Netroots Nation: Speaker/Trainer Profile

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Joe DeFrancesco


Joey La Neve DeFrancesco is an artist and activist in Providence, RI. He plays music in two bands--Downtown Boys and Malportado Kids--that have released critically acclaimed albums and toured throughout North America. Joey worked for years as a rank and file labor organizer while employed in Room Service at the Renaissance Providence Hotel. He quit that job in spectacular fashion with the help of his former band--What Cheer? Brigade--which resulted in the internationally viral video Joey Quits. He used the subsequent attention to draw attention to workers' rights in various internet and pop culture outlets, push for labor legislation in Rhode Island, and star in Serbian reality TV shows. He has produced other video works that have been displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is currently working with Demand Progress to create a website highlighting progressive cultural producers. Instagram:

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