made some terrific gains in this past election. Nationwide, we
demonstrated the power of community organizing to overcome restrictions
on voting and unfettered corporate spending, handily reelecting
President Obama and redrawing the face of the American electorate. In
Pennsylvania, we now have Kathleen Kane in place as our first female
(and Democratic) attorney general and Brian Sims as the first openly gay
member of the General Assembly.
The victories were sweet, but the
work of fighting for important issues is far from done. Register now for the fourth annual Pennsylvania Progressive Summit, in
Harrisburg on March 2, 2013. Join
hundreds of social justice advocates, labor organizers and grassroots
activists for training, networking – and the catalyst we all need to
make real progress.
and Pissed Off:
Our Keynote Speaker, David Cobb
David Cobb is the provocative and dynamic
national spokesperson for Move to Amend (MTA), a coalition of more than 250,000
people and organizations working together for social and economic justice,
ending corporate rule, and building a vibrant democracy that is genuinely
accountable to the people, not corporate interests. MTA calls for an amendment
to the US Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to
human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech under
the First Amendment and can be regulated in political campaigns.
The 2013 sessions are coming online! Click here
to see some of the 33 fantastic workshops and panel discussions we're offering this year. Each session will give you practical suggestions about what you can do to successfully move your issue forward.
Bilingual Campaign Academy
for America’s Campaign Academy empowers, educates and activates
grassroots activists nationwide to run successful campaigns. This year,
the Progressive Summit is proud to host DFA’s pilot bilingual academy,
which creates a dynamic learning environment for Spanish- and
Entrenamiento de Campaña Bilingüe de Democracy for America
La Academia de Campaña hecha por Democracy for America (Democracia para América) es una de los más reconocidos y compresivos programas de entrenamiento en el país. Nosotros ponemos todo el esfuerzo de nuestros entrenadores, currículum y personal para habilitar, educar y activar nuestra siguiente generación de activistas de agrupación de política local. Muchos de los que se gradúan de nuestro programa continúan a postularse para un cargo local, estatal o nacional. Otros asisten a campañas Demócratas progresistas para ser elegidos en oficinas políticas, y ayudar a fortalecer organizaciones comunitarias locales. Nuestra misión es entrenar activistas para ganar campañas políticas que empiezan desde abajo para arriba con le gente del el pueblo (grassroots). Registrate hoy.
Thanks to generous contributors to the Keystone Progress Education
Fund, an affiliate of Summit host Keystone Progress, we are able to offer scholarships for the 2013 Summit to 75 qualified applicants. Special thanks to the Tabachnick Family Foundation.
Scholarships are intended for those who
otherwise could not afford to attend, including:
- Unemployed people
- Young people (under 25), especially students
- People with limited income
If you fall into any of these categories and want to attend
the Summit, here’s how you can qualify:
- Fill out the application here, explaining why you need a scholarship
- Include your name, street address, phone and
- Pay a minimum $25 registration fee
Parties and other fun stuff!
PA's Row Officers
Attorney General Kathleen Kane, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and Treasurer Rob McCord will talk about how they will build on their electoral victories and make real, progressive change for Pennsylvania.
National Progressive Leaders
Rep. Raul Grijalva (D, AZ), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Kate Michelman, former President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America and Khalid Pitts, Chair of USAction will be inspiring us at the Summit.
Other Elected Officials
Rep. Madeleine Dean, Rep. Brian Sims, Rep. Erin Molchany, Sen. Vincent Hughes, Sen. Sean Wiley, Sen. Daylin Leach, Isamac Torres-Figueroa (Reading School Board), Rep. Brandon Neuman, Mayor Ed Pawlowski (Allentown), Rep. Jesse White, Rep. Steve McCarter, Sen. Rob Teplitz