I’m not sure what to expect tomorrow at the Campus Progress National Conference, but all I know is that I will be in a room with some of today’s youngest and brightest leaders who are making significant change in their communities. Some are campaigning for immigration reform, others are reporters, others are lobbying in Congress for equal rights and others are advocating the political party of their choice. I can’t wait to meet the Campus Progress and CAP team as well as some new friends at the Huffington Post and other publications.
I will be live tweeting and blogging the event, with a focus on the Afghanistan and journalism panels (two of my favorite subjects!) I’m not registered as press, but hopefully I can talk to a few of the youth leaders in between all the chaos.
Some of the main speakers this year include:
Van Jones is a leader in the clean energy movement. He is co-founder of three successful organizations — the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change and Green For All — and a former White House advisor to President Obama.
Samantha Power is Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the National Security Council in the White House. She was the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School. She won the Pulitzer Prize for her book, A Problem From Hell, a study of U.S. policy and genocide.
Paul Begala was a key strategist for Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign for the presidency and a senior White House adviser in the Clinton Administration. He is presently Research Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University and has been for years a leading commentator on CNN.
Other confirmed speakers include: Jamal Simmons, also a CNN commentator and a top political strategist; Under Secretary of EducationMartha Kanter, the Obama Administration’s point person on higher education;Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., President of the Hip Hop Caucus; feminist organizer Shelby Knox; Wonkette editor Ken Layne; and Chris Hayes, Washington editor of The Nation magazine.
Among the many issues they will discuss are gay rights, immigration, climate change and the environment, reproductive and women’s rights, race and the economy.