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The 2010 National Conference

On July 7, 2010, more than 1,000 young people from across the country attended the sixth annual Campus Progress National Conference in Washington DC. This event has become a central hub for youth organizing — an opportunity for young people to come together, get inspired, and organize for progressive change.

As in years past, attendees heard from great speakers — this year including Van Jones, Paul Begala, and White House officials Samantha Power and Jim Messina. They also heard from up-and-coming young leaders, including the three young winners of a Campus Progress-Huffington Post keynote contest that drew more than 200,000 votes. They attended panel discussions on issues ranging from reproductive rights and the war in Afghanistan to comedy in activism and hip-hop. And they caucused in small groups to exchange ideas.

This year's event was covered live on C-SPAN, and appeared in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, NPR, Politico, and other media.

On July 8, 2010, many conference attendees went to the U.S. Capitol to participate in the second day of the Campus Progress conference — advocacy day. They participated in trainings and then went to meetings with Senate offices to discuss the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform.

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Take in the sights and sounds from the 2010 Campus Progress National Conference:



Campus Progress Director David Halperin kicked off the day and welcomed over 1,000 young people to the Sixth Annual Campus Progress National Conference:

Campus Progress' Sara Haile-Mariam gave a rousing speech on why she is part of the progressive youth movement:

Education Before Deportation: A Conversation With Martha Kanter, Undersecretary of Education:

Former ER actress and current environmental activist Gloria Reuben shares her experience from a recent Gulf Coast trip:

Love and War with Spoken Word Artist Andrea Gibson

"I Used to be a Poor Kid, But Now I Drive a Cool Car and Work for a Cool President: A Conversation with Deputy White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina"

Spoken Word artist Beau Sia gave an animated performance at the conference:

Democratic strategist Paul Begala gives young progressive both a good laugh and hope in his speech at #CPNC:

White House senior aide Samantha Power talks about the president's push for human rights advances both at home and abroad:

Climate activist Van Jones rallies young people behind a new way to get America working again: green jobs