As many NPI read­ers may know, pos­si­ble Demo­c­ra­t­ic guber­na­to­r­i­al can­di­date Jay Inslee will be join­ing Con­gress­man Jim McDer­mott, for­mer Cana­di­an Health Min­is­ter Ujjal Dosan­jh, and Wash­ing­ton State Labor Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Jeff John­son at NWroots 2011 on July 9th.

NWroots is a region­al con­fer­ence for lib­er­al blog­gers, activists, and cit­i­zens inter­est­ed in pro­gres­sive pub­lic pol­i­cy. The event will fea­ture keynotes, pan­el dis­cus­sions, doc­u­men­taries, and a can­di­dates social.

Con­gress­man and pre­sump­tive guber­na­to­r­i­al can­di­date Jay Inslee will kick-off the event as open­ing keynote speak­er. Wash­ing­ton State Labor Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Jeff John­son will fol­low Inslee. John­son is expect­ed to address the role of labor in Demo­c­ra­t­ic pol­i­tics and the chang­ing polit­i­cal strategy.

Ujjal Dosan­jh will deliv­er the clos­ing keynote address. For­mer MP Dosan­jh lost his seat in Par­lia­ment serv­ing Van­cou­ver South Rid­ing in a near sweep of Lib­er­als in last mon­th’s fed­er­al elec­tion. He has pre­vi­ous­ly served as Health Min­is­ter in Paul Mar­t­in’s cab­i­net, Pre­mier of  British Colum­bia, and B.C.‘s Attor­ney Gen­er­al. Con­gress­man Jim McDer­mott will speak ahead of Dosanjh.

The con­fer­ence will be held at Com­e­dy Under­ground in Pio­neer Square, with break­out ses­sions close by. Break­fast at Swan­nies and lunch at Fx McRo­ry’s are includ­ed in the reg­is­tra­tion price of $50 ($25 stu­dents). An after-par­ty will take place one block away at the his­toric Cen­tral Saloon.

The NWroots Fel­low­ship is incred­i­bly thank­ful for the sup­port NPI has pro­vid­ed in orga­niz­ing this con­fer­ence. It’s going to be a lot of fun. I hope you’ll join me and the NPI team at NWroots on July 9th!

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