow your audience, cover events, generate buzz and engagement and measure impact. Finally, we’ll share how to build this multi-channel digital strategy into your entire organization’s work and form external partnerships. Our digital strategy will be informed by a racial justice, environmental justice, feminist, disability and LGBTQ lens, and it is our hope that our training will help change the online conversation on progressive issues to be more inclusive and intersectional.

Trainers: Camden Hargrove, Kayley Whalen

Don't Fear the Black Activist: How to Communicate without Anti-Blackness

Every year Black people report instances of anti-Blackness at the conference you are attending (anti-Blackness defined as the fear, devaluation or abuse of Black people). Come to this training and be part of changing that. Learn to communicate your true intent as white accomplices interested in providing relevant support for Black people. Join Black Lives Matter: Houston, BiNet USA and Black bisexual, queer and trans organizers together in one room, invested in one idea … teaching YOU how to shut it down, so we don’t always have to.

Trainers: Faith Cheltenham, Ashton P. Woods

Everything for Everyone: Abundance Messaging for Progressive Wins

The opposition wants us to believe there isn’t enough of anything to go around. We know that’s not true, but our messaging often reinforces the idea that there are not enough resources—or even respect—for everyone. For example, we challenge mass incarceration by pointing out how prison costs more than college. But do we want to send more people to college than prison because it saves money? Would we want mass incarceration if it cost less? Of course not! Join this training to understand the problem with messaging for scarcity, workshop alternative messages and co-create next steps for moving our movements toward abundance thinking and language so we can not only believe that there is enough of everything for everyone, but make it true.

Trainers: Amanda Cooper, Irene Rojas-Carroll

Youth-Led Campaigns to Promote Social Justice

In this interactive workshop, participants will examine a youth-led campaign to promote social justice. We’ll look at dynamic case studies of Youth Leadership Institute’s (YLI) youth leaders whose campaign and advocacy efforts led to the passing of model ordinances limiting payday lenders, strengthening of laws limiting tobacco and alcohol advertising in neighborhoods, and increased access to healthy food in low-income California communities. Participants will also explore YLI’s Positive Youth Development framework that illustrates practical strategies for partnering with youth in social justice efforts.

Trainers: Anastasia Mallillin

#RunAsYouAre 2020

Map your personal plan to run for local and state office in 2020—and win. Geared towards first-time female candidates, #RunAsYouAre is tailored for diverse women who have the passion to run, but don’t want to lose themselves in the process of political leadership. With 519,000 local and state offices, we specialize in training women to run—just as they are—by building political capital, identifying what office to run for, mapping networks and identifying your why. Your voice is valuable, and your vision is needed. Learn from the first Latina in the Wisconsin State Assembly who knows what it means to break barriers, and from the Founder of VoteRunLead, an expert in gendered leadership development.

Trainers: Erin Vilardi, JoCasta Zamarripa

From Online Message Boards to Trump’s Tweets: How Fake News and Online Harassment are Threatening Our Democracy

Fri 4:30pm: From Online Message Boards to Trump’s Tweets: How Fake News and Online Harassment are Threatening Our Democracy

From Online Message Boards to Trump’s Tweets: How Fake News and Online Harassment are Threatening Our Democracy

Posted by Netroots Nation on Friday, August 3, 2018

The far-right has long dismissed concerns about widespread fake news and online hate since the 2016 election, suggesting that these realities are mere figments of progressive imagination. But the online weaponization of fake and hate-based stories has real-life consequences. Many originate from anonymous online message boards and are weaponized by “alt-right” and other trolls on major social media platforms to target Muslim activists, people of color, journalists, young activists, and other communities. Too often, these fallacies spur in-person harassment (sometimes yielding a body count) and get an assist on Trump’s Twitterfeed. Digital activists share what progressives should know about this landscape and what we can do to fight back.

Led by: Rebecca Lenn

Panelists: Madihha Ahussain, Greg Greene, Shireen Mitchell, David Neiwert, Melissa Ryan

Broke AF: Economic Justice Campaigns to Mobilize and Empower Millennials

Millennials—the largest eligible voting bloc in America—have been ravaged by runaway crony capitalism. Saddled with unprecedented student debt, besieged by unaffordable housing costs, and strained by a gig economy with few prospects for financial stability, young Americans are demanding new economic models to get ahead. Youth organizers from rural communities to the Rust Belt are forging bold campaigns to force action making housing and higher education guaranteed rights for all people. By connecting these issues to electoral politics, these local organizations are building a powerhouse to mobilize the Millennial vote around their economic self interest in unprecedented ways.

