The Campaign for America's Future, a broad coalition organized to revitalize a progressive agenda for the US, is staging a national conference in Washington, DC this week from June 4-6. The idea is to kick off a nationwide progressive movement, which can effectively take on the reactionary politicians now running Washington and America into the ground.
There'll be workshops, panels, seminars and informal sharing of information and resources vital to jump-starting effective opposition to the out-of-control right-wingers currently dominating all three branches of government.
Most of the Democrats vying for their party's presidential nomination--Dick Gephardt, John Kerry, Howard Dean, Dennis Kucinich, Al Sharpton, Carol Mosley Braun and John Edwards--will be on hand to try to convince the assemblage that they deserve progressive support in their quest to unseat George W. Bush in the White House.
These presidential hopefuls will be joined as speakers by some of America's best legislators (Reps. Jan Schakowsky and Raul Grijalva, and Sen. Jon Corzine), as well as many folks familiar to Nation readers, including the magazine's editor Katrina vanden Heuvel, columnist Eric Alterman, Washington Correspondent John Nichols, and frequent contributors Barbara Ehrenreich, Robert Borosage, James Galbraith and Bill Moyers.
Also expected to participate are the Rev. Jesse Jackson, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, syndicated columnist Arianna Huffington, former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich and Alliance for Justice executive director Nan Aron, among many others. Click here for a full list of conference speakers.
And, if you're like me and can't make it to DC mid-week, there's always CSPAN. The network plans to broadcast highlights of the three-day conference. It hasn't announced air days or times yet so check local listings as well as CSPAN's website for details. The CAF also plans to offer free, streamed versions of each and every panel on its site within a few weeks.