By now you may have seen Peter Dreier’s feature for The Nation, "The Fifty Most Influential Progressives of the Twentieth Century." We’ll be taking your suggestions in the weeks to come, featuring your lists and ideas at TheNation.com and in the magazine. Dreier’s list is the beginning of the conversation. Click here to contribute your ideas and tell us who we missed.
Also this week …
EVENT: The Nation and One Nation Working Together
For all the buzz around the dueling Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert rallies, progressives have a major event coming up even sooner – next Saturday. October 2nd is the big "One Nation Working Together" rally in Washington, D.C., a march organized by the AFL-CIO and the NAACP, and uniting labor and racial justice with environmental, women’s, peace and anti-poverty advocates. Organizers have laid out a set of concrete policy goals from the march; you can find out all the details here. The Nation will have coverage online starting next Friday and throughout the weekend, then the week after we’ll present slideshows, interviews on The Nation on GRIT TV and more.
UPCOMING: Our Election Coverage
The Nation is covering both the issues and the key races in election 2010 over the weeks to come. This week we’re featuring the Russ Feingold race and profiling Florida Rep. Alan Grayson ("The Counter-Puncher") and we’ve been running field dispatches online and in print from all over the country. Next week is a special package: is this the year of the (conservative) woman, with essays from Betsy Reed, Jessica Valenti and Rebecca Traister. Starting next month we’re rolling out a comprehensive map that charts all our election coverage, and through a variety of slideshows, GRIT TV commentaries and articles we’re working to present the voices and views of Election 2010. The best way to track coverage is to bookmark our homepage, and to follow us on Twitter.
INTERVIEW: Kumi Naidoo Comes to The Nation
Kumi Naidoo, executive director of Greenpeace International and author of Boiling Point: Can Citizen Action Save the World?, paid a visit to The Nation’s offices on September 23. After telling us that reading The Nation helped him “keep his sanity” during a few years living in the US, he talked to us about Greenpeace’s work, his new book and the global environmental movement, and answered questions from Nation staffers and from Christian Parenti, a frequent contributor to The Nation on environmental issues. An edited version of his remarks and the Q&A session can be found here; we’ll have video next week.
VIDEO: Jeremy Scahill on Blackwater’s Secret Relationships with Big Business
In his recent piece for The Nation, "Blackwater’s Black Ops," Jeremy Scahill reveals how private security firm Blackwater (now known as Xe) has provided security and intelligence services to a range of powerful multinational corporations over the past several years. Blackwater has also provided intelligence and training to foreign governments, including those of Jordan, Canada and the Netherlands. In this conversation with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, Scahill explains that the documents he has obtained link Blackwater to the shady intelligence services of corporations such as Chevron and Monsanto. But Scahill’s research may be just the tip of the iceberg. "This needs to be investigated," says Scahill, "I’m hoping that other journalists can follow up on what Blackwater was doing…for these powerful multinational corporations." Watch the video here.