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Democracy for Oregon to hold Progressive Leadership Summit

Develop the skills for effective lobbying, running for office, using the public initiative, fundraising, framing the message, holding media accountable, and building progressive communities. Jim Dean, chair of Democracy for America, to deliver keynote address.
PORTLAND, OR - Grassroots political leaders from around the Pacific Northwest will come together at Portland State University's Cramer Hall on Saturday, May 21, 2005 for the first annual Progressive Leadership Summit, sponsored by Democracy for Oregon (DFO).

Jim Dean, brother of Gov. Howard Dean and Chair of Democracy for America (DFA), Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and State Representative Peter Buckley (D-Dist.5) are the scheduled keynote speakers for this event.

In addition, educational breakout sessions are planned, designed to give attendees knowledge and techniques for local and national political involvement.

Session leaders will include Oregon AFL-CIO President Tim Nesbitt, DFA Political Director Chris Warshaw, national radio host Thom Hartmann, Oregon Democratic National Committeeperson Jenny Greenleaf, and many others.

The Progressive Leadership Summit is designed to bring together, educate and strengthen the influence of potential and current progressive political leaders within their local communities. The event is organized in conjunction with co-sponsors the Portland State University (PSU) College Democrats, the PSU Greens, and the PSU Progressive Student Union.

WHO: Democracy for Oregon Progressive Leadership Summit
WHEN: Saturday, May 21, 9 am - 3 pm
WHERE: Portland State University, Cramer Hall
COST: Advance registration: $20 general/$15 student; optional lunch $8
MORE INFO: Visit www.dfosummit.com for further details and to register online.

Inspired by the presidential campaign of Howard Dean, Democracy for America (DFA) is a political action committee dedicated to supporting fiscally responsible, socially progressive candidates at all levels of government—from school board to the presidency.

Democracy for Oregon (DFO) is a statewide grassroots group with a stated mission to restore citizen ownership of democracy by inspiring, informing and connecting progressive Oregonians. With over 4,000 supporters statewide, they hold monthly "meetups" in 19 locations across Oregon. To learn more, visit www.democracyfororegon.com.

homepage: homepage: http://www.dfosummit.com
phone: phone: 503-661-3020