Die-hard segregationists hurled the accusation at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that he was an “outside agitator.” Here's how he owned that accusation, and left us a message about the value of agitators.
The year is beginning with a number of active grassroots campaigns coast to coast fighting to make American democracy fairer and to give more voice to average voters.
Democrats should demand that the Democratic National Committee schedule several more debates and schedule them at a time when most people can and will watch.
In keeping with the figgy-pudding and potato latke traditions of the holidays, here’s a recipe for delivering joy to the workers so that they can spread holiday merriment:
Television news has gone off its rocker. The networks have grasped Donald Trump to their collective bosom like the winner of one of those misogynistic, televised beauty pageants he owns.
Republicans put a surprise sneak-law into the big, last-minute “Omnibus” budget bill: it bans the administration from making companies and “charities” disclose who is putting up the bribe money money for political campaigns.
Inversions, promoted by Wall Street banks that pocketed $1 billion in fees, are the newest gimmick in a long-term trend that has eroded America’s corporate tax base – brought to you by a bought-off Congress.
Sen. Ted Cruz steadfastly opposed a path to citizenship, and voted against the bill that Sen. Marco Rubio supported. Yet somehow their positions are basically the same?
In an otherwise disappointing off-year election, progressive victories in Maine, Ohio, Washington and beyond inspire hope and point the way to future wins on campaign finance and other issues.
Ohioans are voting on Issue One, a constitutional amendment to ban political gerrymandering that could cure much of what ails our government and fix our broken political process.
In Seattle, Washington, a ballot initiative that could wrest power away from corporate interests and big money donors, and change the way we do democracy, is coming up for a vote.
An FCC Commissioner called it "the clearest, most egregious case of market failure I have ever seen." It took over a decade, but on Thursday the Federal Communications Commission set things right.
The first debate was great for the country, the party – and candidate Hillary Clinton. So how about we stop the nonsense and schedule plenty more of them.
“Regulatory capture” happens when an agency acts in the interests of those it is supposed to regulate instead of the public. The Securities and Exchange Commission appears to be one such “captured” agency.
The vast majority of the House voted to keep the government in operation, even with Planned Parenthood funding. This is all about what the House is allowed to vote on, not what the majority wants.
Money talks. Hillary Clinton is doing a whirl of big-dollar fundraisers, pushing to top Bernie Sanders' grassroots fundraising totals. Bernie isn't just surging in the polls, he's faring well in the money primary.
Conservatives hoped and expected Pope Francis would praise their hard-line opposition to abortion, contraception and LGBT rights. But they could not have been more disappointed in what he actually said.
We cram more and more people into solitary confinement, and opportunities for meaningful education and rehabilitation are scarce. The Pope offers us a chance to get it right.
Once upon a time, presidential contenders and their political parties raised the funds needed to pay for the campaigns. How quaint. Now, thanks to the Supreme Court’s meddling in the democratic process, corporations have taken charge.
Why are the Democrats letting Republicans have the attention? Why are they hiding their candidates? The party has taken itself out of the game, and more and more people are asking why.
Talk radio host Rick Smith took a "People's Tour" of the South this summer to revisit some of the sites where the fights for racial equality and economic justice intersected.
The "Journey for Justice," which started August 1, will arrive in Washington on September 15 with a focus on four key issue areas: our votes, lives, jobs and schools.
A growing, racial justice wing (best represented by the Dreamers and Black Lives Matter) is highly suspicious of both pro-business moderates and economic populists within the Democratic Party.
White progressives have been flummoxed by Black Lives Matter protests at presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' campaign events. But if one considers the context, the strategy makes a lot of sense.
Over a seven-month period in 1965, Congress passed five significant laws that forever changed life in America. What Congress accomplished then puts today’s lawmakers to shame.
The Republican "debate" turned into the Trump show. Aided and abetted by Fox News moderators who repeatedly went after him, Trump dominated, treating the others as bit players in his ongoing farce.
Recently five Republican presidential candidates paraded themselves before a group of mega-donors convened by the Koch brothers. Thursday's debate was an extension of the Kochs’ beauty pageant.
The people who will stand on the Republican presidential nomination debate stage in Ohio are among those who are leading the wrecking crew trying to demolish a signature civil rights achievement.
A new generation of activists have sharpened the view of the threshold candidates must cross to earn the vote of African Americans, and once again Republican candidates are showing themselves incapable of rising to the challenge.
Some critics say presidential candidate Bernie Sanders struggles on the campaign trail when confronted with issues of race. He had a chance to make a better impression at an interview before the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
It’s a rare moment when two branches of our federal government take major steps to expand opportunity for all Americans. But, with relatively little fanfare, that’s what’s happened over the last few weeks in the critical area of housing.
Presidential candidate Jeb Bush gave a speech Monday at an event organized by a corporate lobbying group in which he vowed to cripple our government. So who gets to be in charge if he succeeds?
President Obama today becomes the first sitting president to visit a federal prison as part of his push this week for criminal justice reform. There needs to be a parallel push to address economic injustice.
Moral Mondays leader Rev. William Barber is calling the country to come to Winston-Salem, N.C. in a protest on Monday against "a crime against democracy and our most sacred constitutional value."
Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley calls for police reform but remains unapologetic about policing practices that led to the incarceration of thousands of black people in Baltimore for often petty infractions.
For Independence Day President Obama should help Congress become independent of campaign contributions from federal contractors.
Support for same-sex marriage is a winning issue: 55 percent of 2016 potential voters say they are less likely to support a presidential candidate that opposes same-sex marriage, according to Democracy Corps.
Hundreds of people converged on the district of Rep. Bob Goodlatte to demand that he hold hearings on bills that would repair the gutting of the Voting Rights Act that had been done by the Supreme Court.
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.
A voting rights rally in Roanoke, Va. on Thursday to urge Congress to restore a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down will be followed by a demonstration in North Carolina next month.