On Friday at Netroots Nation a group of immigration activists brought the reality of Arizona’s SB 1070 to Netroots attendees by staging a brilliant piece of street (well okay, hotel) theater. As attendees move into the auditorium for the free lunch sponsored by Moveon.org., Latino activists wearing pseudo-ICE badges, costume HSA patches and otherwise garbed as “authority” stopped people before they entered the hall to grab their sandwiches and sodas and hear a panel on civil rights in the modern era.
|By: Lisa Derrick Saturday July 24, 2010 4:00 pm|
|By: Scarecrow Saturday July 24, 2010 10:01 am|
More on what Van Jones might have meant with his Titanic metaphor. Have we already struck the iceberg, or is it still in front of us?
|By: Scarecrow Friday July 23, 2010 4:10 pm|
Video of Van Jones speech, with introduction by Howard Dean
|By: David Dayen Friday July 23, 2010 6:00 am|
Bill Halter appeared on the morning panel, and I got to steal a few minutes with him. I asked him about the difficulty running against candidates who “progressive-wash” themselves. Blanche Lincoln came out with this derivatives title that she “wrote” right before the primary, blunting Halter’s message of Lincoln as a Wall Street fighter. Halter said that the complexity of the specific issue made it even harder to counteract the message – it was hard to wrap Arkansans heads around the fact that Lincoln left a big loophole in her Section 716 of the bill, for example, or that she didn’t filibuster the bill when Maria Cantwell was doing so precisely because her derivatives title became unenforceable. This is something that progressives need to figure out, because incumbents have done this over and over again to inoculate themselves from criticism from the left.
|By: Gregg Levine Thursday July 22, 2010 3:55 pm|
No FDL alumns on this panel, but it is a topic that should be near and dear to many readers’ hearts.
|By: Lisa Derrick Thursday July 22, 2010 1:55 pm|
I wish I had taken an earlier flight to Las Vegas Tuesday for Netroots Nation 2010 so I could join the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) demonstration in front of the Statue of Liberty that adorns New York New York’s exterior, where recently discharged Lt. Dan Choi was arrested with seven other protesters.
|By: Gregg Levine Thursday July 22, 2010 11:14 am|
Have just landed in the convention center for this panel/training session: Covering Congress: The Art of Insider Citizen Reporting THURSDAY, JULY 22ND 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM TRAINING, MIRANDA 7 We all know about the infamous “Beltway Bubble” and the information divide between political professionals and the rest of us. That divide is not, however, [...]
|By: Gregg Levine Thursday July 22, 2010 7:00 am|
Many of your favorite Firedoglake contributors, diarists, and community members are gathering here at The Rio in Las Vegas for the next few days. . . and I am here, too.