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We're at Netroots Nation!

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 6:57pm

Today's the second full day of Netroots Nation (formerly known as YearlyKos). So far we're having a blast: Last night Howard Dean gave the keynote address (the slogan "empowered by Howard" is echoing through my head). Our own Liz Rose from the Washington Legislative Office was on a panel called "Working from the Inside Out: Success Stories in Netroots Organizing," this morning. I attended a panel about using profanity in blogs, which featured a great, very funny panel with Jesse Taylor and Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon, Rudepundit Lee Papa, Eschaton's Duncan Black, Hullabaloo's Digby and Washington Monthly's Kevin Drum. The opinions were varied, but if you've ever read these bloggers' posts, you know their thoughts on swearing on blogs.

Right now I'm in a panel about immigration, and they're hitting all the big issues: comprehensive federal immigration reform, anti-immigrant ordinances, racial profiling (see our lawsuit against Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio), immigration detention, day workers, and other issues. Man Eegee at Latino Politico is liveblogging this session.

Tomorrow, Jameel Jaffer, Director of the the ACLU's National Security Project, will speak at a panel called "Guantánamo, Habeas Corpus, Torture and Military Contractors: The Roadmap to Accountability in the First 100 Days." Jameel will talk about the ACLU's national security work, which includes our John Adams Project and uncovering the abuse and torture of detainees in U.S. custody abroad. If you're at Netroots, come check it out!

UPDATE: Pandagon's got video of the profanity panel.

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