It must be an election year - which could worry one political party in particular. Vice President Joe Biden himself is among the Democratic heavyweights who will attend Netroots Nation, which begins on Thursday in Detroit and is billed as “the largest gathering of progressives and the Democratic activist base” by organizers. They expect at least 3,000 eager attendees at the three-day event.
“It makes perfect sense that Vice President Biden would address the folks who will knock on doors, make phone calls and raise awareness for the issues that are most important to our country,” declares Raven Brooks, executive director of the organization.
Also on the speakers podium: Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a potential presidenital hopeful; Chuck Schumer of New York, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut.
And from the House side: Reps. Gary Peters, John Conyers and Dan Kildee of Michigan, Keith Ellison of Minnesota, Raul Grijalva of Arizona, Alan Lowenthal and Mark Takano of California plus Howard Dean.
Eighty speakers panels and 40 training sessions are planned around an “ignite” theme - which translates as “fast-paced talks from movement leaders.”
Sponsors include MoveON.org, The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, Democracy for America, the I’m Ready for Hillary political action committee, the Daily Kos, Facebook, Google, Emily’s List, Planned Parenthood, NARAL, multiple trade associations and activist groups, along with several major unions.