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Why the Biggest Climate March in History Will Build The Movement Against Climate Protection

Bill Shireman | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Bill Shireman

The march is proving to be a grassroots bonanza for climate "skeptics," who are already leveraging the event to boost their movement, according to Future 500's analysis of activism in the lead up to the march.

Obama Has Right Strategy on ISIS, But Harder Questions Coming

Ruben Gallego | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Ruben Gallego

Those of us who have served in the military know the best-outlined plans can quickly be torn up by the realities of combat. The question facing the Obama administration is what happens next if things don't go according to plan?

Playing Defense and Still Losing

David Coates | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
David Coates

You don't win football games by only playing defense. And you don't win mid-elections that way either. Perhaps somebody should remind the Democrats that winning elections, like winning games, requires you to take the game to the opposition, and to take it to them on your terms -- not on theirs.

Progressives Losing Their Way, at Home and Abroad

Dana Beyer | Posted 09.05.2014 | Politics
Dana Beyer

It has been clear for the past century what being a progressive means, yet this past year there have been significant attempts to redefine the meaning, for the sake of money on the one hand and hatred on the other.

Just How Big Is the 'Mormon Left'?

Benjamin Knoll | Posted 09.03.2014 | Religion
Benjamin Knoll

Whether or not the Mormon Left is a substantial minority or an extreme super-minority may have important ramifications for the viability and success of future efforts by Mormon intellectuals and progressives to shape the future direction of their faith tradition.

Higher Education and the Politics of Free Spaces

Harry Boyte | Posted 09.03.2014 | College
Harry Boyte

Put differently, it can be said that the democratic movement in higher education is inextricably linked to the future of democracy itself. At the center of this connection is the existence and rebirth of free spaces.

Gaza as Seen by a Progressive Zionist

Sen. Daylin Leach | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics
Sen. Daylin Leach

There is one country in the Middle East which respects women's rights, gay rights, the rights of political minorities, free speech and the right of dissent, and that is Israel. There is no other nation in the region which could, in any sense of the word, be considered progressive.

Working Americans Can't Just Wait for the Next President

Larry Cohen | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

We tried waiting and hoping for real change six years ago. Today, income inequality grows steadily worse, while economic opportunity is out of reach for most. This Labor Day I will look forward to a warm summer day, but I'm also dreaming of the movement we can build.

9 Important Things We Can Learn From The Younger Generation

Alison Sher & Alexa Rosenthal | Posted 08.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Alison Sher & Alexa Rosenthal

There are as many ways to navigate your 20s as there are 20-somethings. Here is what the next crop of human potential has working in its favor.

Dave Jamieson

How Obama Suddenly Became Pro-Worker

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In May 2013, low-wage workers in federal buildings in Washington began walking off the job in a series of one-day strikes. Employed by c...

Does Political Correctness Work?

Ryan Chapin Mach | Posted 08.06.2014 | College
Ryan Chapin Mach

While our lexicons are being updated to reflect a changing understanding of prejudice, it's hard to imagine that some of us aren't losing our relation to the real-life problems that our language is trying to solve.

Did Jesus Really Condemn Same-Sex Marriage?

Rev. Dr. Mark Achtemeier | Posted 07.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mark Achtemeier

Opponents of marriage equality claim that Jesus confers his own stamp of approval on marriage between a man and a woman, and in so doing rules out the possibility of faithful, loving same-sex partnerships among his followers. There are multiple problems with this claim.

The Limits of American Power: A Letter to the Left

Robert Kuttner | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

When I was young, a mantra among progressives was that America had to stop operating as global policeman. Vietnam was the signal episode of arrogant and ultimately self-defeating American overreach. But there were plenty of other cases of the U.S. government doing the bidding of oil companies and banana barons, and blithely overthrowing left-democratic governments as well as outright communists (or driving nationalist reformers into the arms of communists.)

Not All Christians: How the Progressive Agenda Might Benefit From 'Judging Not'

Ryan Chapin Mach | Posted 09.15.2014 | College
Ryan Chapin Mach

Mocking Christians for living in the past doesn't just alienate Christians; it alienates moderates, independents and future millennial voters. Trying to defame and decry social liberalism backfired for conservatives, so what's to stop the same tactics from backfiring on us?

May We Talk About This Yet? Jewish Millennials And The Future of Israel-Palestine

Anna Joseph | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Anna Joseph

If the majority of Jewish Americans decided to listen to new ideas, and to stand in solidarity with progressive, peaceful, solution-seeking Palestinians and Israelis, we could change the course of history.

Senate Dems Step Up to Take On Two Outrageous Supreme Court Decisions

Pearl Korn | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Pearl Korn

With the recent rulings of this right-wing dominated Supreme Court, it was hard to celebrate our nation's 238th birthday this past July 4th. Indeed, the Hobby Lobby decision delivered a hard blow not just to women in the workplace, but to the basic rights of all Americans.

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

Roger Hickey | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Conservatives have blocked every significant plan for investing in jobs and growth since the stimulus. They claim they have an alternative, but their program has so damaged the recovery it deserves to be called what it is: economic sabotage.

A Letter to the Wall Street Journal About What Progressives Want

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 09.10.2014 | Media
Miles Mogulescu

The editors of the Wall Street Journal are clueless about who progressives are and what they want.

How the DC Establishment Just Doesn't Get the Inequality Debate

Mike Lux | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

Democratic politicians sure do fight over some important policy issues from time to time, but on message, good old fashioned progressive populism is winning the day. And it might just carry us to a surprisingly good election year in a very challenging political environment.

The State of the Progressive Movement: New York

Dana Beyer | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Dana Beyer

Two of next year's Democratic presidential contenders, Gov. Martin O'Malley of my current home state of Maryland and Gov. Andrew Cuomo the state of my youth, New York, both consider themselves progressive. Neither of them, however, can be called "progressive" in the traditional sense of the world.

Dave Jamieson

U.S. Chamber Lobbies To Kill Measure That Would Punish Wage Theft

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics

UPDATE: 8 p.m. -- Despite the lobbying from business groups, the wage theft amendment passed the House with bipartisan support Thursday afternoon. ...

Tea Party Liberty Versus Progressive Liberty: Why Can't We All Just Get Along?

Richard Brodsky | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

An enormous gap has emerged about what liberty means today. The debate drives vastly different visions of where the country is headed. What should unite us, divides us. Unnecessarily, as it turns out. There's common ground if we want to find it.

The Case for a Guaranteed Minimum Income

David Vognar | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
David Vognar

The lack of a guaranteed income floor has been a social and cultural issue that has considerably affected America. It is also a leading reason why interpersonal violence, psychological struggle and economic collapse happen.

Bernie Sanders and America's Political Revolution

Heather Gautney | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Heather Gautney

In recent weeks, Senator Bernard Sanders, the Independent senator from Vermont, did something that Senate Democrats have not been able to do: He worked with a Republican to strike a bipartisan deal to reform our veterans' health care system.

Burning Witches in Denmark: A Midsummer Ritual Unintentionally Endorses Gender-Based Violence

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 08.23.2014 | Religion
Nancy Graham Holm

Am I lacking a sense of humor? Too politically correct? Maybe. But the feminist in me never fails to be offended.