By now you may have seen Peter Dreier’s feature for The Nation, "The Top Fifty Progressives of the Twentieth Century." As Peter writes in his introduction, "The radical ideas of one generation are often the common sense of the next. When that happens, give credit to the activists and movements that fought to take those ideas from the margins to the mainstream. We all stand on the shoulders of earlier generations of radicals and reformers who challenged the status quo of their day." In this moment where the word "progressive" is often used as a slur, we thought it valuable to remind readers of the great and inspiring contributions progressives have made to this country. The list isn’t perfect and there are plenty of worthy progressives left out. That’s why we’re counting on you, starting Monday, to weigh in with your own nominations – both for progressives that should have made the list, and for the most influential progressives of the 21st Century.
As we head back to school and into an increasingly challenging landscape for the teaching of our civic history, I hope you’ll tweet, email, pass along and share this essential guide.
Also this week …
VIDEO: GOP Women and Abortion
The "mama grizzly" phenomenon may be real, but what does it mean for women’s right? On Rachel Maddow last night, our Melissa Harris-Lacewell looked at the Republican women running for office this year, and where they stand on choice and reproductive rights. Watch the video here.
PODCAST: The Breakdown with Chris Hayes
In April, President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the New START Treaty, the biggest nuclear arms pact in a generation. The treaty, the first of its kind in almost ten years, would diminish both countries’ nuclear arsenals and allow for greater transparency in nuclear policy. Although the treaty has been met with strong objections from some members of the Republican Party, the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee has recently approved the treaty. New START now faces the Senate floor for a full vote. But what exactly is the New START Treaty, and what would happen if it did not pass? On this week’s edition of The Breakdown, DC Editor Chris Hayes and non-proliferation expert Joe Cirincione try to answer these questions and the long term implications for the New START Treaty. Listen here.
NEWS FROM IRAN: Hiker released
You likely saw that Sarah Shourd, one of the three American hikers held in Iranian prison since last July, was released this week. We have followed this story closely, reporting in June that the circumstances of their arrest differs from what Iran originally reported. Shane Bauer, a Nation contributor, and Joshua Fattal remain in custody; we will continue to follow this story and hope for their swift release – and that Shourd can shed some light on the situation. Read more from The Nation Institute’s Esther Kaplan here.