Bernie Sanders leads the field in our newly released scorecard, grading Democratic candidates relative to the Populism 2015 platform. Most striking: All the major candidates now embrace more populist positions.
In the early stages of any presidential campaign, the race for money is accompanied by an “ideas primary.” What’s striking about the salad days of the 2016 race is that populism is leading the ideas primary of both parties.
The obstacles faced by the progressive movement aren’t news to anybody who's been paying attention. But recent developments may also stir an unfamiliar sensation in the liberally minded observer: optimism.
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.
The Iowa Working Families Summit had a huge turnout – 600 people from all over the state – and was a sharp contrast to the Republican Party's Lincoln Dinner on the same day.
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.
There was a big rally in Washington on Monday to denounce the Trade Promotion Authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal that "fast track" will push through Congress.
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.
Fast track effectively pre-approves secretive trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) before the Congress and the public have a chance read, analyze and thoroughly consider their ramifications.
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.
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.
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
The days when the environmentalism was constantly pitted against economic growth are ending, even if climate science deniers continue to spread fear about economic devastation if we cap our carbon pollution.
A populist energy in gaining strength in America, mobilizing more and more citizens on the ground, and beginning to challenge the limits of the debate in the Democratic Party. Already the presidential race is affected.
Everyone gets that past "free" trade deals rigged the rules against working people. Stopping new trade deals from making things worse is one part of the populist movement rebelling against extreme economic inequality.