• The advocacy group Progressive Change Campaign Committee, was intended to train candidates and activists from states far flung as Wisconsin and Louisiana to run for office and eventually shape national policy. TIME was one of the only publications granted access to the meeting. Democracy Partner, Joel Silberman was one of the trainers at the event.

    Aug 04 2015
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  • Heather Booth, Founding Director of the Midwest Academy speaks at the Ignite Closing Plenary at Netroots Nation 2015 in Phoenix.

    Jul 21 2015
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  • We are fast approaching another "Iraq War Moment." A vote to prevent President Obama from implementing the just-announced agreement that prevents Iran from getting a nuclear weapon will result in one of only two outcomes: a nuclear Iran, or another major U.S. war in the Middle East.

    Jul 14 2015
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  • Modern conservatism has slipped from its moral base of protecting traditional small-town and community values, and has gotten so enamored of big-business capitalism, even at its most ruthless, that it no longer cares about those community-minded folks it claims to represent.

    Jun 09 2015
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  • There are obstacles in the road. But fundamentally, we have arrived at a potentially progressive moment in America -- a moment when a true progressive consensus has begun to form in the Democratic Party and among the voters. If we take advantage of that moment, we could look back at 2016 not as some showdown between wings of the Democratic coalition, but as a progressive tipping point in American history.

    May 26 2015
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  • My heart beats in Baltimore, where my mom Nancy Pelosi was born and my grandfather and uncle served the public. So the news of Freddie Gray's killing struck close to home and renewed my call to justice.

    May 04 2015
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  • On this fifth anniversary week of the disastrous BP oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico, it becomes clearer and clearer that oil spills are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to damage the oil industry is doing to our one and only planet.

    Apr 23 2015
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  • This Earth Day, here's a great story about how the American Federation of Teachers, in collaboration with 'Smart from the Start,' the District of Columbia Housing Authority, First Book, Woodland Terrace Resident Council, and other community partners, support members of the Woodland Terrace community with free books for kids, baby baskets for young mothers, and community beautification.
    Apr 23 2015
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  • At a campaign boot camp last night at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, I spoke about political engagement and was asked "why should a student who is not interested in campaigns -- who wants to be an accountant or a scientist -- be involved in politics?" My response was to invoke the Ancient Greek saying: "even if you are not interested in politics, politics is interested in you." That is certainly true, I argued, for the graduate who cares about student loan debt, the accountant who cares about financial markets, Wall Street reforms, or tax policy, and for the aspiring scientist who wants a public role in funding science, fighting climate change, promoting stem cell research, and ensuring that science is based on peer-reviewed studies not political interference.

    Apr 22 2015
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  • Why Aren’t We Standing Up Against the Assault on Women’s Rights?

    I’m ready to have gay rights organizations, the media and corporations, such as Walmart, Google, NASCAR and Angie’s List, be as moved to action by Purvi Patel’s 20-year incarceration as they—and I—are about the refusal of a baker to make a wedding cake for same-sex celebrations.

    Apr 18 2015
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  • This week the Senate Foreign Relations Committee takes up a bill sponsored by Senators Corker and Menendez that would give the GOP-controlled Congress veto power over recently-concluded Framework Agreement that would prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

    The bill sounds reasonable enough. Its backers say it is only intended to give Congress the ability to sign off on the final agreement.

    In fact, it represents a last-ditch effort by the same Neo-Con crowd that brought us the disastrous Iraq War to delay and then kill the deal.

    Apr 14 2015
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  • With the current spats between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the White House over Iran dominating the headlines and speculation about the Israeli elections that will occur on Tuesday, it was easy to miss two small news items from Israel. One reported Israel’s allocation of $46 million to encourage European immigration. The other, buried in the middle of a report on Netanyahu’s visit – reported that “as a gesture of good will” toward President Obama, after nine-years of refusal, Netanyahu had agreed to grant the newly-built Palestinian city of Rawabi access to water.

    Mar 16 2015
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  • One of the reasons I supported Barack Obama for President in 2008 was his pledge to end the War in Iraq. I have been a vocal opponent of that War since George Bush proposed the invasion in 2002.

    I strongly believe that the actions President Obama announced in Iraq last night deserve progressive support.

    Aug 08 2014
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  • On October 1, United Airlines is planning to outsource 630 gate agent jobs at twelve airports to companies that pay near-poverty level wages. The airports affected include: Salt Lake City; Charlotte, North Carolina; Pensacola, Florida; Detroit and Des Moines, Iowa.

    Jul 22 2014
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  • The organization I chair, American Family Voices, is working on a video about the rising populist progressive movement in America, and we did an interview for it with a mentor and dear friend of mine, Heather Booth. Heather, who was down in Mississippi 50 years ago this summer for Freedom Summer, spoke in the interview of the question civil rights organizers used to ask of activists: "Are you willing to die for freedom?" And they were.

    Jul 17 2014
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  • The ability for ordinary working people to organize and collectively bargain over their wages and working conditions is a fundamental human right. It is a right just as critical to a democratic society as the right to free speech and the right to vote. 

    Over the last 30 years many in corporate America and the big Wall Street banks have conducted a sustained attack on that human right. Unionization dropped from 20.1 percent of the workforce in 1983 to 11. 3 percent in 2013 -- and the results are there for everyone to see.

    Jul 09 2014
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  • It takes completely brazen chutzpah for Neo-Con Republicans like John McCain to criticize President Obama's policies in Iraq -- especially as Iraq once again falls into sectarian civil war.

    These are precisely the people who kicked open the sectarian hornets' nest in 2003 when they invaded Iraq and unleashed years of civil war that led to hundreds of thousands of deaths and millions of refugees.

    Of course the current Iraqi government bears a great deal of the responsibility for the current breakdown in security. As Fareed Zakaria wrote in Friday's Washington Post:

    Jun 14 2014
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  • When I was a kid growing up in Chicago in the 1970s, my two white parents told their two adopted black children that the only words we should ever utter if stopped by Chicago Police were “yes, sir.’’ This was not out of some insidious desire to raise black men who “knew their place.’’ Instead, it was a defense mechanism - a precautionary measure to the very real danger that the slightest bit of expressed indignation, even if legitimate, could result in being physically assaulted or worse, if you encountered the wrong police officer.

    Apr 16 2012
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  • As the nation marks Equal Pay Day -- the average date into 2013 women must work to make what men earned in 2012 -- we must recommit ourselves to closing the wage gap. As President Barack Obama said in his stirring Second Inaugural Address on January 20, 2013: "Our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts."

    Apr 11 2012
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  • At least once a cycle, usually when there is a lull in the campaign frenzy, opposition researchers get re-introduced to the world in some breathless news report. Some common threads run through these stories. For instance, a furrowed brow reporter talking about these sly people who shower campaigns with mud, making opposition researchers seem like ninja character assassins.

    Apr 10 2012
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