Earlier this year, we announced that we would be partnering with Campaign for America's Future in creating the Take Back the American Dream conference, the first national gathering of the American Dream Movement. Because we know that not everyone has enough cash in their wallet to go to DC for a weekend just to attend a progressive "rally" or "protest" or "get-together", we wanted to let everyone know that for one, it's much more than a get-together or rally. And we've put together a little something that will help make sure that many good progressives can attend even if they are low on cash right now. We've partnered with our friends at Democracy for America to offer 30(!) scholarships to progressives wanting to attend the Take Back the American Dream conference on October 3 through October 5, 2011. We invite progressives to submit an application online and to solicit the support of whomever you can corral for your application. The top 3 vote-getters automatically receive the scholarship, worth a free conference registration and up to $400 in travel costs. The remaining scholarships will be awarded based on a combination of the strength of the application and wider support from the community. Do make sure you apply by midnight EST on Thursday, September 15. Applications submitted after that time will not be considered.And just why would you want to travel to Washington DC for a progressive gathering? This fall, in honor of the growing American Dream Movement fighting to rebuild the middle class and take our country back, the Take Back the American Dream conference will bring together thousands of leaders, local volunteers, students, teachers, unions, community groups, and progressives from across the country to learn from one another and to get inspired. Among the speakers: economist Robert Reich, psychologist Drew Westen, union leaders Mary Kay Henry, Leo Gerard, and Richard Trumka, Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel, progressive congressmen Rep. Keith Ellison and Rep. Barney Frank, progressive radio all-stars Sam Seder and Nicole Sandler, Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead, Georgia Students for Public Higher Education organizer Allie McCullen, and of course, our very own Van Jones. And that's just to name a few.The conference will not just be a bunch of people speaking to you, either (fantastic and full of food for thought as the speakers may be.) Tons of breakout workshops are on the schedule, from A New Bottom Line-led workshop on breaking the banks' hold on Washington to a workshop on a women-led economic recovery to one about involving creative communities in bringing back the American Dream. You can find out the full agenda for the conference here, along with lots more information about each session.If any of this intrigues you, but you're just not sure about being able to afford to attend, please apply for a DFA scholarship! If you're not sure about attending (or you're definitely going but aren't worried about being able to afford it) please pass the word along to a deserving progressive who might not even know about the opportunity. And of course, if you're interested and you don't want to depend on a scholarship to get you there, please go to the Take Back the American Dream conference page on Campaign for America's Future's website to register.
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