BY Dave Segal
I spent the weekend in Minneapolis at the annual lefty online activism shindig called Netroots Nation, where I had the pleasure of watching Sheldon Whitehouse announce that the 2012 conference will be held in Providence. That means around 3,000 politicos, journos, and geeks descending on downtown in the summer of a presidential election year — a prime chance to showcase our hip, diverse, tech-savvy town.
Making it even more exciting — NN almost chose Providence for 2011, but chose to abide by the worker-driven boycott of the Westin, which was docking pay and benefits and canning workers left and right. Now that the boycott’s up, NN wants to come to town to celebrate the end of the dispute and demonstrate their support for Providence’s hotel workers.
Congrats to all those involved in securing the conference — we swiped it from the clutches of San Jose at the last second, which will have to wait until 2013.
Here’s the announcement: