Some 3,000 netroots activists are headed to Providence, R.I., for the start of the annual Netroots Nation 2012 (NN12) conference , where progressives of all stripes—with a big showing from the union movement—will share online and offline strategies for mobilizing at the local and national levels. The June 7-10 event features such blockbuster speakers as Rebuild the Dream co-founder Van Jones and NAACP President Benjamin Jealous and an economic keynote highlighted by Pulitzer Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
Tomorrow begins with a hands-on panel examining how activists can take the offensive in the states, where working people and the progressive community have met unprecedented attacks on their salaries, pensions and social services with blow-out success. Panelists look at how labor-progressive coalitions can work in 2012 to elect state lawmakers who support working people to prevent further assaults on our jobs, our families and progressive democracy. The panel, moderated by AFL-CIO Political Department’s Jordan Kupersmith, includes Bailey Childers , AFSCME political representative; Carolyn Fiddler , AFT communications and strategic response specialist; Zandra Rice-Hawkins , founding executive director of New Hampshire’s Granite State Progress in New Hampshire; and Michael Sargeant , executive director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee.
Among the many other great labor-inspired events at NN12 is a panel featuring AFSCME and community activists looking at “ What to Do When the Right Comes After You .” Dave Jamieson, The Huffington Post’s workplace reporter, will moderate another labor panel looking at how workers and unions are fighting concessions and workplace abuses in the recession.
Labor film screenings include “ At the River I Stand ,” by the Amalgamated Transit Union ( ATU ), and American Teacher , by AFT . Activists also will gather for our annual Labor Caucus , to share ideas and catch up with each other.
One of the many hot events will be our very own Raise a Glass for the Working Class get-together June 8, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET at Rí Rá Irish Pub, where the worker-friendly Street Dogs will rock the house.
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