Saturday, July 24, 2010

Netroots Nation 2010 this weekend

That's MSNBC's Ed Schultz in a brief excerpt of his opening address to the Netroots Nation conference going on in Las Vegas this weekend. It's an annual gathering of progressive bloggers from across the U.S.. Schultz hits a few interesting notes that resonate for us, not so much the Fox News stuff but his rallying cry is getting a little more appropriate for us these days.

Here's the programme for the weekend, as you can see, it's fairly massive. Speakers today include Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Elizabeth Warren, Alan Grayson and Al Franken is closing it off tonight (starts at 9:15 EST, video link or try links at this page).

The focus of the weekend is pretty varied, lots to choose from. There are the blogging oriented panels ("Muckraking 101: Online Investigative Tools" with Joe Conason sounded pretty cool). There are also plenty of meet-up and organizing opportunities, with state and group caucuses meeting throughout the weekend. There are the substantive issue panels (tried watching a bit of the Marcy Wheeler/Jerrold Nadler panel on Gitmo but they seemed to be bickering & not accomplishing a heck of a lot, although it could have just been the part I saw). Running through it all, a real connection to achieving change where it counts, connecting the online world to real political races.

Here's more video addressed to the netroots, President Obama addressing the conference directly (thanking Nancy Pelosi at the beginning). Smartly deploying video of progressive hero Rachel Maddow at 1:15 too:

"Change doesn't come from the top down. It comes from the bottom up. It comes from the netroots, the grassroots..." The Obama hope machine tries to push on, looking for support in the upcoming midterms.

One more, the most tweeted parts of Friday's conference laid out in video:

Always interesting to see what's going on in the U.S. Man, we're pikers.