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Why Big Organizing Works

What we learned from Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign and many other movements is that far more people are willing to step up if you ask them to do something big to win something big.

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Barack Obama’s Neoliberal Legacy: Rightward Drift and Donald Trump

The Wall Street takeover of Washington, D.C., and the related imperial agenda of the “Pentagon System” were advanced more effectively by the nation’s first black president than they could have been by white Republicans such as John McCain or Mitt Romney.

Posted on Jan 3, 2017 READ MORE



Contributions to Progressive Causes Surge After Trump’s Election

Planned Parenthood received more than 300,000 donations in the six weeks after the election—40 times the group’s normal rate.

Posted on Dec 26, 2016 READ MORE



Hanukkah and Christmas: A Return to Hope in Troubling Times

The holidays can be occasions for spiritual progressives to unite, affirm their shared message of hope and encourage their friends and families to join them in challenging the forces of fear.

Posted on Dec 24, 2016 READ MORE


California Democrat Zev Yaroslavsky Tells Robert Scheer Why the State Is a Model for Progressives

Truthdig’s editor in chief speaks with one of the leaders of California’s Democratic Party about the state’s paradox—how progressives swept the nation’s largest state in the 2016 election while Hillary Clinton got Trumped elsewhere in the country. Transcript added.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



How the Media Iced Out Bernie Sanders and Helped Donald Trump Win

The Vermont senator has spent his life fighting for progressive causes. As the world braces for a Trump presidency, Sanders shows no signs of slowing down.

Posted on Dec 1, 2016 READ MORE



A Blueprint for a Party That Is Truly for the Working Class

Such a party, writes Seth Ackerman at Jacobin magazine, “must be independent—determining its own platform and educating around it. It should actually contest elections. And its candidates for public office should be members of the party, accountable to the membership, and pledged to respect the platform.”

Posted on Nov 21, 2016 READ MORE



To Save the United States, Progressives Must Dispel the Economic Pain That Enabled Donald Trump

That begins with understanding how Democrats failed to address the mass trauma wrought by deindustrialization and its resulting racism.

Posted on Nov 19, 2016 READ MORE



Why Every Person at the DNC Should Be Fired

Voters can’t stand the establishment. But the Democratic National Committee of Hillary Clinton and Evan Bayh will never learn that lesson, because they are the establishment.

Posted on Nov 17, 2016 READ MORE



Not a Revolution—Yet

The demographic weaknesses in Donald Trump’s victory suggest America’s future still lies with Bernie Sanders and his supporters.

Posted on Nov 16, 2016 READ MORE



Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison Emerges as Progressive Antidote to Trump

Led by Bernie Sanders, liberal Democrats are pressing for the first Muslim elected to Congress to take the reins of the Democratic National Committee.

Posted on Nov 12, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Iceland’s Pirate Party Founder

Her devotion to social change and progressive causes helped her party triple its number of seats in the country’s recent parliamentary elections.

Posted on Nov 5, 2016 READ MORE



Without a Bold Agenda, a Clinton Presidency Won’t Stand a Chance, Progressives Warn

“If she wants to be more than a one-term president, she’s going to have to work with the left. Period,” says Murshed Zaheed, political director of CREDO, which describes itself as a social network of activists.

Posted on Nov 3, 2016 READ MORE


Robert Scheer and Libertarian Journalist Matt Welch Discuss Reason in America

Welch tells Truthdig’s editor in chief what it means to be a libertarian, how the Libertarian Party has grown during the 2016 presidential campaign and where libertarian values and progressive values overlap. Transcript added.

Posted on Sep 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



This Election Is Hillary Clinton’s to Lose, and She’s Screwing It Up

If the United States ends up with President Trump, the Democratic nominee and her party will have no one to blame but themselves for refusing to compromise their allegiances to Wall Street and morally bankrupt, center-right, establishment positions.

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 READ MORE


Jill Stein Has a New Political Rap Anthem Called ‘Power to the People’

Kor Element, a self-described “hip-hop healer,” unveiled his new song for the Green Party presidential candidate at a rally in Los Angeles.

