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Patriotic Progressives Embrace the Flag, Too

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.04.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

July 4 is an occasion for Americans to express their patriotism. But the ways we do so are as diverse as our nation.

Syrian Refugees and the Battle Over the Shining Beacon

Michael Zucker | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Michael Zucker

These days the lamp beside the golden door is flickering, uniformly doused by the band of Republican presidential wannabes, their wildly applauding supporters at speeches and rallies, their cheerleaders on Fox News, and scattered Democrats, all of whom reject welcoming the wretched refuse of the teeming Syrian shore.

My Head Tells Me to Fear the Refugees, My Heart Tells Me to Love Them

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

A friend told me the other day that her daughter cancelled her flight to come home for Thanksgiving because she feared another Paris-like attack in this country. She's driving, instead.

Extinguishing Liberty's Flame on Refugees

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Emma Lazarus, who's proud and shinning words stand indelibly inscribed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, would weep in sorrow and shame if she were with us today as an ever increasing number of our political "leaders" and citizens call for the United States to extinguish the flame of liberty on Middle Eastern refugees of war.

Celebrating Our She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 08.10.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Writer, actor, and activist Maya Angelou inspired generations of women with her efforts to overcome discrimination, prejudice and abuse. A woman, who didn't speak for years in her youth, became a voice for millions in her adult life; and that voice was quite lyrical.

Celebrating Progressive Patriotism on the Fourth of July

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The flag, as a symbol of the nation, is not owned by the administration in power, but by the people. We battle over what it means, but all Americans have an equal right to claim the flag as their own. Progressives understand that people can disagree with their government and still love their country and its ideals.

Lifting the Lamp: A Plea for Just Immigration Reform

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

Immigration reform is a test of whether we have learned the right lessons from our own history.

Immigration Policy and Racism

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

These racially- and ethnically-charged representations of minoritized people perpetuate a long and dishonorable tradition of preventing "the huddled masses to breathe free."

Progressives Should Take Back the Flag

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.03.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The flag, as a symbol of the nation, is not owned by the administration in power, but by the people. We battle over what it means, but all Americans -- across the political spectrum -- have an equal right to claim the flag as their own.

Is That All There Is? Rugged Indvidualism

Dimitri Hamlin | Posted 05.14.2012 | Religion
Dimitri Hamlin

It's a good thing that, when push comes to shove, we're really not rugged individualists. I'm thinking that it's almost time for us to accept who we are.

Not a Native American? You're an Immigrant

Bernard Starr | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics
Bernard Starr

Contrary to the popular belief that we are swimming in more immigrants than ever, in 1890 14.8 percent of our population was foreign-born compared to today's 12.5 percent. And the number of illegal immigrants is on the decline.

The New New Colossus

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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