New York’s most progressive literary agent, Francis Golden, who is now ninety years old, once again put her energies where her mind is asking thirty-one progressive writers to imagine how life would change for Americans were we to enjoy a socialist-oriented government. I say enjoy because I’ve lived half my life under such governments in both Western and the former Eastern Europe, and I can testify to the fact that life is a great deal easier when national governments are organized around principles of solidarity.
|By: Deena Stryker Sunday August 31, 2014 1:59 pm|
|By: Peterr Saturday July 19, 2014 8:59 am|
In 2000, the US ambassador to Germany said that the winning strategy of the US relationship with Germany was the manner in which the two nations work together as a team, in concert with each other in an open way of dealing with each other. Today, with continuing revelations of US spying inside the German government, the CIA station chief was sent home in humiliation. John Kerry, though, still says the two nations are “great friends” but it’s sounding more and more like the kind of friendship two folks have after they’ve broken up.
|By: Peterr Monday January 20, 2014 3:21 pm|
President Obama has said that Martin Luther King Jr’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” is a favorite of his, but again and again, he seems not to understand what King was saying.
Edward Snowden and Angela Merkel are giving him an opportunity to reread it and try once more to get the point.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Tuesday September 3, 2013 2:45 pm|
Fifty years ago, at 19 years old, John Lewis was the youngest person to speak at the March on Washington. In the days leading up to its commemoration, we’ve been reminded that Lewis’ words almost went unheard. After the initial hand wringing from the Kennedy administration had subsided, and fearing embarrassment or violence, intense work was done to ensure that the content of the march didn’t veer into “radical” territory. At the time, critics like Malcolm X denounced the March as something that was in fact orchestrated by the White House.
|By: dakine01 Wednesday August 28, 2013 4:38 pm|
Fifty years ago today, August 28, 1963, I was an eleven year old boy. I do not recall if we had started back to school on this date but may well have. As it was, I was no more than a week or so maximum away from being a sixth grader.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday August 28, 2013 1:25 pm|
On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Justice it is worth remembering that Martin Luther King, Jr. is a prime example of why we should always remain extremely skeptical of the surveillance state.
|By: Jesse Lava Wednesday August 21, 2013 6:24 pm|
Next week, it will be 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. gave the “I Have a Dream” speech. He railed then against “the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination,” contending that the African-American was “an exile in his own land.” Yet he could not have imagined that Jim Crow would soon be replaced with another oppressive system: mass incarceration.
|By: DSWright Thursday April 4, 2013 9:24 am|
Today is the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King. Contrary to the sanitized saccharine version of Martin Luther King most school children are force feed stands the real man. A radical. A democratic socialist. A man truly despised in the circles of power. Who, in the last campaign before he was struck down, expanded the search for justice beyond nondiscrimination into the realm of true empowerment.
|By: DSWright Monday January 21, 2013 7:15 pm|
Happy Martin Luther King Day. To honor Martin Luther King it seems appropriate to remember what the government of his time (and clearly ours) did to thwart his activism.
|By: SouthernDragon Saturday June 16, 2012 1:59 pm|
Today we have any number of groups who represent any number of interests. They raise funds, recruit members, send out petitions, operate phone banks; but when it comes to putting progressive candidates in office, they can’t seem to organize themselves for a common purpose. Enter Van Jones’ Rebuild The Dream. Jones has some ideas on how to build a movement with enough power to make things happen.