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Last night on MSNBC's "The Last Word," American Dream movement leader Van Jones discussed the Oct. 3-5 Take Back the American Dream conference. Watch the video and read the excerpts below.

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I think everybody should hold onto your seats. October is going to be the turning point when it comes to the "Progressive Fight-Back."

You can see it coming. When Warren Buffett comes out and says, look, we've got to do something to raise taxes and do better by America, and you've got these young kids who are going out there on Wall Street ... they're good kids, graduated from college, some of them have gone over there and fought wars and come back and can't find a job. There's a generation of Americans looking around saying, what is the American Dream going to look like for me?

They're going to be standing up. We are a part of something called the American Dream movement. We're having a huge summit on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday -- come! We are going to build a progressive counterbalance to the Tea Party.

80% of Americans agree with everything you say on this show but we have no voice. We know that jobs are more important [than the] phony made up deficit stuff they talk about. We know that people who have done well in America should do well by America and start paying America back in the form of more fair taxes. People who benefitted from the bailouts and from the tax breaks should start paying America back. They're doing great. Everybody else is suffering. That's 80% of the majority. We're going to now have a voice.

You're going to see an American Fall, an American Autumn, just like we saw the Arab Spring. You can see it right now with these young people on Wall Street. Hold on to your hats. We'll have an October Offensive to "Take Back the American Dream" and to rescue America's middle class.

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