America's Future Now 2010

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America's Future Now! is the new name for Take Back America, the annual conference of Campaign for America's Future.

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Van Jones speaks at America's Future Now 2010

The 2010 America's Future Now Conference was hosted by Campaign for America's Future and held from June 7 - 9 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street, Washington D.C.[1]

About

The conference was promoted as follows:

"WE ARE THE CHANGE! Hundreds of the top progressive leaders and activists from across the country gathered at the 2010 America’s Future Now! conference to take the next steps of a reform agenda for America."[2]

March On The Treasury

On 9 June, 2010, delegates and speakers at the 2010 America's Future Now conference took part in a "March On The Treasury" entitled "We Want Our Money Back" which was organized by Campaign for America's Future.[3]

Speakers

The following is a list of the 148 speakers who spoke at the 2010 America's Future Now Conference.[4]

Sponsors & Partners

The following organizations were sponsors or partners of the conference:[5]

Sponsors

Partners

Gala Awards Dinner

The following people and organizations assisted with the Gala Awards Dinner:[6]

Awards Gala Co-Chairs

Awards Gala Host Committee

Sessions

The following is a list of the sessions and events which were held at the conference:[3]

America's Future Now: We Are the Change

On June 7, 2010, Robert L. Borosage, Andy Stern, Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins and Arianna Huffington spoke in the opening plenary entitled "America's Future Now: We Are the Change".

The Great Debate: Progressive Strategy in the Obama Era

On June 7, 2010, Roger Hickey, Darcy Burner and Deepak Bhargava spoke in a plenary entitled "The Great Debate: Progressive Strategy in the Obama Era".

Progressive Strategy in the Obama Era

On June 7, 2010, Gloria A. Totten spoke in a plenary entitled "Progressive Strategy in the Obama Era".

Driving Reform; Defeating Resistance

On June 7, 2010, Gloria A. Totten, Ilyse Hogue and Markos Moulitsas spoke in a plenary entitled "Driving Reform; Defeating Resistance".

Curbing Wall Street: Strategies Going Forward

On June 7, 2010, Heather McGhee, Heather Booth, Gerald L. Taylor and Robert Johnson spoke in a plenary entitled "Curbing Wall Street: Strategies Going Forward".

Health Care: Lessons Learned and Next Fights

On June 7, 2010, Roger Hickey, Diane Archer, Jennifer Ng'andu and Ethan Rome spoke in a plenary entitled "Health Care: Lessons Learned and Next Fights".

Working Class Anger: Does it go Right or Left?

On June 7, 2010, Arlene Holt Baker, Karen Nussbaum, Celinda Lake, Drew Westen and Jorge Mursuli spoke in a plenary entitled "Working Class Anger: Does it go Right or Left?".

Politics Beyond the Beltway: What Youth Are Talking On The Block

On June 7, 2010, Rob Biko Baker, Tarik Ross, Chloe A. Hilliard and Elizabeth Méndez Berry spoke in a plenary entitled "Politics Beyond the Beltway: What Youth Are Talking On The Block".

Immigration Reform: Our Movement’s Response

On June 7, 2010, Marissa Graciosa and Kweli Kitwana spoke in a plenary entitled "Immigration Reform: Our Movement’s Response".

Winning Down Ballot

On June 7, 2010, Gloria A. Totten and Matthew F. Filner spoke in a plenary entitled "Winning Down Ballot".

Challenging Money Politics

On June 7, 2010, Scott Wallace, Rep. Donna Edwards, Sen. Dick Durbin and Rev. Jesse L. Jackson spoke in a plenary entitled "Challenging Money Politics".

Laughing Liberally Comedy Hour

On June 7, 2010, Lee Camp, Negin Farsad, Katie Halper, Seaton Smith and Elon James White led an event entitled "Laughing Liberally Comedy Hour".

Next Generation's Progressive Party

On June 7, 2010, Generational Alliance, Voto Latino, Choice USA, Bus Federation, Black Youth Vote, Campus Camp Wellstone, Campus Progress, Drum Major Institute, Democracia USA, Center for Progressive Leadership, Generation Change (a program of Center for Community Change), NAACP Youth & College Division, The Gathering For Justice, The League of Young Voters Education Fund, Young People For (a program of People For the American Way Foundation) and The United States Students Association Foundation sponsored an event entitled "Next Generation's Progressive Party".

Breakfast and Big Banks

On June 8, 2010, Robert Johnson and Simon Johnson spoke in a plenary entitled "Breakfast and Big Banks".

