March 28, 2015

My Netroots Nation Experience

I had a wonderful time at Netroots Nation 2011. It was very informative. Every Liberal and/or Progressive activist should make this a yearly conference to be attended.

The breakout sessions were invaluable. Learning how to improve on engaging communities both online and offline, learning in how to get news coverage, learning how to engage minority communities that are an important segment of our base, and much more was covered. We even discussed southern strategies given the GOP dominance in the region.

In addition to simply networking with other working activists this conference served the purpose of having person to person conversations with our leading politicians and their staff. Meeting potential challengers to Republican representatives provided a connection to that should assist them in getting their message out through alternative media, the bloggers and online new sources.

Netroots Nation Egberto Willies with Al Franken
Al Franken – Minnesota Senator & previous talk radio host at Air America Radio. He gave Sam Seder Of Majority Report a pretty detailed interview on middle class issues.
Netroots Nation Egberto Willies with Leo Gerard
Leo Gerard
– President of the United Steelworkers Union. We spoke a little on messaging. I mentioned to him that the union message should equate the Chamber of Commerce as a high end union for corporations and the average American worker earned the same merit. He said basically they are doing that already.
Netroots Nation Egberto Willies with Markos Moulitsas
Markos Moulitsas Zuniga – Publisher/Founder of the DailyKos the largest Progressive Liberal blog.
Davey D
– Journalist, Adjunct Professor, radio host. He was on several panels related to messaging.
Heather McTeer
– Mayor Of Greenville MS. She is attempting to unseat the powerful Congressman Bennie Thompson who is the ranking member of the Homeland security committee, founding member of the Progressive Caucus, and member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Tarryl Clark
– Ran against Michelle Bachmann. On May 8, 2011, Tarryl Clark announced that she was seeking the DFL nomination for Minnesota’s 8th district in 2012.
Netroots Nation Egberto Willies with Krystal Ball
Krystal Ball – Told her story about the extreme sexism she endured during her run for Congress in Virginia. She said she endured a lot of misogyny but she wanted to speak specifically on what
occurred when a Republican blogger dug up some old college pictures and posted it.
Netroots Nation Egberto Willies with Daniel Choi
Daniel “Dan” Choi
Became an LGBT rights activist after he came out on the Rachel Maddow show. He has been consistently challenging the Obama administration to give full rights to the LGBT community.
Bob Kuttner – Economist that discussed the state of America’s wealth disparity and the state of the middle class.
WCF’s Sam Bennett & Maryland Senator Ben Cardin
Van Jones – Former Special Advisor for Green Jobs in the Obama administration. His speech detailed a modification of the movement to counter what the Tea Party was effective in doing.
Sheldon Whitehouse
– Rhode Island Senator came to Netroots Nation and annouced that Providence, RI will be next years host .
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz – Chairwoman of the Democratic Party.
Keith Ellison – Minnesota Congressman.
Cenk Uygur – Host and founder of talk show The Young Turks. Gave touching speech on his immigrant roots.
Thom Hartmann – Radio Talk Show Host interviewing Leo Gerard President of the United Steelworkers Union.
Sam Seder & Al Franken – Sam’s did his radio talk show The Majority Report live everyday.<
Taking a break after a long day of conferences, meetings, speeches.
Howard Dean – Past DNC Chairman gave a speech in strong support of President Obama as well as steps to win back the House and keep the Senate and Whitehouse.
Keith Olbermann – Host of Countdown on CurrentTV. One of our staunchest Liberals that is not afraid of the word.

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About Egberto Willies

Egberto Willies is a radio show host, author, blogger, political activist, DailyKOS Contributing Editor, a Director of Coffee Party USA, Executive Committee member of Move to Amend, 2nd Annual CNN iReport Spirit Award Honoree, HuffPost Live Contributor, self-employed software developer, & web designer. Egberto wrote the book ‘As I See It:Class Warfare The Only Resort To Right Wing Doom’ based on his belief that the mainstream media is derelict in its duty to relate what really ails the middle class and the complicity of the Right Wing in its demise. Bio: http://egbertowillies.com/bio/ Linked In: http://linkd.in/TOiHUS. Google