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Netroots Nation 2014

There’s a lot going on at this year’s “Netroots Nation,” the annual conference that brings together progressive activists who are working on various issues to organize, strategize, build better coalitions and make progressive change happen.

There's a lot going on at this year's "Netroots Nation," the annual conference that brings together progressive activists who are working on various issues to organize, strategize, build better coalitions and make progressive change happen.

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Sara Steffens, TNG-CWA acting secretary-treasurer, discusses digital organizing tools.

Below: Kelli Williams, CWA Local 4004, is on the air at Netroots radio, talking about the dangers of the TPP.

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If you're not in Detroit, you can follow keynote speakers and other sessions online. You'll also find the full schedule at that site.

Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Rev. William Barber are among the keynote speakers.

CWA activists and allies also are part of the action.

  • Sara Steffens, acting secretary-treasurer of TNG-CWA, joined Kenzo Shibata from the American Federation of Teachers and Kyle Tanner from the Fast Food organizing campaign in a discussion of digital organizing in the labor movement. The panel discussed the findings of a five-year study that looked at the brave and successful online/offline organizing of coalitions like Fast Food Forward and OurWalmart.
  • CWA Local 4004 Secretary-Treasurer Kelli Williams was interviewed by L. Joy Williams for the critically acclaimed amTWiB (This Week in Blackness) show which is broadcasting live from Netroots Nation. They discussed the secrecy surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the effect the trade deal would have on jobs, along with the increased power multinational corporations would have to challenge a government’s laws and regulations.
  • People for the American Way, a CWA ally in the fight to get big money out of politics, is moderating a candidates' forum on Friday, July 18 at 3 pm EDT, that focuses on fundraising challenges for candidates with the goal of getting money out of politics, which you can watch streaming here.