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It’s time for the 5th annual Netroots Nation Holiday Bazaar (see a preview of some of this year's items below.) This year it will be held from Thursday, December 5th through Tuesday, December 9th. And we're looking for contributions from our talented Daily Kos community!  

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The popular Netroots Nation auction continues until tomorrow night! And man, oh man did some great items come in this weekend. So let's take a look at a few of them.

And remember, all proceeds allow the good folks at Netroots Nation to bring you the annual convention - which next year will be in Detroit, MI. That's right, Rick Snyder and all your pals in your legislature, we're coming your way! Here's a handy link to register.

Alrighty, let's take a look at just a few of the 106 items that are up for bid.

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The Netroots Nation auction, oh it's on! The action started this morning and we've got some very cool items up for bid. Right now we're up to 75 items in the auction with more coming in very soon. Let's take a look at just a few of those items.....

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Yes indeed, the Netroots Nation annual auction opens Thursday, August 15, and is sure to include lots of items that y'all have come to love about this auction -  political and entertainment memorabilia, signed books, artwork, travel opportunities, one-of-a-kind experiences and so much more.

However...the success of this auction depends, in part, on donations from our community. So, make a donation today! You can either donate online here or contact Karen Kolber at Karen at netroots nation dot org and let her know what item(s) you have to donate.

Don't know what to donate? Take a look below and view some of the items that have been donated in the past as well as ones that will be in the upcoming auction.

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Reposted from Bob's Blog by navajo
I live in San Diego so it was really nice being able to drive up to Netroots Nation this year. I have friends in the Bay Area and I was looking forward to being able to get up there a few days early and visit with them.

The first day I stop for the night in Paso Robles and had dinner at Firestone Walker Brewery's Taproom restaurant. I already knew they made great beer and I was please to find out the food was incredible as well. The next day I drove up to Santa Cruz and met up with an old friend, we did some bar hoping then ended the day on his deck drinking wine with his wife (who I've known since I was 10) at their home in Scott's Valley.

The next day I drove over the hill to San Jose and checked in to the Marriott. Unfortunately my son managed to give me his cold just before I left so I spent Tuesday and Wednesday mostly in bed or at least taking it easy. On Thursday I did mange to get to a few sessions, standing in the back so I could go out into the hall and cough. I mostly hung out at the Netroots for the Troops booth, didn't have enough energy to do too much more than that.

By mid day on Friday I was feeling a lot better and was able to both help out with NFTT and get to some more sessions. Saturday went great and Sunday I felt so good I drove all the way home, I missed my kids and my bed so I pushed through instead of stopping in San Luis Obispo like I had originally planned.

Even when sick I still manged to take lots of pictures on my iPhone, about 550 for the week. So I'm sharing with you some of my favorite shots.

A few weeks back I started a new diary series here on DKos, Bob's iPhone Photography - Lessons. I still have a lot of topics to cover and will be doing that in the coming weeks. So I hope you enjoy these shots from NN13, if you have any questions about the pictures please feel free to ask.

Please Note: some of these pictures will be hard to see only 600 px wide. If you click on the photo you will be taken to a larger image.


Netroots Nation 2013

The view from my hotel room, 17th floor. The convention center is below.
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Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 12:35 PM PDT

DFA Wants to Send You to Netroots!

by Arshad Hasan

Reposted from Arshad Hasan by Raven Brooks
The progressive movement isn’t about the bright lights and TV cameras, it’s about community. That’s what grassroots organizing is all about, and Netroots Nation is where it all comes together. If you’ve been there, you know what I mean. We all love the panels, speakers, trainings and all the progressive organizations represented there. But for me, it is about the passionate community of grassroots activists. These are the people who work hard every day for progressive change, and it is a truly amazing experience to get so many of us under one roof for a few days.

Unfortunately, we know that not everyone fighting the good fight can make it to Netroots Nation. Sometimes work, family or that epic backpacking trip get in the way, and we can’t do anything about that. However, we never want people to be unable to go because of cost.  

That’s why I am once again thrilled to announce Democracy for America is offering our Netroots Nation Scholarship.  We’ll pay for your registration and hotel -- but you have to earn it. We give our scholarships to the rising stars of the progressive community, and in the spirit of the progressive digital community, you get to choose who we send.

