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Friday, July 14th, 2023

Netroots Nation 2024 to be held in Baltimore, Maryland from July 11th-13th

Net­roots Nation will be head­ing to Bal­ti­more, Mary­land next sum­mer for its nine­teenth incar­na­tion (the sev­en­teenth to be held in-per­son), Dai­ly Kos founder Markos Moulit­sas announced today dur­ing the Fri­day evening keynote of the coun­try’s largest annu­al gath­er­ing of pro­gres­sive activists and move­ment leaders.

Begun in 2006 under the lead­er­ship of Gina Coop­er and orig­i­nal­ly known as Year­lyKos, Net­roots Nation has pre­served through mul­ti­ple reces­sions, the Trump error, and the coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic. It piv­ot­ed to an online-only for­mat in 2020 and remained remote for 2021 before revert­ing to a hybrid for­mat last year.

NPI has par­tic­i­pat­ed in all nine­teen Net­roots Nation con­fer­ences to date, from 2006 to the present. It’s an annu­al tra­di­tion for our team.

Net­roots Nation has been held in over a dozen dif­fer­ent cities dur­ing its near­ly two decade his­to­ry, though it has yet to vis­it the Pacif­ic North­west. Three cities have host­ed it twice: Las Vegas, Chica­go, and Pitts­burgh. Ten cities have host­ed it once: Austin, Min­neapo­lis, Prov­i­dence, San Jose, Detroit, Phoenix, St. Louis, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Philadel­phia. Den­ver was slat­ed to host in 2020, but those plans were scrapped when the pan­dem­ic hit. Wash­ing­ton, D.C. was set to host a slimmed down in-per­son NN in 2021, but the plug got pulled on that too.

Bal­ti­more will now become the fif­teenth city to host Net­roots Nation.

“Many famous African Amer­i­cans in his­to­ry have called Bal­ti­more home, includ­ing Thur­good Mar­shall, Fred­er­ick Dou­glass, Isaac Myers, Bil­lie Hol­i­day and Cab Cal­loway,” the con­fer­ence orga­niz­ers not­ed on the advance reg­is­tra­tion page they’ve set up. Bal­ti­more is the home of the Bal­ti­more Muse­um of Art, which holds the world’s largest col­lec­tion of Matisse paint­ings in the world. The first Unit­ed States post office sys­tem was inau­gu­rat­ed in Bal­ti­more in 1774. ”

“Are you intrigued?”

The 2024 gath­er­ing will be held on July 11th, 12th, and 13th — almost exact­ly a year from now. NN23 will pre­cede the ugly spec­ta­cle that will be the Repub­li­can Nation­al Con­ven­tion in Mil­wau­kee (sched­uled to run from July 15th to 18th) and con­clude a lit­tle over a month before the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Nation­al Con­ven­tion kicks off in Chica­go (sched­uled to run from August 19th to the 22nd).

The venue will be the Bal­ti­more Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, locat­ed in the city’s Inner Har­bor neigh­bor­hood at 1 W Pratt St, Bal­ti­more, MD 21201.

The clos­est hotel is the Bal­ti­more Hilton, which is con­nect­ed to the con­ven­tion cen­ter via a sky­bridge. Pre­sum­ably, that’s where many atten­dees will be staying.

As in past years, orga­niz­ers say the con­fer­ence will offer more than one hun­dred and forty hours of pan­els, train­ings, keynotes, and fun social events.

If you’re inter­est­ed in reg­is­ter­ing, you can do so here. In-per­son rates begin at $325/person and will increase to over $400 as the date of the con­ven­tion gets clos­er. The true per-per­son cost of the con­ven­tion is about $1,500, which reflects the enor­mous expens­es asso­ci­at­ed with stag­ing large events like Net­roots Nation.

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