Randy Shaw: Progressives have the public on their side, and can readily put the GOP on the defensive. But this requires promoting and mobilizing around the issues that energize progressives and a public majority, not constantly playing defense on issues framed by opponents.
Randy Shaw: As many despair over U.S. politics moving backward on poverty and inequality, the marriage equality movement’s remarkable success deserves greater attention.
Randy Shaw: The longer homelessness and family poverty continues, the more their true causes are forgotten or ignored. Such is clearly true with the nation’s homelessness and affordable housing crisis.
Randy Shaw: It’s time to end the de facto voter suppression caused by local election cycles that most voters ignore. Ballot initiatives — put up for vote during state and national election cycles — should be used to put an end to this once worthy but now undemocratic political process.
Randy Shaw: Will Tea Party Republicans let Boehner hold a vote on Obama’s top priority issue — immigration reform — or will their increased post-shutdown animosity toward the President prevent such action?
Randy Shaw: With rents steadily rising, can unions boost the state’s middle class if tenants are left behind?
Randy Shaw: Chris Mathews describes Tip O’Neill as a tough Irish politician, but the genuinely nice Boston backroom dealer proved no match for a former Hollywood actor who was only sincere when helping the wealthy and demonizing the poor.
Randy Shaw: Brown retains his stubbornness on prison and state fiscal issues, but in his strong support for addressing income inequality he has surprised Californians again.
Randy Shaw: Collectively, grassroots activists have had quite a week. And those still on the sidelines should consider legendary organizer Fred Ross Sr.’s advice: “strike while the iron is hot!”
Barack Obama: Instead of doubling down on marginalizing Boehner’s unreasonableness to secure a House vote on immigration reform, the President threw him a life raft — and emboldened GOP House opposition to all of Obama’s domestic priorities.
Randy Shaw: Even its critics thought the Occupy movement raised important questions about dramatically rising income inequality in the United States. And that’s why I doubt Obama would be considering Summers if the Occupy movement were still dominating the public debate.
Randy Shaw: Bill de Blasio’s “tale of two cities” campaign message has resonated with voters upset by the city’s steadily growing wealth inequality and staggeringly high cost of living.
Randy Shaw: I have always believed that successful activist campaigns provide a roadmap for future struggles. But the mainstream media rarely credits activists’ movements with winning struggles against big moneyed interests. This has left many activists unaware of these victories and unable to use the lessons of these successes to their own struggles.