Posts Tagged ‘progressives’

House Dems remove Iron Dome funding from spending bill amid pressure from progressives

House Democrats removed funding for Israel’s Iron Dome defense system from the short-term government spending bill yesterday, in what activists hailed as “an unprecedented moment for Palestinian rights.” The move came in response to pressure from progressive Congress members. NEWS: House Democrats are removing the Iron Dome provision from the CR amid pushback from progressives […]

Ohio House primary ends in defeat for progressives

Former Ohio state Sen Nina Turner was defeated in the House primary for Ohio’s 11th House district by Shontel Brown after a contest that devolved into a proxy fight between the establishment and left wings of the Democratic Party. The outcome was a painful defeat for the faction of the party aligned with Sen Bernie […]

U.S. progressives demand halt to ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Jerusalem as Israel tries to defuse outrage over West Bank outpost

The signs are clear that the United States and Israeli governments are trying to reestablish the “special relationship” between the countries as an intimate partnership with no public differences and squabbles, everything ironed out in private. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin comes to Washington today. Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid met with Secretary of State Tony […]

‘End the occupation’: Progressives say cease-fire far from enough to secure justice for Palestinians

While welcoming the cease-fire agreement that brought about a desperately needed pause to Israel’s 11-day assault on the besieged Gaza Strip, progressive lawmakers and Palestinian rights advocates stressed Thursday that an end to the bombing in itself will neither rebuild the devastated territory nor remedy decades of harm inflicted by the brutal Israeli occupation. Primarily […]

Progressives saved Ed Markey’s career, now they’re demanding the Senator stand up for Palestine

Less than a couple years ago, Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey’s political career appeared to be all but over. An August 2019 poll showed that he was down 17 points to Joe Kennedy, a Representative roughly half his age from a political dynasty that had never lost an election in the state. What happened next is […]

Progressives Capitulate To Biden

Progressives Capitulate To Biden There can be no more excuses made for Democratic “progressives,” who steadfastly refuse to fight for what they know to be right. “There is no lesser evil, no one who will save us.” No one is holding Joe Biden’s “feet to the fire” or pushing him left or taking any of […]

Progressives swoon over Ellison role in Chauvin trial

Ellison, a prominent ally of Bernie Sanders during both of the Vermont senator’s presidential bids, has received accolades from both flanks of the Democratic Party for his role in Chauvin’s trial. Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress and a longtime critic of Sanders, tweeted that she is “so grateful” that Ellison was […]

What J Street means for Progressives’ views on Israel – analysis

In February 2020, US Sen. Bernie Sanders – then one of the leading Democratic presidential candidates – tweeted that he would not be attending the upcoming AIPAC conference because “I remain concerned about the platform AIPAC provides for leaders who express bigotry.”Though Sanders never specified which leaders he was referring to, odds were that Prime […]

WATCH: ‘Trump was right, Biden is a Trojan horse for progressives’

As infrastructure week comes to a close, TARA and EUGENE look back at the week’s top news videos, starting with an awkward encounter between TUCKER CARLSON and Rep. MATT GAETZ (R-Fla.) during his first public response to allegations of sex trafficking a minor. They also discuss the likelihood of President JOE BIDEN’S infrastructure bill getting […]

Progressives Push Biden To End ‘Vaccine Apartheid’

Progressives Push Biden To End ‘Vaccine Apartheid’ Above photo: Sanjoy Karmakar/Shutterstock. In an early test of Biden’s trade policy, advocates are calling on the White House to buck Big Pharma. Last Friday, three days before a crucial meeting of the World Trade Organization, progressives in the trade, faith, labor, consumer, and human rights communities sent […]

‘It should be easier to raise minimum wage than to drop bombs on Syria’: Progressives fume at Biden

The contrast between the procedural difficulty of pushing a modest pay increase for millions of workers through the Senate and the relative ease with which President Joe Biden—without congressional approval—launched a deadly bombing campaign in Syria late Thursday was the subject of much discussion and outrage as the president’s lethal operation overseas coincided almost simultaneously […]

Senate parliamentarian says minimum wage increase cannot be in relief bill, Progressives urge VP Kamala Harris to use her power to keep it in

In President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, he included a minimum wage increase to $15 per hour. The White House website states: Throughout the pandemic, millions of American workers have put their lives on the line to keep their communities and country functioning, including the 40 percent of frontline workers who are people of color. As […]

‘This is unacceptable’: Progressives reject Manchin plan to cut $15 minimum wage proposal to $11

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia on Monday said he will push an amendment to slash the $15 federal minimum wage proposal in the emerging coronavirus relief package to $11 an hour, an idea that progressives immediately rejected as an “unacceptable” attempt to weaken a popular and long-overdue pay raise for tens of millions of workers. […]

Third-party progressives can win, but they must convince the public

Once new possibilities for change that are within reach of ordinary people become evident, or at least once people think they are evident and within reach, popular aspirations also expand. — Francis Fox Piven, Challenging Authority (2006, 141–2) Crisis can open the door to opportunities previously seen as desirable but impossible. As 2021 unfolds, more […]

Ending progressives’ Palestinian exception

EXCEPT FOR PALESTINEThe Limits of Progressive PoliticsBy Marc Lamont Hill and Mitchell Plitnick240 pp. New Press $25.99 2020 marked another year of righteous indignation for progressives in the Democratic Party. Justly outraged by the horrific death toll and economic devastation of COVID-19, the ongoing pervasiveness of white supremacist violence, and the Trump administration’s deliberate failures […]

