Author Archives: Joanne Boyer

Labor’s Defiant Lady: Remembering Mother Jones

On Labor Day 2015 we take a look back at the great Mother Jones, who spent most of her life as a union organizer working side-by-side with striking miners, steel workers, and children. It is through efforts of this great woman — and others — that a great American Middle Class was born. Things like the 8-hour work day, the 40-hour work week, and child labor laws didn’t “just happen.” It took literally, blood, sweat, and tears to win what now appears to be slipping away from us again in the 21st Century. Labor Day — a time to remember workers. Continue reading

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We Remember… and We Look Ahead

This week marks a somber anniversary for human kind. August 6 and August 9, 1945. It has been 70 years since the United States military dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In an age of 24 hour news … Continue reading

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Looking Good At 50

There are many reasons to celebrate as Medicare turns 50 this week. Yet it’s a time to ask why we still don’t have a “Medicare For All” single payer health care delivery system in this country and how the “for profit” insurance companies continue to make it impossible for many to access health care. Bonus points if you know where Lyndon Johnson signed this historic bill into law. Check it out at the end of our blog. Continue reading

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July 4, 2015: We Are Once Again Called To Reclaim Our Democracy

A great Jesuit once asked, “Where is it we think our dead have gone? Do we think they remain buried in the ground, or is their spirit alive with us today?” There can be little argument that Bernie Sanders’ stop in Madison, Wisconsin on July 1, 2015 reverberates with the message of “Fighting Bob” La Follette and his speech from July 4, 1897. Continue reading

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Fighting For Single Payer: Rose Roach Keeps Hope Alive For A Better Way For Health Care In The U.S.

No matter what the U.S. Supreme Court decides about the Affordable Care Act, the fight for a single payer health care delivery system in this country continues. Health care as a human right. For profit insurers out of health care. “There are plenty of health care dollars,” Minnesota Nurses Association Executive Director Rose Roach tells us. “It’s a matter of allocating them to actual health care.” Read more about how Roach continues the push for single payer to bring our country in line with the rest of the educated world. Continue reading

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Bernie’s Strength & Appeal: He Really Listens To Us

Bernie Sanders “official” announcement yesterday in front of approximately 5,000 enthusiastic supporters in Vermont that he is running for President of the United States has been analyzed from dozens of political directions. Yet, there was one thing that struck me … Continue reading

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Bernie Buzz: Sanders Will Re-Frame Our Political Conversations

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ announcement that he is seeking the Democratic Party’s 2016 Presidential nomination means that We The People now have a voice working to reframe the issues of our day and to remind us that democracy belongs to all of us not just the billionaire class. Continue reading

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Paul Tsongas: A Journey of Purpose

“I will die someday. All of us will die someday. And we will be judged by those whom we have left behind. Much of that judgment will not be kind. That is a prospect each of us must confront separately. But as a nation, as a society, as a political culture, we face that judgment together. And we, more than any generation in American history, will fail that test if we do not mend our ways.” That from former Senator Paul Tsongas in 1995. A look back at the all too shortened life of a man who learned to create a life of purpose in the time given to him. Continue reading

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Will It Take A Constitutional Amendment To Stop Voter Suppression?

Congressman Keith Ellison (DFL-MN) and his colleague Mark Pocan (D-WI) have introduced a bill which would amend the U.S. Constitution to explicitly guarantee the right to vote for American citizens. Read more how these two are fighting back against voter suppression in this, the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Voting Rights Act. Continue reading

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Henry A. Wallace: The ‘What Ifs’ Are Inescapable

Find out more about Henry A. Wallace, a wisdom voice lost to history. He came within an eyelash of being president, but lost out to political bickering to retain his spot as vice president on FDR’s 1944 re-election ticket. Wallace envisioned a post-war world built on peace as well as economic and social justice. Of course, these views made him too “controversial” for those already in power. Continue reading

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