It’s Day 2 of the conference and I am blissfully overwhelmed by all things progressive. I have attended panels on women and social media, social media for advocacy, comedy for social activism, sexual freedom, the Wisconsin recall, and Google Analytics. And that’s not all! There was an amazing keynote at lunch today with Darcy Burner, Mazie Hirono and Elizabeth Warren. And I met Lizz Winstead and got a signed copy of her new book, Lizz Free or Die. And I haven’t even talked about the parties. And – again -it’s only day two. There’s no way to recap it all, though if you want to know more about what’s going on, the conference is being livestreamed and there are Storify recaps of the panels (look for them on Twitter or the Netroots homepage.) How cool is that? I’ve also been blowing up my Twitter feed with comments, quotes and a few Foursquare check ins.
This conference has definitely been an exercise in the writer’s dilemma of when to participate so you have something to write about, and when to pull away and actually write (she says as she sits on the floor of the convention center at an Act Blue event).
Here’s a smattering of a few my favorite quotes and moments:
“Do not give up. It’s the only way they can win.” – Darcy Burner at the Act Blue event
“Know who you are and what you can contribute, be the go-to person for your style.” – Lizz Winstead’s advice to women comedians and comedy writers.
“No Mitt, corporations are not people.” – Elizabeth Warren at the War on Women Keynote
Mazie Hirono telling her personal story, which involved her mother escaping an abusive relationship and moving the family out of Japan, all the way to Hawaii, so her children would have a better future.
“It was just people. It was just folk.” Emily Mills talking about the Wisconsin recall.
The Wisconsin blogosphere is called the Cheddarsphere.
“You cannot win without social media. You will never win with just social media.” – Beth Becker
“You can do an awful lot with a 140 characters.” – Alan Rosenblatt
From the sexual freedom panel: Would we be doing better as a progressive movement if we had more sex? – I have to believe the answer is yes.
The Fertile Crescent of Polyamory (i.e. the San Francisco Bay area) – term coined by William Winters, heard at the sexual freedom panel
The American Federation of Teachers photo booth where I was able to thank some of my favorite teachers. You can see my favorite pic here.
“One of the reasons I voted for Obama is because he said, ‘Challenge me.’” – Lizz Winstead at the comedy panel
“We’re tricking people into thinking.” – Lee Camp at the comedy panel
Mentioned at the women and social media panel: Barack the Slut Vote
Finding out that a woman – along with her husband – helped start the Internet. Sandy Lerner and Leonard Bosack perfected the router that made it possible.
I registered as for something delightfully called Team Uterati. It’s a wiki. Don’t know much yet, but I’m excited to learn more. My hope is that this will be the first step on the way to a Benevolent Uterati. Stay tuned.
Oh, and Bowser from Sha Na Na is here.