June 05, 2004

Dean at the Take Back America Conference

Howard Dean at the Take Back America Conference
Last week, Howard Dean gave one of his great "everyone on your feet" speeches at the Take Back America conference in Washington DC. More than 2,000 progressive leaders, activists, and thinkers heard Gov. Dean and others speak. At the conference, Dean was awarded the Tom Paine Commonsense Award. An excerpt from his speech:

"All of us who have been in public office, and I know there are some out here that are, have been fond of saying, going to high schools and going to colleges, and telling young people how important it is to vote. One of the things I learned in this campaign is, voting is the bare minimum, voting is not enough, you've got to give 10 bucks to your favorite candidate. And Lord knows we showed that you can sure raise a hell of a lot of money by getting 10 bucks from a half-a-million people, and you've got to run for office yourself. You have to run yourself. Democracy is not a spectator sport, and we won't have one if we don't fight for it.

(Applause.)

"So over the next few months we're going to partner with 21st Century Democrats, with the Progressive Majority, with SEIU, with AFSCME, with other groups, where we can come together not just to make sure John Kerry is the next president of the United States, but to make sure that if he is, that this is not just simply a weigh station in between right-wing presidents. That we are going to take this country back this time, and never again are we going to permit the extreme right wing of the Republican Party to tell us what to do. I am tired of listening to the fundamentalist preachers, and we're not going to do it anymore.

(Applause.)

"I'm tired of listening to Ralph Reed, and Newt Gingrich, and Rush Limbaugh, and we're not going to do it anymore, because we built this country, and we're going to take it back for ordinary working Americans. We're going to take this country back, and it's going to take election, after election, after election, work after work, after work, and win, after win, after win. Take back America, we want our country back, and it's our country, we built it, and now in November we're going to take it back."

Click here for transcripts and videos of all the speakers at the conference. Click here to watch a video of Dean's speech.

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April 28, 2004

Winning Back America Excerpt:
AFTER SCHOOL

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My parents encouraged me to get out of the house at a relatively early age. In the summers, this meant getting a job. My first summer job was as a counselor at a sailing camp at age fourteen. I was paid in French fries and hamburgers.

When I was sixteen, I worked with two other teenagers on the Big B cattle ranch near Belle Glade, Florida, which is a town eighty miles northwest of Miami on the southeast shore of Lake Okeechobee. We were two sixteen-year-olds and a fifteen-year-old out on our own in the world, for the summer at least. The three of us lived in a little apartment above the ranch office, and we worked ten hours a day, six and a half days a week, earning $1.15 an hour for the first six days and $1.25 on Sunday—at that time, Florida agricultural minimum wage.

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AFTER SCHOOL"

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April 27, 2004

Winning Back America Excerpt:
LEISURE READING

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One of the shortest answers I will ever give follows the question of what I like to do to relax. Whenever I’m home, we’ll have dinner together as a family, which is time that I relish. But I was never very good at relaxing.

When I’m at home, I work around the house. As far as television is concerned, I only watch the news. The books I read these days tend to be historical in nature, though I do have a weakness for physics—quantum physics, molecular physics, and astrophysics. I’m not a physicist at all; I don’t do the higher math and I couldn’t explain string theory, but I’m addicted to the “Science” section of The New York Times.

I’ll often be asked which books have affected me. One of the greatest political books I’ve read is Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men. The book is based on the life of Huey Long, the populist Louisiana governor and senator who was murdered in 1935. Long was originally chosen as a third-party candidate to siphon off votes from someone the bosses didn’t want, and he turned out to be a larger-than-life figure who dominated politics in his state. The lesson I took from the book was: Be careful what you wish for; you may get it.

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LEISURE READING"

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April 26, 2004

Winning Back America Excerpt:
IN THE BEGINNING

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When the campaign started, I had no idea how it was going to unfold. I couldn’t have imagined what we would build, how far we would come. I had no idea that we would begin bringing people back into politics in such great numbers.

It started in a single room. My first campaign office was in Montpelier, situated above a chiropractor’s office. In the beginning there was one staff person; by the time there were six, we knew we’d outgrown the one-room office with its metal folding chairs and antiquated equipment. I found a larger space in downtown Burlington, in an office I thought was enormous at the time. By winter, even that space was so packed that people were working on top of one another. In May 2003, the office moved to still larger premises.

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April 23, 2004

Winning Back America Excerpt:
A POLITICAL EDUCATION

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My first involvement in Vermont politics was strictly local: I helped start up the Citizens’ Waterfront Group with Rick Sharp, an attorney, and Tom Hudspeth, an environmental professor at the University of Vermont. There was an abandoned railway line that ran along the waterfront in Burlington. A plan existed to develop part of the land, but we wanted public access to the water, which was to be secured with a nine-mile bike path along the shore of Lake Champlain.

