Author Archives: Joanne Boyer

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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Many Hands Make Light Work

Our friends at Health Care For All Minnesota need our help. This fabulous group has been working tirelessly to bring single payer to the Land of 10,000 Lakes and as we approach the 2015 legislative session in Minnesota, we are … Continue reading

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An Invitation To Change Everything

Hanging on to hope in recent weeks and months has been difficult for many of us. The streets of Ferguson, Missouri, are our first-hand look at the racism, economic injustice, the remnants of a military-dominated budget and the fear of … 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

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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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Vibrant (Local) Progressive Talk Radio: One Voice Helping To Keep It Strong

AM950, The Progressive Voice of Minnesota provides a strong presence in progressive radio today and its morning show host Matt McNeil has developed a solid listener base as he blends the right mix of local and national conversations that engage and educate listeners. “I’m not a wonk, but I care about local issues because it affects us all.” 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

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The More Things Change…

100 years ago we were arguing about the same social and political topics as we are today. The more things change, the more they stay the same? And through it all there have been proud progressive voices to counter those who spoke of fear and absolute truths. Find out more about the person who said, “The truest ambition is so to employ life as to be of the greatest service to others.” Take that Ayn Rand. Continue reading

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Can We Realize We’re All In This Together?

Some of us grew up with the concept of “public” as part of our vocabulary. Public roads, public education, public library, public parks. Things we shared as a community and a society. We’ve lost that notion over the years. Today, “the commons” is what we reference. Whatever we call it, can we now begin to turn the conversation back to “we” instead of just “me?” Continue reading

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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

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