The 2010 Pennsylvania Progressive Summit was universally hailed as a major event on last year’s progressive calendar. The 2011 event promises to be even more dynamic. It’s being held this year in Pittsburgh, at the Sheraton Station Square (a union hotel!) on the weekend of January 22-23. We’ve made some changes that we think will make the 2011 Summit more educational and motivational. First, we’ll be holding the event over two full days instead of one. That means double the number of sessions and speakers. Second, we’ve added a new co-sponsor, Democracy for America. DFA will be providing its Campaign Training Academy as a track for issue and electoral campaign managers and activists. This program has been very popular wherever it has been offered, and we’re excited to be able to incorporate it into Summit 2011. The PA Progressive Summit will be the hottest ticket of 2011. Don’t miss out by registering late. Click here to register now.
The keynote speaker will be the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who will speak at the Progressive Awards Dinner on Saturday night. Founder and president of the Rainbow PUSHCoalition, he is one of America’s foremost civil rights, religious and political figures. Over the past forty years, he has played a pivotal role in virtually every movement for empowerment, peace, civil rights, gender equality, and economic and social justice. On August 9, 2000, President Bill Clinton awarded Reverend Jackson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. Rev. Jackson has been called the "Conscience of the Nation" and "the Great Unifier," challenging America to be inclusive and to establish just and humane priorities for the benefit of all. He is known for bringing people together on common ground across lines of race, culture, class, gender and belief.
Other featured speakers at the Progressive Summit include:
Rep. Raul Grijalva (D, AZ), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America
Joe Sestak, former Member of Congress and 2010 US Senate Candidate
Wendell Potter, healthcare whistleblower, senior analyst at the Center for Public Integrity and fellow at the Center for Media and Democracy
Darcy Burner, President, Progressive Congress
Eileen Connelly, Executive Director, SEIU PA State Council
Patrick Murphy, former Member of Congress
Leo Gerard, International President, United Steelworkers