8th annual Progressive Summit takes place this weekend

8th annual Progressive Summit takes place this weekend
Photo by John Schnobrich on Unsplash

By Suzanne Potter
This story was originally published by Public News Service

This weekend, progressive groups will come together for the 8th annual Progressive Summit, which will be held online. The keynote speaker will be Kris Brown with the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence.

Will Pregman, director of communications for the group Battle Born Progress, which hosts the event, noted even though Nevada has already passed universal background checks, more remains to be done.

“We’re still hoping to address the preemption issue,” Pregman pointed out. “Basically, the Nevada law that local counties or cities don’t have the ability to pass their own firearm laws that supersede what’s passed by the state Legislature.”

The convention brings together policymakers and community organizers to brainstorm and marshal forces ahead of the primary in June, the midterm election this fall, and the 2023 legislative session. The two-day event costs $15 to attend.

Pregman added the sessions will also tackle clean energy, the move to establish a national monument at Avi Kwa Ame, and the fight to keep voting accessible and convenient.

“Anything that we believe would be a barrier to voting or would create arbitrary hoops to jump through for voters is something that we would likely oppose,” Pregman asserted.

Other featured speakers include Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev, Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., Rep. Susie Lee, D-Nev., Lt. Gov. Lisa Cano Burkhead, and journalist John L. Smith, who will participate in a chat on the role of the press in combating disinformation.