Keynotes

2020 Keynotes

Thursday, August 13, 5 p.m. Eastern
A nationwide reckoning with racial injustice. A global pandemic and widespread economic devastation. Threats on our democracy. With the election of our lives just around the corner, we know that progressive change can’t wait. How do we take the urgency and the momentum of this political moment to the polls in November? What will it take to mobilize voters across the country so that we win—resoundingly—up and down the ballot? Join us for our opening keynote, where you’ll get to meet three bold progressive candidates who are fighting to usher in a new era of progressive leadership, and hear from one of the country’s top leaders on election reform, voter suppression and fair elections.

Speakers include: Netroots Nation Board Member Arshad Hasan; Congressman Joe Neguse; Maurice Mitchell of Working Families Party; candidates Jamaal Bowman, Mondaire Jones and Summer Lee; Jessica Byrd of Three Point Strategies and Stacey Abrams of Fair Fight Action.

Friday, August 14, 5 p.m. Eastern
Elections are just the first step in building the world we want to see. Winning is important, but even more crucial—and more difficult—is enacting change once we win. How do we build progressive power post-November? What role does the movement play in demanding our elected officials enact the policies they promoted during the campaign? Join us for an in-depth conversation about building progressive power and enacting policy change after the ballots are counted.

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

Saturday, August 15, 5 p.m. Eastern
This political moment is bigger than winning elections or even enacting progressive policies. The bigger picture—our end goal—is to create a movement and a society that is equitable and just for all. To achieve our goals, we must dismantle white supremacy and the systems that perpetuate injustice. What does it take to break down systems of oppression that have existed for centuries? What roles can each of us play to support the work of those on the frontlines of injustice?

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

Line-ups subject to change.


Past speakers

Past conferences have featured appearances by Vice President Joe Biden and President Bill Clinton; a Presidential Leadership Forum that drew seven candidates including then-Senator Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton; a surprise visit from Al Gore; Q&A sessions with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid; and remarks from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams, Cynthia Nixon, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and countless other elected officials, candidates and leaders.