Progressives Meeting to Chart Course for 2010


From the Communist Party of the USA’s website People’s World:

June 4, 2010

WASHINGTON – Thousands of progressive leaders, trade unionists and activists will meet at the Omni Shoreham hotel for the America’s Future NOW! Conference.

They will discuss, debate and plan strategies to challenge the corporate lobbyist agenda, to put the struggle for jobs front and center, and to create a reform majority that can defeat obstructionists Republicans while projecting a progressive program in the coming mid-term elections.

It is organized by the Campaign for America’s Future, which bills itself as “a strategy center for the progressive movement.” Its goals are to “forge the enduring progressive majority needed to realize the America of shared prosperity and equal opportunity.”

Conference speakers include: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Donna Edwards of Maryland, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, SEIU President Emeritus Andy Stern, former Gov. Howard Dean, and United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard, just to name a few.



  • Progressive organization that supports increased taxes to pay for an ever-growing number of social welfare programs
  • Has received funding from George Soros

Working to “revitalize a progressive agenda” and to “expose the conservative agenda that has made things worse,” Campaign for America’s Future (CAF) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization that supports tax hikes, socialized medicine, and a dramatic expansion of social welfare programs. describes CAF as a “labor-dominated lobbying and electoral network heavily influenced by progressive plutocrats and secret donors working on anti-corporate, anti-military, welfare-state, and other ‘progressive’ programs.”

CAF was co-founded in 1996 by: (a) Robert Borosage, who previously served as Director of the Institute for Policy Studies and founded the Progressive Majority Political Action Committee; and (b) Roger Hickey, who co-founded the Economic Policy Institute and was the Media Director for the National Center for Economic Alternatives. Borosage and Hickey also co-founded CAF’s sister organization, Institute for America’s Future (IAF) in 1999.

CAF (in conjunction with IAF) focuses its efforts on the following major issues and projects

CAF helped create the Apollo Alliance, a coalition of labor, environmental, and social justice groups professing a commitment to the development of “good jobs and energy independence.” United by their belief that America is a chief source of worldwide “environmental disruption, rising social inequity, and … fundamentalist anger,” Apollo Alliance’s endorsing organizations and partners include Greenpeace, the League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the National Wildlife Federation, the Rainforest Action Network, the Sierra Club, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and ACORN. Apollo Alliance’s National Steering Committee and National Advisory Board members include, among others, Robert Borosage, Carl Pope of the Sierra Club, Julian Bond of the NAACP, Gerry Hudson of the Service Employees International Union, and U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. Apollo Alliance has also received strong support from the socialist Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, and from New York Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton

Each year, CAF holds a “Take Back America” conference, which the organization describes as “a catalyst for building the infrastructure to ensure that the voice of the progressive majority is heard.” In 2005, prominent speakers at this conference included Howard Dean, Antonio Villaraigosa, John Edwards, Jesse Jackson, Arianna Huffington, and Bill Moyers. CAF credits “Take Back America 2006” with helping to secure progressive wins in that year’s midterm congressional elections. Participants in the 2006 event included John Kerry, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Russ Feingold, Bernie Sanders, Barbara Ehrenreich, Jan Schakowsky, Barbara Lee, Maxine Waters, and AFL-CIO President John Sweeney. Topping the agenda for CAF’s “Take Back America 2007” event were the issues of “affordable education and health care for all”; “the right to join a union”; and “pushing for a vote to get U.S. troops out of the middle of the civil war in Iraq.”

Read more here……


The Campaign for America’s Future (CAF) is a center of progressive strategy, organizing and issue campaigns. CAF anchors a progressive leadership network, enlisting leaders at the national, state and local levels to build a more just and democratic society. The Campaign is leading the fight about America’s priorities – against privatization of Social Security, for investment in energy independence, good jobs and a sustainable economy, for affordable health care and more.



We live in a remarkable political moment: precarious, yet potentially transforming. At the Campaign for America’s Future, our daily work is to bring about the progressive transformation.

The Campaign for America’s Future is the strategy center for the progressive movement. Our goal is to forge the enduring progressive majority needed to realize the America of shared prosperity and equal opportunity that our country was meant to be.


At this conference:

The conference kicks off with the “We Are The Change” opening plenary. Robert Borosage previewed his remarks today in a Politico oped, calling on progressives for mobilize independently of the Democratic Party and the White House. Arianna Huffington, Andy Stern and Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins will also address the conference.

Stern serves on President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

Heather Booth

Heather Booth has been an organizer for over 40 years, beginning in the 1960s and the civil rights movement. She is the founding director of Midwest Academy, a training center for organizers. She was the co-director of USAction, founding director of Citizen Labor Energy Coalition and other organizations. She has organized in many election campaigns and was the training director for the Democratic Party. She was the lead consultant to the campaign for immigration reform. She was the director of the AFL-CIO health care campaign in 2008. She is the director of Americans for Financial Reform, the coalition leading the fight to hold the big banks accountable.


From the schedule of events:

Making Change
Roger Wilkins
Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Speaking Frankly
Hilary O. Shelton
Rep. Alan Grayson

WE ARE THE CHANGE Plenary Speakers

Robert L. Borosage
Gregory A. Cendana
Rep. Barbara Lee
Van Jones


One big happy pool of Socialists/Marxists/Communists gathering to “plot” the course for America because they think Americans are too stupid to figure this out for themselves.





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