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May 8, 2006

“Take Back America” Next Month


Take Back America 2006 will take place June 12-14 at the Washington Hilton:

The Take Back America conference brings together thousands of progressive activists, thinkers and leaders to discuss the ideas, hone the message, train the organizers, and build the infrastructure we need.

Speakers include Wesley Clark, John Murtha, David Sirota, Katrina Van den Heuvel, Robert Greenwald (and his new Tom DeLay movie), Matt Stoller, Jane Hamsher, Jerome Armstrong, Barney Frank, John Conyers, Russ Feingold, John Podesta, Sherrod Brown, Kevin Philips, Barack Obama, and Nancy Pelosi.

Sounds like something worth checking out, if you can spare the time and money. And if you register today (sorry for the late notice), you can still get the earlybird discount on the conference fee.

I’ve signed up, so no doubt you’ll be seeing some reports about it here next month.


  1. Thanks for the post, Keith. Anyone interested in joining the Campaign for America’s Future’s “Take Back America” conference’s blogger boulevard should contact Christian Norton at We announced a lineup of prime time speakers for the annual conference last week. Details follow.

    With a growing majority of Americans believing the country is headed in the wrong direction, thousands of progressive leaders will gather to discuss strategy to create a political force that promotes the “common good,” in contrast with the corrupt special interests that have dominated Washington over the last several years. –Toby.



    10 a.m. News conference to release new polling data and brief reporters on key conference events.

    11 a.m. Robert Borosage and Stan Greenberg deliver opening remarks.

    12:45 p.m. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., Robert Redford and Jerome Ringo speak at a major event about the Apollo Alliance’s plan for energy independence.

    2:15 p.m. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., former Sen. Gary Hart, D-Colo., John Sweeney and Anna Burger discuss bold progressive ideas for the “common good.”


    8:15 a.m. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., deliver major speeches.

    9:50 a.m. Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., discusses ways to make college affordable.

    12:30 p.m. Gov. Tom Vilsack, D-Iowa, delivers a major speech.

    12:45 p.m. Authors Michael Tomasky, Barbara Ehrenreich and Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., discuss a new “common good” framework for bold ideas for change.

    2:15 p.m. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., former Rep. David Bonior, D-Mich., deliver remarks.

    4:15 p.m. State Rep. Joyce Elliott, D-Ark., State Sen. G. Spencer Coggs, D-Wis., State Rep. Dave McAlpin, D-Mont., and County Exec. Ron Sims, D-Wash., deliver remarks.

    7 p.m. Campaign for America’s Future holds a gala dinner to honor progressive leaders, Bernard Rapoport, Gloria Totten and Angelica Salas.


    9 a.m. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., delivers a major speech.

    9:45 a.m. Rep. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Pa., and John Podesta discuss bold ideas for the “common good.”

    11:15 a.m. Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., and Rep. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., deliver remarks.

    12:45 p.m. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and Gerald McEntee deliver closing speeches.

    Toby Chaudhuri11:44 pm, June 4

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