Often when training new organizers or talking with activists trying to better understand the theories behind progressive social change, I have a list of recommended readings. Bob Creamer’s new book Listen to Your Mother Stand up Straight! How Progressives Can Win has just been catapulted high on the list.
I cannot recall such a comprehensive offering of solid progressive analysis with as much “how to get it done" detail. Bob utilizes his great storytelling skills to showcase his compelling belief that we have a unique opportunity to force a progressive realignment of our politics.
His work is illuminated by decades of experience fighting for justice, resulting in specific recommendations for advancing a progressive worldview.
While Bob may not be a familiar name here at the Lake, his family and his work have been well represented. His wife, Representative Jan Shakowsky, is a leader of the Get Out of Iraq Caucus and one of the most effective progressives in Congress.
Bob, founder of the Strategic Consulting Group, will never be confused with Mark Penn or other scumbag Democratic consultants. He has been an active participant in virtually every progressive issue including the last 30 attempts to end the war, the fight for immigrant rights, and the new national push for guaranteed health care as a leader in Health Care for America NOW! (HCAN).
Arguably, his most important recent contribution during the Bush nightmare was his leadership in forcing progressives and Democrats to oppose Bush’s efforts to privatize Social Security. While his name was not in the papers for this, there should be no doubt that Bob was central to this fight before virtually anyone else.