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One month before voters head to the polls for midterm elections, tens of thousands of progressive activists from across the country converged on the Lincoln Memorial Saturday to take part in the One Nation Working Together March on Washington.

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.

Ari Melber discusses immigration reform and Crist’s switch to Independent on The Dylan Ratigan Show.

Over a thousand gathered to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and to pass the torch to a new generation.

Under Obama, accountability for rights violations during the "war of terror" has been thin.

How the war on drugs gave birth to a permanent American undercaste.

Friends of The Nation and of Howard Zinn offer recollections of the man, his work, and his impact on thinkers and activists.

Protesters decry acquittal of three New York City police officers on trial for firing 50 bullets at an unarmed man.

As safety scandals dampen the public's appetite for cheap imports, the European Union is raising doubts about standards and oversight in the US toy industry.

Blogs

The great passion of the president’s last year was a struggle to enact an amendment ending the poll tax and removing wealth barriers to voting. He was right to choose the constitutional route.

November 22, 2013

Prison phone companies like Global Tel* Link get away with charging prisoners exorbitant rates just to keep in touch with their families. Tell the Federal Communications Commission to end this predatory practice. 

October 1, 2013

The smartest thing about the new film The Butler is its depiction of Ronald Reagan’s inadequacies on civil rights—which is something conservatives can’t stand.

September 17, 2013

Representatives of the youth generation were cut from yesterday’s roster of speakers, but that won’t stop them from building a movement on their own. 

August 29, 2013

The right to vote is under the most sustained attack since 1965, but civil rights activists are fighting back.

August 28, 2013

A federal trial rules against the forces of decency in Chicago—despite evidence that the closing of 50 schools is racist and illegal.

August 26, 2013

Home care workers are still excluded from federal labor laws fifty years after protesters demanded inclusion.

August 26, 2013

Dr. Martin Luther King was talking about economic justice as well as racial justice, according to Senator Bernie Sanders.

August 23, 2013

We remember it as the apogee of democratic idealism. At the time, it was feared as a harbinger of violent chaos.

August 23, 2013

A tour through the magazine's archives confirms Gary Younge’s argument in this week’s cover story.

August 23, 2013