I’m here at the Hilton ballroom is Washington DC at the Realizing the Promise forum. It’s organized by the Center for Community Change and the Gameliel foundation and is a kind of post-election counterpart to the Heartland Forum the groups held in Iowa. (Which I wrote about here.)

Special guests include Rep. Chris Van Hollen, CAP’s Melody Barnes who will serve as head of the Domestic Policy Council in Obama’s White House, and Obama’s oldest friend and advisor Valerie Jarrett.

So far the event is one-part celebration — jubiliant celebration — one part announcement that the community organizations and the people the represent now have a voice in Washington. Kind of a people’s inauguration. I’ll have more to write in a bit, but you can watch live here.