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A Good News Night

Our own Peter Dreier was a featured expert on the Rachel Maddow show talking about his recent report on ACORN and refuting the rightwing campaign against ACORN and our healthy school food Organizer, Elizabeth Medrano, discussed and analyzed the school

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Is Max Baucus the New Phil Gramm?

Friends and Colleagues: Is Senator Max Baucus about to do to America’s health care system what Senator Phil Gramm already did to the nation’s banking system? Let’s hope someone stops Baucus before it’s too late. As I observe in a

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“Health Care and Hate in Alhambra” — on the ground at a health care town meeting

Friends and Colleagues: I attended a town meeting on health care reform in Alhambra on Tuesday night, sponsored by my Congressman, Adam Schiff, a moderate Democrat.  I wanted to see if the right-wingers and the Republicans would once again outmaneuver

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“Divorce – Union Style” in The Nation, plus Billy Bragg and Nelson Lichtenstein

Friends and Colleagues: My article, “Divorce – Union Style,” appears on the Nation’s website today and on the cover of the next (August 31) issue of the magazine . It explains the background to the intense battle that led to

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“We Need More Protest…” – The Nation

Friends and Colleagues: Why is there so little protest in response to these hard economic times? That’s the question I address in an article on The Nation website today. If progressives are serious about economic and health care reform, we

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What Is a Reasonable Compromise on Health Care Reform?

Friends and Colleagues: The debate over health care reform is heating up.  Within a few months, Congress is likely to pass a health care bill.  It is possible that it could be a fundamental reform that makes America a much

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Community Transformation in draft health care bill

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee just released a draft of a health care reform bill (minus the ‘public option’ that will hopefully be part of the final plan). Section C of Title III is entitled Creating Healthier

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“Crying Wolf: The Same Old Song” — Businesse lobby groups are “crying wolf” on health care and labor reform

Two of the most important legislative battles of the past 50 years — the fight for universal health care and for labor law reform — are now taking shape. As Donald Cohen and I write in our essay for Talking

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Organizing and Politics: Insiders vs Outsiders?

Friends – Grassroots organizing is the lifeblood of progressive politics. In the 1960s, many radicals looked at politics as working either “inside” or “outside” the “system.”  But the reality is more complicated than this either/or perspective. The recent tempest between

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