Netroots Nation 2015 is here!


…OK, almost 🙂

It starts on Thursday


The official events actually start on Wednesday with a Pool Party Kick Off but the “official” events start on Thursday morning at 9 a.m.  NN hits the ground running; there are 14 trainings and panels scheduled for 9 a.m.

They will run the gamut from “Daring to Internet While Female 2.0” through “State Battlegrounds: The Real Fight for Voting Rights” to “Arizona’s Latino Civic Engagement from SB1070 to Now” (I’m leaning toward attending “Creative for All: The Keys to Creating Compelling Content“, but there is so much interesting stuff going on then that I haven’t fully decided yet).

There will also be progressive-themed music, traditional Native American, hip hop, folk, and more, presented throughout the entire conference.

Thursday evening, the opening keynote speeches will be given by speakers both local and national.

The speakers will include Arizona activists and leaders like Alfredo Gutierrez, Petra Falcon, Isabel Garcia, Erika Andiola, Marisa Franco,  and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton (subject to change).

The speakers will include national figures like US Rep. Donna Edwards, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton (yup, he’s a national figure, too), Joel Silberman and the evening’s host, HuffPost Live’s Alyona Minkovski (also subject to change).

Others speaking throughout the event include (but are not limited to): Millennial Activists United’s Ashley Yates, US Reps Ruben Gallego, Keith Ellison, Mark Takano, Hank Johnson, Robin Kelly, and Raul Grijalva.

Oh yeah – there are three “big” names scheduled to speak (and the others are pretty “big” in their own right) – US Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Friday) and presidential candidates US Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (Saturday at a “town hall” event moderated by journalist, filmmaker and immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas)


O’Malley, courtesy Twitter











Sanders, courtesy Twitter











Warren, courtesy Twitter











There are also a number of events that are “unofficial” (not part of the official festivities, but sure to be loads of fun).  AFT has a list of them compiled here, but the ones that I am most interested in are both on Friday night: “Candidate Happy Hour Presented by ActBlue and Democracy for America” (among others, my LD’s state senator Katie Hobbs will be featured) and “Chairman (Emeritus) Pub Quiz 2015: Number 9, Number 9” (watch or participate as political geeks with vast cesspools of useless knowledge knowledge of political trivia compete for fun and bragging rights)

Another event, not directly related to Netroots Nation, is a campaign event featuring Bernie Sanders on Saturday night will take place Saturday evening at the Phoenix Convention Center.


Saturday, July 18 at 7:00 PM

Phoenix Convention Center

100 N 3rd St

Phoenix, AZ

In case you didn’t see the pic at the beginning of the post –




Note: The official NN15 program can be found here.

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  1. And this recent note from Laughing Liberally: “Laughing Liberally Tucson is so very proud to have been invited to join the National Laughing Liberally touring company to perform at the Netroots Nation 2015 Convention at the Phoenix Convention Center Thursday, July 16 @ 8:00 pm. Alex Kack, Ryan Malco and Phil Gordon will join the line-up. If you’re heading to NN15 please stop by and laugh liberally!

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