Sanders Speaks Out On Sentencing Reforms

After over two months as an announced presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT.) for the first time came out for substantive sentencing reforms, in an interview with MSNBC on Wednesday,
Joshua Ferrer

“I’ll Light You Up”

My advice is this: imagine how you would act if you were confronted by a gang banger with a gun and conduct yourself in exactly the same way when you are in the presence of the police. Your "rights" do you just a much good in that moment.

Why Progressives Must Stay United

It’s impossible to overcome widening economic inequality in America without also dealing with the legacy of racial inequality. And it is impossible to overcome racial inequality without also reversing widening economic inequality.

Hillary Clinton’s Economic Story: Stuff Happens

Hillary Clinton presented what aides described as a framing speech for her economic policy on Monday. Her speech reflected both the scope and the limits of the populist advance in the Democratic debate.
Robert Borosage

Now That The Confederate Flag Is Down, We Must Banish Its Legacy

As of this morning, the Confederate battle flag no longer flies at South Carolina’s capitol. The work to remove this symbol of hatred from the capitol is finished. Now begins the work of exorcising the legacy of the past it represents.
Terrance Heath

What Happens After The Confederate Flag Comes Down

South Carolina's Senate vote to remove the Confederate battle flag is an important first step towards honestly addressing our shared history, and the ways its legacy still haunts us 150 years after the end of the Civil War.
Terrance Heath

The Greeks Say No

The Greeks have refused to accept the harsh punishment that Europe prescribed for them. Europe's effort to topple the Syriza government has failed. Now Europe must decide how it will react to the voice of democracy.
Robert Borosage

I’m Endorsing and Volunteering for Bernie!

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.

On Marriage Equality, Another Bend Toward Justice

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.
Isaiah J. Poole

The “Mother Emanuel Nine”

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.
Robert Borosage

Hillary’s Relaunch

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.
Robert Borosage

In Search of the Democratic Soul

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.
Richard Eskow

Nope. Democrats Have Not Pulled Too Far Left.

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.
Bill Scher

Tracking the Progress of the Progressive Agenda

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.
Richard Eskow

The Left Matters – Now, More Than Ever

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.
Richard Eskow

President Obama Moves To Stem Police Militarization

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.
Terrance Heath

Sorry, David Brooks. This Is No “Center-Right Moment.”

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.
Bill Scher

The Progressive Challenge

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.
Robert Borosage

Who Will Hillary Clinton Stand With?

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?
Hugh Espey

The Sanders Challenge

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.
Robert Borosage

Sanders Gets In

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.
Robert Borosage

The Baltimore Uprising’s Backstory

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.
Donald Kaul

The Right Wing Isn’t Crazy, It’s Strategic

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.

The Words of Dead Workers

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.
Leo Gerard

Why The GOP Can’t Have It Both Ways on Marriage Equality

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.
Terrance Heath
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