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Saul Alinsky

Organizer in Chief?

Peter Dreier | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Obama seemed to abandon his affinity for organizing soon after he entered the White House. Now, a new protest movement against racist injustice -- triggered by the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and the failure of the criminal justice to indict their killers -- has propelled Obama to recall his community organizing roots.

Odd Couple? U.S. Catholic Bishops and Community Organizers

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 11.25.2014 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, the U.S. Catholic bishops ask their parishioners to donate to the needy, but this annual special collection is not charity.

No Slam Dunk for Billionaires

Sanford D. Horwitt | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Sanford D. Horwitt

Using public funds to build professional sports facilities is an ineffective, inefficient strategy for promoting economic development -- and, one might infer, an especially unseemly use of scare resources in a city like Milwaukee where 29 percent of its nearly 600,000 residents live in poverty. But in our new Gilded Age, big money has no shame.

Obama Disrupts Quiet Chelsea Block for $25,000-per-seat Fundraiser

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 12.07.2014 | New York
Blake Fleetwood

President Obama is visiting the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City today and is expected to descend upon a $16 million historic brownstone.

Activist's Handbook: A Checklist for Social Change Organizing

Steve Early | Posted 11.12.2013 | Books
Steve Early

Randy Shaw's Activist's Handbook is a book with legs. First published in the early 1990s, it has now been updated as a guide to "winning social change...

The Art of Stalemate

Ryan Banfill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ryan Banfill

As the tea party members of the House Republican Conference appear to be a driving force behind the stalemate strategy, Sun Tzu would caution Speaker Boehner to be wary saying, "When the common soldiers are too strong and their officers too weak, the result is insubordination."

Clashes in California's Fields

Rick Ayers | Posted 11.18.2012 | Books
Rick Ayers

Pick this book up to gain a deep and profound encounter with issues of social justice, of the economic crisis of today, of immigration and diversity, and of the age-old question activists must always ask, "What is to be done?"

Saul Alinsky Elementary School? How We Honor America's Radicals and Reformers

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

A society that really wants to celebrate the life of an important figure -- to keep his or her memory alive in our collective psyche -- must do so publicly and permanently.

The Right Wing Resurrects Saul Alinsky

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.09.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The Republican Party and its right-wing echo chamber are trying to make Alinsky, who died at 63 in 1972, famous all over again, by linking him to Barack Obama and demonizing the president as a dangerous radical.

How America Can Avoid Ending Up Like the Roman Empire

Matt Bieber | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Matt Bieber

Timothy Patrick McCarthy is core faculty and director of the Sexuality, Gender, and Human Rights Program at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at...

Radicalized by Saul Alinsky

Brian Rooney | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics
Brian Rooney

When I hear former House Speaker Newt Gingrich rail against the "radical" Saul Alinsky, I just smile. Gingrich has reached into the past to find an enemy for the present, but I know something about Saul Alinsky.

Saul Alinsky, Who?

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.07.2012 | Politics
Bill Moyers

And now, a word about a good American being demonized, despite being long dead. Saul Alinsky is not around to defend himself, but that hasn't kept Newt Gingrich from using his name to whip up the froth and frenzy of his followers.

Who Is Saul Alinsky and Why is Newt Demonizing Him?

Sandy Goodman | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Sandy Goodman

Newt Gingrich, the Constitution, the Federalist Papers. Yay! Saul Alinsky, radicalism, secularism, Europe, socialism, and bureaucracy. Boo!

The Curious Case of Newt Gingrich and the Jews

David Margolick | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics
David Margolick

For all the comment it has generated, one aspect of the Gingrich campaign that has gone undiscussed is its extraordinary relationship with Jews. All at once, he is completely dependent on them, pandering to them, and demonizing them.

Alinsky, Foreclosures and Holding Banks Accountable

Sanford D. Horwitt | Posted 04.01.2012 | Politics
Sanford D. Horwitt

Memo to the Obama Administration: if you want to see the makings of a national model to hold big banks accountable for fixing foreclosure-devastated neighborhoods, go to Milwaukee and talk to citizen leaders who are practicing what Saul Alinsky preached.

The BEST Late Night Clips Of The Week

Matt Wilstein | Posted 03.28.2012 | Comedy
Matt Wilstein

President Obama finally broke through the onslaught of Republican debates this week to deliver his State of the Union address (complete with hilarious...

America, Meet Saul Alinsky, The Great Man Newt Gingrich Wants You To Hate

Frank Mankiewicz | Posted 03.29.2012 | Politics
Frank Mankiewicz

Saul Alinsky's name is not just one of a long list of villains cited by Gingrich as scheming role models or disciples of the president; he stands alone. And as one who was quite familiar with Alinsky's ideas in the 1960s, I would like to shine some light on things.

Saul Alinsky Surfaces As GOP Bogeyman

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.27.2012 | Politics

Republicans in general, and Newt Gingrich in specific, pepper their rhetoric with mentions of Saul Alinsky. "And I believe, if we have a big electi...

Occupy Wall Street at 6AM Sunday

The Relentless Conservative | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics
The Relentless Conservative

I woke up very early on Sunday morning and thought the Relentless Conservative (RC) should head on down to see what Occupy Wall Street (OWS) was all about.

Jon Ward

There Is No Tea Party: FreedomWorks CEO On The Movement's Evolution And Its Role In 2012

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 08.10.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– One thing is certain. There is no Tea Party. There are only tea parties. In other words, two years after the birth of a new force ...

Tunisian Protests Move Hillary's Line on Democratic Reform

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Popular protest can bring down the government in an Arab country. Who knew? It's a whole new ballgame. You think today's events in Tunisia are going to affect conversations in Algeria and Egypt? Maybe even in Haiti?

The 50 Most Influential Progressives of the 20th Century

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

We all stand on the shoulders of earlier generations of radicals and reformers who challenged the status quo of their day. Unfortunately, most Americans know little of this progressive history.

Keep Looking Up

August J. Pollak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
August J. Pollak

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'Soul Of A Citizen': Want To Help? 10 Ways To Start Making Change

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Paul Loeb

Effective activism's a long-haul process, not "save the Earth in 30 days, ask me how." But there are some principles that seem to reoccur for people addressing every kind of challenge.

Will Smith's Last Pharaoh vs. Egypt's History by Hollywood

Aladdin Elaasar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aladdin Elaasar

Will Smith's upcoming movie sheds light on long forgotten Egyptian history. If you want to know the true story of the Last Pharaoh of Egypt, you'd better pay attention to what's going on in Egypt today and in the near future.