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Monthly Archives: July 2015

Bernie Sanders to visit Pacific Northwest next week; will hold rallies in Seattle and Portland

Excerpt: Bernie Sanders, widely considered to be the most progressive of the five Democratic candidates running to succeed Barack Obama as President of the United States, is bringing his people-powered campaign to the Pacific Northwest next week. Organizers working for the dynamic, inspiring Vermont senator have invited Washingtonians and Oregonians who support Bernie’s vision for the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Elected leaders, activists file lawsuit to remove Tim Eyman’s I-1366 from 2015 ballot

Excerpt: This morning, at a press conference at Pacifica Law Group’s offices in downtown Seattle, several friends of the Northwest Progressive Institute announced the filing of a legal challenge to block Tim Eyman’s incredibly destructive I-1366 from the November ballot because it exceeds the scope of the people’s initiative power as set forth in Washington’s Constitution. […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Rent control in Seattle: Licata & Sawant make case at Town Hall debate

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: The team at NPI is very pleased to welcome Dominic Barrera to our staff. This is his first post for the Cascadia Advocate, concerning Monday’s forum on rent control at Town Hall Seattle.  Following the release of Seattle’s contentious HALA (Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee) report, a debate on potential rent control […]
Written by:Dominic Barrera
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“We have to make them give it to us”: the power of organizing to push for immigrant rights

Excerpt: In the last panel for the day before the closing keynote, the panelist discuss the efforts that have been made to make sure the voices of immigrants are being heard and policy gains are made. The panel was moderated by former AZ state senator Alfredo Gutierrez, who spoke as part of the opening keynote Thursday […]
Written by:Patrick
Categories:Civil Liberties, Live Coverage
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Netroots Nation organizers respond after presidential town hall disrupted by protest

Excerpt: Organizers for Netroots Nation this afternoon released a statement responding to the events that transpired during this morning’s presidential town hall in Phoenix. For those who weren’t there and weren’t watching the livestream, the town hall was supposed to be a civil conversation with former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, but […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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America needs progressive leadership: A town hall with Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley

Excerpt: Welcome to our continuing coverage of Netroots Nation 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona! Our first convention-wide session of the day is a town hall discussion with presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley, who are seeking the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination along with Hillary Clinton, Lincoln Chafee, and James Webb. Clinton was invited to today’s event, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Voting rights are for everyone: returning citizen disenfranchisement and expanding democracy

Excerpt: We started the last day of Netroots Nation at “Voter Rights Restoration and the Move Toward a Growing Democracy: How We Get There”. It was a packed panel table, apparently because it was a merger of two panels to talk about restoring voting rights for previously incarcerated individuals and growing democracy for everyone. We started, […]
Written by:Patrick
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#NN15: Ending Inequality For All

Excerpt: This panel, led by Charles Chamberlain, is a discussion on the issues of inequality in the workplace and how progressives can tackle these issues. Panelists include: Elba Diaz, Rep. Donna Edwards, Rep. Keith Ellison, Analilia Mejia, Amanda Monroe The country has turned a critical eye toward the historic gap between the 1 percent and the rest of […]
Written by:Rennie Sawade
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How the progressive Arizona of the 1900s morphed into Tea Party Arizona: A history

Excerpt: Good morning from Phoenix! Our live coverage of Netroots Nation continues all day today, the middle day of the convention. The first activities today are breakout sessions, and I’ve decided to attend How Progressive Arizona Became Tea Party Arizona. The synopsis of this panel is as follows: Arizona entered the Union in 1912 as a […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Netroots Nation panel tackles the question: How do we build progressive political power?

Excerpt: Welcome to the second day of Netroots Nation 2015! We’re kicking things off today with a another round of breakout sessions. I’m at a panel on building progressive political power, moderated by Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN). Netroots Nation has a livestream for this panel, which we have embedded below:   This panel showcased mutliple perspectives […]
Written by:Patrick
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Netroots Nation 2016 to be held in St. Louis, Missouri from July 14th-17th

Excerpt: The eleventh gathering of Netroots Nation, taking place ten years after the very first YearlyKos, will be held July 14th-17th in St. Louis, Missouri, the convention’s executive director Raven Brooks announced a few minutes ago. NN 2016 will happen just a few days ahead of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, which runs from […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The Progressive Christian Movement You Never Knew You Needed to Organize

Excerpt: It’s the last panel of the day at Netroots Nation, but energy still seems high. We start out the panel with a video by the Reverend William Barber, who was unable to make it to the convention because of a court case. In this video he talks about the need for a rhetoric of morality, […]
Written by:Patrick
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A new fifty state strategy: Reversing the Democratic collapse in the states

Excerpt: Welcome to our continuing live coverage of Netroots Nation in Phoenix, Arizona. This afternoon, NPI President Robert Cruickshank is leading a panel discussion about the collapse of the Democratic Party in the states and the need for a new fifty-state strategy to rebuild the party’s strength in statehouses from Alaska to Florida. Here’s the premise […]
Written by:Rennie Sawade
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NN15 Panel: People Power: Energy, Electricity, & Climate Justice

Excerpt: Dirty fossil fuel utilities are opposing progressive change, raising rates and killing the planet, but people across the country, led by youth and First Nations activism, are taking back power. Climate hawks and economic justice activists are working together to make our power grid and politics cleaner, and fighting for more affordable and equitable energy […]
Written by:Rennie Sawade
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