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Arm of billionaire George Soros-funded Center for American Progress
Staff includes many Democratic Party and Clinton political operatives
Campus Progress (CP) describes itself as an "effort to strengthen progressive voices on college and university campuses; counter the growing influence of right-wing groups on campus; and empower new generations of progressive leaders." Contrary to the popular impression that U.S. campuses are bastions of liberalism, CP believes that the right wing has “the upper hand” and that it is “time for progressive students to start winning the battle of ideas."
By far the best-funded national organization on American college campuses today, CP is a project of the Center for American Progress (CAP), led by John Podesta and is heavily bankrolled by billionaire George Soros. “In its first 3 months," CP said in a May 25, 2005 press release, "Campus Progress has held more than 50 campus speaking events; funded and supported student newspapers on 14 campuses; published hundreds of articles and multimedia pieces by students, journalists, officeholders, activists, and artists at the CampusProgress.org website; and promoted student advocacy on issues from Social Security to academic freedom, national security to judicial nominations."
To counter conservative influence on campus, Campus Progress has established a speaker bureau that sends prominent individuals to colleges and universities for speeches, debates, symposia, and film showings; and an online webzine which gives students “the opportunity to be published nationally." In addition, CP provides funding, training, and mentoring to campus progressive publications, which as of Spring 2006, included publications from 31 separate campuses. It also offers action grants, support, advice and materials to leftist students engaged in public education and advocacy campaigns; and it initiates national issue campaigns on such topics as global warming, academic freedom, and judicial nominations.
Working under David Halperin's direction, CP’s Campus Outreach Coordinator is Emily Hawkins, a 2001 graduate of Wesleyan University. In 2004 Hawkins served as a researcher and production assistant for Michael Moore's Dog Eat Dog film company, where she assisted in Moore's “Slacker Uprising Tour,” a campus political campaign designed to persuade students in battleground states to vote for John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election.
CP’s Campus Programs Director is Ben Hubbard, who previously worked in the personal office of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and was an editorial assistant for TomPaine.com.
The Editor of CampusProgress.org is Elana Berkowitz, a 2001 Brown University graduate whose writing has been published by Salon.com, The New Republic, The New York Times, and The Nation.
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