Category Archives: Social Justice

Rev. Al Sharpton: ‘I Believe We Can Keep Moving Forward’

Rev. Al Sharpton spoke to students at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota urging them to continue the struggle to bring racial equality to the United States. “My generation didn’t finish the task. I believe your generation can bring us there.” 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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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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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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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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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

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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

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The ACA, Pope Francis & Me

Add me to the list of Affordable Care Act “success stories” now being heralded throughout the land. But as I navigated my state’s healthcare exchange to find access to affordable care, I couldn’t help but hear Pope Francis’ recent words as I realized we have left so many “on the fringes.” Continue reading

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