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ADA Ed Fund, Post-Election Symposium

Posted Feb 09 2011 at 2:08 PM
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The ADA Education fund hosted a daylong post-election analysis and strategy symposium at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government on Saturday, November 20th. It will analyzed the results of the 2010 midterm elections and speakers helped to chart the path forward for progressive organizations and liberal activists over the next two years.

“If there is one thing that we have learned over the last two years, it’s that conservative opposition to progressive change is alive and kicking and we have to match their organizing and outreach if we want to continue to move this country forward", said ADA National Director Michael J. Wilson

The event included members of congress, economists, pollsters, and labor leaders, all of whom imparted their own unique and rich perspectives.

Participants included:

• U.S. Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and President of Americans for Democratic Action
• Richard Parker, former ADA President, Professor of Economics at Harvard University & co-founder of Mother Jones Magazine
• James Galbraith, ADA Vice President & renowned economist
• Mike Lux, award winning blogger/author
• L. Josh Bivens, Director of the Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy program at the Economic Policy Institute
• The Honorable Tom Andrews, former Maine U.S. Representative and current National Director of Win Without War
• Juliet Schor, Boston College

View the agenda here.

The symposium focused on are the connection between politics and policy, and how we can mobilize progressive forces to rebuild the progressive majority which made 2008 so hopeful. Overall, this symposium played an important role for the conversation that activists and leaders need to have in order to learn the lessons from the last election.

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