Commentary on current events, politics, government, and popular culture from John Sheirer, author of the book, Make Common Sense Common Again.

Monday, June 11, 2012

At Netroots Nation in Providence, RI, June 8-9, 2012

I attended Netroots Nation 2012, the annual conference for progressive/liberal activists, bloggers, and media members. I was honored to do a booksigning and meet many great people, all committed to making America and the world a better place for everyone.

Signing books Friday afternoon and possibly slightly overdressed for the occasion.

In amazingly good company among the 2012 Netroots authors.

That's a pretty book!

With Lee Camp, famous for his excellent "Moment of Clarity" rants, now in book form.

With David Pakman, founder and host of the David Pakman Show, fellow resident of Northmapton, Massachusetts, and high school classmate of my stepdaughter Danielle.

Van Jones, Cliff Schecter, Lizz Winstead, Shannyn Moore, and David Schuster present the Saturday morning "News Dump."

Elizabeth Warren electrified the crowd with this response to Mitt Romney's claim that corporations are people: “No, Mitt, corporations are not people. People have hearts, they have kids, they get jobs, they get sick, they love, they cry, they dance, they live and they die. Learn the difference.”

I can't wait to vote for her in November!

The Saturday lunch forum featured some heavy hitters: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumpka, Agenda Project founder Erica Payne, Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance Ai-Jen Poo, and Demos think tank Vice Preisdent Heather McGhee.

My favorite workshop featured Alexis McGill Johnson, John Neffinger, and Tara Dowdell, three pundits who often appear on major news networks. Their session gave excellent advice on how to do well when making television appearances. (I also learned that I need to get much younger and much better looking in a hurry if I want a television career!)

I met these nice people … okay, they were cardboard cutouts, but they were the most popular cardboard cutouts at the conference.


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