The Progressive Profile

Introduction

We believe telling the stories of individuals (well-known and not so well known) who exemplify the belief that the common good is what holds us together – body and soul – is more important today than ever before.  We hope these brief profiles and wisdom voices will remind us of what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said:  “We must all learn to live together as brothers–or we will all perish together as fools.”

Category Archives: Progressive Profiles

Our Shared Humanity: Can We See Ourselves In Today’s Refugee Crisis?

Can we see our shared humanity when we look into the eyes of those who are suffering in refugee camps? That’s the question Dave Dvorak asks — and sings about — after returning from serving as a volunteer physician helping those displaced by bombs and war. Read more about his incredible journey, how you can support these efforts, and to remember that no one chooses to be a refugee. Continue reading

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A Wrong Turn Took Us Down Progressive Memory Lane

An unexpected turn down an Illinois highway brought us to the home of one of America’s greatest progressive voices. Read about our surprise stop and remember with us when the words “public servant” were used to describe the leaders of our political parties. Continue reading

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Remembering The ‘Joan of Arc’ Of The Early Conservation Movement

Many of us know about the great John Muir and Rachel Carson and the contributions they made and their work on environmental and conservation issues of their day. But how many of us know about the “link” between those two icons. We take a look at the “Joan of Arc” of her day and the work she did to preserve a better world for the generations that followed. Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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It Didn’t Used To Be Like This: A look back to when a U.S. Senator campaigned on $200 total

It really wasn’t that long ago when campaigns were run without the truly obscene influence of money brought on by the disastrous U.S. Supreme Court Citizens United ruling. We take a look back at the great U.S. Senator Bill Proxmire, who as recently as 1982 (that’s not that long ago) ran his re-election campaign on $200. We don’t have to run our “democracy” as we do today. There are better ways. Continue reading

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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

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