Although the Sanders campaign has gotten most of the attention, there are other signs that progressive America is really coming to life again. This four day conference, next week in Washington, will feature 86 speakers from all walks of progressive life and is part of the change worth paying close attention to. Registration info here
Breaking Through Power - Celebrating the 50th anniversary year of Ralph Nader’s book Unsafe at Any Speed, there will be four days of civic
mobilization at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. on May 23- 26.The theme be ways to break through power to secure long-overdue democratic solutions made possible by a civic nexus between local communities and Washington, D.C.
The event will involve thousands of people in DC and around the country. Many of the presentations will feature
reforms and redirections for the common good enjoy Left/Right support.
Among the programs:
Breaking Through Power: How it’s Done— Presentations by activists who have produced amazing accomplishments against
powerful odds. These civic leaders will demonstrate how, with modest
budgets and stamina, they have improved the health, safety and economic
well-being of the people and focused public opinion onto decision-makers
Breaking Through Power: The Media—A large gathering of authors,
documentary filmmakers, reporters, columnists, musicians, poets and
editorial cartoonists. All of these presenters have documented or
depicted entrenched wrongdoing by the corporate state or “crony
capitalism”—the cruel impacts of corporate crimes and abuses, the
absence of governmental law enforcement, and the harmful effects of
concentrated corporate power.
Breaking Through Power: War—The waging of peace over the waging of war. Even will assemble leading scholars having military and national security
backgrounds, veterans groups such as Veterans for Peace, and long-time
peace advocacy associations, to explain how peace is more powerful than
war. One outcome of this day will be the establishment of a secretariat
comprised of current and former top-level military, national security
and diplomatic officials who have spoken truth to reckless power. If
organized for quick responses, their credibility, experience and wisdom
can resist and prevent the kind of prevaricating pressures and
unilateral policies that drove the unlawful destruction of Iraq, Libya
Breaking Through Power: Congress— A new Civic Agenda to be advanced by engaged and enraged citizens
in each Congressional district. The planks of this Civic
Agenda will be presented by nationally-recognized advocates Revitalizing the people to assert their
sovereignty under our Constitution is critical to the kind of
government, economy, environment and culture that will fulfill human
possibilities and respect posterity.