Led by: Dawn Boudwin

Panelists: James Cersonsky, Prentiss Haney, Rachel Huff-Doria

10 Years After the Crisis: The Fight to Take on Wall Street

This panel will look back on the decade since the financial crisis, reflecting on how Main Street is still suffering while Wall Street enjoys record profits. Panelists from the Take On Wall Street (TOWS) coalition will discuss the protections put in place following the crisis, and the work we’re doing to maintain those protections against a daily assault by Donald Trump and his team of Wall Street cronies. As in so many other issue areas, it is not enough to resist Trump. TOWS exists to present a vision for how Wall Street’s power can be tamed, financial stability can be restored, and the spiraling inequality we have seen for decades can finally be addressed, including the disparate way the last crisis affected communities of color.

Led by: Jordan Haedtler

Panelists: Maurice BP-Weeks, Alexis Goldstein, Ashley Harrington, Shawn Sebastian

We're Living It: An Inside Look at the Health Care Fight through Storytelling

Everyone thought Obamacare was dead after the 2016 election results. With a Republican President, House and Senate, we unexpectedly prevailed. Join us as we look at how we fought to save the ACA and Medicaid, and look at what happened on the tax fight (which included back door attacks on the ACA). What does the health care landscape look like for 2018 and the future? As individuals personally facing health care battles, we became accidental activists and spoke up to put a face on health care. We’ll share our stories and what we learned.

Led by: Laura Packard

Panelists: Matthew Cortland, Steve Gomez, Elena Hung, Odunola Ojewumi

Daily Kos Elections Q&A

Fri 4:30pm: Daily Kos Elections Q&A

Daily Kos Elections Q&A

Posted by Netroots Nation on Friday, August 3, 2018

Come join the editors of Daily Kos Elections for an in-depth Q&A about special elections, general elections, the 2018 midterm landscape, and everything in between. NO presentations, NO PowerPoints, and NO speeches—just your questions (and our answers) on any race in the nation you care about. Progressives need to be well-informed about the races that matter most so we can deploy our limited resources effectively. So if you want to know more about what’s happening in elections around the country and what it will means for Democrats, Republicans, and the nation at large, join us!

Led by: David Nir

Panelists: Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza, Carolyn Fiddler, Arjun Jaikumar, Jeff Singer

Progressives for Palestinian Rights

The election of Donald Trump has reinvigorated many progressive causes as activists are pushing back against his administration’s dangerous policies. These policies include further supporting Israel’s denial of Palestinian rights, such as by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which completely contradicts past U.S. policies and undermines basic demands of Palestinians and Israelis seeking peace. This session features leading voices working nationally and locally to continue pushing for progressive policies in support of Palestinians rights. Panelists will share successes, challenges, and the importance of ensuring that the progressive agenda includes freedom, justice, and equality for Palestinians.

Led by: Zahra Billoo

Panelists: Cheryl Davila, Ahlam Jbara, Tabitha Mustafa, Rafael Shimunov

Dear White Progressives

Progressive spaces pride themselves in welcoming and understanding the role of the Black liberation tradition. Nonetheless, the reality is that many so-called progressives remain uncomfortable, if not defiant, to the idea of directly addressing the roles race, systemic racism and white supremacy play in averting many of the policy platforms they stand for. The aim of this panel is to impress upon the progressive community the requisite need to center systemic/institutionalized racism as a means to address intersecting crises including, but not limited to, wealth inequality, climate change and mass incarceration. We’ll also challenge the myopia of removing “identity politics” from electoral and organizing strategies.

Led by: Anoa Changa

Panelists: YahNé Ndgo, Anthony Rogers-Wright

Inclusion Riders for the Movement: Why Inclusive Hiring is Just as Important as Inclusive Elections

Much of the movement’s focus has been on the barriers electing candidates. But what about the staffers who make their offices function, select their priorities, or help communicate those priorities to the general public? Studies show that our movement is failing to achieve meaningful inclusive hiring. Worse, the movement is losing critical support from Millennials and Gen Zers who feel like the system simply is working to advance their interests. Hiring more voices of color, and recruiting them earlier could transform the movement and help us win. Hear from staffers who’ve successfully navigated these challenges and are working to ensure doors stay open behind them.

