Here’s today’s schedule.
How Netroots Rallied in Wisconsin
To Post or Not to Post? How to React when Your Personal Life Goes Up Now
Sat, 06/18/2011 – 10:30am, L100 FG
Social media has dramatically altered our access to the world–and the world’s access to us. We document our lives on Facebook, Twitter and blogs, but what does it mean to have an archived version of ourselves so accessible and exposed to the public eye? Bloggers and potential candidates alike struggle to determine what personal information they should post online, fearing their online profiles will later haunt their professional lives. Former Congressional candidate Krystal Ball gained firsthand experience about the challenges of having an online presence when private photos of her were plastered throughout the national press and blogosphere. Join us to learn about groundbreaking research that offers a unique and effective approach to confronting personal online attacks. We will discuss how leaders in the online community can best promote candidates in the midst of public vulnerability, and tactics candidates can use to maintain their personal space in an ever-increasing wired world.
PANELISTS: Sam Bennett, Krystal Ball, Robin Marty, Pam Spaulding, Amanda Terkel
The American Dream Movement
Sat, 06/18/2011 – 12:00pm, General Session Hall A
Events like what’s happening in Wisconsin create a unique opportunity for progressives to fight back. The “slash and burn” agenda now dominating DC gives us an even more urgent reason to do so. In February, Van Jones wrote about the need for a new hope-based national movement to defend the American Dream. He wrote: “Reinvigorated by the idealism and fighting spirit on display right now in America’s heartland, the movement for ‘hope and change’ has a rare, second chance. It can renew itself and become again a national force with which to be reckoned.” How can the Netroots help spark this much-needed movement? What do we have to learn from the Tea Party? How do we unite—as workers, business leaders, veterans, young people, seniors, social justice advo- cates, environmentalists and community organizers? What is the role of a deeper patriotism in rebuilding the American Dream?
Keynote speaker: Van Jones
Introductory remarks from Rep. Jared Polis and Rep. Donna Edwards
Lunch generously provided by CREDO Mobile.
Thanks for this resource Ellie!
Progressives vs Polluters: Standing up for the EPA
Sat, 06/18/2011 – 1:30pm, L100 FG
The freshman class of the 112th Congress is loaded with Koch Industries-funded Tea Partiers who’ve arrived on Capitol Hill on a mission to dismantle America’s environmental and public health safeguards. They’re finding allies in oil state Republicans—and even a handful of coal state Democrats. So why are progressive legislators on Capitol Hill so ready to lock horns over the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act? Because the American people know that we can’t trust polluters to protect the air we breathe and the water that our children drink. Why is it so critical for the progressive community to rally to the EPA’s defense? What resources do progressive activists need from conservation groups to protect EPA’s authority to regulate carbon pollution under the Clean Air Act or to protect America’s streams under the Clean Water Act? And how can a public debate on these bedrock environmental laws frame choices for voters in 2012 and beyond on our air, water, energy and climate policies?
PANELISTS: Miles Grant, Senator Ben Cardin, David Roberts, Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins
my pleasure, kinda like being there sorta maybe *g*
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce: How Corporate Front Groups are Corrupting our Democracy
Sat, 06/18/2011 – 3:00pm, L100 FG
Over the past two years, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has spent more than $100 million lobbying against climate legislation from Congress and the EPA. During the 2010 election cycle, it spent more than $75 million in ads helping elect mostly climate-denier Republicans. The Chamber has emerged as the top political spender outside of the political parties, yet Americans know little about it, least of all the 3 million local businesses it purports to “represent.” This panel will explore the implications of the Chamber’s rise to political power and which people and companies control its multitude of mechanisms. You’ll hear from experts on corporate money in politics, progressive business leaders and grassroots strategists as we identify areas of leverage and weakness that the climate movement and progressive community can rally around to fight back against this political juggernaut.
PANELISTS: Jamie Henn, Brad Johnson, Per Olstad, Phil Radford, Richard Eidlin
over to closing festivities
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