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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Peter Dreier: For years Glenn Beck has spewed lies about Fran Piven, a distinguished political sceintist and sociologist. In recent months, Beck has escalated the rhetoric against Piven, which has led to a growing chorus of death threats against her. It is time to challenge the right-wing forces like Glenn Beck, Fox News, the Tea Party and the billionaires like the Koch brothers who fund them. We have an opportunity on January 30th.
Peter Dreier: Glenn Beck has escalated his hate campaign against Frances Fox Piven, calling her one of the “nine most dangerous people in the world,” and “an enemy of the Constitution.”