This was the year that #BlackLivesMatter mattered. It arrived precisely at a moment of crisis that called for a movement that values and demands respect above respectability, and doesn't hesitate to disrupt “business as usual.”
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:
In a country with a Constitution beginning with the words, "We the People," should our economy work for all of us instead of just a few of us?
It is time for you and your generation to transform this nation as Americans did in the 1770s – the 1860s – and the 1930s and 1940s – not to mention the 1960s. It is time for you to make America freer, more equal, and more democratic.
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.
Live from New Hampshire, it's the Saturday Night Democratic Presidential Debate, perversely designed to draw as small an audience as possible. Yet voters would be interested in the real differences in politics and strategy.
We can continue to have a rigged system that enables and encourages predators to take advantage of the public, or we can offer public options that protect and provide services for the public.
Faced with outrage against police violence, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel must decide whether he will turn crisis into an opportunity for accountability and healing for his city.
The very wealthiest 400 Americans command dizzying fortunes. Their combined net worth is $2.34 trillion. Even if you celebrate successful entrepreneurship, isn’t there a point things go too far?
The release of the video of Laquan McDonald’s death, and the murder charges against the Chicago police officer who killed him show how much has changed since Ferguson, and how much still needs to change.
With so many voices urging us not to embrace refugees fleeing the terror of ISIS, it is fitting to remember a common thread that connects the stories of the first Europeans who set foot on America's shores.
One year ago, Cleveland, Ohio police shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice within two seconds of encountering him. There is still no justice for Rice and his family. If the prosecutor has his way there will be no justice for Tamir Rice.
In the last Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton accused Bernie Sanders of impugning her integrity by raising her support from Wall Street bankers. But it isn't Bernie who is doing the impugning, it's her Wall Street donors themselves.
The good news is that the gender pay gap has closed a little. The bad news is it's not because women's wages are up, but men's wages are down. A new EPI report points the way to an economy that works for all, starting with women.
What is it about the people in Beirut – and Baghdad and Syria and so many other places under attack by ISIS – that makes them somehow different from Parisians, and less worthy of our attention, empathy and solidarity?
The major story coming out of the debate was candidate Hillary Clinton's invoking of 9/11 to justify her Wall Street speaking fees and campaign contributions.
Traditional banks have abandoned communities, leaving people stranded. Postal banking serves the public, not Wall Street. We could have postal banking right now, if enough of the public speaks up and demands it.
Winning the Senate will take offering voters a progressive reform agenda, which Democracy Corps lays out in a strategy memo and Greenberg details in his latest book, "America Ascendant."
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.
The leader of a fossil fuel divestment movement explains how he is carrying out the vision of his grandfather, Vice-President Henry Wallace, who once called for the "Century of the Common Man."
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.
The right-wing backlash against the #BlackLivesMatter movement has intensified in recent weeks. There are two primary reasons for this: Black Americans are telling the truth about their lives, and it’s working.
As the economy slows, are Republican candidates offering solutions that will help? Or are they proposing the same old anti-government austerity, tax cuts and deregulation they always do? What about the Democratic candidates?
"This would be good chance tonight to remind insider Washington, you are wrong," the Massachusetts senator said in her acceptance speech at CAF's Awards Gala, where she received the organization's Progressive Champion Award.
Everything you can do with an iPhone was government-funded. From the Internet that lets you surf the Web, to GPS that lets you use Google Maps, to touchscreen display and even the SIRI voice activated system — all were funded by Uncle Sam.
National People’s Action will on Tuesday receive the Campaign For America’s Future Paul Wellstone Citizen Leadership Award for its work in taking the economic crisis to doorstep of those who created it.
Lewiston, Maine is getting national attention because of its bombastic, conservative mayor. His opponent aims to show the nation that a progressive populist can win in what looks like hostile territory.
Elizabeth Warren, a first-term minority party senator, has built a national following. By challenging Wall Street and the rules that are rigged against people, she is leading a growing populist movement earning the right enemies.
One can hope that Justin Trudeau's victory in Canada will help advance our collective wisdom, and make it easier for politicians in the future to campaign on Economics 101.
The Democratic debate revealed dramatically different views between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton on this central question: How the devil do we get the changes we need in the face of Republican obstruction?
Once upon a time, progressives envied the tea party movement’s influence over Republican candidates and lawmakers. Tuesday night’s Democratic debate showcased how much progressive movements have influenced the candidates.
Canada's Liberal Party, after losing the prime ministership and being relegated to third party status, is on the cusp of regaining control of the government Monday. If so, it has John Maynard Keynes to thank.
We’re nearly $1 trillion behind on transportation investments. If Congress refuses to ask drivers to pay 21st century prices for 21st century roads, our once world-class infrastructure will go the way of dial-up Internet.
It doesn't matter who "won." The candidates showed they all are concerned about governing the country and proposing actual policies that will help actual people have better lives.
Private prisons are a cancer. But they fill up because they are there. Companies build them, and people come. No need for pesky voter approved bond financing of public works.
The pundits are already dreading that the first Democratic presidential debate might feature an exchange of ideas rather than insults. The moderators will try to "fix that." Here are some program notes.
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.
The Washington Post just ran an attack on Bernie Sanders that distorts not only what he’s saying and seeking but also the basic choices that lie before the nation.