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Campaign for America's Future
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 5, 2005
11:55 AM
CONTACT: Campaign for America's Future 
Toby Chaudhuri or Andrea Miller, 202-955-5665
 
Progressives to Hold Major Political Conference; Largest Progressive Gathering Since Election Aims to 'Take Back America'
 

WASHINGTON -- May 5 -- News Advisory: Campaign for America's Future co-directors Robert Borosage and Roger Hickey today announced that the organization's 2005 "Take Back America" conference will bring together the largest group of progressive leaders since last year's elections to discuss the ideas and infrastructure needed to forge a political majority. The conference will feature major presentations and training workshops for grassroots activists at the Washington Hilton from Wednesday, June 1 to Friday, June 3.

Participants include Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean, former presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards, Los Angeles mayoral front-runner Antonio Villaraigosa, Rev. Jim Wallis, Democratic pollsters Stanley Greenberg and Celinda Lake, EMILY's List president Ellen R. Malcolm, NOW president Kim Gandy, strategist Donna Brazile and journalist Bill Moyers.

The Campaign for America's Future is fighting for an Apollo- like project for jobs and energy independence. The group has also brought public attention to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's abuse of power and is fighting President Bush's plan to privatize Social Security.

CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA'S FUTURE "TAKE BACK AMERICA" EVENTS

THURSDAY, MAY 26

10 a.m. Campaign for America's Future co-director Robert Borosage joins Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg to release a new poll on the national political climate. National Press Club Lisagor Room, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, DC

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1

2 p.m. Los Angeles mayoral front-runner Antonio Villaraigosa rallies thousands of activists around the progressive promise and the failure of the right wing. Washington Hilton Crystal Ballroom, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC

7 p.m. Campaign for America's Future hosts a gala awards dinner to honor recent accomplishments in the progressive movement. Washington Hilton International Ballroom, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC

THURSDAY, JUNE 2

2 p.m. Former presidential candidate Senator John Edwards delivers a major speech. Washington Hilton International Ballroom, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC

FRIDAY, JUNE 3

9 a.m. Journalist Bill Moyers delivers a major speech. Washington Hilton International Ballroom, 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC

12 p.m. Reverend Jim Wallis, NOW president Kim Gandy and other progressive leaders rally thousands of activists. Washington Hilton International Ballroom, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC

CREDENTIALS

Media organizations should make written requests on letterhead to indicate they plan to attend with the names of news personnel and title (i.e., reporter, photographer, etc.) Space at the conference is limited. Credential requests should be faxed to the Campaign for America's Future press office at 202-478-0953. The deadline for credential requests is Tuesday, May 24.

Credentials will not be sent by mail. Credentials will be available each day of the conference at the Washington Hilton beginning on Wednesday, June 1, at 1 p.m. Media credentialing will close promptly at 7:30 p.m. each day. Current valid federal- or state-issued photo and media identification will be required to obtain credentials. There will be no confirmation of credentials prior to the event.

FILING CENTER

A press filing center will be available in the Washington Hilton State Room using Soapbox(TM) technology to provide Internet connections and telephone lines. To obtain high-speed Internet access or voice service in the press filing center, please contact Nathan Naylor at 703-750-2141 or nathan@websoapbox.com.

REMOTE ACCESS

To coordinate satellite truck and microwave logisitics, please contact Tamara Shear at 202-833-4456 ext. 102 or tamara@nataliepshear.com.

ACCOMMODATIONS

A limited number of discounted rooms are available at the Washington Hilton Hotel until Friday, May 6. Rooms can be reserved by calling 888-DC-HILTON and requesting the group rate for the Campaign for America's Future conference or by using group code AFC online at http://www.washington.hilton.com.

Agenda updates will be available at http://www.ourfuture.org.

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