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Progressive Movement

A Champion of Hope

Paul Lamb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Paul Lamb

Recently, I had the pleasure of facilitating an event called "Innovations in Social Justice: New Hope, New Actions" in Berkeley, California. Among the panelists was 21-year-old rapper, artist and community organizer, Babye Champ.

Progressives in America: It's Time to Revive Our Party's Values

Kate Michelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Michelman

Progressives are implored to accept the limitations of the political environment. Well enough, I say. We need to shift our focus toward building a grassroots movement that turns promises made to us into positive outcomes.


Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

It seems that just about every hundred years or so, the body politic we call America swells with fever as it fights off a democracy-destroying disease. That disease is "Special Interest Government".

Organizing Your Privilege

Dev Aujla | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dev Aujla

We need a peer network to support us, to help us realize that not only do we have something to give, but that it is possible to make a difference.

Take Back the Streets From Beck, Palin, Fox News, The Koch Brothers, and the Tea Party

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Republicans who vote down unemployment insurance and try to pass more tax cuts for the rich should be scared to show up in public. It's time for progressives to rediscover their history of mass protests.

Robert Gibbs, the "Professional Left," and the Opportunity We Can't Miss

Michael Keegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

The White House and the "professional left," however that's defined, both have critical roles to play in that fight. Both roles can be difficult at times, and tension is inevitable, but we are all on the same team.

Where Was the "Professional Left" a Year Ago?

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

I don't share Robert Gibbs' outrage that the "professional left" is being too critical of President Obama. What I am outraged about is that the professional left wasn't more critical of Obama a year ago.

Three Fundamental Differences Between Progressives and Conservatives, Pt. 1

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

Part I of III When caught at something, it's best to come clean. I was recently caught by the Crow, who -- in a response to my earlier post about po...

Obama and the Left, Part 2,048

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

The White House's strategy of getting credit it thinks it deserves sucks. It's not working, and whining about the fact that people don't give the administration enough credit is not going to get them to give it more.

Trust and Solidarity

Tim Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tim Ellis

One of the most important points currently facing the progressive movement is that we simply don't have the monolithic certainty of the still-powerful Christian Right.

Five Takeaways From the Senate's Spill Bill

Erich Pica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Erich Pica

Update: Faced with a lack of support, Majority Leader Harry Reid decided today to push a vote on a legislative response to the Deepwater Horizon disas...

Tea Party Libertarianism and Christian Ethics

Dr. David P. Gushee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Dr. David P. Gushee

Christian traditions understand that it is especially those individuals whose needs go unmet and whose rights are routinely violated that matter most. Today's libertarianism is an uneasy fit with these principles.

Institutional Change Requires Funerals

Colin Delany | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Colin Delany

Originally published on At dinner the other night, a friend and I ended up talking about ways to drag one of the more hierarchical and ...

The Progressive Movement: Out of Work and Losing Hope

Eric Lotke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Lotke

The demographic groups at the heart of the Obama coalition have been hit especially hard by the recession. That's why it's so bitter to watch Obama being so passive on the economy.

The Tea Party Movement: A Force to Be Reckoned With

Adele Stan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Adele Stan

As a journalist who has covered the right for more than 15 years, I see a profound threat in the rise of the Tea Party movement. There are thoughtful progressives who see things differently.

Declare Your Independence!

Kevin Zeese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Zeese

Independent Media, Independent Political Movements and Independent Electoral Activity is the Path to the Paradigm Shifting Change America Needs If I ...

The Lowdown from Hightower

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

"Here's what populism is not," Jim Hightower told my colleague Bill Moyers on the final edition of Bill Moyers Journal. "It is not just an incoherent outburst of anger."

The Battle of the Sexes in US Mosques

Jehan S. Harney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jehan S. Harney

Mosque pray-ins are springing up across the U.S. They're orchestrated by a group of Muslim women wanting to end gender segregation in nearly two-thirds of American mosques.

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Osborne

One blowing oil well is more real and compelling than all of the lies and noise the right has generated in the last 17 months put together.

Progressives Are Batting .500 in 2010 Senate Races: Make It .666 by Drafting Ted Kaufman in Delaware

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

If Kaufman doesn't run, Democrats are almost certainly facing a crushing defeat in the race for Joe Biden's old Senate seat in Delaware and a resounding victory for Republicans.

Progressive Strategy in the Obama Era

Deepak Bhargava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Bhargava

Some 500 days into the new administration, progressives are souring on Obama's leadership. It is this precise moment when I propose that progressives turn this disappointment into a reflection on our selves rather than on a single political figure.

Obama, Progressives, and Leadership

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Progressives shouldn't follow leaders -- they should exploit them. Politicians aren't heroes, they're tools to be used in a greater cause. We need to be unrelenting in challenging the right, whose ideology has demonstrably failed.

Needed: A Progressive Story

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

The first task of the progressive movement is to compose a shared narrative. What is the end-state we are aspiring to bring about? What is our shining city?

American Liberals and Progressive Never Miss an Opportunity to Miss an Opportunity -- or Are We ready to Change Directions

Rabbi Michael Lerner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rabbi Michael Lerner

Progressives have been blessed in the past two years with three significant opportunities to change the fundamentals of American society. We've already blown the first and are missing the second and third.

The Drano Theory of History -- Extending the "Big Change Moment"

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

One of the reasons why last Sunday's vote was so significant is that it is likely to set up the kind of cascading series of fundamental changes that only comes once every few decades.