Local progressive women host panel at Netroots Nation in Atlanta

For more than a decade, Netroots Nation has hosted the largest annual conference for progressives, drawing nearly 3,000 attendees from around the country and beyond. Attendees can choose from more than 80 panels and 40 training sessions, inspiring keynotes, caucuses, film screenings and lots of networking and social events.

Netroots Nation 2017 began this week and continues through the weekend at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. The attendees include locals Sheila Cameron, Barbara DeHart, Heidi Hall and Elisa Parker — all of whom sat on a panel “Indivisible Women: Mobilizing and Rising up in Rural America.”

This is the latest example of the awakening of a new local political force in our towns: progressive women, as Sierra Foothills Report has previously reported. The effort also shows the power of social media: The women have kept Facebook readers up to date about their plans, ranging from Sheila holding a sale of her fine art to help fund the trip to video commentary from Sheila and Elisa, including during the ride to the airport.

Their panel (details here) was today, titled “Indivisible Women: Mobilizing and Rising Up in Rural America.” The introduction read: “Indivisible Women, established in a rural community in a red district in a blue state and recognized as one of the larger indivisible groups in the nation is creating a new model for women’s leadership. Designed to engage rural women in the political process, encourage partnerships and community building, and access personal power, this panel will share new systems women in rural America are implementing to create solutions to some of our greatest challenges.

“You’ll learn tools to mobile multi-generations and neighboring communities to work together and design a vision beyond the resistance, plus how to establish a grassroots PAC to support women in leadership and elected office.”

The panel was led by artist and writer Sheila Cameron and panelists included technology executive Barbara DeHart, Nevada County Supervisor Heidi Hall, media maven Elisa Parker and social justice activist Tracie Stafford (who is running for mayor of Elk Grove and is President of Women Democrats of Sacramento County). Tracie also is a graduate of the “Emerge California” program that prepares “women leaders for a democratic future,” just like Hilary Hodge, who is running for District 3 supervisor.

Tracie reported on Facebook that the panel was “well received and Netroots surprised us with a presentation sketch artist who captured the discussion visually.”

These are interesting times, and the presidency of Donald Trump has been a catalyst to political change, including in our neck of the woods.


(Photos: Tracie Stafford’s Facebook page)

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

2 thoughts on “Local progressive women host panel at Netroots Nation in Atlanta”

  1. And here’s Nevada County native, former Nevada County supervisor and card-carrying “good old boy” Todd Juvinall’s take on this: “Netroots Nation, a conglomeration of the loony disaffected ‘progressives’ of America.” Go figure!

    1. I wonder if it’s because women are hosting it and are not at home kow-towing to the “good old ilk”. An independent, critical thinking, strong woman seems to really frighten them

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