Take Back the American Dream Conference Next Week


One of the highlights of Netroots Nation this year was Van Jones’ way-too-early keynote. He offered a speech–and an organizing opportunity, Rebuild the Dream Movement–that addressed a lot of the angst of progressives. Since that time, there have been a series of Rebuild the Dream meetings, but it has yet to take off in the way it should.

I’m hoping that next week’s Take Back the American Dream conference will change that.

Campaign for America’s Future has been changing its name for the last several years as the politics merit it, and CAF has been involved in the Rebuild the Dream movement.

But their conference has also long been one of the best coalition building opportunities. (For example, it got unions working with bloggers long before Netroots Nation did.) In addition to several appearances from Jones and further organizing the Rebuild the Dream movement, there will be good panels on foreclosure and manufacturing and combating Koch money in elections.

I’ll be there, reporting on the shindig. But if you’re able, I really encourage you to come too. (And if you do, let me know so I can look out for you!)

Update: Added the right Van Jones video.

5 replies
  1. MadDog says:

    Minor typo in 2nd last sentence: missing the “if” in “But you’re able”.

    So EW will be just reporting. Or is there a political candidacy in the making?

  2. emptywheel says:

    @MadDog: Thanks. I made an even bigger error: I used the wrong Van Jones speech.

    But when bmaz bitched about the whole eastern bias thing (I was gonna remind him that Minneapolis is on the west side of the Mississippi), I realized that the Vegas speech was REALLY the west side of the Mississippi.

  3. kbskiff says:

    Sadly it appears the time for change without a revolution is past. It’s just a matter of which of the escalating incidents finally push people over the edge.

    It just shows how arrogant and clueless these oligarchs are that they watch peaceful revolutions happening around the world for the same actions they are now instituting and think themselves immune.

    It may take years before it gets bad enough for the average citizen to finally have enough but I think it is inevitable.

    The sooner the better as far as I am concerned.

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