Bernie Sanders and progressives in our winter of discontent

Bernie Sanders is not in a good political position right now. Yes, he continues to speak vital truths to — and about — power. His ability to reach a national audience with progressive wisdom and specific proposals is unmatched. And, during the last several decades, no one has done more to move the nation’s discourse […]

Progressives Pour Millions into Electing Democrats Jon Ossoff, Raphael Warnock

Progressives leaders and groups such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and the Working Families Party have poured millions into the Georgia Senate runoffs, believing that the advancement of their leftist agenda hinges on the election of Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. Politico reported Saturday that progressives have declared a cease-fire […]

Can Progressives Save Biden From Disastrous Economic Policies?

Photograph Source: stingrayschuller – CC BY 2.0 BY RICHARD D. WOLFF Since the 1970s, U.S. real wages have largely stagnated. After a century of real wages rising every decade, that stagnation changed the lives of the U.S. working class in traumatic ways. Likewise, since the 1970s, labor productivity grew steadily, aided sequentially by computers, robots, and artificial […]

U.S. progressives and a Biden foreign policy

With Joe Biden elected, the still growing American progressive movement will once again have a president they can at least try to pressure on global issues like climate change. Working in the left’s favor, like many of those of his generation who have served at the highest levels of his country’s government, the former vice […]

Biden, Progressives, and Palestine

Talking to Josh Ruebner About Trump and Biden Josh Ruebner is the Senior Principal at Progress Up Consulting, former Policy Director at the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights and author of “Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace” I spoke with him about the Trump years and what to expect under a Biden administration. […]

Biden: I Have ‘Very Progressive Agenda’ and ‘Significant Representation’ from Progressives in Administration

During an interview aired on Tuesday’s broadcast of “NBC Nightly News,” Joe Biden said that he isn’t taking nominating Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) off the table for Cabinet positions, but noted that there already is “significant representation among progressives in our administration,” and that his “very ambitious, very progressive agenda,” will […]

Broken truce: After Biden’s win, centrist Democrats turn on progressives

In the months leading up to the election of former Vice President Biden to the United States’ highest office, it seemed most American progressives put their legitimate concerns about his record aside and get down to the work of ensuring that the much more dangerous current Commander in Chief wouldn’t win reelection. Rather than being […]

As US officially quits Paris Accord amid election uncertainty, progressives say ‘make this disastrous decision temporary’

As ballots continued to be counted for the election in which President Donald Trump falsely declared victory over Democratic challenger Joe Biden, the Trump administration on Wednesday completed the one-year process of withdrawing the United States from the 2015 Paris climate agreement, drawing sharp criticism from scientists, environmentalists, and progressive politicians. The primary aim of the pact, which went into effect […]

Dear fellow progressives: Please vote for Biden

Tis the season for some progressives to argue that the best way to build a progressive political movement in America is to stick it to the centrist Democrats—who have rejected progressive nominees and platforms—by voting for a third party in swing states. If that helps elect what many regard as a “greater evil” Republican, some […]

How Progressives Could Still Win The 21st Century

Above photo: Francis Alÿs, When Faith Moves Mountains, 2002.  Francis Alÿs Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner. Our era will be remembered for the triumphant march of authoritarianism in whose wake the vast majority of humanity have experienced unnecessary hardship and the planet’s ecosystem has suffered avoidable climate destruction. For a brief period – a period […]

Open letter to progressives: The ADL is not an ally

We are writing to ask you to reconsider the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as a partner in social justice work. Many organizations in our communities find themselves in spaces with the ADL, using its anti-bias education materials, or counting on the ADL to support our political goals. In light of a growing understanding of the ADL’s […]

Election Results Reveal Mixed Outcome for Progressives, Confusion in California

The slew of primary elections on June 5 produced mixed results for progressives, and cases of confusion in the mega-state of California. On the winning side, the Golden State’s lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom, led all 27 candidates in the gubernatorial field with 33 percent of the vote. Newsom, a strong supporter of unions and advocate […]

How “Progressives” in the Black Caucus Shrunk to Almost Nothing

The “Russiagate” hysteria is only the latest reason to conclude that the Democratic Party is the greatest institutional impediment to the creation of mass “resistance” to onrushing war and never-ending austerity under late-stage capitalism. Last week’s vote on the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2019 showed, by the numbers, that any legislative “resistance” depends, not […]

Chomsky Among “Progressives” Calling for US Military Involvement in Syria

NEW YORK – On Monday, the New York Review of Books published an open letter and petition aimed at securing Western support for putting pressure on Turkey to end its occupation of Afrin, opposing further Turkish incursions into Syria, and backing autonomy for Rojava — the region of Northern Syria that has functioned autonomously since […]

Progressives Should Defend Gun Rights

Progressives Should Defend Gun Rights By rp_adminhttp://www.campaignforliberty.org/progressives-defend-gun-rightsLast weeks shooting at YouTubes California headquarters is certain to add momentum to the push for more gun control. Even before the shooting, YouTube was working to undermine gun rights by banning videos promoting firearms, including videos teaching safe gun usage. As is usually the case, this latest shooting […]

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