Join Van Jones in Taking Back the American Dream
Progressive activists will converge next week in Washington, D.C., for the Take Back the American Dream conference, to be headlined by Van Jones -- and you can, too. Walk-up registration is still available. But if you can't make it to the conference, be sure to tune into AlterNet for livestreaming coverage by Free Speech TV; AlterNet's own Adele M. Stan will anchor the coverage along with Chris Rabb, Latoya Peterson and David Pakman.
The conference, taking place October 3-5 at the Washington Hilton, is more than just an opportunity to meet progressive leaders and media figures: it's an opportunity to do real movement-building work.
As Robert Borosage of the Campaign for America's Future and Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation write:
A movement tells its story through the battles it fights, the tactics it employs, the messages it projects. The right has spent decades training the members of its choir. They know the gospel; they can sing the words to the songs. Progressives have done less well, particularly on core economic issues. Democratic presidents too often mislead, touting financial deregulation, corporate trade accords and capital gains tax cuts. A central task of the American Dream Movement -- like the Populist movement of the late nineteenth century -- will be popular education, convening the modern equivalent of barnyard gatherings, the next wave of teach-ins, to spread the word. Progressive leaders can help lay out now-excluded alternatives. No movement can grow unless citizens are convinced that there is a better way.
Take Back the American Dream, organized by Campaign for America's Future, and co-sponsored by The Nation, aims to do just that: help progressives tell their story in a way that is compelling, and to combine that storytelling with smart, strategic organizing. We hope to see you there -- or in TVland!