It's refreshing to see a Republican candidate identify inner-city poverty as a major underlying criminal justice issue. But Sen. Paul’s conservative economic policies would only exacerbate poverty in struggling black communities.
For Independence Day President Obama should help Congress become independent of campaign contributions from federal contractors.
When I ended my third term as president of CWA, I pledged to help build the "movement of 50 million for economic justice and democracy." Today, I am endorsing Bernie Sanders for president and volunteering to help in his campaign.
The Supreme Court's recent decision on housing discrimination is important in the fight against economic apartheid in America – racial segregation on a much larger geographic scale than ever before.
If there ever were an impossible dream, marriage equality was it just a few short years ago. While this ruling does not put to rest the struggle for LGBT equality, it does teach us the value of a persistent pursuit of justice.
The heinous act of racial terrorism at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston has been met with expressions of amazing grace and faith. But faith and grace are not enough. Change will come only if people of conscience demand it.
The setting was electric. The speech was solid. In the first major public rally of her campaign, Hillary Clinton proved she gets the populist temper of the times, and will champion liberal – but limited – reform.
We in labor can’t accept the stacked deck we face when we bargain or organize, but to change it we need allies and deeper coalitions than in the past because the obstacles are much tougher.
The best way to find the soul of the Democratic Part is by seeking out the small-d “democratic” soul instead – that voice of the majority that so often goes unheard in today’s money-driven politics.
Conservative Peter Wehner argues in the New York Times that President Barack Obama has pulled the Democratic Party too far to the left. His argument disintegrates in the face of history.
Recent developments around the country raise the question of whether we are beginning to see the slow, early, inchoate, piece-by-piece emergence of a new progressive period.
As we address income inequality, the Fight for $15 shows us that we can reach seemingly unachievable goals. It tells us that we must not let others determine the limits of the politically possible.
In the largest protest of its kind, thousands of McDonald’s employees stormed the company’s headquarters today to demand that it stop spending millions manipulating stock prices and start paying workers a living wage.
Progressive mayoral candidate Jim Kenney and City Council candidate Helen Gym prepare to join the ranks of city leaders in the vanguard of progressive change in the cities.
The left is important because it holds the key to energizing disaffected voters across the political spectrum – the voters who believe that neither political party is speaking to their most deeply-felt needs.
The Iowa Working Families Summit was not about a candidate or even a platform. We were all realizing that more than ever, we have a common narrative based on democracy and economic justice.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is right: The rules are rigged. When bankers confess to fraud and get not one day in jail, the rules are rigged for the rich. Workers, families and communities need new rules.
Nine months after police in Ferguson, Missouri donned riot gear, and met protestors with paramilitary weapons and equipment, the Obama administration has taken its first real steps towards halting police militarization.
David Brooks argued that the re-election of British Prime Minister David Cameron proves that "The world has not turned left" and instead we are experiencing a "Center-Right Moment." This is demonstrably wrong.
From Bill de Blasio's Progressive Agenda to the Populist 2015 Platform to the Stiglitz Report on Rewriting the Rules, progressives are driving the policy debate in the Democratic Party. Now candidates have to respond.
At a site near the White House and at the Capitol, progressive leaders pressed agendas designed to end the era of extreme wealth concentration and replace it with economic growth built on shared prosperity.
When push comes to shove, will Clinton merely reshuffle the deck? Or will she stand with everyday people and go toe-to-toe with the corporate and political elite to fundamentally rewrite the rules of the game?
Fifteen Baltimore neighborhoods have lower life expectancies than North Korea. North Korea! When America is asked to search its soul, which America are we talking about?
Sen. Bernie Sanders will run a full-throated, uncompromised populist campaign for the presidency. That will test not the popularity of the populist message, but the strength of the populist movement.
The race for the Democratic nomination for president was transformed today as populist stalwart Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced his candidacy. In a populist moment, Sanders is the real deal.
It’s not as though what happened in Baltimore was unique or even unusual in our nation’s history. Race riots, as we used to call them, are as American as baseball and apple pie.
The Oklahoma House banned AP American History, the Tennessee House named the Bible “the official state book,” the Mississippi House passed a “Jesus Take the Wheel” bill. These right-wing efforts seem crazy. They're not.
On Workers’ Memorial Day, commemorating lives lost on the job, USW members will place spotlights on 35 crosses honoring workers killed at a Texas City refinery over 35 years, to highlight lives sacrificed when safety was compromised there.
As the Supreme Court prepares to hear opening arguments in marriage equality cases tomorrow, GOP presidential candidates are trying to have it both ways, and only succeeding at tying themselves in knots.
As I travel around America, I’m struck by how utterly powerless most people feel. The companies we work for, the businesses we buy from, and the political system we participate in all seem to have grown less accountable.
It’s futile to hope that the GOP’s gaggle of corporate-hugging, right-wing presidential candidates will seriously address the issue of rising inequality in our land. How about the Democrats?
With groups allied around the Populism2015 platform "for people and the planet," we have a North Star for organizing and building coalitions, and a yardstick for measuring any candidate running for office.
Hundreds of activists at the Populism2015 conference gave a resounding "aye" when asked to ratify a 12-point platform that puts people and the planet first: "Everybody in, nobody out."
The Populism2015 conference started with a bang Saturday night, as more than 750 activists and member of four national progressive organizations came together to announce a new populist alliance around the Populism2015 agenda.
Populist movements challenge conventional wisdom. They mold opinion rather than reflect it. Yet, the emerging populist agenda – as reflected in the Populism 2015 Platform released this weekend – already enjoys strong public support.
The time is ripe for a woman president and it’s ripe for an unabashed progressive populist agenda. If Hillary Clinton seizes this moment and runs with it, she could make history in more ways than one.
Hillary Clinton has announced her presidential candidacy. This ratchets up the debate on the fundamental question of how to make this economy work for working people. This will be a test for the new populist movements.
What likely animated voters' desire to oust Rahm Emanuel was his attacks on public schools and school teachers. Until Democrats are solidly supportive of public education, it is difficult to see how they will effectively counter Republicans
Challenger "Chuy" Garcia's defeat was a setback for the left, but the Chicago mayor's struggle to retain his office is a warning that corporate Democrats are likely to find themselves on the defensive in 2016 and beyond.
The GOP gained more than 300 state legislative seats in the 2014 election and now control 69 state legislative bodies while Democrats hold only 30. Progressives desperately need to engineer a strong comeback in 2016. And we can do it.