Peter Dreier is E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics and chair of the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College. His latest book, The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame, was just published by Nation Books.
The radical ideas of one generation become the common sense of the next. Here, Peter Dreier honors the people who moved progressive ideas in America from the marginal to the mainstream.
The very same senators who smear the public option are staunch supporters of the Veterans Health Administration--and that really is socialized medicine.
In the past month, momentum on healthcare reform has unmistakably shifted as progressives have taken to the streets, the Internet and the halls of Congress to push for a bold plan.
Can the labor movement overcome UNITE HERE's messy breakup?
If progressives are serious about economic and healthcare reform, they must embrace the same approach with Obama they once took with FDR and "make him do it."
Republicans are scapegoating the respected community advocacy group for Wall Street's disastrous lending spree.
The death of Nick Reynolds, one of the Kingston Trio, last week at 75, provoked fond memories of one era and painful reminders of another.
A Michigan news site uncovers a GOP plan to deny people caught up in foreclosure proceedings the right to vote in November. Team Obama files suit to stop the practice.
Young voters could be the key to victory for Obama and Democratic Congressional candidates. Here's how they're changing the electoral map.
It's not that big a leap from the public service work done by community organizers and the pragmatic work of coalition-building done by elected officials.