The first day of Net­roots Nation 2011 has come to a close.

It was a long day, but a good day. We’ve met up with many old friends from con­ven­tions past, and made new ones. We attend­ed sev­er­al thought-pro­vok­ing pan­els, explored the exhib­it hall, and became experts at nav­i­gat­ing Min­neapo­lis’ Sky­way sys­tem. And, of course, we joined the thou­sands of oth­er activists who are here for the open­ing keynote fea­tur­ing Russ Feingold.

To say that Russ was well worth the price of admis­sion would be an under­state­ment. It was one of the most com­pelling speech­es I’ve ever heard. If you did­n’t catch it on C‑SPAN or the live stream, you’ll def­i­nite­ly want to check it out when it becomes avail­able in the Net­roots Nation video archive.

Here’s a roundup of some of the tra­di­tion­al medi­a’s cov­er­age of the hap­pen­ings today, as well as a few pre­view-style sto­ries pub­lished yes­ter­day on the eve of the convention:

Tomor­row, there will be a Q&A ses­sion with White House Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Direc­tor Dan Pfeif­fer, more pan­els, work­shops, and train­ings, a big LiU­NA ral­ly at the Stone Arch Bridge, and a lunchtime dis­cus­sion of eco­nom­ic inequal­i­ty in Amer­i­ca. We will con­tin­ue bring­ing you live cov­er­age start­ing ear­ly in the morning.

For now, good night… and good luck. 🙂

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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