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Paul Robeson was named to Walter Camp's 1918 All-America team.

Paul Robeson: Committed To Fundamental Social Change

What must it have been like 100 years ago to be the only African-America male entering the class of 1919 at Rutgers University? As the summer of 2014 winds down — after the tragedy of Ferguson, Missouri — and our next college generation heads back to campuses, we paused to reflect on the greatness of Paul Robeson and to remember that our racial history does not disappear simply because we want it to do so. Continue reading

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Blue Jeans In High Places: Building A Home For The Politically Homeless

Mike McCabe’s new book, Blue Jeans In High Places: The Coming Makeover Of American Politics, offers ways to break out of the political entrapment of our current two-party system. “I came to the conclusion that this is a moment that cries out for some political game changers.” As he describes, we have one party that’s scary and another that is scared. Read more about the “One Party Movement” as detailed in his new book. Continue reading

Wisconsin Jobs Now and Jennifer Epps-Addison helping workers fight for a living wage.

The Grass Roots Fight For A Living Wage

Jennifer Epps-Addison, Executive Director of Wisconsin Jobs Now offers hope for a future that includes a “living wage” for U.S. workers. “The challenge is to help everyday people have their voices heard because unfettered, unlimited money in politics has really corrupted the idea of one person/one vote and every voice counting.” We dare you to find just one “favorite quote” from this remarkable activist working to make the world a better place. Continue reading

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Who’s Talking Single Payer? A Lot of People and Organizations

So who’s talking about single payer these days? If you look closely, it seems like a lot of folks and organizations. Don’t think for an instant that the push for single payer has left the discussion about health care reform. In the post-ACA implementation world, the voices calling for sanity in our health care delivery system are stronger than ever. Continue reading

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders: Sounding The Wake Up Call To Save Our Democracy

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has issued a wake up call and a challenge to all of us to save our democracy from the overreach of the billionaires who have been given free reign to buy the U.S. Government based on the disastrous Supreme Court Citizens United ruling. Sen. Sanders gives us a history lesson on how we got to this point and what we can to to turn the tide. His wisdom voice rings loud and clear as our May Progressive Profile. Continue reading

The two main elements of my progressive identity are the bedrock “love your enemy, we are all one” moral message of basic Christianity, and my love of writing, which became my primary vehicle for taking a moral stand.

Robert Koehler: His Writings Touch Our Soul and Conscience

Robert Koehler’s writings remind us all of the two words often missing from today’s conversations: conscience and soul. Two major defining characteristics of the human condition. We are honored to feature him as this month’s Progressive Profile. Continue reading

Judith Browne Dianis:  Voter ID laws undermine the very pillar of our democracy – the right of every citizen to have access to the ballot box

The Advancement Project: On The Front Lines of the Voter ID Battle

Voter photo ID laws laws are part of comprehensive campaign to deny the vote to millions for partisan gain – essentially sacrificing the health of our democracy to win elections. So says Judith Browne Dianis, co-director of The Advancement Project. Read our interview with her in Wisdom Voices Spotlight to learn more about this issue and how to fight back against this assault on our democracy. Continue reading

Welcome to Wisdom Voices

Wisdom Voices keeps alive the words and ideas of the “forward thinkers” who have preceded us.  We hope they will inspire and encourage you and generations to come.  Our site features books, blogs, and commentary from those whose courage continues to motivate us today to think outside of ourselves and take us on a path toward deeper meanings.

We feature the wisdom of those who have led nations and causes, and those who call out our better spirits, to work toward both inner peace, and a more just society.

The wisdom of those presented on our pages and in our books is meant to help us take a step toward exploring, articulating, and celebrating:

  • Education
  • Peace and non-violence
  • The dignity of all life
  • The interconnectedness of all living creatures

Too often we think that one person is insignificant – what can one person do?  Through the Wisdom Voices featured here, we have highlighted the importance of every one of us.  It is up to us to choose between the power of inertia and the ability to create positive change in a world crying out for inner and outer peace.  Imagine if the voices featured here had felt they could not make a difference.  As a reminder, here are a few of their thoughts:

“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope… and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

–Robert F. Kennedy

“There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are many more dying for a little love.”

–Mother Theresa

“Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.”

–Albert Schweitzer

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

–Mahatma Ghandi