ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Over 3,000 political activists, including myriad LGBTQIA+ and progressive leaders will descend on St. Louis this week for the 11th annual Netroots Nation. The Gateway City will play host to the nation's largest progressive conference for the first time at the America’s Center Convention Complex, July 14-17.


Netroots (Internet + grassroots) Nation amplifies progressive voices by providing an online and in-person campus for exchanging ideas and learning how to be more effective in using technology to influence the public debate. This year's conference brings together an unprecedented gathering of activists and leaders to discuss key issues and strategize for the fall elections.

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According to organizers, energizing the Netroots will be key for Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and Democrats up and down the ballot this fall. Hearing from some of these key organizers will be an indicator of what Democratic support looks like with the people who will be knocking on doors, making phone calls and raising money for progressive candidates.


Confirmed speakers and guests include the nation's lone out U.S. Senator, Tammy Baldwin; Sen. Jeff Merkley, Rep. Ted Lieu, Rep. Keith Ellison, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Rep. Mark Pocan and Rep. Mark Takano; Missouri State Senators Maria Chappelle-Nadal and Jamilah Nasheed; Zephyr Teachout, Tom Steyer, Nina Turner and Alicia Garza of Black Lives Matter; Jamala Rogers, Marlon Marshall and Ann O’Leary from Hillary for America; Michael Brown, Sr. (father of Michael Brown), and many others.


The conference will include some 90 panels on topics ranging from the election, LGBTQIA+ issues, racial justice, economic populism, reproductive justice and many more, as well as many panels featuring local organizers and leaders.


A sampling of those panels includes:


• The Racial Policies that Built Ferguson (and Baltimore and Flint)
• From Selma to Ferguson: Voting Rights in the Digital Age
• Black Voices, Black Victories: Changing the Story on Race in a Digital Age
• A Fathers Perspective: Police Terrorism Against Children of Color


A sampling of LGBTQIA+ panels includes:


• The LGBTQ Movement: Where Do We Go from Here?
• Galvanizing the Forces: Moving Forward in the Disability and LGBT Rights Movements
• #BlackQueerMagic: Black Feminism and Pop Culture as Resistance
• Religious Exemptions and Bathroom Panic: How to Defeat Anti-LGBTQ Legislation in the States
• #transTRUTH from Trans Youth: Challenging media narratives of what it means to be young and trans
• We're Here and We're Queer: An LGBT Cultural Sensitivity Conversation Going Beyond Best Practices
• #TalkingWhileBlack: Recognizing and Combating LGBTQ Racism
• Local Stepping Stones: Electing People of Color, LGBT Leaders and Progressive Women at the State and Local Levels


For ticket information and a full schedule of events check out http://www.netrootsnation.org/nn16/

 

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