Netroots Nation, the largest annual progressive conference in the country, recently announced new speakers, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated incumbent Joe Crowley in the New York 14th district Democratic primary, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
Other newly announced speakers include Gov. Steve Bullock (MT), Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), San Juan Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz and Democracy in Color’s Aimee Allison.
The lineup now includes: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Former HUD Sec. Julián Castro, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin, Gov. Jay Inslee (WA), historic congressional candidate Deb Haaland, Kevin de Leon and many others.
Netroots Nation will take place August 2-4 in New Orleans, LA, with 100 panels, 70 trainings, and more than 3,000 progressive organizers and activists from across the country.
This year’s conference will focus on how progressives are reshaping the future of the Democratic party by including the communities that have historically pushed the country forward at the grassroots level for decades.
“These newly confirmed speakers remind us that we need progressives from all levels of government and from all walks of life to weigh in on the most important progressive issues of our time,” said Mary Rickles of Netroots Nation. “This is a platform for leaders from historically marginalized communities to speak to our country’s greatest issues. We can’t afford to continue relying on the tired myth of the white swing voter if we want to move forward. Our nation’s electorate is comprised of a multi-racial, multi-cultural coalition of voters who should have a seat at the table now and beyond 2018.”
Other confirmed speakers include: the Hip Hop Caucus’ Mustafa Santiago Ali, PA lieutenant governor candidate John Fetterman, CT Sec of State Denise Merrill, CA Sec of State Alex Padilla, VT Sec of State Jim Condos, Colette Pichon Battle of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy, Tom Steyer of NextGen America, and FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel.