Take Back the American Dream 2012
June 18-20, 2012
Washington Hilton Hotel
WATCH 'TAKEBACK TV'
Two years ago, the corporate-backed Tea Party didn’t just win an election. It won the argument. Conservatives defined the agenda that we’ve had to fight against ever since.
This year, to save the nation, progressives must get back on offense and drive the agenda. We have to win not only in November … but also in December.
The first step to victory: The June 18-20 “Take Back the American Dream” conference.
At Take Back the American Dream, Van Jones, Paul Krugman, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ai-jen Poo, Sandra Fluke, Gov. Howard Dean, Melissa Harris-Perry, Chris Hayes, Katrina vanden Heuvel and many more shared ideas and helped forge the strategy to make sure that the 99% is heard.
We had leading activists from Rebuild the Dream, MoveOn.org, Occupy, 99% Spring, labor unions, civil rights and women’s rights groups who know how to win on the ground.
It's About November — and December
In November, we have to win the White House — and win a big progressive majority in Congress. It won’t be easy, but the American majority is coming together.
Then in December, watch out.
The extreme right is already promising to hold the country hostage once more over raising the debt ceiling in order to force a “grand bargain” — gut Social Security and Medicare, cripple everything from food stamps to food safety, and accept mass unemployment as a grotesque “new normal.”
WHAT WE DID AT #TAKEBACK11
» Go to the 2011 conference page for videos, blogs and more.
How do we stop this? Drive the debate. Mobilize our grassroots army. Make us impossible to ignore.
We will demand a “jobs first” strategy for recovery.
We will send the bill to those on Wall Street whose excesses made the mess we’re cleaning up.
We won’t ask working people to sacrifice when they’ve already swallowed needless cuts. We will insist on sacrifice from the multinationals still gaming the system, and the military still spending almost as much as the rest of the world.
We need you to bring the vision. You will shape the plan. And all of us will get it done.
The June 18-20 Take Back the American Dream conference was the first step toward making victory possible.
We are the 99%. If we organize, if we force the debate, we can win not only the election but the argument. Not only November, but December.
We can do this. We just need you.
|21st Century Democrats|
Alliance for Justice
Alliance for Retired Americans
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
American Values Institute
Americans for Tax Fairness
Americans United for the Separation of Church and State
Asian America Action Fund
Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote
Barrios Unidos-Virginia Chapter
Brave New Films
Center for American Progress
Center for Media and Democracy
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Color of Change
Community Engagement for Evergreen Cooperatives
Congressional Progressive Caucus
Darcy Scott Martin
Democracy for America
Democratic Gain/Atlas Project
Direct Care Alliance
Dream Defenders and Center for Community Change
Economic Policy Institute
|Ellen Baker Center|
Energy Action Coalition
Fair Elections Legal Network
Global Policy Solutions
Green For All
Institute for Policy Studies
Jobs With Justice
Lake Research Partners
Latino Engagement Fund
Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights
Main Street Alliance
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and the Black Women’s Roundtable
National Council on La Raza
National Domestic Worker Alliance
National Education Association
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
National Priorities Project
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
New Bottom Line
New Organizing Institute
People for the American Way
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
|Pride at Work|
Progressive Change Champion
Progressive States Network
Shelterforce/National Housing Institute
Social Security Works
Sunflower Community Action
The Opportunity Agenda
Trail of Dreams
United States Student Association
United We Dream
Voces de la Frontera
Voter Participation Center
WAND- Women’s Action for New Directions
We Act Radio
Westen Strategies LLC
Women's Information Network
Women's Media Center
Working Families Party
Young Elected Officials Action