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From the Blogosphere: YearlyKos Convention Announces Location for 2007

The YearlyKos Convention Organizing Committee is pleased to announce that the second annual YearlyKos convention will be held August 2-5, 2007 in Chicago at the McCormick Convention Center and adjoining Hyatt Regency hotel. Participants at panel and round table discussions, workshops, and other forums will have the opportunity to discuss progressive issues and communicate their concerns directly to public officials and other leaders.

On January 2, 1900, Chicago engineers changed the course of the Chicago River so that it now flows west instead of east. On August 2, 2007, progressives will come to Chicago to help change the course of politics in America. And not a moment too soon.

“Progressives want to change the course of our country,‿ said Gina Cooper, YearlyKos Convention executive director. “The news each day brings more reasons why progressives need to organize and make their voices heard. The convention provides a way for progressives across the U.S. to work together to usher in a new politics better able to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of a 21st century democracy.‿

Built on the success of the inaugural convention held in Las Vegas in June, organizers are “Expecting to see a larger convention next year‿ said Nolan L. Treadway, YearlyKos logistics coordinator. “Timing the event for the summer months, and in a central location such as Chicago, will make it easier for many to attend who couldn’t travel to Las Vegas in 2006.‿ The June convention had about 1000 attendees from the U.S. and overseas, including numerous elected officials, candidates, and other political leaders.

Chicago was selected as the site for the 2007 convention for a variety of reasons. The city’s popularity among potential attendees tops the list, along with a strong union presence, an efficient transportation system, and a convention center that can handle the thousands of netroots members and political leaders expected to attend in 2007.

About the YearlyKos Convention

The underlying basis for the YearlyKos Convention is optimism. Without it, there would be little political reason to gather thousands of netizens together in one place, along with politicians and other leaders. Bloggers, blog readers, and other netizens have begun to impact the political landscape in America. The annual YearlyKos Convention is one place where the future is solidly taking root.

The YearlyKos Convention is a project of bloggerpower.org with the generous support of YearlyKos, Inc.

Official Website: http://www.yearlykosconvention.org/

Added by raines on October 3, 2006



I'm really excited for the upcoming convention. There's a movie screening there called "Election Day" that I would really recommend everyone to go see. I've seen it many times already. (It screened at SXSW in Austin and then again at Human Rights Watch in New York City.) The story follows 11 completely different families as they try to navigate their way through elections in 2004... and it reveals just some of the hundreds of problems and experiences that Americans have on that fateful Tuesday. Not many people know that there is no standardized method of voting in the US and this causes a lot of problems. Especially with the upcoming heat of Election Day 2008, integrity, fairness, and accessibility will all be highly argued issues as the actual voting day come closer. If you can make it to the (very early morning) screening of this movie, it will open your eyes to the problems in our election process far before the rest of the nation starts to wake up to the problem. Check it out! "Election Day" the movie is screening at 9:30am on Thurs, Aug 2 (the first day of the convention).

See everyone in two weeks. =)


Note: the event is sold out. But you can follow it on Second Life! And ustream.tv.


We are now at McCormick setting up and people are beginning to check in!

sultan of snot

I listened to your speakers, and i began to think of this question?

I heard people speak of change, but not a clear idea of how change will be done? will it be by conservative well thought process? or by willy nilly knee jerk ideas passed onto us by a court based in ideas of judicial activism? please let me know if you can clarify this.