Peace Is Not the Result of Violent Repression

Pain is an essential function that calls attention to a problem; the worse the problem, the worse it hurts. As this pain deepens and becomes more consequential in the wake of George Floyd's murder, demands for peace and order directed at demonstrators are clearly made in bad faith. The underlying condition must be addressed before it will stop causing pain - without justice, there can be no peace.

The Long Overdue Call to Abolish Predatory Policing Policies

We need to stop wasting our communities’ resources arming and training the police to more effectively protect the rich and fill up jails,... and instead invest in raising the standard of living for all in our communities, addressing crime at its source... Poverty.

Trans People at High Risk for Unemployment, Study Shows

The issues facing the transgender community are complex and require robust, creative, people-centered political solutions. These solutions may scare those people who believe in keeping government spending low, but are necessary to protect ALL Americans, including transgender Americans.

The Time for Medicare For All Is Now!

 If you believe healthcare is a human right, one protected by our Constitution, as I do, then we must work together to support a single-payer, M4A system.

Old Narratives Die Hard

Opponents of Bernie Sanders’ progressive proposals warn us, "Even if you raised taxes to 100% and drained every single dollar in the United States, that still wouldn't be enough to pay for Bernie’s programs." We admit it: this is true. Nathan Locke explains why that’s never been the point.

Washington State: Coffee, Weed, and Police Brutality

Nothing better exemplifies the differences between those with privilege and those without than how marginalized members of the community are treated by police.

Duchaich (DOO-kay-ach): Walking in Two Worlds

Four indigenous women answer ten questions on politics and activism. Carolina Arellano, Shaylon Stolk, Donna Hale-Wolcott, and Ruth Oskolkoff respond in honor of Indigenous Persons Day.

How Social Work School Turned Me into a Progressive

I've been a progressive all my life, but it wasn't until I went to social work school that I learned what that meant and why I needed to get involved with politics. Learn how social work school changed my life and helped me develop a broader understanding of how to empower young people.

Americans Face Brutality, Arrest at Carrizo Springs Detention Center Protest

Protests have erupted around the country as Americans are increasingly alarmed at the conditions being reported in immigrant detention centers. The situation grows more dire as reports of injury, death, sexual assaults, and the separation of children from families reach the public through various advocacy groups and public officials. Some protestors have been arrested, but no where else have allegations of brutatlity surfaced until the July 3 events unfolded in Carrizo Springs, Texas.

Neighbors Without Homes - Part Two

In Part One of Neighbors Without Homes, the final paragraph asked how can we make our planet better since we're all here together.  Consider what it would take to solve the issue of neighbors without homes. 

Neighbors Without Homes - Part One

We're all connected.  No one is better than anyone else, so why do so many lack life's bare necessities?  Maybe everyone should think about our neighbors, even if they don't have homes.

#NewDealOrNoDeal

A viable plan to repair our campaign finance issues so we can get necessary representation, then resolve our economy so we can use it.

Our Hearts Are Full

Too full for the powerful, not enough for the downtrodden.

Be Careful What You Clap For

All wins aren't actually wins for progressives, especially when policy isn't the most important thing involved.

Onward Christian Soldiers

The world is watching. If you believe, then God is watching too.

Justice For All

This is about as low as a political party in its unmitigated desire for power can get.  

Work Together to Understand and Build

Don't let narratives by others dissuade our shared purpose.

Gay American History pt. III

Lesbian voices in American History are often faint, sometimes distorted, but always present.

Gay American History, Part II

When you are seen as "what's wrong with the world," the cure isn't really designed to help you.

Identity Theft & the Body's Disappearance, Part 2

Our flesh no longer exists in the way it once did. A new evolutionary stage has arrived.

Progressive Poetry: 'It's Not The Time (Lost Causes)'

This poem is part of an ongoing Real Progressives collaborative series. Submit your Progressive Poetry today!

Identity Theft & the Body's Disappearance, Part 1

This is the new socialization, identity eugenics, in action. 

A Journey Through a Failing System: Special Education

I was called rude and unforgiving names, and treated as a thing instead of as a person. It made it almost impossible for me to make friends. I can personally say not only does it affect you in your early years, but it also affects you in your later years as well.

What I've Learned At Real Progressives

We are a family. A family of people who learned to work, to strive, to dream, and to succeed or fail together. A family of people who answered a call.

Trigger Warning: Women's Rights Have Little To Do With Race

Women's rights, by definition, can't be expected to advocate issues that affect the rights of men and male-identifying individuals. Nor can they effectively advocate for race issues.

The Women's March and It's Resistance

It should go without saying that all women should feel as though they are being represented. If people leave the event feeling forgotten, we need to do better. Period.

Discard the Fiction in the Coffin --- Find the Real MLK

But King wasn’t killed for being a dreamer. He was killed for being an uppity mass movement leader dedicated to transforming society by confronting white supremacy.