Here’s what you do:

     1. Apply! If you have always wanted to go to Netroots, but don’t have the spare  
        cash, this could be your opportunity!
     2. Nominatesomebody who you think deserves to go, they’ll be flattered.
     3. Most of all, vote for the activists you think most deserving.

Past scholars include folks who have successfully run for state office, prominent gun violence prevention activists, radio personalities, and well-known bloggers. This could be your chance to attend Netroots Nation and make the connections you need to take your activism to the next level. Apply now.

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Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 12:42 PM PDT

Announcing the NN13 Agenda!

by Raven Brooks

After a two-month long process of reading, scoring and discussing, we are thrilled to announce our 2013 agenda. And this year, we’ve expanded our offerings to include and additional 10 trainings and 10 panels.

Our final list of 80 panels includes some timely topics like the 2012 elections, the current immigration fight and climate change, plus we’ll highlight campaigns and issues from our host state of California. Our agenda is rich with stories of workers, students and activists working to fight for equality and a better, more just society. And this year we’re also including some topics not often touched on by the traditional media, including transgender issues, mass incarceration and drones.

Click here to peruse the full list of panels and trainings, then follow me over the fold.

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I hope you’re making plans to attend Netroots Nation this June 20–23 in San Jose. You won’t want to miss it—we’re expecting our largest crowd ever and are expanding our program in anticipation of our biggest year yet!

To help you get there, we’re partnering again with Democracy for America and America’s Voice to offer 40 scholarships to deserving bloggers, organizers and activists.

Skip over to DFA's site right now and apply if you'd like to.

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Would your nonprofit or small business like a free booth in the 2013 Netroots Nation Community and Exhibit Hall in San Jose, CA? Then enter the Netroots Nation "Grab a Booth" contest!

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Would your nonprofit or small business like a free booth in the 2013 Netroots Nation Community and Exhibit Hall in San Jose, CA? Then enter the Netroots Nation "Grab a Booth" contest!

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Reposted from Adam B by Adam B

[This diary is a re-post, but I don't know of another way to say this. Please spread the word.]

Netroots nation San Jose logo
As chairman of the board of directors of Netroots Nation, I'm excited. Because this is where the fun really starts:  watching your proposals come in to create our conference agenda, ultimately filling up a massive grid of awesomeness that provides our attendees with an overstuffed buffet of options, reflecting what the Netroots cares about each year.

If you'd like to help us set our agenda for San Jose, your proposals for panel discussions, roundtables, training sessions and the like are due this Friday, February 8, 2013.

What we're doing this year in San Jose from June 20-23 (register now!—rates will only rise), as we do every year, is build our schedule from the grassroots up. Your proposals define what it means to be in the Netroots—what issues we care about, what perspectives we believe are worth hearing—making the conference itself a way to educate ourselves, informing and inspiring activism for the year that follows, as well as broadcasting our priorities to the political community at large.

We need your ideas. Whether it's a particular policy area that we should be discussing, or skills that need teaching, or lessons worth sharing, we're looking for ways to build off the successes of 2012 into a stronger progressive movement for the next four years and beyond. Each session should offer a Netroots hook and cover interesting topics from new perspectives—though, of course, some of that can involve bringing in non-Netroots folks to educate us and listen to us.

We want forward-looking ideas that provide attendees with tools to make change and ideas to build upon. Feel free to browse our archive of previous sessions and check out our video archive to see what has been done in years past, but don't be afraid to think outside the box with regards to topic or format. As Raven broke it down two years ago, we get a lot of great submissions:

Here's how things break down for this year in terms of total submissions:

Domestic Policy: 26 (includes topics like education, health care, judicial policy, etc)
Economy: 29 (includes labor related panels as well)
Environmental Justice: 14
Equality/Social Justice: 55
Foreign Policy: 15
Media/New Media: 37 (includes state blogging, media topics, technology topics and everyone's favorite: meta)
Movement/Elections: 73 (includes Congress, elections, fair elections, messaging and progressive movement building topics)
Online Organizing: 36 (covers online, offline and bridging topics)

In the end, we've got 70 slots to fill -- ten time slots (three on Thursday, four each on Friday and Saturday), seven different panels in each slot -- so this is a difficult and competitive process. Many good ideas will get combined and modified, and we will try to include as many topics of grassroots interest as we can within these parameters. And I personally want more of these ideas coming from this community, and want to work with you to make it happen.