Led by: Nina Smith

Panelists: Akilah Ensley, Gabriella Landeros, Linda SerratoYbarra

Mi Voto Cuenta: How Latino Voters and Candidates Will Impact the 2018 Midterms (Sponsored Panel)

Fri 4:30pm: Mi Voto Cuenta: How Latino Voters and Candidates Will Impact the 2018 Midterms (Sponsored Panel)

Mi Voto Cuenta: How Latino Voters and Candidates Will Impact the 2018 Midterms (Sponsored Panel)

Posted by Netroots Nation on Friday, August 3, 2018

With everything at stake for both parties in this year’s midterm elections, it is paramount to turn out voters. However, Latinos, while the largest minority group in the US and the youngest (half of Latino voters are Millennials), historically have the lowest turnout of every group. What is different this year? Everyone wants to find a “magical” way of mobilizing more Latino voters, but nothing beats hands-on engagement. Join our session to learn from experts and candidates effective tactics to increase the turn out of the Latino vote. This panel is sponsored by Phone2Action.

Led by: Ximena Hartsock

Panelists: Cristobal Alex, Sindy Benavides, Ramiro Luna

Screening: "Heather Booth: Changing the World"

This newest film by critically acclaimed filmmaker Lilly Rivlin traces the ongoing legacy of activist and community organizer Heather Booth. In telling the story of Heather’s life and work, the film presents an overview of 50 years of the progressive movement, as well as a manual on how to become an organizer. From a politically conscious college student who began her career in 1964 registering voters in Mississippi at the height of the Civil Rights movement, Heather became the go-to strategist for causes ranging from child care to women’s rights to immigration reform and advisor to leaders including Julian Bond and Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Panelists: Bob Creamer, Mike Lux

Indigenous Communities and the Progressive Movement

Post-Standing Rock, Indigenous communities have emerged as powerful global forces and voices for environmental and social justice. We are on the frontlines of fights for social, environmental and climate justice. We are mobilizing, litigating and advocating to strengthen rights, self-determination and sovereignty. And we are becoming an increasingly powerful voice in electoral politics, with an unprecedented number of Native women running for office as part of the Blue Wave in 2018. How can the progressive movement strengthen partnerships with these resurgent communities? And how might Indigenous movements, communities and voices reshape progressive politics in the 21st century?

Led by: Prairie Rose Seminole

Panelists: Chrissie Castro, Rep. Deb Haaland, Neeta Lind

Facebook Ads: Strategies for Success

You’ve boosted a post here or there, dabbled in the Ads Manager, maybe even taken a peek into Power Editor once or twice, but now you’re looking to take your Facebook campaigns to the next level. Join Facebook’s Tatenda Musapatike and Marcus Raimondi to learn tips and tricks to help you streamline your campaigns and better achieve your organizational goals with Facebook advertising.

Trainers: Tatenda Musapatike, Marcus Raimondi

Taking Energy from the Educator Spring into November Elections

This spring saw a massive outpouring of teachers taking to the streets to advocate for better teacher pay, increased funding for schools, and an end to the diversion of funds into school privatization efforts. What are public school activists doing to extend this populist uprising into the November midterm elections and elect pro-education candidates? How can the Educator Spring connect to the larger coalition of progressives fighting for racial, gender, and economic justice? Come to this Education Caucus to connect with fellow advocates for public education preK-College and share your thoughts and experiences with others who want to extend the energy of the teacher walkouts into meaningful change in political campaigns and public policy. Caucus facilitator is Jeff Bryant who directs the education project of People’s Action, a national network of grassroots advocacy organizations.

Led by: Jeff Bryant

Progressive Technology Caucus

Tech and organizing. I want to share best practices people have found on how they organize their groups, and get volunteers to action. How do people use various organizing tech and what can we learn from each other?

Led by: Ana Jamborcic, Pamela John, Noah Levinson, Dan Ryan

Candidate Happy Hour sponsored by DFA, Crowdpac 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, Crowdpac and CPD Action.

Innovate and Imbibe: Happy Hour with Voqal

Have a big idea for changing the world? Voqal can help! Join Voqal for a light reception to find out how you can make your idea for increasing equity or advancing progressive change a reality. Voqal’s fellowship program invests in the next generation of social entrepreneurs by providing funding and mentoring to help bring an early stage idea to life. Learn more at

La Gozadera: A Phone2Action and Netroots Fiesta

New Orleans may be known for its jazz, but on Friday, August 3rd, Phone2Action and Netroots will bring the Latin flavor to the Big Easy! In recognition to the many positive attributes and contributions of the Hispanic culture in the United States, the Phone2Action team will host a celebratory evening in honor of our community awardees for their work and dedication to the Latinx community. Join us as we uplift community efforts with traditional food, drink and dance. Meet and socialize with Hispanic community leaders, organizers, candidates running for office and Netroots attendees at “La Gozadera” (Spanish term meaning a “good time” or “party”) where we will be indulging in Latin inspired cocktails, snacking on Latin treats like empanadas and churros, and dancing to the beat of a Mariachi band. We hope you will join in our fiesta!