Making Change

On June 8, 2010, Roger Wilkins and Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke in a plenary entitled "Making Change".

Holding Congress Accountable

On June 8, 2010, Darcy Burner, Cenk Uygur, Stephanie Taylor and Jim Dean spoke in a plenary entitled "Holding Congress Accountable".

Social Networking Jeopardy: Tactics, Strategy and FUN

On June 8, 2010, Toby Chaudhuri, Garlin Gilchrist, Scott Goodstein, Heather Holdridge, Lizz Winstead and Deanna Zandt spoke in a plenary entitled "Social Networking Jeopardy: Tactics, Strategy and FUN".

Making it in America: A Progressive Global Strategy

On June 8, 2010, Scott N. Paul, Mark Mellman, Kate Gordon and Clyde Prestowitz spoke in a plenary entitled "Making it in America: A Progressive Global Strategy".

Tea Parties, Beck, Bachmann and Blarney

On June 8, 2010, Eric Burns, John Atlas, Alex Zaitchik, John Amato, Digby and James Rucker spoke in a plenary entitled "Tea Parties, Beck, Bachmann and Blarney".

You Should Run: What You Need to Know to Run for Office

On June 8, 2010, Matt Filner, Erin Vilardi, Rudy Lopez and Tracy Sturdivant spoke in a plenary entitled "You Should Run: What You Need to Know to Run for Office".

The Emerging Progressive Majority

On June 8, 2010, Carmen Berkley, Simon Rosenberg and Gov. Howard Dean spoke in a plenary entitled "The Emerging Progressive Majority".

Progressives: Organizing Winning Issues in an Election Year

On June 8, 2010, Robert Creamer, Denise Cardinal, William McNary, Karen Nussbaum and Gabe Gonzalez spoke in a plenary entitled "Progressives: Organizing Winning Issues in an Election Year".

Wedge This: Race and the 2010 Political Debate

On June 8, 2010, Alexis McGill Johnson, Maya Wiley and Celinda Lake spoke in a plenary entitled "Wedge This: Race and the 2010 Political Debate".

The New Economy: Demanding Jobs and Justice

On June 8, 2010, Angela Glover Blackwell, Richard L. Trumka, Jared Bernstein and Bob Herbert spoke in a plenary entitled "The New Economy: Demanding Jobs and Justice".

The Next Agenda

On June 8, 2010, Alan Jenkins, Phil Angelides, Benjamin Todd Jealous, Leo W. Gerard, Janet Murguia and Carlos Saavedra spoke in a plenary entitled "The Next Agenda".

Afghanistan: Good War or Wrong Way?

On June 8, 2010, Karen DeYoung, Michael O'Hanlon and Juan Cole spoke in a plenary entitled "Afghanistan: Good War or Wrong Way?".

Fixing Citizens United and Changing the Supreme Court

On June 8, 2010, Marge Baker, Robert Weissman, Lisa Gilbert and John Bonifaz spoke in a plenary entitled "Fixing Citizens United and Changing the Supreme Court".

The Big Fix: Progressive Path to Growth Out of Deficits

On June 8, 2010, Roger Hickey, Robert Kuttner, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Susan Shaer and Nancy J. Altman spoke in a plenary entitled "The Big Fix: Progressive Path to Growth Out of Deficits".

Green Jobs and Reversing Climate Change

On June 8, 2010, Stewart Acuff, Ron Ruggiero, Peter Bahouth, Kari Fulton spoke in a plenary entitled "Green Jobs and Reversing Climate Change".

Taking the Initiative: The Role of Ballot Initiatives in Shaping a Movement

On June 8, 2010, Joel Foster and Dean M. Nielson spoke in a plenary entitled "Taking the Initiative: The Role of Ballot Initiatives in Shaping a Movement".

Fundraising 101: The Basics of Fundraising for Candidates, Managers and Staff

On June 8, 2010, Stephanie Lurz and Matt Filner spoke in a plenary entitled "Fundraising 101: The Basics of Fundraising for Candidates, Managers and Staff".

Art + Advocacy

On June 8, 2010, Alexis McGill Johnson, Danny Goldberg, Paola Mendoza, Yosi Sergant and Elon James White spoke in a plenary entitled "ART + ADVOCACY: How music, film, comedy, and pop culture are rocking the progressive movement". The plenary was organized by Air Traffic Control and Work in Progress.