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


How Do Today’s Struggles for Justice Differ From Those of the 1930s?

Americans lack organized labor movements and a ruling class that feels even slightly obligated to protect workers and the poor, cultural critic Henry Giroux (pictured) tells Paul Jay of The Real News Network.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



With Trump Sure to Lose, Forget About a Progressive Clinton

“What seems most plausible from the current standpoint is a landslide for Clinton, and with it the triumph of complacent neoliberal orthodoxy,” writes Thomas Frank at The Guardian.

Posted on Aug 15, 2016 READ MORE



Criticism of Hillary Clinton Is Not Support of Donald Trump

“It means we are still using our brains, ‘That we are not checkmated,’ ” writes Steven Thrasher at The Guardian.

Posted on Aug 12, 2016 READ MORE



Jeremy Corbyn Launches Bold, Progressive Plan to Transform U.K.

“Our country wasn’t run by Brussels, it’s run by boardrooms across the world,” the Labour Party leader said as he called for pro-worker public investments, peace abroad and a clean-energy transition.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 READ MORE



Why Sanders’ ‘Berners’ Kept Up the Heat

As a member of the California delegation, I could see that the Democratic convention was never going to be a harmonious melding of two campaigns. The Clintonites were fighting not a candidate but a wildfire.

Posted on Aug 2, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Jill Stein Speak at Socialist Convergence During Democratic Convention (Video)

What should progressive-minded citizens do after everyone leaves Philadelphia? Our Truthdig columnist and the Green Party presidential candidate share their thoughts.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Leaked Documents Reveal How the DNC Tried to Undermine Sanders’ Campaign

A trove of emails released by WikiLeaks show how higher-ups in the Democratic National Committee sought to boost Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Posted on Jul 23, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Revolutionaries, Give Your Love to Jill Stein

Given the Democratic Party’s hostility to Sanders’ progressive agenda, it’s time for the senator’s supporters to transfer their votes and enthusiasm to someone at least as deserving: Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

Posted on Jul 23, 2016 READ MORE



Will Clinton VP Pick Be a ‘Middle Finger’ to Millions Who Voted for Bernie?

An appropriate progressive response to an inadequate choice, one Democratic delegate says, “would be expressions of outrage and nonviolent protest, from the convention floor in Philadelphia to communities across the country.”

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 READ MORE



Pro-Fracking, Pro-Colonialism, Anti-Single Payer: The Democrats’ Platform Sucks

Progressives vow to “take the fight to Philadelphia” and battle for a stronger platform at the Democratic Party convention.

Posted on Jul 11, 2016 READ MORE



Jill Stein Again Offers Top Spot on Green Party Presidential Ticket to Bernie Sanders

“If he saw that you can’t have a revolutionary campaign in a counterrevolutionary party, he’d be welcomed to the Green Party,” said the third party’s leading candidate.

Posted on Jul 9, 2016 READ MORE


Bernie Sanders Calls on Progressives to Run for State and Local Office

In a speech webcast Thursday night, the candidate, who won more than 10 million votes in the 2016 Democratic primary, urged supporters to begin the work of organizing politically “at the local and state level in an unprecedented way.”

Posted on Jun 17, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Is Elizabeth Warren a Phony Progressive for Failing to Endorse Bernie Sanders?

Cenk Uygur of “The Young Turks” views the progressive senator’s behavior during the Democratic primary—which perplexed many of her supporters—as a sign of misunderstanding the tactics of power.

Posted on Jun 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



I Don’t Know What Lies Behind the Door of a Trump Presidency. Do You?

On the other hand, I have two-and-a-half decades worth of reasons to fear a new Clinton administration.

Posted on May 4, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders Supporters Plan a Next Step for the Progressive Movement

Sanders supporters are planning an event called the People’s Summit for late June in Chicago, days after the final primary.

