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The Big Short's Big Shortcomings

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The movie's coda informs us that despite the enormous damage done by Wall Street, little has changed. That's simply not true. So what's missing from "The Big Short"? For starters: Dodd-Frank, Elizabeth Warren, Occupy Wall Street and Bernie Sanders.

Saturday: Watch Live Video of the Iowa People's Presidential Forum With Sanders, O'Malley. And Clinton?

Roger Hickey | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Since the Democratic National Committee seems to sponsor Democratic presidential debates only once in a blue moon, progressive activists in Iowa have organized their own presidential forum in Des Moines -- "Putting Families First" -- on Saturday.

Americans Rally 'Overnight' to Economic Populism -- Thanks to Bernie Sanders -- and Decades of Organizing

Roger Hickey | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Bernie Sanders is campaigning on a platform that has been developed, tested, and put on the national agenda by a generation of progressive thinkers, political leaders like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and generations of organizers.

Populism2015: Construction Crew for Democracy

Michael Winship | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Michael Winship

To the blare of sounding brass and booming drums, some 800 activists and community organizers from around the country recently converged on Washington, D.C.

The 10 Most Hopeful Stories of 2013 to Inspire Your New Year

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 03.01.2014 | Impact
Sarah van Gelder

There was something almost apocalyptic about 2013. But much happened that was hopeful this year -- a new pope focused on inequality, successful minimum wage campaigns spread across the country, and the number of states allowing gay marriage doubled.

20 Activists Who Are Changing America

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

You might not know it if your only source of information is the mainstream media, but there's a vibrant grassroots progressive movement winning victories, raising awareness and changing lives in every part of the country.

19 Activists Who Are Changing America

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

You might not know it if your only source of information is the mainstream media, but there's a vibrant grassroots progressive movement winning victories, raising awareness and changing lives in every part of the country.

Before He Led National Movements, He Was One of the "Have Nots"

Rich Polt | Posted 11.08.2013 | Impact
Rich Polt

"I became an organizer because I was having some hard times and ended up at a soup kitchen in Southern Indiana. I eventually became a dishwasher at the kitchen. Three years later I was still working there...Most of the people that were in line were there when I first came in to eat."

12 Arrested Outside Obama Fundraiser After Protesting Deportations

Posted 05.29.2013 | Chicago

A dozen protesters were arrested Wednesday morning outside the site of a Chicago fundraiser to be attended by President Barack Obama later in the day....

President Obama's Unfinished Business on Housing

George Goehl | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics
George Goehl

From climate change to human rights, President Obama sketched out a progressive agenda, but he neglected a crucially important element: finally ending the foreclosure crisis which continues to uproot families and blight communities.

Corporations in Illinois: What Have You Got to Hide?

George Goehl | Posted 03.05.2013 | Chicago
George Goehl

All the legislation does is require that corporations disclose how much they pay to the state. Working families in the state are paying taxes. All we want to do is make sure the big corporations are doing the same. If they have nothing to hide, why do they care?

Luke Johnson

Protesters March To Geithner's House | Luke Johnson | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Protesters marched on Sunday to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's home Sunday in Bethesda, Md., but got no response when they knocke...

Activists Visit Geithner's Home to Ask "Which Side Are You On?"

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.20.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The protesters consider Geithner the key architect of Obama's economic recovery plan and the loudest voice within the president's inner circle for taking a "hands off" approach to tougher government rules to tame Wall Street's risky practices.

Define "Extraordinary"

George Goehl | Posted 07.07.2012 | Business
George Goehl

We believe protest at the Bank of America meeting this year is not just normal -- it's the only response that makes sense. We don't want to protest Bank of America's shareholder meeting, but we have to, to protect our country from more unchecked corporate greed and abuse.

Activists Breathe New Life Into May Day

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.29.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Unlike the rest of the world's democracies, the United States doesn't use the metric system, doesn't require employers to provide workers with paid vacations, hasn't abolished the death penalty, and doesn't celebrate May Day as an official national holiday.

Protests Intensify To Oppose Potential Federal Mortgage Settlement

Reuters | Posted 03.24.2012 | Business

* Left-leaning groups protest foreclosure deal with top banks * Targeted Obama re-election headquarters in Chicago * Ne...

A Leaderless Movement Full of Leaders

George Goehl | Posted 12.11.2011 | Chicago
George Goehl

Every movement worth its salt has had countless nameless heroes who made tough sacrifices and took incredible risks to make things right. That is exactly what thousands of Chicagoans did yesterday.

Protesters Arrested In House Gallery After Jeering Boehner

AP | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Twenty-two protesters were arrested Monday after disrupting the opening of the House debate on a bill to resolve the debt limit crisis, ...

Illinois Taxpayers Demand that Wall Street Pays Their Fair Share

George Goehl | Posted 07.13.2011 | Business
George Goehl

In the face of Illinois' $6 billion budget deficit, the state says there is no alternative but to continue to cut public services. Meanwhile, Wall Street and big banks are foreclosing on hundreds of thousands of Illinois families and neglecting to pay their fair share.

Zach Carter

Foreclosure Protesters Descend On Washington | Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of protesters from around the country descended on a meeting of all 50 state attorneys general in the nation's capital on Monda...

Showdown in DC: Protests Mounting Over Looming Sell-Out on Foreclosure Fraud Deal

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Art Levine

State officials from around the country are meeting next week to finalize a multibillion-dollar settlement with bank executives for allegedly widespread mortgage and foreclosure abuses.

Crashing the Economy Shouldn't Pay

George Goehl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
George Goehl

This holiday season will be a thin one for tens of millions of American families. Meanwhile the same big banks that sent the economy to its knees are on track for another year of record bonuses.

Homeowners to Iowa AG Miller - Revive the American Dream

George Goehl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
George Goehl

Mike McCarthy, Keya Alvarez, and Ken Kelly. Not exactly household names, but they are among the homeowners from 13 states who traveled to Des Moines ...

Los Angeles Homeowners Take to the Streets to Protest Foreclosure Abuses

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Peter Dreier

A David vs. Goliath battle is developing this holiday season between hard-working families facing foreclosure and banking giants such as Wells Fargo and JP Morgan Chase.

Big Banks Will Clean Up This Mess -- When We Demand It

George Goehl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
George Goehl

In the years since the nation's largest banks were bailed out by taxpayers they have shown very little in the way of thanks. They can begin demonstrating some gratitude by rebuilding what they broke.