VIDEO: Hundreds of Progressives March to Capitol in ‘Jobs, Not Cuts’ Rally
The notion of American Dream is rapidly slipping through the fingers of an outraged middle class. But more than 2,000 rising leaders from across the nation made their presence known by taking a stand this week at the Take Back the American Dream conference, which concluded in Washington, DC, today with a rally.
The "Jobs, Not Cuts" rally on Capitol Hill served as the grand finale for the conference, and also as the starting point for a refreshed and motivated army of progressive activists and leaders.
Van Jones, the founder of the Rebuild the Dream organization and a keynote speaker at the conference, wrote in a blog entry: “I can’t wait to see the American Dream Movement giving Congress a message it cannot ignore, right on its own doorstep.”
These leaders are a sea of familiar faces—our neighbors, teachers, students, coworkers, friends, and family.
Progressives gathered at the three-day conference to discuss how to create an effective movement that will end the jobs plan stalemate in Washington and facilitate discussion to help move the nation forward. In addition, attendees strategized how to best harness the energy and commitment of grassroots organizers to generate momentum that will carry on after the conference concludes.
Tara Kutz is a video communications associate at Campus Progress.