It was a grassroots effort: A few hundred members in our group applied pressure to two successive mayoral administrations. In the end, we won. The bike path was built, and the waterfront is now one of Burlington’s treasures. A jazz festival is held there every year, and eighty thousand people come to watch fireworks on July 4. Through the Citizens’ Waterfront Group, I got to know people in local politics. It’s one of the most important projects I’ve ever been involved in; it changed the face of the largest city in the state and made a public resource available to residents and tourists alike.

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April 22, 2004

Video of Dean's San Francisco Speech

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Videographer Eric Predoehl has posted his edit of a 43 minute video of Howard Dean's appearance in San Francisco on March 18, 2004 at the Palace Hotel. You can download this video as a Quicktime, MPEG, or Windows Media file for free here. Or, if you don't have broadband, you can purchase it on DVD here.

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March 25, 2004

Dean Endorses Kerry

Today Governor Howard Dean officially endorsed Senator John Kerry for President:

"While my run for the White House ended last month, our work to take back this country has only just begun. George W. Bush's policies continue to fail to deliver on issues that matter most to Americans, and we desperately need a change of leadership come November," said Dean, speaking at a rally with Massachusetts Senator at The George Washington University's Kogan Plaza.

"John Kerry is a fighter with a distinguished record of service to this country, and I believe he has the experience, strength, and vision to get this country back on the right path," Dean said. "John Kerry is fighting every day to defeat President Bush because he knows that four more years of George W. Bush's right-wing ideological agenda at home and weak leadership in the world would be devastating to our country for many decades to come. The future of our country depends on defeating this president, and John Kerry is the candidate that can beat this President in November. If our party stands united, we will send George Bush back to Crawford Texas.

"I'm honored to have earned Howard Dean's support in the mission we share: bringing new leadership to our country," said Senator Kerry. "Over the last year, Governor Dean's voice has reminded us of the power of grassroots politics to change America. He's started a conversation with thousands of Americans who had turned away from politics for too long, a conversation that, with his help, we will continue and intensify and spread to thousands of other Americans in the months to come. We may have started this campaign by discussing our differences, but we will win it by reminding America that what unites this country is so much more powerful that what has ever divided us in the past."

Additional stories can be read at CNN, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.

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March 20, 2004

Audio Recording of Dean's SF Speech

If you missed Howard Dean's speech in San Francisco on March 18th, you can listen to it here. It's an MP3 file and it runs for 40 minutes, including the introduction by Will Easton and Stephanie Linder of SF4Dean.com.

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March 19, 2004

Dean Announces New Organization

SF_DFA2_1Yesterday, at events in Seattle (click to listen) and San Francisco, and today in New York, Governor Howard Dean announced his new organization.

Still using the same DFA initials as his campaign organization (Dean for America), the new organization, Democracy for America, "will be committed to 1) strong, sustained grassroots involvement in the democratic process, 2) promoting an America where candidates and office holders tell the truth about policy choices and stand up for what they believe, 3) fighting against the influence and agenda of the two pillars of George W. Bush’s Washington: the far right wing and their radical, divisive policies, and the selfish special interests who for too long have dominated politics, and 4) fighting for progressive policies, like health care for all; investment in children; equal rights under law; fiscal responsibility; and a national security policy that makes America stronger by advancing progressive values."

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At the San Francisco event, a crowd of more than 1,000 supporters squeezed into a room set up to seat 600, and joked by saying, "With crowds like this, maybe it's not too late to get back in!" The crowd went wild, and he had to make sure they all knew he was only kidding.
Dean announcement in SF

Dean stated, "Democracy for America will be committed to promoting an America where candidates and office holders tell the truth about policy choices and stand up for what they believe. The era when politicians equivocate about matters as fundamental as war and peace must end."

For people wanting to be on the new DFA mailing list, sign up here. The new organization will not migrate the old mailing list over to the new list, so you must sign up again. The Dean blog will still be at BlogForAmerica.com.

Read Governor Dean's speech here.

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March 12, 2004

Mark Your Calendars: Dean Book Signing in Vermont

Do you live in the Vermont area? Howard Dean will be doing a book signing of his book, Winning Back America, at the Burlington, VT Borders book store on March 23, 2004:

AUTHOR:
Howard Dean
TITLE:
Winning Back America
DATE:
3/23/2004
TIME:
7 PM
EVENT:
In store signing
EVENT
LOCATION:
Borders # 276
29 Church Street
Burlington, VT 05401
802-865-2711

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