Van Jones Distinguishes Between the American Dream and the American Fantasy

Green activist Van Jones delivered a thrilling speech at Netroots Nation on Saturday, rolling out his new organization, “Rebuild the Dream” which will kick off this summer and culminate in a rally in Washington in October. Jones, who has become a staple at Netroots, distinguished between the American Dream and the “American Fantasy” propagated by the right.

“Our Walmart” Protests Poor Working Conditions

Girsheila Green with the organization “OUR Walmart” speaks to investigative journalist Tiny Dupuy about poor working conditions at the Big Box giant. Last week, about 150 workers appeared at Walmart’s headquarters to protest the unhealthy work environment and disrespect between bosses and employees.

Time Has Come to Leave Afghanistan, Says Congressman Garamendi

Congressman John Garamendi (D-Calif.) told The UpTake at Netroots Nation yesterday that the Obama administration needs to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. The death of Osama bin Laden, Hamid Karzai’s corrupt government in Kabul, and the U.S. military’s huge and ominous footprint in the war-torn country all make the case for pulling, Garamendi said.

Finding Daily Kos Founder Markos Moulitsas’ Funny Bone

Political bloggers have funny bones too. Comedian Julianna Forlano took the mic and interviewed Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas at The UpTake’s booth at Netroots Nation yesterday. Moulitsas has inspired and empowered thousands of progressive bloggers through the Daily Kos, and the website that birthed this conference is no longer his burden to carry alone.

Klobuchar Calls for Campaign Finance Transparency

At Netroots Nation yesterday, The UpTake’s Mike McIntee spoke to Senator Amy Klobuchar about corporate money in politics and reforms in Washington that could fight it. Minnesota’s senior senator also addressed corporate donations on behalf of issues — such as the anti-gay marriage campaign — within the state.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky: It’s Time to Audit the Pentagon

During her interview with The UpTake at Netroots Nation yesterday, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) said that the Pentagon is the only agency within the federal government that can’t pass an audit. In fact, the Pentagon hasn’t been audited for decades.

Howard Dean: Republicans Work for Corporations, not for People

ollowing his Netroots Nation keynote speech on Thursday night, former Democratic National Committee Chairman and Vermont Governor Howard Dean told The UpTake that Republicans have shown in Wisconsin and other Midwestern states this winter that they work for corporations and not for the people.

Sen. Franken Calls Progressives the New Conservatives

At his Netroots Nation 2011 keynote speech in Minneapolis this morning, Senator Al Franken painted the Republicans as the party of radical change for their attempt to dismantle the social safety net. Progressives, Franken added, are the new conservatives because they are trying to preserve what they won in hard-fought battles.

Howard Dean at Netroots Nation 2011

Howard Dean: The Tea Party Of Hate

Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean says the future doesn’t belong to the Tea Party. He calls the Tea Party a desperate minority that is growing more desperate as they shrink. Dean says the hate and anger of the Tea Party will never win.

Rep. Donna Edwards Takes On Citizens United

Click to Play GRITtv’s Laura Flanders talks to Representative Donna Edwards (D- Maryland) about her attempt to get a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that allows corporations to spend money on political advertising.

Clark:Michele Bachmann not fighting for Minnesotans

Click to Play Minnesota State Senator Tarryl Clark (DFL) was one of the speakers preceding Al Franken in the closing program for Netroots Nation. Clark is running against Republican Michele Bachmann for Minnesotas U.S. Representative, Sixth District. Clark encouraged activism through door knocking and online, saying that small active donors can outperform large donors.

Franken “Net neutrality is the First Amendment issue of our time.”

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Senator Al Franken (D-Min) didnt disappoint as he wrapped up the 2010 Netroots conference. While he thanked supporters and activists, specifically mentioning The UpTake for chronicling the eight-month recount, he cautioned everyone against giving up the fight. Among his comments:Corporations arent inherently evil but they are inherently powerful. They know more about you than you know about them. We didnt get everything we wanted but if we give up now, the Republicans will take away everything that we did get.

Netroots Nation 3rd Day Highlights from TheUptake

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TheUptake collected interviews from Al Franken, Tarryl Clark, Candidate for 6th CD House Seat, Rick Staggenborg, US Senate Candidate, OR, and comedian Mathew Flipowicz plus President Obama’s address to Netroots Nation.