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  •  No location is perfect for everyone (17+ / 0-)

    I'm going, and I'm broke as all hell - but, as brillig said, I got an early registration, started planning after last year and saved up nickels and dimes for the plane fare (I'm coming from LA). I'll be looking to bunk with friends or else find some cheaper accommodations a little farther from the venue.

    We're in foreclosure, we have 4 kids in one bedroom, my husband and I share a creaky old 93 LeSabre on its last legs, and my house is falling apart because a) we don't have money for repairs and b) if the thieving bank is going to eventually steal the house from us, I'm not inclined to put any money into it for their benefit. I was laid off last September and my family is living hand-to-mouth, but the money I save by not going to NN is not going to keep us in our house.

    I'm going because it is a way to connect with the people who feel as passionately as I do about actively making a difference as progressives. None of us can individually wave the magic wand and make these changes happen, but by connecting both online AND in person, we are stronger.

    I know that the organizers do the very best they can to make NN affordable and accessible. If it were to be in a smaller area, many people would not be able to get there because of the logistics and the really high cost of plane fare to out-of-the-hub areas. And everyone needs to make noise about the issues that affect them individually. To infer that only elitist, wealthy liberals are represented is unfair and untrue.

    •  I almost went... (0+ / 0-)

      I was signed up to volunteer, but when I saw the agenda I could see that there was no point in my attending.

      •  OK, *now* I think (7+ / 0-)

        you're just here to whine. Looking at the schedule, I see several sessions that easily pertain to poor and working class issues. Reclaiming the middle class? Revitalizing manufacturing? Grassroots organizing?

        Issues pertaining to poor urban and rural communities don't exist in a vacuum; lots of seemingly unconnected issues have an impact on poor and rural areas. And volunteering would have given you the perfect opportunity to meet attendees, organizers, and presenters face to face. The value of that in promoting progressive ideas cannot be overstated.

        "The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes." -Aristotle

        by Arenosa on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 02:30:28 PM PDT

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    •  As an observer from afar (1+ / 0-)
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      my vicarious Netroots Nation experience would be enriched if you and RuralRoute were synergizing in Mpls.

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