#spartacusreport campaigner Sue Marsh speaks at Netroots UK, with Sunny Hundal of blog Liberal Conspiracy and Netroots Nation Director Raven Brooks.
Last Saturday the TUC’s conference centre played host to Netroots UK 2012, a gathering of online activists from across the progressive movement. Hundreds of campaigners spent a whole day networking, training and debating strategy – a unique chance for trades unionists, political activists, local anti-cuts campaigns, environmentalists, direct action groups, equality organisations and many more to come together and collaborate.
It was the third British Netroots event (the second at TUC towers) and this time I was glad to see unions seemed to be playing a more central role than they have previously. This latest conference saw a number of union speakers, bringing the labour movement’s experience into sessions on austerity and women’s employment (Diana Holland of Unite), campaigning on the NHS (Sian Rabi-Laleh of UNISON), and defending abortion rights (Scarlet Harris of the TUC).
I was reflecting on this, when I came across a Daily Kos blog post by Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, on the changes he’s seen in seven years of Netroots Nation events.
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