Resistance Happy Hour, sponsored by Indivisible Project

Join us for a happy hour for movement resistance partners! Come meet Indivisible staff to celebrate a year and a half of resisting the Trump agenda.

Chairman's (Emeritus) Pub Quiz 2018 sponsored by NextGen America

A Netroots tradition for almost as long as Drew Brees has been a Saint, Pub Quiz too has found the ways and means to New Orleans for our annual group trivia competition. Those who’ve attended before are already organizing their teams of 8-10 members and honing their chants, but first-timers will be warmly welcomed into our land of questions and answers, food and drink, whimsy and revelry. We’ve done rounds on everything from Joe Biden to Minnesota in Popular Culture to a political spelling bee, and sometimes, yes, there’s been singing too. The prizes are worth winning, and the fun will be brewin’, kids. Sponsored by NextGen America.

Climate Happy Hour

Rising Tides, Rising Spirits. Join climate justice activists at the Rusty Nail, 1102 Costance (short walk from convention center) for an open bar Friday 730 – 930 PM. We’ll be pouring local/craft beers and more. Hosted by Climate Hawks Vote, ClimateTruth.Org, and 350 Action.

WHIV Radio's Local Music Showcase, sponsored by Off Kilter Radio, Win Without War & The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow

Join us for WHIV Radio’s local music showcase, sponsored by Off Kilter Radio, Win Without War & The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow! The party is from 9pm to midnight at One Eyed Jacks (615 Toulouse). Free with Netroots credential.

Morning Yoga

As activists we often get caught up in the perception of progress through busy-ness and neglect the necessity of 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.

Early Morning FAKE News Dump!

There’s no Lizz Winstead this year, but there’s still mornings and news! Join Chris Savage of Eclectablog, Vicki Roush, and some surprise guests for some bleary-eyed newsy-ness each day.

Coffee Break

Need a quick pick-me-up? Come by the Town Square for coffee and pastries to get your day started.

Cutting Through Inbox Clutter with Mobile-First Email Design

Email remains the workhorse of any digital campaign—it drives smaller donations, grassroots actions, and audience engagement. But what makes your email program unique? How can you make sure your messages stand out in increasingly crowded inboxes, increasingly accessed from folks’ palms? Conventional email strategy centered on desktops is so 1999. In this training, based on our experience managing some of the country’s most effective email programs, we’ll discuss how the ever-shifting geography of an inbox demands an ever-changing strategy of email response. We’ll teach you how to implement a smart, flexible approach to email design to meet people where and when they’re most responsive—and engage them through a ladder of action.

Trainers: Ky Albert, Briana Santos

The Facebook Algorithm: Friend, Not Enemy

In recent months, Facebook has made some significant changes to their NewsFeed algorithm. To many, this is nothing but frustrating, but data shows that if you understand how the algorithm works, you can better optimize your content to keep your community coming back for more. In this training, we’ll dig deep into the Facebook Algorithm including why it exists, changes made in the last few months and strategies to help you deliver content that your community wants—turning the dreaded algorithm updates into your best friend.

Trainers: Beth Becker

Tools for Winning Your Campaign: How We Ended Fracking in Maryland

Using the Food & Water Watch Don’t Frack Maryland Campaign as a case study, we will demonstrate the Midwest Academy Strategy Chart as a tool to power map your targets, execute tactics, create a narrative that builds public support for your issue and share the secret to getting your decision maker to say yes. The chart provides organizers with the tools to set concrete and achievable goals; measure organizational considerations in decision making; identify constituents, allies and opponents; create a power analysis of targets and develop strategic tactics. Food & Water Watch will discuss their groundbreaking victory to ban fracking in Maryland, altering the relations of power with elected officials and impacting the role of voters in the election.

