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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEBRUARY 26, 2001
1:25 PM
CONTACT:  Campaign for America's Future
Tasha Spindler 202-955-5665
Morning After Bush's Speech,
Progressive Activists to Unite
Feb. 28 for Conference on 'Working Family' Agenda
 
WASHINGTON - February 26 - News Advisory:

-- At Feb. 28 Conference on NEXT AGENDA, progressive activists, Congressional leaders will unite to forge strategy for "working families" agenda -- the day after President Bush delivers his plans to joint session of Congress.

-- Calling themselves the real "democratic majority," organizers and thinkers, led by the Campaign for America's Future, to release new book outlining an agenda for changes they insist most voters endorsed in 2000 elections.

On Feb. 28, a national conference on the NEXT AGENDA, will bring together progressive activists, intellectuals and allies in the Congress for the first time since the disputed election and battles over President Bush's cabinet nominees. It will frame the next two year's debate.

Sponsored by the progressive advocacy group, the Campaign for America's Future and its sister research organization, the Institute for America's Future, the Conference on the Next Progressive Agenda has been endorsed by a who's who of prominent leaders from the labor unions, women's organizations, civil rights groups, environmentalists and individual members of the House and Senate. Their goal: to forge a progressive movement to fight for the "working family" agenda they insist was endorsed by a majority of the voters in the 2000 election.

Meeting at the National Press Club, organizers will begin with an 8:30 a.m. press conference at which key leaders will respond to President Bush's speech to a joint session of Congress the night before -- as well as explaining the economic and demographic dynamics that make for a growing progressive electorate.

Where:
National Press Club, Main Ballroom
14th and F streets NW, 13th Floor
Washington, D.C.

When:

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8:30 a.m. Press conference will begin the day
Speakers: Morning press conference speakers follow (see agenda for full speaker list)

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8:30 - 10:00 The Emerging Progressive Majority

Chair: Robert Borosage

Stanley Greenberg: The Emerging Majority
Cong. Hilda Solis: The New Electorate
John Sweeney, AFL-CIO President: Working Family Agenda
Cong. Jesse Jackson Jr.: The Moral Center
Cong. Jan Schakowsky: Time to Build
Robert Borosage: The Next Agenda

10:00 - 11:15 The New Economy

Chair: Cong. Jan Schakowsky*

Jeff Faux: The New Political Economy
Heidi Hartmann: Women Work
William Greider: The Global Challenge
Ken Cook: Green Growth
Cong. Maxine Waters: The Growing Divide

11:30 - 12:15 A Time to Move: Political Reform

Chair: Cong. John Conyers Jr.

Hillary Shelton: Voting Rights, Voting Reform
Ellen Miller: Campaign Finance Reform

12:30 - 2:00 Lunch
Fighting for Working Families in a Bush Era

Chair: Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation magazine

Cong. Dennis Kucinich
Amy Dean, South Bay Labor Council
Cong. Jesse Jackson Jr.

2:15 - 3:30 Health Care for All

Chair: Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect magazine

Sen. Paul Wellstone
Andrew Stern, SEIU President
Theodore Marmor, Yale University
Cathy Hurwit, Health Care Advocate

3:45 - 5:00 Bold Initiatives

Chair: Roger Hickey

Cong. George Miller: Get Real on Education
Bob Chase, President, NEA
Cong. Luis Gutierrez: Living Wage/Minimum Wage
Katie Fitzgerald, ACORN
Cong. Rosa DeLauro: Pay Equity
Karen Nussbaum, AFL-CIO Working Women's Department

Sen. Paul Wellstone: Building a Movement

5:30 - 7:00 Reception

7:00 - 10:00 Dinner

MC: Cong. Barney Frank

Remarks:

John Sweeney, President, AFL-CIO
Sen. Richard Durbin

Special Guests

Sen. Mark Dayton
Sen. Jean Carnahan*
Sen. Jon Corzine*
Sen. Debbie Stabenow*
Sen. Maria Cantwell
Sen. Paul Wellstone

*invited

Organizers of the conference will release a new book, THE NEXT AGENDA: Blueprint for a New Progressive Movement, edited by Robert Borosage and Roger Hickey and published this month by Westview Press. For more information and a complete conference agenda, go to http://www.ourfuture.org.

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