It's about time. Air time.
The president will give a major speech about jobs and the economy on Thursday.
What will the TV news coverage look like? Will the discussion be lopsided, or will it include a full range of ideas?
Look what happened in January, after the president's State of the Union address. CNN gave time to the Republican Party response, and then also put Michelle Bachmann on the air with the "Tea Party Response."
This Thursday, CNN needs to make space for progressive voices, too. And we need to push to make that happen.
In just a few short months, the American Dream Movement has emerged as an important force in American politics. This summer, hundreds of thousands of regular Americans demanded jobs, not cuts; an end to attacks on the middle class; and fair taxes on corporations and the rich. And we're just getting started.
In July, we had our first local meetings, to discuss the Contract for the American Dream. Incredibly, more than 1,600 groups came together across the country. That's twice as many gatherings as the tea party had when they launched.
It's time to put the American Dream Movement on the air.
After the President's speech, we will release the American Dream Movement's official response, featuring some of our most courageous grassroots leaders. But getting air time is the key to making an impact.
This isn't just about fairness. The analysis and commentary on Thursday could frame the national debate on jobs and the economy for weeks or even months. If an independent, progressive perspective is missing, then the president's position will become the left end of the debate, even when it's already a compromise position.
Our Contract for the American Dream contains workable, progressive ideas and solutions, generated from the ground up by hundreds of thousands of people. No ideas are more worthy of air time. Let's fight to have a chance to share them.
Toward an economy that works for all,
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