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How to Win

Without unions to institutionalize them, waves of activism dissipate. As the nation and the labor movement shift to the left, progressives need to push forward policies and politics that strengthen those working-class organizations. The 2018 election reinforced the critical role unions play in electing progressive, pro-worker candidates. In Michigan and Pennsylvania, union-household voters made up … Continue reading »

Infinite Frontier

The eternal return of American expansionism. By Jedediah Britton-Purdy Review in The Nation of Greg Grandin’s The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America “Grandin’s book demonstrates that American myths about open frontiers have always been dangerously simplistic, covering up inequality and violence both at home … Continue reading »

Blue Wave?

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Obama Pushes Neoliberal Myths on Health Care at Fundraiser

Multimillionaire former President Barack Obama, 2017’s Kennedy prize winner, traveled all the way to Germany over the weekend in orderto scold what he called American health care “purists” who have the crazy nerve to challenge the status quo. He called the current battle between Congressional centrists, like Pelosi, and progressives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Pramila … Continue reading »

Rochester Mayoral Contest 2017

Here are links to some items posted at Rochester Indymedia on two of the candidates in this year’s mayoral campaign. The Reinvention of Jim Sheppard and the Rise of the New Jim Crow BEHIND THE CURTAIN: How Lovely Warren and the party of Trump have taken over the City of Rochester Follow @Rebels_Band

National Popular Vote

Half of the campaign events in the 2016 general-election campaign for President have been in just 4 states (Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio). The map below shows the number of campaign events in each state between the nominating conventions and the first debate.  Twenty-nine states have been totally ignored in this consequential race for President.  Virtually all (88%) of the events were in … Continue reading »

History of Right Wing Populism in the US

Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS) sponsored Webinar. Right-Wing populism did not just arise with Donald Trump. In this session, we will cover US historical view of right-wing populism:  Bacon’s rebellion, the rise of Andrew Jackson, and the rise of the KKK​. Chapter 1-3 in Right-Wing Populism in America by Chip Berlet and Matthew … Continue reading »

Zephyr Teachout email May 4, 2015

Dean Skelos has been arrested on corruption charges. You may not be shocked, but you should be angry. Of the three men in the room who control our state, two have been arrested (Silver and Skelos), after the third, Governor Cuomo, shut down the Moreland anti-corruption commission, saying its work was done. You should be … Continue reading »

Neoliberalism’s War on Democracy

Saturday, 26 April 2014 10:01 By Henry A Giroux, Truthout | Book Excerp The following is the introduction to Henry Geroux’s new book Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education. Read it now by ordering it from Truthout. It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. – … Continue reading »

Interfaith IMPACT of New York State News

    IINYS NEWS March, 2014 As the budget negotiations draw to a close, Interfaith Impact is participating in a variety of activities in coalition with other faith-based groups to advocate for the common good and shine the light of truth into the dark corners of power where the deals are cut. When a voice … Continue reading »

Thoughts on a Bernie Sanders Run

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. Progressive America Rising via Black Commentator To the Point I first met Bernie Sanders in the late 1980s. He was contemplating a run for Congress and had chosen to take time to study and teach at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. We went out to lunch one afternoon. Sanders was already … Continue reading »

From Occupy to Climate Justice

There’s a growing effort to merge economic-justice and climate activism. Call it climate democracy. by Wen Stephenson February 6, 2014   |    This article appeared in the February 24, 2014 edition of The Nation. It’s an odd thing, really. in certain precincts of the left, especially across a broad spectrum of what could be called … Continue reading »

Moral Mondays: the Emergence and Dynamics of a Growing Mass Human Rights Movement

Introduction The Moral Mondays Campaign in North Carolina that is mobilizing thousands to speak out against the legislative attacks on Black, working-class and poor people throughout the state is being talked about across the country, as it expands to other cities. Moral Mondays in North Carolina has a particular history that needs to be understood to recognize its political aims and … Continue reading »

New Guardian Docs Show ALEC Misled Press, Public

Posted PR Watch by Brendan Fischer on December 04, 2013 Internal documents from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) published by The Guardian provide stunning insight into the inner workings of the “corporate bill mill” — and offer new evidence about how the group has continually misled reporters, the public, and even its own members. … Continue reading »