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Happy Independence Day -- We're Not Done Yet

Lawrence J. Hanley | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Lawrence J. Hanley

Americans will only truly be free when they have equal access to transportation; to a good job; to a living wage; to education; to voting; to time they can spend with their families, and more.

GenderAvenger Pledge and Not Waiting a Moment to Improve the World

Steve Rosenthal | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Steve Rosenthal

If you believe that America will never be as vibrant and strong as it can possibly be without gender equality, then don't wait a single moment. Join in taking the GenderAvenger Pledge.

Dear Candidate Clinton: Pardon Edward Snowden

Bill Blum | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Bill Blum

The progressive left may not pack a great deal of power in our two-party, war-oriented and Wall Street-dominated political culture. But progressives do have the wherewithal to make a Snowden pardon an issue in the upcoming election.

Islam 2.0

Sudhir Gadh | Posted 06.12.2015 | Religion
Sudhir Gadh

At a time of conflict and division it is more important than ever to combine our competence, courage and compassion to address global shortages of each.

Daniel Marans

In Wake Of Jobs Numbers, Economists Warn Against Fed Rate Hike

HuffingtonPost.com | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics

The May jobs numbers are being hailed by many analysts as evidence that the job market is growing at a healthy pace and the Federal Reserve should soo...

What Nate Silver's Analysis Misses About 2016

Greg Speed | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Greg Speed

Psychology matters in elections. Throughout my career I've seen how having confidence from start to finish impacts campaigns. Understanding your strengths puts the wind at your back. It emboldens candidates and allies, and energizes volunteers, donors and supporters. And it can set the stage for sweeping victories.

Daniel Marans

Connecticut Passes Progressive Budget Over Corporate Objections

HuffingtonPost.com | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

Connecticut passed a two-year, $40 billion budget on Thursday that will raise taxes and increase infrastructure spending despite the objections of maj...

Turn Left on Main Street

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Congressman John K. Delaney, what are you talking about? In a recent Washington Post op-ed, headlined, "The last thing America needs? A left-wing version of the Tea Party," the Democratic congressman from Maryland scolds progressives and expresses his worry "about where some of the loudest voices in the room could take the Democratic Party." But the progressive agenda isn't "left wing." The progressive agenda is America's story -- from ending slavery to ending segregation to establishing a woman's right to vote to Social Security, the right to organize, and the fight for fair pay and against income inequality. Strip those from our history and you might as well contract America out to the US Chamber of Commerce the National Association of Manufacturers, and Karl Rove, Inc.

Re-Thinking and Re-Imagining Christianity on Pentecost Sunday

Audrey Addison Williams | Posted 05.26.2015 | Religion
Audrey Addison Williams

I am compelled to write about what Pentecost means to me and the potential we have to find a deeper meaning that could offer us a breath of new life, and access to the full power of the Holy Spirit active in daily life.

The Left Matters -- Now, More Than Ever

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Some leading Democrats seem to have a love-hate relationship with the left. Sure, progressives seem to have more influence than ever this year, at least rhetorically. But it doesn't look like the friction will be going away any time soon. Clearly, the left matters. Why, then, is it so difficult for progressives to get a seat at the table?

Marina Fang

Meet The Progressive Likely To Become Philadelphia's Next Mayor

HuffingtonPost.com | Marina Fang | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

A progressive candidate for Philadelphia mayor on Tuesday won a resounding primary election victory. Jim Kenney, a veteran city councilman, beat five ...

A Progressive Agenda Must Be Strategically Pushed

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

There is too much on the line for us to get caught up with minor differences. From racial disparity to income inequality, immigration reform, marriage equality, fair housing, job growth, pay equity, improved schools and much more, the challenges we face are real, and our commitment must be steadfast.

Drinking Liberally for Democracy

Roxane Assaf | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Roxane Assaf

No one's ever accused progressive political activists of being insincere. But no one's ever accused them of having too much fun, either.

CEO Pay a Common Theme on Progressive Agendas For 2016

Sarah Anderson | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Sarah Anderson

The AFL-CIO's new figures have come out amidst a proliferation of new policy agendas that include executive compensation reforms and are aimed at shaping the 2016 election campaigns.

Far From a 'Progressive' Trade Deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Would Harm our Environment

Ilana Solomon | Posted 05.20.2015 | Green
Ilana Solomon

The TPP would expand this harmful system of corporate privilege, offering broad new rights to thousands of corporations, including major polluters, when we should be reigning in the power of the fossil fuel industry to combat the climate crisis.

Senator Bernie Sanders Launches His Political Revolution for the Presidency of the United States

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has no illusions about what it will take for his campaign -- and the American people -- to overcome the obscene amounts of money controlling our politics and country these days. He sees the effects of this legalized bribery every day in D.C.

Christianity's Supernova: Why the Church's Loss Isn't Necessarily the Progressives' Gain

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.14.2015 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

When a big old star runs out of fuel, it collapses of its own weight. That's what appears to be happening to Christianity, at least in the advanced countries where it once dominated.

You've Come Part Way, Baby

Leslie Marshall | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Leslie Marshall

When I was little, my favorite book described options for what a girl could aspire to be when she grew up. It told of exciting career possibilities: flight attendant, nurse, teacher, secretary.

The New Progressive Agenda: A Return to Citizenship

Toni Morrison | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Toni Morrison

The difference between understanding oneself as a "citizen" and understanding oneself as a "taxpayer" is not merely wide; it is antagonistic. A citizen thinks primarily about his or her community. A taxpayer thinks mostly about himself or herself. The Progressive Agenda seeks to return us to the adult responsibility of being citizens to each other.

Slowing the Fast Track Down

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There's a big political fight happening in Washington, but for once it does not break down easily along partisan lines. There are free-traders among both the Democrats and the Republicans, and opposition exists on both sides. But the main skirmish in this fight is currently happening between President Obama and some of his fellow Democrats.

How to Create a More Progressive America

Sean McElwee | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

The best chance for a progressive agenda lies not in challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination but in making sure she gets the White House, and then holding her accountable once she's there.

Ryan Grim

Major Progressive Group Parting Ways With Controversial Head

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The embattled head of a major progressive grassroots organization is being eased out of his position, amid major financial and organizat...

Women as the Loyal Opposition

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The past 25 years have produced stunning gains for the politics of inclusion. Despite continuing police brutality and persistent glass ceilings, this is a more accepting nation. All of these gains were the fruits of popular struggle, which has to give one some hope that inequality is at last breaking through as a top-tier political issue.

Paul Blumenthal

Zephyr Teachout Puts America's Corporate Elites On Notice

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics

(Photo: Andrew Burton via Getty Images) This article is part of a Huffington Post series, on the occasion of the site's 10th anniversary, look...

Believing in Afghanistan

Mina Sharif | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
Mina Sharif

Last week I went to a new restaurant. On my way home, I stopped and got some fresh French baked goods. Later the same day, I got an email about a brand new international standard salon that I should check out.