Netroots Nation 2010: Wrap-up

I attended the fifth annual Netroots Nation Conference last week in Las Vegas Nevada. I didn’t do any liveblogging because I didn’t think anything in particular would be interesting to you all, but I did do a few video interviews that I will be posting eventually (after I edit and make transcripts!).

I wanted to at least share a few of my thoughts about the conference. This was the first time I’ve ever attended, but Feministing folks have gone before.

Netroots Nation, despite their efforts to promote diversity, is still a majority straight white male blogger space. I don’t know if that will ever change, unless the demographics of the political blogosphere change radically.

But, like Samhita, I was able to find my crew–those with more radical politics, the young people, the queer folks. I met some amazing activists at Netroots, like Yahaira, an undocumented woman who is in the midst of so much amazing direct action around the DREAM act. Her willingness to put her life (and her ability to say in the US) on the line to get undocumented students a path to citizenship was inspiring. She and a crew of DREAMers showed up to Netroots, and made the issue of immigration heard and felt in that space. So important. You can see a video of the action they hosted during one plenary session here and the silent protest they conducted during Senator Reid’s speech here.

So I found my crew of like-minded folks, and ran with them throughout the conference. Mostly on the periphery, sometimes at the center of things, but always together and supporting one another.

My voice may never be the mainstream voice–the one that is featured front and center. But if I can find my people amongst the crowd, I’ll feel at home.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted July 28, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    You know, Miriam, there are times I wish sometimes I could live only among people like you’ve described. Life would be so much easier. I wouldn’t have to worry so much. I wouldn’t have to explain so much, too.

    I feel this same way when I’m around Quakers my own age. As nice as it is to find people like me, I know I need to find a way within myself to reach people who aren’t. Otherwise, what would be the point of activism?

  2. Posted July 28, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    Miriam, it was more than a pleasure meeting you. Gracias for being so awesome and supportive during my first Netroots experience.

    I was extremely happy to meet and interact with our crew. It’s a breath of fresh air to know I (and other DREAMers) are not alone and that we have such amazing support. Together we can make a difference and change history.

    Abrazos.

  3. Posted July 28, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    But Miriam and @Samhita, if you are in your crowd of like minded people how can be an activist or a learner? You went and found a bunch of people who think and feel just like you do instead of going and making new friends and acquaintances at this conference. I am not saying people can’t hang out with confederates, but life is so much richer when you embrace stuff unlike you. And you grow in the process (or if you are like me and watch Glenn Beck and join his groups on Facebook and Twitter, you get lots of stuff to blog about). I just think you lost out on an opportunity at Netroots.

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