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.
There is an intensifying fight over whether the jobs that our infrastructure spending creates should be "good jobs" with living wages and benefits or low-road jobs with declining wages.
House Speaker John Boehner's protestation misses the larger point about the historic failure to invest properly in our passenger rail system, which affects Amtrak's ability to deploy safety systems quickly.
An Amtrak train derails on its way through Philadelphia. A House appropriations subcommittee votes to cut federal funding for Amtrak by about 20 percent. Two dots conservatives don't want you to connect.
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.
Anti-government conservative ideologues and their big-business benefactors have an interest in convincing people that privatization, privatization-lite and breaks for tax evaders are the only options worth discussing.
Progressive populists are going to have to get loud and get active – and this is a good week to do so. An adequately and honestly funded infrastructure plan is essential to a “jobs for all” agenda.
As has been true for the past few months, you have to get below the sunny top lines of the April jobs report to get the real story: We're still have a slack labor market, and right-wing austerity is the cause.
If you believe the latest fears emanating from the right-wing fever swamps, President Obama is coming to take away your Christmas lights. Here's the shocking truth.
Economist Jared Bernstein disagrees with the administration's decision to not address currency manipulation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement being negotiated with 11 other trading partners.
"Our results are inconsistent with the view that cuts in top state income tax rates will automatically or necessarily generate growth," says a report from the Tax Policy Center.
The conservative argument that declining marriage rates contribute to high rates of poverty is a hardy perennial. Yet there are 15 million poor people in married households. Facts are stubborn things.
Several progressive organizations are lining up today in support of the Raise the Wage bill introduced by Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Robert Scott. Meanwhile, Fight for $15 activists plan their next action.
Voters support a role for the federal government "in ensuring that every person who wants to work has a job and a good standard of living," according to a report by pollster Celinda Lake.
The struggles of central Baltimore communities that are now part of the national conversation highlight the urgency of a "Good Jobs for All" campaign that will be launched today by the Center for Community Change.
The list is part of a letter the organization sent to Congress urging members to oppose the fast-track bill sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).
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.
Wednesday's "Fight for $15" actions fit into what has become a much larger effort to repair and reshape an American economy that for workers is fundamentally broken – a key theme at this weekend's Populism2015 conference.
Listen to economist Jared Bernstein correct the record about unemployment and inflation, and explain why "jobs for all" should be a rallying cry for progressives as we approach the 2016 presidential campaign.
A plan by the Obama administration to pay for transportation projects with proceeds from a tax break awarded to companies hoarding profits overseas leaves too much needed money on the table, says a new report.
This movement that started with fast-food workers in 2012 is now expanding to include a whole range of occupations, ranging from health care workers to adjunct professors, say organizers.
Both the House and Senate have now passed budget resolutions that offer comfort and protection to the wealthy and powerful and more discomfort and vulnerability to everyone else.
The Senate today launched into what's known inside the Beltway as a "vote-a-rama." We already know how this drama ends when it comes to actions that would advance the goal of shared prosperity.
The People's Budget picked up 95 votes, a larger share of votes from the House Democratic caucus than its predecessors in previous years. Republicans, not surprisingly, were unanimous in opposition.
A vote for the People's Budget is a declaration that Democrats are willing to take away the power of conservatives and their moneyed benefactors to draw the limits of the politically possible.
Another reason to oppose fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership: The struggle in towns like Ferguson, Mo., to overcome racial and economic barriers is hard enough without another wrong-headed trade pact.
"Building a Movement for People and the Planet" was published this week by the Campaign for America's Future and National People's Action, coinciding with the release of the Progressive Caucus "People's Budget."
The Campaign for America's Future has joined a campaign to sign up citizen co-sponsors of the Progressive Caucus People's Budget. The goal is to get a Democratic majority to support it during next week's floor vote.
We need to be prepared to push back against trumped-up deficit hysteria, the refusal to adequately invest in our infrastructure, the continued assault on health care and the drive to cut taxes on the wealthy.
The people who make Washington function are increasingly unable to live in Washington. That's a symptom of a national housing affordability crisis that is not getting the attention it deserves.
Local and national progressive organizations coordinated dozens of actions in 16 states today as part of "We Rise: National Day of Action to Put People and Planet First."
Fifty years of history taught us that a voting rights law, however buttressed against the damage done by conservatives in courts and legislatures, is not enough.
As Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee release a report today on schemes used by wealthy people to avoid paying taxes, the Republican chairman wants "more attention" on taxing lower-income people.
Workers lose an estimated $17 billion in retirement savings a year because financial advisers have incentives to put their financial interests ahead of their customers'. A proposed regulation would address that.
Could this project, using Warren's distinctive voice, help progressives present a bold alternative not only to destructive conservative policies but the Band-Aids and incremental measures of mainstream Democrats?
Today's order from the New York state Hospitality Wage Board follows years of protest and campaigning by low-wage workers throughout the state, who have not seen an increase in the tipped wage since 2011.
Credit goes to the campaigns launched by a number of grassroots organizations that for years have shone a light on the anti-worker policies that are endemic in big-box retailing, but especially Walmart.
Economist Dean Baker explains the reasoning behind the effort to get organizations to endorse a petition calling on the Fed to back away from an interest rate hike that could drive up unemployment.
An amendment would complete the work started by the Voting Rights Act almost 50 years ago, and undo the damage done five years ago by the Supreme Court's "Citizens United" ruling.
The story is pretty much the same in conservative state after conservative state: The 1 percent pay a significantly lower percentage of their income in state and local taxes than middle-income residents.