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Cesar Chavez: Movie Helps Remind Us Of Our Proud Progressive Past

With the release of the movie “Cesar Chavez” on March 28, we have the chance to recount the great progressive lives that shaped the better parts of our American history. When we forget these great progressives who fought for economic and social justice we lose the heart and soul of who we are as a people and a nation. Continue reading

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Minnesota Peace Project: A Model For All 50 States

The Minnesota Peace Project works diligently with its state’s Congressional delegation to help affect change and move us to a more peaceful and non-violent world. Peace is a non-partisan issue and the group has effectively used the art of listening as they work with Democratic and Republican representatives. “We don’t assume anything about anyone,” said MPP co-founder Roxanne Abbas. Continue reading

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Single Payer: It Remains The Only Answer

The enrollment deadline is nearing for the Affordable Care Act (March 31, 2014). Although the ACA takes us one small step toward improving our for-profit health care delivery system, single payer remains the only answer. We here at Wisdom Voices will continue to tell the stories and provide the “facts and stats” that help move us toward that reality. We begin by connecting with David Dvorak, a member of Physicians For A National Health Plan (PNHP). Continue reading

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Protesting Keystone: We Do It Because It’s The Right Thing To Do

We held vigils across the country to protest continued construction of the Keystone Pipeline. We did it because it simply is the right thing to do and because we are running out of time to save our planet. Continue reading

David Bender: Traveling The Long & Winding Progressive Road

David Bender has walked the walk and the talk of the American Progressive Movement for more than 40 years. We kick off our 2014 Progressive Profiles with a “must read” interview in which he articulates an historical perspective as well as discussing his newest venture, Progressive Voices.com. 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

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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