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Roger Hickey is Co-Director of the Campaign for America’s Future. He was a leader of the campaign to stop the privatization of Social Security, and he is a founder and member of the steering committee of Health Care for America Now. In the late 1980s he and Jeff Faux created the Economic Policy Institute.

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April 13: Million Student March for Debt Reduction. Politicians Better Have Some Solutions.

(176) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 8:54 PM

A new wave of activism against student debt is on the move again this week. The students taking the lead represent the advance guard of an even more massive army which is mobilizing around the idea that higher education should be an investment we make as a society. And that...

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For the Student Debt Movement, Jubilee Is an Old Idea Made New

(190) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 10:10 PM

A growing movement is pressing for relief from this country's oppressive and mounting burden of student debt. Last week Sen. Elizabeth Warren addressed a gathering of millennials in Washington, organized by a group called Young Invincibles, during a national day of advocacy around this issue. Last November college students...

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Greening the Global Economy: A Plan for Climate Change -- and for a Jobs Movement That Can Win Back Congress

(38) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 11:38 AM

Americans who understand the challenge of climate change had to be encouraged by the Paris summit where the nations of the globe, including the U.S., pledged to work together to dramatically reduce the burning of fossil fuels -- before it is too late to avoid disaster.

Activists who want...

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

(2) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 9:52 AM

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.

If you can make it to Des Moines, register here.

For...

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Sanders' Economic Plan Best for the 99 Percent

(403) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 9:46 AM

The Democratic presidential campaign -- unlike the Republican circus -- has actually produced a debate in which each candidate's economic agenda has gotten better and more populist.  But as you can see at candidatescorecard.net/, there are also big differences.

Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders agree that America's long...

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Stop Garnishing Social Security Benefits to Pay Student Debt.

(80) Comments | Posted September 13, 2015 | 10:07 PM

Student debt many Americans took on in their youth is following them to the grave.

Now many of these student debtors are seniors whose Social Security benefits are being garnished to continue to pay those loans they took out a lifetime ago.

But...

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Julian Bond, Race Man, Poet, Movement-Builder -- and Friend

(4) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 12:32 AM

America has lost a great leader, and many of us have lost a good friend.

By the time Julian Bond was 20 years old, he had helped lead the sit-in movement that began dismantling official segregation in Atlanta and he had left the academic life of...

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Hillary Clinton Responds to Student Debt Voters--and to Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley

(38) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 10:57 PM

Many young people are discovering an historical secret:  There was a time, only a few decades ago, when almost all Americans could find a way to attend college or university (like the University of California or NYU) and emerge with a degree without going into debt.  Today a...

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Haunted by Student Debt to the Grave

(182) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 8:00 PM

It will not be news to 41 million Americans that this nation is in the middle of a student debt crisis. That's the number of people burdened by student loan payments. But many people, including many student debt holders, may be surprised to learn that people can be pursued for...

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Americans Rally 'Overnight' to Economic Populism -- Thanks to Bernie Sanders -- and Decades of Organizing. Now We'll See If Hillary Clinton Wants to Lead.

(2) Comments | Posted July 12, 2015 | 7:49 PM

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It seems like overnight. Americans' attitudes are changing on social issues -- like gay marriage and the flying of Confederate flag at state capitols. But the changes seem fast only if you ignore the centuries of slavery, Jim Crow, and repression, before that rapid...

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Sen. Warren Receives 240,000 Signatures Asking to Cancel All to Student Debt

(343) Comments | Posted May 3, 2015 | 8:29 PM

Last week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Senate's foremost advocate for lowering student debt and lowering the cost of college, received a petition signed by over 240,000 people. The petition called on Congress and the president to cancel all student debt.

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Elizabeth Warren: Our Populist Agenda -- In Her Own Words

(16) Comments | Posted January 4, 2015 | 10:31 PM

Senator Elizabeth Warren has become the most visible leader of the growing populist movement that is uniting a new majority around an agenda for economic change.

But with media visibility comes over-simplified media analysis. For example, a McClatchy news service piece, published December 24, characterizes Warren supporters...

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As in 2010, Dems Lost in 2014 Without an Economic Message Worth Fighting For

(29) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 10:03 PM

Election 2014 was a sad replay of 2010. And it didn't have to be that way.

In early summer 2010, three progressive economic activists -- myself, Dean Baker, and Robert Kuttner -- met with Obama political adviser David Axelrod in his tiny office in the White House steps away from...

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Economist Jeffrey Sachs Says NO to TPP and TAFTA Trade Deals

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 2:23 PM

The subject was the two major trade agreements that elites in both U.S. political parties are negotiating with the corporate elites in other countries: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) (also known as TTIP).

The event was a September 10 Capitol Hill...

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Victory for Americans: Walgreen's Won't 'Invert' to Avoid U.S. Taxes.

(54) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 11:20 PM

Yesterday afternoon the Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch reported the news: "Walgreen's Stock Tumbles on Report It Won't Invert." Citing unnamed sources (and Sky News), the bulletin reported that Walgreen's has decided not to "invert" the company's nationality to become a Swiss company, and thus lower its U.S. tax...

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Jobs Grow, But Highway Bill Shows Austerity Still Hurts

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 12:13 PM

Today's Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report finds payroll employment increased by 209,000 in July, slightly slower growth than last month, and the unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 6.2 percent. Coming after this week's GDP report that found the economy was actually growing in the second quarter...

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Build a 21st Century Economy? GOP Stalls Even the Highway Bill.

(6) Comments | Posted July 13, 2014 | 9:24 PM

Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008 with a pledge to end the recession and then build a 21st century full-employment economy. His program: invest big time in America's transportation and energy infrastructure - and in education and training. Today, Americans still support that vision.

Conservatives have...

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The New Populist Movement: Organizing to Take Back America.

(13) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 4:35 PM

A new progressive populist movement is rising up in the United States. Inspired by an expansive vision of greater economic opportunity for all Americans, this new movement is also fueled by anger over politicians' broken promises. After decades of recurring economic crisis, which now seems systemic and permanent, millions of...

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Chained CPI Out of Obama Budget! Victory for the New Populists

(8) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 9:07 PM

Great news! The Associated Press reported on Thursday that an unnamed Obama administration official (speaking on background) announced that the chained CPI will not be in President Obama's budget. Just so we all really believed this signal, the White House Office of Legislative Affairs emailed out the AP...

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Moral March Rallies in Raleigh to Transform North Carolina

(28) Comments | Posted February 9, 2014 | 11:43 PM

I was honored to be part of a historic and joyful event on Saturday, February 8, as an estimated 75,000 to 100,000 North Carolinians streamed into their capital city from all over their state to participate in an historic Moral March on Raleigh.

As they were filling the long street...

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