The line­up of speak­ers for the sixth annu­al Net­roots Nation is final­ly start­ing to fill out, with just a week and three days to go before the con­ven­tion begins.

Orga­niz­ers announced this morn­ing that White House Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Direc­tor Dan Pfeif­fer will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in a ques­tion and answer ses­sion with atten­dees. Pfeif­fer will like­ly be field­ing ques­tions about every­thing from the U.S. mil­i­tary’s treat­ment of Bradley Man­ning to the lack of action on address­ing the cli­mate crisis.

Also slat­ed to speak is new Demo­c­ra­t­ic Nation­al Com­mit­tee chair­woman Deb­bie Wasser­man Schultz and Pres­i­dent Oba­ma’s nation­al cam­paign field direc­tor, Jere­my Bird. They will be join­ing Russ Fein­gold, Sen­a­tors Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar, Ben Cardin, and Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Tim Walz and Kei­th Ellison.

There will be some famil­iar faces too, includ­ing Don­na Edwards, Howard Dean, Jer­ry Nadler, and Van Jones, who have become main­stays and crowd favorites at Net­roots Nation. State Sen­a­tor Chris Lar­son, one of the Wis­con­sin four­teen, is also con­firmed to speak. It will cer­tain­ly be an hon­or to hear from him.

Three of us will be going to Min­neapo­lis on NPI’s behalf next week. We’re very excit­ed, and we’ve spent quite a bit of time get­ting ready for the trip.

We’ll be pro­vid­ing live cov­er­age through­out the day on Thurs­day, Fri­day, and Sat­ur­day of next week (the 16th, 17th, and 18th), so be sure to check in often to find out what’s hap­pen­ing in the Twin Cities.

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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