MLK March To Labor Day

Last weekend was the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington For Jobs and Freedom, and Labor Day is next weekend. Last weekend Glenn Beck tried to hijack the […]

In Detroit, The ‘Dream’ March The Media Missed

You wouldn’t know it from this past weekend’s media coverage of Glenn Beck’s effort to co-opt the message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the site of his famous […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Dear Mr. President: Time To Man Up

"It hurts me that they didn’t even try to attempt to see what is happening here, they didn’t care." Shirley Sherrod – on her forced resignation from the USDA within […]
Terrance Heath
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Progressives: Time to Go Off the Reservation

When progressive activists gather next week at the annual America’s Future Now conference, frustration and dismay will be widespread. Action on jobs is stalled among mixed signals from the White […]
Robert Borosage
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Don’t Kill the Health Reform Bill. Improve It.

The blogosphere is aflame with debate over the Senate health care bill. I’ve just been sent 10 reasons (in one blog post) why progressives should kill the bill and start […]
Roger Hickey
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Reclaiming “We”

Mike Elk couldn’t have been more right in his thinking about what Martin Luther King, Jr. would have thought of the Teabaggers, Birthers, etc. He would have seen that those […]
Terrance Heath
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What Religious Progressives Bring To The Party

I spent several days over last weekend as a volunteer webworker covering the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly in Salt Lake City. These annual confabs are always a highlight of the […]
Sara Robinson
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America’s Mountaintop Moment

“Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountain top. And I […]
Terrance Heath
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Dr. King’s Modern Legacy

In the days just before and after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 80th birthday, I had the opportunity to visit two places that are integral to his modern day legacy: […]
Alan Jenkins
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Never Failing, Always Failed

Sometimes the most pointed — or preposterous — comes from unexpected sources. This time, it’s The Onion providing the former and the Wall Street Journal serving up the latter. The […]
Terrance Heath
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How Do We Seize The Obama Moment?

When Sen. Barack Obama receives the Democratic presidential nomination before 75,000 people in Denver’s Mile High Stadium on the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” […]
Robert Borosage
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A Fighter, and a Friend

Living in D.C., you can’t help; crossing paths with some famous political names. In fact, you get used to it. But, as with most things, you never forget your first. […]
Terrance Heath
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Jeremiah Wright: What (Else) Is Going On

Jeremiah Wright is everywhere this week — and the media doesn’t quite know what to make of it. Mostly, they’re stuck so hard in the election horse-race narrative that they […]
Sara Robinson
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Despite an attempt to take a bigger bite, the watchdog came up short once more, going 0-for-5 on the Sunday shows. On Meet the Press, Sen. Bob Casey was not […]
Terrance Heath
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Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information […]
Terrance Heath
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Lessons from the 1960s for 21st-Century Change

In the heat of the 1960s civil rights movement, Rev. Jesse Jackson was a young lieutenant to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Roger Wilkins was a White House […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Pete Seeger: Changing the World With Song

Folk singer Pete Seeger’s book, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” includes a tribute to the people who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that recalls the spirit of […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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It Takes a Movement

Wading into the storm kicked up by Sen. Hillary Clinton’s comment that “it took a president” to turn Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of racial equality into a reality, […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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