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“This week, progressives will highlight a new effort to pursue the road not taken at a conference convened by the Campaign for America’s Future  that opens Monday.”
“On October 3 activists from across the country will gather in Washington at the Take Back the American Dream conference, in the belief that only a citizens movement can save an American dream that grows ever more distant. In the face of a failed economy and a corrupted politics, the only hope for renewal is that citizens lead and politicians follow.”
“Progressive activists played a big role in helping President Obama get elected. But in the years since, the big story of political activism has been the conservative Tea Party movement.
“Hoping to reverse that trend, 2,000 people have registered for the annual "Take Back the American Dream Conference" this week in Washington, D.C. That's more than double the number at the 2010 event.”
Roger Hickey said, “The number one problem is the lack of jobs. People are really, really suffering, all over the country, because they're either losing their jobs, they've lost their jobs, they're unemployed or they fear that that's going to happen. They're losing income and people are struggling just to keep families together. They know that this recession, which we're still in, was started by excessive financial games that the banking system has been playing for years, manipulating our futures. This conference that we're at, The Take Back the American Dream conference is designed to say, we need some people power in the equation, we've got to take it back from the big money and we've got to get the politicians talking about things like jobs. That's why we're going to Capitol hill tomorrow for a big rally, demanding that the politicians get to work and stop claiming that they're powerless to do anything.”
“Liberal activists who rallied behind Obama in 2008 watched as he defied their wishes and instead made unrequited concessions to the Republicans. “Everyone in this crowd, I am certain, has had disappointments and frustrations with this White House,” Robert Borosage, a director of the Campaign for America’s Future, told the audience as he convened the Take Back the American Dream Conference , an annual gathering of liberal activists in Washington, this week.”
“Gathered in Washington for an annual progressive conference -- this year called the `Take Back the American Dream’ conference - the leaders said that liberals this year have a new-found sense of energy and enthusiasm.
"People are moving, they are moving on their own," said Robert Borosage co-director of the Campaign for America's Future. "They understand the need for action."
Live Coverage: Campaign for America’s Future held an all-day conference in Washington on grassroots organizing, the progressive movement and ways to help the middle class in a slow economy. Panelists include former White House Green Jobs Adviser Van Jones, Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich.