Netroots Nation draws grassroots organizers, presidential candidates to Philly

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) —  Philadelphia is hosting the largest conference for political progressives in the United States, also known as Netroots Nation.

The conference is sort of the liberal version of C-PAC: a three-day event where like-minded people get ideas and inspiration for political action to support their beliefs.

On Friday, one topic of conversation was the “I” word, impeachment.

“Dump Trump, ditch Mitch, save America,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon.

He was among the elected officials to speak at the Convention Center. Merkley was joined by Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal. Both support impeachment, despite the position taken by their party leaders.

”It’s easy to look at this fearing what might happen if we go forward with impeachment,” she said. “We have to actually be looking at what happens if we do not move forward.”

Adherence to ideals over pragmatic calculation is one of the defining qualities of those likely to attend Netroots Nation, now in its 14th year.

“There are more and more issues that I need to address as a progressive and for me,” says Anna Marta Vesky, who comes every year. “It’s a great opportunity to meet with other progressives and see where everyone is at and challenge myself to be better for my community, for myself, for my family, for our country.”

Sessions included racial justice and climate change, tactics for targeting corporations and a daily yoga class.

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