Oy, ready for my close-up Mr. DeMille…argh. On little sleep (I had to stay up to write a piece for The Hill that’s due today), so I look less than radiant today during my panels.
Thanks to the folks at Netroots Nation, both of the rooms that two of my three panels are in have cameras for live feeds, so you can see what we have to say in real time. Enjoy!
1:30 PM ET/10:30 AM PT: Organizing the Equality Movement in the Obama Era, Brasilia 1
Building on the Netroots Nation 2009 panel on LGBT organizing, this panel will expand the conversation to discuss the state of the equality movement in 2010 and what progress can be made before the 2012 elections and beyond. Panelists will discuss the Obama Administration’s record on LGBT rights, the federal Prop 8 trial being led by Ted Olson and David Boies, state-by-state efforts to win marriage equality, the potential repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the federal court ruling that DOMA is unconstitutional, and the lack of movement in Congress on a trans-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).
PANELISTS: Rick Jacobs, Pam Spaulding, Evan Wolfson, Arshad Hasan, Thomas A. Saenz
6:00 PM ET/3:00 PM PT: Why Women are the Key to the Future of Progressive Election Victories, Brasilia 2
As the GOP has garnered victories in Massachussetts, Virginia and New Jersey since the 2008 presidential election, progressives are looking for a new path to keep the seats they have and win back the ones they’ve lost. Standard playbook assumptions about where, how and why progressives can win campaigns have been turned on their head as increasing numbers of voters feel disaffected and Tea Partiers throw wild cards into many races. Progressive women can embrace this moment to help move the progressive agenda forward. But too often the Democratic Party fails to recruit and support the very women candidates who could be game changers for progressive politics. We’ll discuss how the growing numbers of activist women-and organizations devoted to helping them participate in politics and political leadership-can help reconnect voters with important progressive economic and gender issues. And we’ll analyze how to access the untapped power of women who want to make a difference for progressive issues and what it will take to get them elected.
PANELISTS: Gloria Feldt, Barbara Lee, Joanne Bamberger, Maria Teresa Kumar, Roxanne Conlin, Pam Spaulding