The Take Back America conference, heading into its sixth year, brings together close to 2,000 of the country’s most dedicated progressive activists and strategists for a series of speeches, conversations, panels, workshops, planning sessions and parties. A leading source of new ideas, TBA showcases some of the left’s most innovative policy proposals, initiatives and projects.
Staged by the Campaign for America’s Future with a host of supporting partner organizations, groups and publications, including The Nation, the idea of the confab is to bring together the various tribes of the progressive movement–grassroots and netroots activists, elected officials, policy experts, etc–for strategy sessions on how to build the most effective coalitions to put pressure on whoever the next occupant of the White House turns out to be. This year the conference will also feature a number of Nation speakers, including columnist Naomi Klein, netroots writer Ari Melber and legal correspondent David Cole as well as Barbara Ehrenreich, Van Jones, Majora Carter, Arianna Huffington, Robert Greenwald, Leslie Cagan and many others.
Watch this video for great clips of some of the fiery oratory of past conferences.
And check out this video featuring an original song adapted from Willie Nelson’s A Peaceful Solution (a song he made available to all, without copyright protection, to promote peace and justice), to see both how critical the conference is and how much fun it can be.