After 90 days of public hearings, the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing has mapped out baby steps, instead of bold strides towards real policing reforms.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had everything going for him that an incumbent could hope for, but a populist uprising forced him into a run-off, in a re-election campaign he was almost certain to win.
Residents of Richmond, Calif., home of a Chevron oil refinery, know they’re endangered when workers are. Like the workers, the residents want refineries to become good neighbors by operating safely.
Knowing the science behind political stubbornness, here's what's going on inside the minds of persuadable voters and five rules for dealing with confirmation bias and negative triggers.
"We’re marching to revive the heart of North Carolina and the heart of politics," Rev. William J. Barber II says of a February 14 march that he is calling progressives from around the country to join.
If we want to grow the overall economy, if we want to create jobs, we have to put money into the hands of working people. We do not do that by imposing more austerity on people who already desperately are hurting.
We've accepted the downsizing of government without a struggle, and that needs to change. That means reclaiming the voice and spirit of an independent left, without fear or apology.
In the broader struggle for the soul of the Democratic Party, Chicago is ground zero. A movement called "Reclaim Chicago" is leading a independent political effort to upend the corporate rule of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
This budget pushes the country back toward sanity and has many steps in the right direction. But there is still a long way to go.
The U.S. Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in a very important fair housing case, and the Justices’ comments from the bench have had court watchers buzzing. Here’s my take on what the legal back-and-forth does and does not mean.
The recent Report of the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity may provide a leading indicator of Hillary Clinton's economic views. The mainstream gets it that the rules are rigged, but can't admit who did it.
For years, conservatives used “wedge issues” to split moderates from progressives. It's time to promote some progressive wedge issues and our best opportunities for both publicity and passage are in states, cities and counties.
In a webcast by Progressive Majority and the Campaign for America's Future, a key House Progressive Caucus members urges Democrats to not shy away from policy fights that show them on the side of "the little guy."
The president and his party should own their victories more often, along with the ideas – and the movement – that made them possible. If they do, they're likely to see more victories in the years to come.
The president's State of the Union address challenged the Republican Congress with a broad populist vision. Its scope and its limits make progressive movement even more important.
Tonight's State of the Union address will be delivered before Republican majorities in both houses of Congress. Here's a short summary on the task the president faces tonight.
Due to the ghastly 2014 elections, the GOP controls more state legislative bodies than at any time since the 1920s. The best defense is a good offense; progressives need to go on the offensive with smart, populist legislation.
Dr. Martin Luther King King Jr.'s life and legacy stand as a challenge to an entrenched society of privilege and injustice. Here are nine quotes that reflect that legacy.
National People's Action is highlighting an effort to "reclaim" the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial holiday from "efforts to soften, sanitize, and commercialize" his legacy.
The Republican Congress offers no hope. The bipartisan agenda only digs us deeper in a hole. Americans are looking for real change. This poses both the challenge and the opportunity for progressives.
Knowing my enthusiasm for the Green Bay Packers, a friend emailed me following yesterday's win to say: "It's always nice when a collectively-owned team beats one owned by a greedy mega-capitalist, who's beloved by Chris Christie."
Open, inclusive communities free of discrimination are critical to our national success and central to our values of equal opportunity for all. We've made significant progress toward that goal, but more work remains.
A movement leader. A savvy legislator. A whip-smart politician. A pragmatic visionary. Michigan Rep. John Conyers is being honored by the Institute for Policy Studies for his 50 years of service in Congress.
The former New York governor's 1984 Democratic Party convention speech captures what Americans who are either treading water or sinking in today's economy need the Democratic Party to stand for.
While legislative efforts to advance economic and social justice were thoroughly frustrated in Congress, there were true progressive victories in states and localities across America. Here are the Top 10 for 2014.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has become the most visible leader of the growing populist movement that is uniting a new majority around an agenda for change. Here's Warren's thinking about the economy in her own words.
There are end-of-year holiday season bright spots for progressives as we head into the coming year’s fights. In the cities and states progressives are fighting and winning.
After the 2014 debacle, Democrats are looking for answers. But the phony debate pitting growth and jobs against fairness distracts from what is needed, while repackaging the failed ideas of the past.
A candidate who “supports Wall Street within reason,” offering only tactical promises about "ending gridlock" while most Americans fret about the economy, is in danger of losing.
We called on President Obama to take a series of actions to "move good things forward" in the face of a destructive right-wing agenda. Today he took one of the actions on that list.
Over the next two years, Washington will be a horror show. But that doesn’t mean we can’t win progressive victories in 2015. We can dramatically change policy by focusing on cities and states.
With the passage of the spending bill, the keepers of convention – like The Washington Post editorial page – want applause for bipartisan achievement. But if that "spirit might flourish," most Americans will pay the price.
"A few more such victories and we are undone," the Greek general Pyrrhus supposedly said. But we're looking at the opposite situation: A few more losses like this, and we might be getting somewhere.
"Every time one city acts, it builds momentum for another city. Every time a number of cities act, it builds momentum for our nation," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said at the Local Progress conference.
On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a summary of its report on the CIA's detention and interrogation program. Here's what you need to know.
Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly assured us that the “Ferguson story” would be over in a week. That was before a grand jury declined to indict an NYPD officer for killing Eric Garner, and a Cleveland, OH cop killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice.
America can’t tackle widening inequality without confronting the power and privilege lying behind it. If the Democratic party doesn’t lead the charge, who will?
Last week, Senator Bernie Sanders put out a 12 point Economic Agenda for America. His reforms break the bonds of the limited debate in Washington, but they already have remarkably strong support in the country.
The “rising American electorate” is sinking, along with many other Americans, into an economic quagmire. If Democrats don't address their needs, they won't just fail to win new voters. They could also lose the ones they have.
As a grand jury in New York decides not to indict the police officer who killed Eric Garner with an illegal choke-hold, the president's too-modest proposals fall short of the change America needs.