It's Meme Warfare: Using Humor & Creative Media to Move Your Message

On June 8, 2010, Andrew Boyd and Marco Ceglie spoke in a plenary entitled "It's Meme Warfare: Using Humor & Creative Media to Move Your Message". The plenary was organized by Billionaires for Wealthcare.

Can Bloggers Bring Populism To The Potomac?

On June 8, 2010, Zach Carter, Digby, Richard R. J. Eskow, Terrance Heath, Dave Johnson and Sara Robinson spoke in a plenary entitled "Can Bloggers Bring Populism To The Potomac?". The plenary was organized by the bloggers of Campaign for America's Future.

Retirement Insecurity: The Next Big Issue

On June 8, 2010, Steve Abrecht, Gail Dratch, Ross Eisenbrey, Maria P. Freese and Karen Friedman spoke in a plenary entitled "Retirement Insecurity: The Next Big Issue". The plenary was organized by Pension Rights Center and Economic Policy Institute.

Stemming the 2010 Drop-Off Vote

On June 8, 2010, Page S. Gardner, Celinda Lake, Maren Hesla and Frank Smith spoke in a plenary entitled "Stemming the 2010 Drop-Off Vote". The plenary was organized by Women's Voices. Women Vote.

2010 Youth Resurgence: Engaging on Youth issues

On June 8, 2010, Calvin Wiliams, Robert Biko Baker, Carlos Saavedra, Gregory A. Cendana and Kelley Robinson spoke in a plenary entitled "2010 Youth Resurgence: Engaging on Youth issues". The plenary was organized by Generational Alliance.

Fair Taxes for All

On June 8, 2010, Lee Farris, Jeannette Huezo and Mike Lapham spoke in a plenary entitled "Fair Taxes for All". The plenary was organized by United for a Fair Economy.

Movement Building: From Election to Advocacy

On June 8, 2010, Diallo Brooks, Erin Vilardi, Page S. Gardner and Kweli Kitwana spoke in a plenary entitled "Movement Building: From Election to Advocacy".

Landing Your Perfect Political Job: Resume and Job Search

On June 8, 2010, Alexandra Acker Lyons, Emily Lamia and Matt Filner spoke in a plenary entitled "Landing Your Perfect Political Job: Resume and Job Search".

Gala Awards Dinner

On June 8, 2010, the Honorable Donna Edwards, 4th District, Maryland was presented with the 2010 America's Future Progressive Champion Award by the Honorable Xavier Becerra; James Rucker, Co-Founder, ColorofChange.org was presented with the 2010 Paul Wellstone Citizen Leadership Award by Van Jones, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; and Peter Lewis, Chairman of the Board, Progressive Insurance Company was presented with the America's Future Lifetime Leadership Award by Anthony Romero, ACLU at the Gala Awards Dinner. Lizz Winstead was the Master of Ceremonies for the event.[7]

Speaking Frankly

On June 9, 2010, Hilary O. Shelton and Rep. Alan Grayson spoke in a plenary entitled "Speaking Frankly".

The Congressional Fix: Can Congress Work in Polarized Age?

On June 9, 2010, David Waldman, Laurence E. Gold, Ellen Miller and Sen. Tom Udall spoke in a plenary entitled "The Congressional Fix: Can Congress Work in Polarized Age?".

Remaking America from the Bottom Up

On June 9, 2010, Andrea Batista Schlesinger, Angela Glover Blackwell, Joan Fitzgerald and Gar Alperovitz spoke in a plenary entitled "Remaking America from the Bottom Up".

Securing America: Progressive Perspectives

On June 9, 2010, Tom Andrews, Rep. Keith Ellison and Sarah Anderson spoke in a plenary entitled "Securing America: Progressive Perspectives".

Where Rights went Wrong: What Happened to the Rights Revolution?

On June 9, 2010, Nan Aron, Rea Carey, Adam Luna, Anthony D. Romero and Kierra Johnson spoke in a plenary entitled "Where Rights went Wrong: What Happened to the Rights Revolution?".

New Media Organizing: Using Cutting-Edge Online Advocacy Techniques

On June 9, 2010, Judith Freeman and Brandon Silverman spoke in a plenary entitled "New Media Organizing: Using Cutting-Edge Online Advocacy Techniques ".

We Are The Change

On June 9, 2010, Robert L. Borosage, Gregory A. Cendana, Rep. Barbara Lee and Van Jones spoke in the closing plenary entitled "We Are The Change". The 2010 Maria Leavey Tribute Award Presentation also took place during this plenary.

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