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VIDEO: "We are all in this together"

Nelini Stamp from the Working Families Party speaking about Wednesday's solidarity march with Occupy Wall Street: "This is a message of solidarity that we're all in this together. This isn't about one group or one part of the movement, this is a movement of the people of the United States of America."

VIDEO: "We are walking different!"

Van Jones on the reason for President Obama's recent populist turn:

Liveblogging Van Jones

Right now, Youth Speaks is killing on stage with spoken word. But in a few minutes, Van Jones will take the stage. We'll constantly update this post with live updates, highlights, and notes from his presentation. ...Bob Borosage is on right now, explaining the "plutonomy", government by the top 1%, for the top 1%, and of the top 1%. ...Christine Neumann-Ortiz is on now, talking about fight for fair immigration reform's place in the labor struggle in Wisconsin....Robert Borosage introducing Congresswoman Donna Edwards right now, detailing how she took on a conservative Democrat in the primary and won with grassroots backing...Donna Edwards is just blazing up here, got the crowd going with a fiery speech. ...Van Jones will take the stage in just 15 minutes!...Van Jones being introduced right now....Shoutout to CAF for creating this conference back during the Bush years. "I think I saw somebody twitch when I said Bush years."..."We have gone from hope to heartbreak."..."I'm not mad at the Tea Party for being so loud. I'm mad at us for being so quiet."...Really driving home the point what the recent progressive movement has accomplished....Explains that Obama created a metabrand for progressives, who were previously siloed in separate compartments, making it a more powerful movement through the country. Tea Party did the same thing for conservatives....Our principles have to be Patriotic, Portable, and Positive. We have to believe in the power of our country, we have to support the same principles everywhere, and we have to have hope even in the face of ...We have to meet under a common banner, all our groups, recognize that we're fighting the same fight. Draw inspiration from each other....We have to learn from Tea Party, they talk individual and act collectively while we talk collective and act individual. ...Van introduced 25 leaders of grassroots organizations involved in the American Dream movement. Huge applause, very diverse crowd on stage. Diverse organizations in their scope and constituencies, too.

WATCH LIVE: the Take Back the American Dream Conference has arrived

It's finally here - join us at the Take Back the American Dream conference right here on For those of you who couldn't make it, Free Speech TV will be livestreaming the whole event on our site (Oct. 3-Oct.5).We kick off at 9:15 - click here for a full conference agenda.

The Movement Needs Music

Thanks to Bay Area hip hop artist Khafre, we now have an unofficial theme for the Take Back the American Dream conference, the amazing "Take America's Dream".Take a listen: To listen to more of Khafre, check out his website at you made a top ten playlist for American Dream music, what would you put on it?

What a Week

It'd be impossible to cover all the amazing actions people took this week, but there are plenty of highlights. New Bottom Line is a collaboration among community organizers, labor unions, and individuals who are working to challenge big bank interests and close the country's income equality gap. This week they took off with a series of incredible demonstrations around the country.In Boston, they converted bus stops in high traffic areas throughout the city into giant displays of Bank of America home foreclosures. People waited for the bus in life-sized images of houses with boarded windows, accumulated trash, or squatter-occupied bedrooms. Each exhibit had a realtor sign that read "This foreclosure brought to you by Bank of America."

Bank of America wasn't the only bank feeling the heat. In California, residents of Oakland took their own stand against the foreclosure crisis. East Oakland has been among one of the hardest hit communities in California, with dozens of families forced to leave their homes. After East Oaklanders struggled for three decades to build a clean, safe, and stable neighborhood for their children, the banks have left foreclosed property to decay, accumulate trash, and become sources of blight.On Wednesday, residents of East Oakland decided they'd give their local banks a hand and clean up the mess. They delivered bags upon bags of trash back to local branches of Citibank, Chase, and Wells Fargo. The event got plenty of media attention, and within hours banks sent cleaning crews to sweep up the neglected property.

And last but not least, we continue to be amazed by the work of all those occupying Liberty Plaza in NYC and other cities around the country with Occupy Wall St. In case you missed it, Van Jones and Max Berger's op-ed is a must read -

"For everyone who loves this country, for everyone whose heart is breaking for the growing ranks of the poor, for everyone who is seething at the unopposed demolition of America's working and middle class: the time has come to get off the fence."

This week has been groundbreaking and inspiring. A shout out to the thousands of Americans who brought the fight for the American Dream out on the streets - you've made a ruckus in the media and all over country, your voices have been heard, and the message is clear. The fight is just beginning.