Okay, from tomorrow morning through next Wednesday night, I'll be leaving the Sunshine State behind to head off to D.C. For the first few days I'll be at a national Bloggers' Summit. Among the many things that we'll be discussing are:
Building a State/Issue Blog
Building Coalitions and Moving an Agenda
Holding the Media Accountable
Red State Blogging
Bridging the Blogosphere Divide
Policy Briefings and Discussion: Energy, Iraq, Healthcare, Economy
Working with Campaigns
Online Advocacy and Mobilization
Working with the Majority Party
Research Tools and Resources
How To Be A Progressive But Still Productive Voice In America's Political Wilderness
The sessions will include bloggers from 28 states and D.C. and will include a few names you might know (Chris Bowers, Atrios, Jane Hamsher, Ezra Klein, Matt Stoller, Baratunde Thurston, Laura Packard, Oliver Willis, Cliff Schechter); representatives of a few national blogs you might know (OpenLeft, Daily Kos, FireDogLake, Huffington Post, Pam's House Blend, Eschaton, Feministing); a few state blogs you should know (Left in Alabama, Calitics, Square State, Blue Hampshire, Blue Jersey, Burnt Orange Report); and organizations most of you are familiar with (ProgressNow, New Organizing Institute, Center for Independent Media, Brave New Films, Media Matters, MoveOn, the DNC, Center for American Progress, Think Progress, the young Turks, Harry Reid's office). There will also be quite a few others that I'm not yet familiar with, but hopefully will be soon.
The rest of the week, I'll be at the Take Back America Conference, whose scheduled or invited speakers include: Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. Hillary Clinton, Norman Lear, Arianna Huffington, Kathleen Turner, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Van Jones, Bill Moyers, Jane Hamsher, Eli Pariser, David Bonior, Digby, David Sirota, Barbara Ehrenreich, Robert Greenwald, Rich Trumka, Christy Hardin Smith, Naomi Klein, Anna Burger, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rick Perlstein, Matt Stoller, Gloria Totten, and Cenk Uygur.
Check back here over the next week and I'll have many and frequent reports...
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