*sigh* Not again!
Sorry, calligraphqueen, but the subject has been brought up so many times here on OC.net that when someone has a good question or comment (like yours), there is a tendency to either a) re-hash what has already been said ad nauseam or b) to dismiss the conversation totally.
To answer your questions as best I can:
Yes, there is movement towards the unification of the Jurisdictions and the Americanization of the Church. It will not be finished overnight, nor in the next year, but it is happening and having progress. Some who are driving the movement have good intentions (more cooperation and camaraderie amongst Orthodox who barely acknowledge that others exist), while others have questionable intentions (some sort of American "independence" from "foreign dependency/domination").
I will insert here a conversation I had with a professor, who is Romanian and has been involved with the Study and Planning Commission of SCOBA for over 25 years. He stated that the most recent meeting in Chicago was an indication that SCOBA is indeed working towards its stated goal (Orthodox unity in America). Yes, it is taking on a different direction, speed, and face from what some would have it (the types of people who think we should all split from our Mother Churches right now and unite in the next 2 years), but it is working, and thanks largely to lay involvement and clergy cooperation - especially on the local level. He pointed out that every major city now has inter-Orthodox clergy brotherhoods who meet, collaborate, co-celebrate and cooperate. This is all good news that points to a steady current of change - one that will have a firm foundation (unlike compulsive and radical over-reacting, which is what some people want) and will resist the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.