Trainers: Jorge Aguilar, Kweli Kitwana

Websites 101: Best Practices for 2018

If your campaign or non-profit is thinking about building or rebuilding a website this year, it’s tough to know what will deliver results and what will be the next <blink>. DON’T spend an arm and a leg, DON’T take all year for a mediocre site design, DON’T stress yourself out, DO deliver a great website that will get the job done. Come to this session and learn the latest best practices and trends including mobile-first, responsive design, flat design, parallax, scrolling versus non and more. Also we’ll share tips on when it makes sense to do it in-house versus hire out. Be there or be error 404!

Led by: Laura Packard, Isaac Salazar

You're Probably Talking to the Wrong People: Targeting Tactics for 2018

For years, traditional targeting and messaging tactics have dominated our industry. We’ve used what we believed were tried and true tactics. In 2016, we began questioning those tactics and deconstructing what we thought we knew about research, polling and targeted voter communications. After crunching numbers in all 50 states, we used Virginia in 2017 as a testing ground for a new approach. We quickly discovered that not only was our targeting as an industry off, but that our messaging was being affected by it. You’ll leave this training armed with the ability, especially in red districts, to pull out your true “market” of voters and talk to them with the messages they want to hear.

Trainers: Joe Lestingi, joshua ulibarri

How to Be an Accomplice to the Gay Agenda

This training is intended for people who want to be an intentional ally to the LGBTQ+ community. We’ll start with information on being an ally/advocate and practical advice for common situations. The second half of this training will focus on how to be an effective ally in your movement building and campaign work, including how to make sure your candidate is a effective ally/advocate on the campaign trail and in office, and how your allyship shows up in progressive writing and social media.

Trainers: Maggie Cudahy

A Progressive Vision for a 21st Century Social Contract

As progressives engage in urgent fights today, it’s important to also think about where we’re going in the longer term—what does a progressive vision of the future look like? What policies will we eventually need to enact to create a 21st century social contract that supports and empowers all members of our society? And how do we hold onto this long-term vision while still engaging in the critical battles we face right now? Join us for a discussion with leading progressive advocates and thinkers as we explore these questions.

Led by: Sandhya Anantharaman

Panelists: Jessica Bartholow, Rakeen Mabud, Aisha Nyandoro, Ai-jen Poo

Fighting Back Against Russian Active Measures

Sat 9am: Fighting Back Against Russian Active Measures

Fighting Back Against Russian Active Measures

Posted by Netroots Nation on Saturday, August 4, 2018

There is no longer any question that Russia played a role in the 2016 election of Donald Trump. Learn about how we can fight back in 2018 and beyond, including how state election officials are securing their election infrastructure from cyber attack, best practices from an election and cybersecurity expert, and how to combat the bots, fake news, and social media skullduggery of Russian and the alt-right.

Led by: Gabe Rosenberg

Panelists: David Becker, Denise Merrill, Melissa Ryan

Reclaiming Citizen Power in Redistricting

2021 redistricting begins now. 2018 is a pivotal moment—dozens of governors with veto power of 2021 maps, hundreds of four-year termed legislators who will draw the maps, and once-in-a-lifetime ballot initiatives will shape American life for the next twelve years. Join us for a discussion on how advocacy can undo gerrymandering and restore fairness to our democracy.

Led by: Bethany Khan

Panelists: David Daley, Irene Godinez Godinez, Gregory Moore, José Morales, LaTanja Silvester

The Future of Progressive Pop Culture Organizing

The power of pop culture and fandoms are still largely untapped and unorganized by progressives, despite reaching and influencing millions. By engaging with, responding to, and shaping cultural narratives, organizers can reach new audiences, change the frame and conversation around issues for a mainstream audience, and channel newly engaged viewers into action. We’ll discuss the conception of, execution, and lessons learned from past pop culture campaigns, including the #IfIwasTheMayor campaign, the Black Panther #FanActivistCon, and #tellblackstories hashtag. We’ll also talk about how you can integrate pop organizing into your own campaigns.

Led by: Tracy Van Slyke

Panelists: Samantha Antrum, Elana Levin, Angelique Roche, Francoise Stovall

Manager Confessions: Yeah ... I'm Gonna Need You to Come in on Saturday

The non-stop attacks on our communities under the Trump administration have presented a new series of challengers to managers. 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

Power in a Union: Organizing your Campaign, Organization or Firm

2018 has seen an invigorated movement to unionize campaigns with the launch of the Campaign Workers Guild and the unionization of large progressive consulting firms like Revolution Messaging and M+R. Learn about how and why to unionize your workplace from the wide-ranging experiences of the campaigns, organizations, firms, and labor experts who’ve done it.

