Campaign for America's Future: Wikis

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Campaign for America's Future (CAF) is an American political organization of progressives. Its main issues of concern include the environment, energy independence, health care reform, Social Security, and education. The Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel, AFL-CIO president John Sweeney, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa serve on its board of directors.

Within the Democratic Party, it often serves as a counterweight to the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC).[1] CAF argues that the Democratic Party should draw sharp contrasts with the Republicans and advance a progressive agenda, while the DLC argues that the party should pursue a centrist policy.

CAF is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. It has a sister organization called the Institute for America's Future which is a 501(c)(3) non-partisan think tank that conducts research and analysis and publishes reports about political and economic policy issues.

The Institute for America's Future and the Center on Wisconsin Strategy sponsor a joint project called the Apollo Alliance, a coalition of environmentalists and labor unions, which seeks to commit the United States to energy independence while providing opportunity for what new "green-collar" jobs in the energy sector. It is named after John F. Kennedy's Apollo program.[2]

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Founders and advisors

CAF has listed the following 130 people as founders:

"Take Back America" conference

For the last five years, CAF has organized its annual "Take Back America" conference, a gathering of progressive activists, elected officials, bloggers, left-leaning media outlets, and others.

At the 2006 conference, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was booed for her stance on the Iraq War.[3]

In 2007, she was similarly booed, but not as loudly because since then, she has modified her position on the war.[4] The Politico sponsored a straw poll in that Senator Barack Obama won with 29% of the vote.[5]

The 2007 conference also honored the "progressive bloggers" with the Paul Wellstone Award, crediting them for driving the political debate. The once anonymous blogger Digby accepted the award, and in doing so, revealed that Digby was a woman from Santa Monica.

References

  1. ^ [1], June 2, 2006. Retrieved June 23, 2007.
  2. ^ [2], June 20, 2007. Retrieved June 23, 2007.
  3. ^ [3], June 14, 2006. Retrieved June 27, 2007.
  4. ^ [4], June 20, 2007. Retrieved June 23, 2007.
  5. ^ [5], June 20, 2007. Retrieved June 23, 2007.

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