Quite a Gathering of ‘Progressives’

By June 9, 2010Labor Unions

For some time now Big Labor has aligned itself with “progressive” groups whose priorities run far afield from the lunchpail issues that once gave labor unions purpose. Today’s evidence of that leftly wandering agenda is the America’s Future Now conference starting today in D.C., sponsored by the Campaign for America’s Future and promoted at the AFL-CIO blog:

The America’s Future Now conference kicks off this morning. During the next three days, the largest gathering of progressive activists, leaders and lawmakers will map out an economic and political agenda for change—and the organizing strategies for taking that agenda to the country.

Those strategies will focus on fighting the corporate lobbies that stand in the way of economic justice and reform; energizing and building a movement for jobs now; and creating a progressive majority that challenges both obstructionist Republicans and timid Democrats.

“Economic justice” is code for redistributionist.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is addressing the group Tuesday at the Omni Shoreham, that hotbed of proletariat solidarity that also serves as CPAC’s convention site in Washington. And now that we read the full agenda, the conference does resemble a CPAC for the left.

And, hey, look! Van Jones returns from the cold!

Some of the sessions on key topics for working people include: “Health Care Reform-The Next Step,” “Immigration Reform,” “Working Class Anger-Does It Go Left or Right?” “Next Generation Progressives,” “Holding Congress Accountable” and “Can Congress Work in Polarized Age?” Click here for the full conference agenda.Also taking part in the conference are Huffington Post’s Arianna Huffington; Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.); Democratic Reps. Alan Grayson (Fla.), Donna Edwards (Md.) and Barbara Lee (Calif.); former White House adviser Van Jones; former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean; NAACP President Benjamin Jealous; and Janet Murguía, president of the National Council of La Raza.

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