Media Blindness

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson If 50,000 tea party people gathered at state houses in all 50 states on Saturday, the media would have talked about nothing else on Sunday. Some 50,000 progressives gathered at state houses in all 50 states on Saturday, and all we got from the media was a collective yawn. I’m not [...]

What Are Your Plans for Saturday?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson American progressives are going to make history on Saturday. They’ll be taking to the streets, rallying in all 50 state capitals and many other large cities. Led by trade and labor unions and the netroots, an enormous number of organizations are joining hands in the first step toward overturning the corporate [...]

Add Street Heat and Stir: A Recipe for 2012

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson   In January, 2010, a five member majority of the Supreme Court – the very same members whose supporters oppose every slightly progressive or even centrist judicial candidate as an “activist” judge who will ride roughshod over established law – overturned 100 years of precedent by ruling that corporations are people, with [...]

US Uncut

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Three new progressive organizations, with three distinct but complementary purposes, have surfaced over the last few weeks.  Last week I told you about Cognitive Policy Works, its Progressive Strategy Handbook, and the strategy group that is at work developing the progressive brand, so that people will know at once what progressive [...]

Please Vote in Today’s WSJ Poll

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Please vote in today’s Wall Street Journal Poll on Public Sector Collective Bargaining Rights The Wall Street Journal asks: should state employees have collective bargaining rights? Please vote now, before you do any other thing, and ask your friends to vote, too. If you’re not sure the answer matters, see the [...]

Walk Like an Egyptian

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson In his first few weeks in office, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed tax cuts that will add about $120 million to his state’s deficit over the next two years. Wisconsin’s anticipated budget shortfall this fiscal year is $130 million. To help pay for this deficit, Walker filed legislation to skin $30 [...]

Action, please: Obama Goes Rogue on GMOs

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson  I can’t imagine what has motivated the Obama administration to perpetrate this act of food tyranny, reported by Food Democracy Now. I don’t think it’s money; agribusiness is not a significant contributor to his election fund. Once you read their message, I hope you’ll click on the link and sign the [...]

The Progressive Brand

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson In a provocative article over at Cognitive Policy Works, Sara Robinson raises the question: How do progressives tell the world what they believe in? Every American over the age of ten knows what the GOP and the conservative movement stand for. Sing it with me now: low taxes, small government, strong [...]

OK, Here We Go

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson [This is the sequel I promised to yesterday's post, "If They Can Do It, Why Can't We?" If you haven't read it, doing so will get you in the mood for what's to come.  Go check it out; we'll still be here when you get back.] In this post I introduce [...]

If They Can Do It, Why Can’t We?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Egypt has given us the most persuasive reason to believe that peaceful – that is, non-violent – revolution is possible. But it’s not the only example. Last month there was Tunisia’s “Jasmine Revolution.” A 29-day protest movement overthrew Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, an autocrat who had ruled for 23 years with [...]