Fifty Young Progressive Activists Who Are Changing America

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Peter Dreier: In the next decade, America will be transformed by a new wave of progressive activism, led primarily by organizers, thinkers, and politicians born after 1960.

Tom Hayden at Oxy Thursday Night – “From the 1960s to Barack Obama: What Now?”

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Tom Hayden will be speaking at Occidental College this Thursday on the topic, on “From the 1960s to Barack Obama: What Now?”

Activists Try to Stop Banks From Foreclosing on Cancer Victims

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Peter Dreier: Wells Fargo Bank and US Bank have chosen to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month by trying to evict breast cancer survivors from their homes.

Why I’m Boycotting Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Book

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Peter Dreier: People of conscience don’t have to buy his books or buy tickets to his movies, and can urge others to do likewise. He is an embarrassment to all Californians.

Look for the Union Label for Your Labor Day BBQ

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Peter Dreier: Labor Day should be a celebration of the labor movement’s accomplishments and a reminder that there are still workers struggling to improve life for their families, communities and society.

Farm Worker Heat Death: California’s Harvest of Shame

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Peter Dreier: Last week the temperature in California’s Central Valley went above 110 degrees. Can you imagine laboring in weather like that with the searing sun beating down on you for 8-10-12 hours a day?

My Five Minutes with Bill O’Reilly

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Peter Dreier: It was clear from the get-go last night that Bill didn’t want to talk about Pete Seeger. He wanted to talk about why I called him a “right-wing buffoon”

Mitt’s Mansions, the Foreclosure Crisis, and the Election

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Peter Dreier: TBy taking on the banking lobby, and helping millions of homeowners who are suffering because of Wall Street’s risky and illegal practices, Obama will help guarantee his re-election in November.

Is Barack Obama a Radical Socialist, a Pro-Business Sell-Out, Both, or Neither?

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Peter Dreier: These contradictory views of Obama reflect not only the nation’s ideological chasm but also a country whose stances on economic and social issues are constantly in flux.

Billie Jean King and Remarkable Success of Title IX

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Peter Dreier: But as we celebrate yesterday’s 40th anniversary of Title IX — the path-breaking law that opened up more opportunities for girls and women in education and in sports — we should recognize the extraordinary courage and leadership of Billie Jean King.

Rosa Parks and Mother Teresa: Justice vs. Charity

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Peter Dreier: Rosa Parks deserves to be in the same human rights pantheon as Bishop Romero and Eleanor Roosevelt. But not Mother Teresa.

Obama’s and America’s Remarkable Evolution on Gay Rights

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Peter Dreier: Historians will no doubt view President Barack Obama’s announcement Wednesday favoring same-sex marriage as an equally historic statement, parallel to those of FDR on workers’ rights and LBJ on civil rights.

Why Milwaukee Forgot Victor Berger

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Peter Dreier: Berger would be shocked that Wisconsin is currently ground-zero in the nation’s right-wing crusade against unions and progressive government — causes that he espoused.

Activists Breathe New Life Into May Day

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Peter Dreier: This year, in the wake of Occupy Wall Street and the rebirth of a national movement for social justice, a wide spectrum of activist groups will be out in the streets to give voice to the growing crusade for democracy and equality.

Limbaugh Growing Impotent?

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Peter Dreier: Limbaugh’s gross comments about a female college student who voiced support for Obama’s birth-control insurance compromise have forced some old Republican allies to distance themselves, raising questions about Limbaugh losing his potency.

Ex-Marine Fights Freddie Mac to Save His Home

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Peter Dreier: recent report sponsored by bank reform groups reveals that if banks lowered the principal balance on all underwater mortgages to their current market value, it would pump over $70 billion per year back into the economy.

Is Capitalism on Trial?

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Peter Dreier: The high unemployment rate among today’s youth, and the enormous increase in debt owed by college students and recent graduates, has something to do with their growing doubts about capitalism. So does their uncertainty about their own future and the country’s future.

Gingrich Distorts Food Stamp Facts

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With one statement on Thursday, Newt Gingrich, who constantly reminds voters about his past as a college professor, managed to mangle the facts while resorting to old-fashioned racist stereotypes to gain votes. With his poll numbers sinking, and his presidential campaign desperate, Gingrich told a crowd at a senior citizens center in Plymouth, New Hampshire, “I’m prepared, […]

Conservativism, Compassion, and Cruelty: A Response to David Brooks

Peter Dreier: The real “community”-wide solution to our health care crisis is universal insurance, which can only be achieved with government setting the rules and providing subsidies.

Occupy Our Homes: The Next Stage

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Peter Dreier: Perhaps because so many Occupiers have recently been evicted from their encampments in cities across the country, they have found common cause with the growing number of American families facing foreclosure.

Will Occupy Wall Street Be Co-opted?

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Peter Dreier: Too many lefties view “co-optation” as failure. I disagree. The success of every radical movement in American history has occurred when it is co-opted by the forces of reform.

Victory! Transforming Occupy Wall Street From a Moment to a Movement

Peter Dreier: If the Occupy Wall Street activists join forces with the unions and community groups, they could catalyze a massive nationwide movement to resist foreclosures and block evictions.

California Homeowners Fight Foreclosures

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Peter Dreier: Rose Gudiel is on the front lines of a growing protest movement to stop banks from foreclosing on families victimized by the economic crisis and abusive banking practices.

Protests? Yes. Riots? No.

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Peter Dreier: Riots occur when people are hopeless. Civil disobedience takes place when people are hopeful — when people believe not only that things should be different but also that they can be different.

Why Was Obama Missing-in-Action in Wisconsin?

Peter Dreier: Throughout Wisconsin Democrats’ struggle, President Barack Obama has been sitting on the sidelines, failing to use his bully pulpit to encourage the burgeoning movement to protect working families from the corporate- and Tea Party-sponsored attacks.

Prospects for Progressive Politics

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Peter Dreier: The 2012 elections will be a big test for Obama and for all of us. If we as progressives can make our pole of the political debate compelling to him – powerful and articulate – then he will move to incorporate more of our vision.

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Mayors to Obama: Bring War Dollars Home

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Peter Dreier: At its annual conference in Baltimore, the U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution calling for an end to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, saying that the money could be put to better use at home.

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Banks Should Pay for the Foreclosure Crisis

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Peter Dreier: It doesn’t make sense to make severe cuts to state and local budgets only to allow Wall Street banks and their overpaid CEOs to drain billions more from our states.

Murals Battle and Basic Rights

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Peter Dreier: Who could have predicted that a mural in Maine would become the latest battleground in the war of ideas, money, and power triggered by America’s right wing forces, including the Tea Party, Fox News, the Republican Party, and big business?

The Fire Last Time

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Peter Dreier and Donald Cohen: The current hue and cry about “burdensome government regulations” that stifle job growth shows that the lesson of the Triangle has been forgotten.

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