Posted on May 2, 2016 READ MORE


Jane Sanders Says Bernie Would Lead a National Movement Whether or Not He Wins the Presidency

Now that Bernie Sanders has a “massive national and indeed international profile,” MSNBC host Rachel Maddow asked in an interview with the candidate’s wife recently, “Do you see an organization being formed out of the Sanders-centered movement that has sprung up around his campaign?”

Posted on Apr 30, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Seymour Hersh on Sanders and Clinton: ‘Something … Amazing Is Happening in This Country’

The veteran progressive journalist acknowledged on “Democracy Now!” that “it’s going to be very hard for a lot of the people who support Sanders to support Hillary Clinton” and explained why he’s excited about what’s ahead in American politics.

Posted on Apr 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Obama Is Wrong About Social Movements and Activists

As Obama must know, the role of social movements and many activists is to “speak truth to power,” to chant “more, more, more,” and not to stop until the job is done.

Posted on Apr 25, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: Cenk Uygur and His Team at The Young Turks

The energetic host is a journalist who puts his principles and passion into action. He was arrested Monday at a Capitol Hill protest. But what is more important is that his hard-hitting reports are free of an “objectivity” that distorts the truth.

Posted on Apr 16, 2016 READ MORE


‘Longtime Progressives’ Robert Scheer and Torie Osborn Debate Over Sanders and Clinton (Video)

In a tense debate between Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and liberal activist Torie Osborn, Scheer warned U.S. liberals against whitewashing Hillary Clinton’s record in the interest of getting her nominated during an election season when many voters recognize that the Democratic establishment has sold them out.

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Progressives Nationwide Seek to Take Bernie Sanders’ ‘Political Revolution’ Into Congress

Zephyr Teachout of New York, John Fetterman of Pennsylvania and Lucy Flores of Nevada want to take on Wall Street, big oil and the military-industrial complex—and they’re all mounting bids for Congress.

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Is Hillary Clinton a Progressive? Not According to Her Policy Record

Jeff Cohen, media scholar at Ithaca College and founder of the watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, reviews Clinton’s history of “progressivism” and laughs.

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Student Activists on the Decline of the Liberal Church

“If you look at how [Union Theological Seminary] treats its professors of color, its students of color, its neighbors of color, it doesn’t add up.”

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Missing Women of Afghanistan

On Sept. 29 Ashraf Ghani was sworn in as president of Afghanistan. What he had to say in his inaugural speech about his wife, Rula Ghani, sent his nation’s progressive women over the moon. (At right, an Afghan.)

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 READ MORE



12 Theses on Education in the Age of Neoliberalism and Terrorism

The goal of neoliberal education policies is not to improve education, but rather to increase the profits of private corporations. As long as the United States continues to view educational policy and practice through the lens of market-based values, there is little hope that progressive education, with its aim of educating students for critical citizenship and social and economic justice, will survive.

Posted on Sep 5, 2014 READ MORE



The Debate: Independence or Partisanship

Finally, there is a much needed debate about the relationship that people who are working for progressive change should have with the Democratic Party—one that has existed at the edges, in email discussions and private conversations, but is now moving to center stage. And it includes the issue of a presidential run by Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Posted on Mar 30, 2014 READ MORE



Is Elizabeth Warren Stepping Into Sharkskin?

The respected Massachusetts senator wants “to turn post offices into loan-sharking bodegas in low income neighborhoods,” investigative reporter Greg Palast writes at Reader Supported News.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Bernie Sanders for President in 2016?

The outspoken senator from Vermont, Congress’ only self-described socialist, said he would consider a 2016 run for the presidency if no one else with sufficiently left-wing values enters the race.

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 READ MORE


Did Progress Leave Christians Behind?

Christians opposed to same-sex marriage are being persecuted for their homophobia and bigotry, preacher and radio host Matt Slick told “The Daily Show” on Monday. Todd Clayton (pictured above), a gay Christian and student at Union Theological Seminary in New York and a leader on the upcoming Truthdig Trek, says, “That’s insane.”

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


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