The Yearly Kos not heading South

The editor of a progressive Southern blog called on the organizers of the Yearly Kos convention to include more progressive voices on a panel exploring the role of the South in American politics.

Chris Kromm of Facing South urged conference organizers to focus more on the genuinely progressive values that could shape the American South of the future, and less on strategic gambits that might win the Democrats a few votes in the short term:

The South has a deep progressive tradition, rooted in values such as a sense of place, love of the land, mutual aid, and a healthy populist wariness of unaccountable power. Throughout history, Southern political figures and movements have successfully tapped these rich veins to advance various progressive causes. The fact that the right has been more politically successful -- as it has nationally -- doesn't make these progressive traditions any less real or useful.
Even more importantly, future trends point to Southern politics moving in a more progressive direction: from the fast-growing areas analyst Ruy Teixeira calls "emerging suburbs," to the Latino population, rapidly expanding both in old strongholds like Florida and Texas, but also in new top destinations like Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.
Pam Spaulding of Pandagon agrees:
You’d think the slate for “The Impact of the South on U.S. Politics” would feature bloggers who know the region and would be able to shed light on how to regain the South by embracing and helping to tease votes from and grow the progressive movements here.
[Facing South, Pandagon.]

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