Progressives Beat Back Walmart. Now Let’s Beat Back Unemployment

Progressives won a victory in Washington this week when the D.C. City Council stood up to Walmart and passed a bill that would require the retailer, and other nonunion big-box retailers, to pay their employees a $12.50 minimum wage. Walmart promptly announced that it would halt plans to build six stores in the city, immediately […]

Elect The Dream: Strategy For Progressive Political Power

What is now more clear than ever is that building a progressive political force is a 24/7/365 effort. It’s not just work to be done during election cycles, and not just done in presidential and congressional elections.

Tuesday morning at the Take Back the American Dream conference included major sessions on how to build a lasting progressive power base, from the ground up.

The Fight-Back Has Begun To Reclaim The American Dream

An email the Campaign for America’s Future sent to its supporters a few weeks ago with the subject line “How Would You Take Back The American Dream?” kicked off a lively debate on a listserv of progressive activists. What do you mean when you say “the American dream”? How do you—and for that matter, why […]

From Memphis to Madison The April 4 Stand For Economic Justice

“We are determined to be people. We are saying that we are God’s children. And that we don’t have to live like we are forced to live.” —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speech in Memphis, Tenn., April 3, 1968 On April 4, we will be called on not to merely remember that Dr. Martin Luther […]

We Need An Unemployed Peoples Campaign

When Martin Luther King Jr. gave the sermon at the National Cathedral in Washington on March 31, 1968 to highlight the Poor People’s Campaign he was organizing for later that spring, unemployment was hovering just under 7 percent—for African Americans. The nationwide average was under 4 percent. Last week the Labor Department reported unemployment rates […]