When you're brainstorming, here are a few things to think about:

  • How does my idea help the broader progressive movement?
  • How will it empower activists to take what they've learned and use it for the greater good?
  • Do my proposed panelists represent diversity—of ethnicity, gender, geography, age and viewpoint?
  • Did I build in interaction with the audience?

Click here to read the full list of guidelines and submit your idea. (We take these guidelines seriously—there are numerical grades, spreadsheets, conference calls, the works. Nolan has written about it at length.) As you'll see from the guidelines, your ideas need not be fully formed at this stage, but we will want to see a good level of thoughtfulness and planning. (You can't just give us a title and say "and I'll find three awesome people to talk about it—maybe Elizabeth Warren can come." Be as specific as reasonably possible.)

The deadline for submission is Friday, February 8.  Feel free to email me at adam (at) netrootsnation dot org if you have any questions about this process, or just ask them here. Netroots Nation started right here at DailyKos, and many of its best ideas still come from here.  I hope we'll see you in the Silicon Valley.

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Reposted from Adam B by Adam B
Netroots nation San Jose logo
As chairman of the board of directors of Netroots Nation, I'm excited. Because this is where the fun really starts:  watching your proposals come in to create our conference agenda, ultimately filling up a massive grid of awesomeness that provides our attendees with an overstuffed buffet of options, reflecting what the Netroots cares about each year.

If you'd like to help us set our agenda for San Jose, your proposals for panel discussions, roundtables, training sessions and the like are due February 8, 2013.

What we're doing this year in San Jose from June 20-23 (register now!—rates will only rise), as we do every year, is build our schedule from the grassroots up. Your proposals define what it means to be in the Netroots—what issues we care about, what perspectives we believe are worth hearing—making the conference itself a way to educate ourselves, informing and inspiring activism for the year that follows, as well as broadcasting our priorities to the political community at large.

We need your ideas. Whether it's a particular policy area that we should be discussing, or skills that need teaching, or lessons worth sharing, we're looking for ways to build off the successes of 2012 into a stronger progressive movement for the next four years and beyond. Each session should offer a Netroots hook and cover interesting topics from new perspectives—though, of course, some of that can involve bringing in non-Netroots folks to educate us and listen to us.

We want forward-looking ideas that provide attendees with tools to make change and ideas to build upon. Feel free to browse our archive of previous sessions and check out our video archive to see what has been done in years past, but don't be afraid to think outside the box with regards to topic or format. As Raven broke it down two years ago, we get a lot of great submissions:

Here's how things break down for this year in terms of total submissions:

Domestic Policy: 26 (includes topics like education, health care, judicial policy, etc)
Economy: 29 (includes labor related panels as well)
Environmental Justice: 14
Equality/Social Justice: 55
Foreign Policy: 15
Media/New Media: 37 (includes state blogging, media topics, technology topics and everyone's favorite: meta)
Movement/Elections: 73 (includes Congress, elections, fair elections, messaging and progressive movement building topics)
Online Organizing: 36 (covers online, offline and bridging topics)

In the end, we've got 70 slots to fill -- ten time slots (three on Thursday, four each on Friday and Saturday), seven different panels in each slot -- so this is a difficult and competitive process. Many good ideas will get combined and modified, and we will try to include as many topics of grassroots interest as we can within these parameters. And I personally want more of these ideas coming from this community, and want to work with you to make it happen.

When you're brainstorming, here are a few things to think about:

  • How does my idea help the broader progressive movement?
  • How will it empower activists to take what they've learned and use it for the greater good?
  • Do my proposed panelists represent diversity—of ethnicity, gender, geography, age and viewpoint?
  • Did I build in interaction with the audience?

Click here to read the full list of guidelines and submit your idea. (We take these guidelines seriously—there are numerical grades, spreadsheets, conference calls, the works. Nolan has written about it at length.) As you'll see from the guidelines, your ideas need not be fully formed at this stage, but we will want to see a good level of thoughtfulness and planning. (You can't just give us a title and say "and I'll find three awesome people to talk about it—maybe Elizabeth Warren can come." Be as specific as reasonably possible.)

The deadline for submission is February 8.  Feel free to email me at adam (at) netrootsnation dot org if you have any questions about this process, or just ask them here. Netroots Nation started right here at DailyKos, and many of its best ideas still come from here.  I hope we'll see you in the Silicon Valley.

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