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Why He Was In Memphis

Peter Dreier | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Most Americans today know that Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was killed 46 years ago -- on April 4, 1968 -- in Memphis, Tennessee. But fewer know why he was there.

Paul Ryan and the Politics That Turn Stomachs

Laura Reyes | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Laura Reyes

Paul Ryan's politics dictate that those who are down on their luck -- even children -- are soulless, not the Wall Street bankers who continue to crush the American middle class, necessitating such assistance in the first place.

Meet America's Highest Paid Government Workers

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

As the nation seeks to understand the causes and solutions of income inequality, the recent trend of outsourcing public services to for-profit corporations should be a focus of study. We've allowed huge corporations to assume control of our schools, roads, prisons and libraries.

The Sexist Agenda Hidden in Harris v. Quinn

Laura Reyes | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Laura Reyes

On its surface, the case known as Harris v. Quinn now before the Supreme Court is yet another attempt to kill off public employee unions. And while that's certainly troubling enough, this case is about more than workers' rights. It potentially opens up yet another front in the war on women.

Progressives Must Stand Up Against the Right Wing War on Public Employees

Robert Creamer | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

For many years the American Right -- and many of the most powerful elements of corporate and Wall Street elite -- have conducted a war on public employees. It's time for Progressives -- and Americans of all stripes -- to wake up and smell the coffee.

Paul Blumenthal

Donors To Liberal Dark Money Group Revealed | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The billionaire Koch brothers and their conservative network may be the best-known users of "dark money," but their liberal foes have no...

Why Is Affordable Health Care Such a Bitter Pill for Some to Swallow?

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

There's no doubt was weighed down by technical problems and that there are concerns about the ACA that need to be addressed. But this doesn't mean we should abandon the crucial health care reform that is now, for the first time, the law of the land.

CAP Anniversary Celebration: Where Walmart And Labor Unions Come Together

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton brought down the curtain on the celebration of the Center for American Progress' 10-year anniv...

Dave Jamieson

White House: No Bailout For Detroit | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Public workers and residents in Detroit shouldn't expect their city to be bailed out by the federal government. But during a meeting at ...

When Trust Turns to Rust in the Motor City

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

In Rick Snyder's Michigan, there's no money to make good on the pensions seniors in Detroit worked a lifetime to earn, but there's always a few hundred million available for a billionaire who wants an extravagant new sports arena.

(Extra)Ordinary People

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Yes, we have survived the Great Recession and employment is up. But according to the Census Bureau, one-third of adults who live in poverty are working. They simply don't earn enough to support themselves and their families.

Liberal Groups Turn Tables On Conservatives

Center for Public Integrity | Michael Bekel | Posted 08.01.2013 | Politics

Democrats have become the kings of super PACs. With Congress fighting over gun legislation and immigration, and 2014 midterm races already simmerin...

Privatization Battles Loom

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics

As more cash-strapped municipalities consider outsourcing services to try to save money, one public interest group is hoping to turn privatization eff...

Vermont Home Care Providers Come Together With AFSCME

Laura Reyes | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Laura Reyes

I was honored to be in Vermont today and to stand with all the members of AFSCME Vermont Homecare United. Together, we will work to improve conditions for home care providers and enhance the lives of all the people we serve.

Scott Walker's Austerity Plan: Turning Wisconsin Into the New Greece

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Scott Walker and his tea party cohorts bought the snake oil of austerity. They forced the Badger State to drink it. And Wisconsin's families are suffering because the governor ignored the evidence that it is a toxic brew.

Noxious Notions From the Heritage Foundation

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Conservatives are being forced to take sides: They can either stand with promoters of inflammatory tracts -- like the Heritage Foundation and their hack Jason Richwine -- or they can stand with Americans in both parties who are working to fix our broken immigration system.

Thinking of Home Care Workers on Mother's Day

Laura Reyes | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Laura Reyes

The need for home care workers is dramatically increasing with each passing year. Yet, low wages, long hours and no benefits will continue to drive more workers out of these important jobs. The tragic result will be more Americans with disabilities denied the services they need.

Good Timing for a Progressive Partnership

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

This week, two of the most well-respected national progressives groups -- the Center for Community Change and USAction -- announced that they've formed a new alliance to address the key problems of job loss, inequality, poverty, and the political influence of big business.

Memphis Is Our Calvary

Mark Thompson | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Mark Thompson

As we observe Easter, and the crucifixion of three -- the two unknown men on Calvary and the one well-known man, Jesus himself -- we should also reflect and return to a more recent Calvary, where 45 years ago three crucifixions also occurred.

Unions Accuse McConnell Of 'Inflicting Pain On Millions'

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics

Some of the largest public-sector unions in the country renewed their attack on congressional Republicans over sequestration Thursday, making a six-fi...

Sam Stein

Labor Leader Calls Politicians 'Turncoats,' Says Time To 'Make Them Pay' | Sam Stein | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the top labor leaders in the country ripped into two prominent Democratic lawmakers Monday morning, calling them "turncoats" and...

Drawing Inspiration From Lincoln, King on the Eve of President Obama's Second Inauguration

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

As President Obama draws strength from the legacies of Lincoln and King, it is time for us to recommit ourselves to their vision of an America that lives up to its founding promise.

Massive Cuts Are Coming Unless We Work Together

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

It's time to end corporate welfare before forcing our most vulnerable citizens to face unnecessary cuts in programs they rely upon to survive. It's time to pull together to prepare America for the future. Together, we must be part of the fight to make that happen.

Adelson gave $40 million to super PACs in final weeks of election

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Michael Beckel and Andrea FullerThe Center for Public IntegrityBillionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and family poured nearly $40 million in...

Dave Jamieson

Unions Firm Against Social Security Cuts | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With cuts to Social Security looking more likely, a group of national labor unions is rolling out another blitz of television ads on the...