Led by: Carla Aronsohn

Panelists: Neha Mathew-Shah, Meg Reilly, Dizzy Zaba

The Future is Now: How Young Americans are Already Changing Our Democracy

Sat 9am: The Future is Now: How Young Americans are Already Changing Our Democracy

The Future is Now: How Young Americans are Already Changing Our Democracy

Posted by Netroots Nation on Saturday, August 4, 2018

Millennial voters are no longer on the cusp of changing American politics—they’re already changing it. From the March for Our Lives movement to an entirely different set of expectations for elected officials, young American voters are making their presence known in ways that will only grow as they become the country’s largest voting bloc. Hear from young progressive leaders in civic engagement nonprofits, activism, and elected public service on this issue of increasing importance.

Led by: Jimmy Dahman

Panelists: Erin Carhart, Amanda Litman, Sam Sinyangwe

Workers Standing Up to Federal Contractors: Town Hall with US Rep. Tim Ryan (Sponsored Panel)

Sat 9am: Workers Standing Up to Federal Contractors: Town Hall with US Rep. Tim Ryan (Sponsored Panel)

Workers Standing Up to Federal Contractors: Town Hall with US Rep. Tim Ryan (Sponsored Panel)

Posted by Netroots Nation on Saturday, August 4, 2018

Join workers on the front lines of organizing and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) for a Town Hall conversation about fighting poverty pay, wage theft, and union-busting by federal contractors. America’s government is betraying it’s workers. Uncle Sam is America’s leading low-wage job creator, funding more poverty jobs through federal contracts than the top 20 corporations combined. To add insult to injury, federal contractors steal more than $2.5 Billion dollars from the pockets of low-wage workers every year. The good news is that workers are fighting back to transform this rigged system. Join us to hear from workers on the front-lines of this struggle. The event will also feature a screening of “We the Forgotten,” a mini-documentary series by Good Jobs Nation. This panel is sponsored by CWA.

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH)
General Dynamics Contract Call Center Workers
National Guard Contract Workers

Moderator: Joseph Geevarghese, Good Jobs Nation

Led by: Joseph Geevarghese

Panelists: Rep. Tim Ryan

No Choice: A World Without Roe

Without Justice Kennedy on the court what will happen to Roe v. Wade? Before that landmark decision women were at the mercy of state power if they sought to end an unwanted pregnancy. Abortions were illegal, traumatic, and dangerous; many women died, many were injured for life.  Join us for a panel discussion on abortion and screen NO CHOICE, a series of short video portraits. Hear what it was like to seek an abortion prior to Roe v. Wade. Learn from the experiences of a doctor who treated women in the ER from incomplete or botched abortions. Discover how states today are denying access to care due to geography, wait times, intimidation by protestors, financial barriers and other reasons. What would America be like if Roe v. Wade were overturned?  Come, watch and discuss—and when you return home, find out how reproductive rights are restricted in your state and how your US senators will vote in the upcoming hearings for a new Supreme Court justice. Coffee and pastries provided.

Led by: Melissa Harris-Perry

Panelists: Carmen Berkley, Amy Irvin, Erin Matson, Aimee Thorne-Thompson

Race, Class, Gender and the Progressive Agenda: The Future of the Democratic Party in the Age of Trump

The future of the Democratic Party is in a state of high uncertainty in the era of Donald Trump’s presidency and an increasingly extreme Republican Party being in control of Congress and most state governments. Especially given the urgency of winning elections to keep right wing extremism from taking over the country, there’s a cacophony of voices arguing over what our strategy, message, and coalition should be in 2018, 2020, and the years to come. This panel will talk about how to put together a sustainable governing coalition, and how we both fire up the progressive base and appeal to swing voters.

Led by: Mike Lux

Panelists: Rep. Deb Haaland, Jennifer Palmieri, Marvin Randolph

Digitally Organizing the Latinx Generation

Latinx millennials are the largest group of eligible voters in the US, comprising nearly half of total eligible Latino voters. However, Latino voters are not turning out at the rates they could be. As we move closer towards the midterms and the 2020 presidential election, inspiring, registering, and engaging the Latinx millennial population is of paramount importance. 2018 could be the first year Texas, a Latino-majority state, elects a Democrat to the Senate since 1993 — a seismic shift in national politics. If Democrats want to flip the House in 2018 and make sure Donald Trump becomes a one-term President in 2020, we need to ensure Latinx millennials are tuned in and turn out.

Led by: Abby Loisel

Panelists: Juan Escalante, María Urbina