July 22, 2014

Maurice Bradford Politically Aware Rap At Netroots Nation Promoting Wolf-PAC (VIDEO)


Maurice Bradford AKA  Macarone At Netroots Nation 2013 Maurice Bradford, AKA Macarone performed in the lobby outside the main exhibit halls at Netroots Nation 2013. In a recent interview: With his name and his residence in conservative Orange County, California, Maurice Bradford could be an attorney or an accountant. But instead he's Macarone, a self-styled "rap activist" who is carving out a niche as a hip-hop spokesman of the political Left. Messaging Matters caught up with Macarone at his recent performance to benefit Cenk Uygur's Wolf PAC: When did you discover your interest in performing music, and what you did to pursue that interest? As far back as I can remember, I had a desire to perform. I started doing music in the garage with my friends and family, which is still what DOP Inc is to this day, a family. I had a group called Nutthouse with some of my homies and eventually my little brother Trashman and my cousin Hitman. We performed the Orange County/Los Angeles circuit and released … [Read more...]

Proposed San Jose County Inmate Policy Detrimental To Rehabilitation (VIDEO)


Silicon Valley De-bug I met Raj Jayadev at Netroots Nation 2013 in San Jose California last week. He is the director of Silicon Valley De-Bug, a community organizing and entrepreneurial collective. You can read a profile of this group at New York Times here. Mr. Jayadev wanted to get the word out that San Jose County was contemplating adopting a draconian policy similar to those implemented by Sherriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona. Specifically they want to limit communication between inmates and their loved ones to a postcard. Mr. Jayadev stresses that communication via letters with loved ones is an integral part of rehabilitation. Absent that contact he said it is scientifically proven that recidivism and similar negative outcomes are the results as such draconian actions. LIKE My Facebook Page – Visit My Blog: EgbertoWillies.com Follow @EgbertoWillies … [Read more...]

Netroots Nation 2013 Day 3

Markos Moulitsas

Day three at Netroots Nations 2013 was a very eventful day. I attended several panels that were very informative.Two specifically stood out; “10 Secret Ways to Make Your Stuff Maybe Go Viral If you Are Really Lucky” and “The Most  Epic Subject Line Writing Workshop In The History Of NN13”. You can have the best content, news, and information you want, however if you do not have a headline that encourages someone to click on your information quickly it is immaterial. These two panels provided important techniques about headlines construction as well as the type of information to use on different social media platforms. In between the two panels I attended a Nancy Pelosi interview that was quite interesting and at some times a bit disruptive. I blogged about it here. Netroots closing keynote was a bit different this year. Markos Moulitsas, DailyKOS publisher and the originator of this event first gave his speech on what the Netroots has accomplished over the last several years. He was followed by … [Read more...]

Netroots Nation 2013 Day 2

Ryan Clayton Egberto Willies

Day two of Netroots Nation 2013 was great. I first attended a panel   titled “How To Leverage Your Video For Your Cause”. We got a lot of techniques for getting it out. Most importantly the moderator provided great techniques for producing and getting the video out at the right time to increase its chance for virality. After lunch with Jonathan Greenberg of Be Your Government I attended the Black Caucus. Among the discussion was whether a black agenda to address issues that are endemic in the black community should com out of the gathering. There was no consensus  but there was agreement that each of the major issues that affect the black affect other communities as well. My suggestion was for someone in the group to take leadership and when there needed to be some political action that needed to blossom for the community, that person should direct action. The moderator agreed and said he will have information forthcoming   While sitting at the Move To Amend booth, a Wolf-PAC volunteer  … [Read more...]

Majority Leader Pelosi Booed At Netroots Nation 2013 Then Cheered


Former Speaker of the House and Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi was interviewed by Zerlina Maxwell on Saturday at Netroots Nation 2013 in front of a large audience. She was introduced by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA). Senator Boxer provided a ringing endorsement of all the accomplishments Rep. Pelosi had accomplished throughout her life and especially as Speaker of the House. She also used the opportunity to castigate Republican intransigence in Congress. Ms. Pelosi discussed what she called Republican Amateur hour for their handling of the farm bill. Sixty two Republicans voted against the bill. Republicans knew they needed Democratic help to pass the bill yet passed two controversial amendments that peeled off most of the necessary support they would have had from Democrats. Steep cuts in food stamps already ensured that most Democrats would peel off. Adding an amendment to eliminate production limits on dairy processors and requiring seeking work for food stamps which in some cases are very problematic … [Read more...]

