Progressives See Tipping Point
Campaign for America's Future's "Take Back America" Conference, June 12-14, 2006
With less than five months to go until the November 2006 mid-term elections, several thousand progressives gathered in Washington, DC for the Campaign for America's Future's "Take Back America" conference.  The conference occurred on the heels of another big progressive gathering, the YearlyKos Convention, held June 8-11, 2006 in Las Vegas.  In contrast to the bloggers who animated YearlyKos, "Take Back America" brought together various groups and constituences from within the progressive movement.  Among the many speakers were the Democratic leaders in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate and four potential 2008 Democratic candidates, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA) and Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI).  Additionally Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), seen as a rising star and possible future presidential candidate, closed the conference with a speech that moved many in the audience.  (Former Sen. Mike Gravel, an announced but longshot 2008 candidate, attended the conference but was unable to wrangle a speaking slot). 

Pollster Stanley Greenberg spoke of "a conservative collapse" and said America has reached a tipping point. 

Campaign for America's Future Co-Directors Robert Borosage and Roger Hickey.

June 12
Opening Luncheon-Apollo: New Energy, New Jobs, New Independence
Session: Taking Back the States.
June 13
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY)
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)
Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA)
Session: Devalued: The Anti-American Right.
June 14
Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI)
Session: The Investment Gap: Put People First.
Closing Luncheon: AFSCME President Gerald McEntee, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL)

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Progressive Democrats of America
Progressive Patriots Fund
Velvet Revolution

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Former Sen. Mike Gravel
Ned Lamont Reception

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