Posted inCivil Liberties, Live Coverage

“We have to make them give it to us”: the power of organizing to push for immigrant rights

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 […]

Posted inElections, Live Coverage

Netroots Nation organizers respond after presidential town hall disrupted by protest

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 […]

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America needs progressive leadership: A town hall with Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley

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, […]

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Voting rights are for everyone: returning citizen disenfranchisement and expanding democracy

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, […]