Live Blogging Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi - Live blogging Majority Leader . See the blog post of the event here. [liveblog] … [Read more...]

President Obama Pleads For Support From His Liberal Base (VIDEO)


On Thursday President Obama sent a video to the Netroots Nation 2013 gathering in San Jose California. He knows that many are looking at some of his policies with skepticism. His video starts with his speech at his inauguration. It highlights all the liberal policies enacted. They included his support for women rights policies, gay rights policies, healthcare policies, and many other policies. He then highlights policies that still need to be accomplished. He implored Netroots Nation 2013 to help him message the country to ensure that the Affordable Care Act is implemented correctly and to encourage people to sign up to ensure its overall success. Obama made a statement every Netroots Nation member believe. Specifically, Republicans will regret being on the inhumane immoral side of the healthcare debate after its successful implementation and improvement. When Americans realize that they had once again been hoodwinked and lied to by Republicans on both the healthcare issue and economics, they will … [Read more...]

Netroots Nation 2013 Day 1

Move To Amend

The first day of Netroots Nation began eventfully. I got up early to write one of my daily blogs. I finished selecting the panels I was going to attend for the day, showered, and then walked the 1.1 miles to the convention center. I got to the registration desk before it opened, however a crowed was already assembled. I saw Sean, one of our Virginia affiliates and had a long conversation about our grassroots movement until the booth opened to get registered. After registration I visited the lonely Move To Amend table. I called up Roman to let him know I was there waiting. Roman and John showed up in no time thereafter. We proceeded to assemble our space. We ping ponged between panels and the booth. Move To Amend received a lot of traffic. We got many people to register. We had some who wanted to think about the wording of our amendment before signing which illustrated the level of thoughtfulness of the attendees of this conference. After a couple of panels, a few of my colleagues and writers from … [Read more...]

My Interview by Freelance Journalist Talia Whyte at Netroots Nation 2012


I was interviewed several times at Netroots Nation 2012. Tara Whyte is a freelance journalist who has reported on issues related to social justice, media and technology for over 10 years. Her work can be found in the Houston Chronicle, The Progressive, theGrio.com, The Boston Globe, MSNBC, PBS, Al Jazeera, among many others. Please view her Linkedin page here. She is also principal of Global Wire Associates, a new media consulting firm that promotes innovative communication for advancing social justice. She is also the co-author of Digital Activism Decoded: The New Mechanics of Change. Talia interviewed several attendees of the conference. My interview occurs at minute 8:05. Follow @EgbertoWillies Mic Check from Netroots Nation Published June 12, 2012 Global Wire Associates Netroots Nations made its way to Providence, Rhode Island June 7-10, 2012 and I had a chance to talk to some attendees about the importance of online activism today. Mic Check from Netroots Nation « … [Read more...]

Open Letter To Netroots Nation Panelists Lisa Donner, Matthew Yglesias, Karl Smith, & Mike Konczal


Netroots Nation 2012 list of panels shows that they are serious in pushing the proper socio-economic-political direction of the country. More importantly it provides the factual basis for the reasons we should adopt a progressive direction with fact based themes. One of the panels I most wanted to attend was titled “Why the Fed is the Most Important Economic Issue You Know Nothing About”. The panelists were Lisa Donner (FinancialReformNow), Matthew Yglesias (MattYglesias), Karl Smith (@ModeledBehavior), & Mike Konczal (@RortyBomb). Every single person on this panel was very knowledgeable on our current economic system. Every single panelist understood that the current banking sector has failed America. Most bloggers and activist that have invested their time and money to come to Netroots Nation are coming to network with other bloggers and activists. Most importantly they want to leave learning and increasing their knowledge on relevant subjects. Most importantly they want a call to action that … [Read more...]