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- Economist Mike Konczal describes student loan debt as "an albatross around the neck of an entire generation." Sixty percent of registered voters support President-elect Joe Biden canceling up to $50,000 of student loan debt per person, according to new polling by Hill-HarrisX. As Common Dreams has reported, pressure is mounting on Biden to immediately cancel student loan debt upon taking office in January, a move that is within his power and that progressives say is a sure-fire way to improve working people's lives amid a crushing economic crisis. The survey, conducted online among a ...


- Whatever his failings, the late New York mayor David Dinkins's historic stature and contributions to the common good gave him a unique place in the democratic socialist movement. Earlier this week I learned of the passing of my boyhood mayor, David Dinkins. While I was too young to remember his 1989 election, his leadership of New York City was one of my first childhood political memories. I knew my parents supported him as did many of our family and friends. He was a resolute figure, and a committed progressive, that governed during a time of continued fiscal crisis, concerns over crime, and ...


- Come on, man. For someone who talks so much about the need to be guided by science, why isn't Joe Biden’s climate thinking guided by the scientific consensus. After campaigning on the promise to address the climate crisis as the “ existential threat ” it is—and being carried across the finish line by countless climate voters like me—President-elect Joe Biden is already slipping back into the past. By this, I mean he is surrounding himself with Democratic Party establishment insiders who have been playing the political game almost as long as he has. He is packing his cabinet and ...


- We don’t have a labor party in the US, but as of earlier this month, we do have a Labor Caucus in Congress. We talked to Wisconsin representative Mark Pocan about the caucus’s plans. On November 13, Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Donald Norcross (D-NJ) announced the creation of a Labor Caucus, “intended to advance the needs of the labor movement, combat the issues facing working families, and connect legislators directly with unions and union leaders.” Both organized labor and workers generally face neglect and hostility in the halls of Congress where industry lobbyists, ...


- BURLINGTON, November 24 – Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has launched his eleventh annual State of the Union essay contest. Each January, the President of the United States delivers the "State of the Union" address to a joint session of Congress, which outlines priorities for the coming year. Because Senator Sanders knows that great ideas can come from everyone – not just those in power – and wants to encourage young people to become engaged in the political process, he created the State of the Union Essay Contest.  The contest is an opportunity for Vermont high school students to ...


- WASHINGTON - In the lead up to the next legislative session, the DivestNY coalition, the state-wide multiracial, multigenerational movement of organizations pushing to divest $225 billion New York’s Common Retirement Fund (Fund) from fossil fuels, welcomed new coalition members this month including: CODEPINK, NYCD16 Indivisible, Westchester for Change, The Climate Reality Project: Capital Region, NY Chapter, Jewish Climate Action Network NYC,  Sheridan Hollow Alliance for Renewable Energy (SHARE), Indivisible Mohawk Valley, Mothers Out Front Dutchess County, Dutchess County Progressive ...


- Charles Koch is chairman and CEO of Koch Industries, one of the largest privately held American companies, and an influential philanthropist for more than 50 years. Brian Hooks is president of the Charles Koch Foundation, and chairman and CEO of Stand Together. The following is an excerpt from their new book, " Believe in People: Bottom-Up Solutions for a Top-Down World. " In it, Koch and Hooks explain how corporate welfare stunted innovation in the economy and hope to empower young entrepreneurs and Americans to protect the business community from these destructive policies. They share ...


- Moderate House Democrats, who are witnessing a loss of at least nine House seats as of Nov. 17 , blasted their progressive House colleagues in a three hour conference call Nov. 5 for calling their very progressive agenda "socialist" and for actually defending a very progressive agenda. They have a legitimate two-part critique. The Democratic Party has fallen into the language trap again, only this time they themselves have used some of the key words and talking points that the Republicans previously used to defeat both sitting members and Democrats running for open seats. There is a ...

Source: thehill.com

- WILMINGTON, Del. , are at risk of being excluded from the senior ranks of President-elect Joe Biden's administration as the incoming president balances the demands of his party's progressive base against the political realities of , is the progressive movement’s top choice for Treasury secretary. Sanders, a self-described , reiterated his desire to serve as Biden's Labor secretary on Thursday, describing himself as particularly well-suited “to focus on the many crises facing working families in this country.” Whether he is included in Biden’s cabinet or not, Sanders warned Biden not ...

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- "They've Got Money, but We've Got People": AOC Thanks Voters For Solidarity in Powerful Speech On Nov. 19, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined climate change activist protesters for a galvanizing rally in front of the Democratic National Committee headquarters. Despite low temperatures, numerous climate change organizations camped out overnight on the sidewalks surrounding the building in hopes of encouraging president-elect Joe Biden to make climate change a top priority once he takes office, according to . The rally took place hours after Biden appointed Congressman Cedric ...

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- (CNN) How could a majority of White women support President Donald Trump? That's what many organizers and activists found themselves asking after early exit polls suggesting Trump expanded, though by a small amount, his overall support among White women in this election. After four long years of unprecedented political engagement that inspired everything from national marches to voter registration drives to Black Lives Matter lawn signs, how could as many as 55% of White women still support a President who had proved so harmful to them and the people of color many often claim to support -- ...

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- Organizers are calling for "a corporate-free Cabinet and administration staffed with personnel committed to addressing the climate threat, as well as following through on promises made during the campaign."  Protesters march during an environmental justice rally in San Francisco on September 8, 2018. (Photo: Sunshine Velasco/Survival Media Agency) In a show of progressive power and solidarity that organizers hope will make President-elect Joe Biden take notice—and take action—a coalition of frontline Indigenous activists, union organizers, climate campaigners, and progressive lawmakers ...


- We can’t let dishonest Republican attack ads prevent us from delivering on the bold agenda being demanded by the voters who won us this election. As Donald Trump leaves office, Democrats must continue building a bold, inclusive and forward-looking vision that delivers for the American people and strengthens our electoral success. The answer isn’t to think smaller or run away from our most popular policies, as some moderates suggest. The Biden-Harris victory wouldn’t have been possible without the energy and vision of the left. Nor would it have happened without the activists and ...

Source: usatoday.com

- A great many people did not vote for Joe Biden, they voted against Trump. We have to recognise how narrow this win was T hese have been a harrowing few days. And these days have been more harrowing than they should have been. As we all know, Joe Biden won the Democratic primaries based on the claim that he was the safest bet to beat Donald Trump. But even if the Democratic party base was much more politically aligned with Bernie Sanders, or Elizabeth Warren, in their support for Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, for racial justice, the party was sure that Bernie Sanders was too risky. And ...


- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, and Ilhan Omar easily won their House races, and will be joined by at least three other left representatives. But major climate legalization looks unlikely if the GOP manages to keep the Senate. The four women of color representatives known as the Squad easily won re-election to the House, and they’ll be joined by at least three others who share their commitment to Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and other unabashedly progressive positions.  “The Empire struck back, but it’s time for a new era,” tweeted Jamaal Bowman, ...

Source: vice.com

- Congressional candidate Jamaal Bowman speaks outside In-Tech Academy. As early voters walked toward the polling station at In-Tech Academy in the Bronx Saturday morning, they were met by a scrum of state and national Democratic lawmakers criticizing their own party. Congressman Adriano Espaillat, soon-to-be Congressman Jamaal Bowman, State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, and others, were at In-Tech to encourage voters to forsake the Democratic Party ballot line for the Working Families Party line. “Democrats historically in this state have not done the right thing for a majority of New ...

Source: nymag.com