The Green Energy Revolution is coming. The only question is: what kind of revolution it will be? As our economy transitions away from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources like wind and solar we have a choice to make. Either we let market forces drive the transition to clean power, replacing a handful of wealthy […]Read more "Add Your Voice for a Just Transition to a Green Energy Economy"
Bruce Rauner isn’t particularly known for his subtlety—he once said lawmakers should lower the minimum wage in Illinois. In a campaign ad from December 2013, Rauner walks onto a white screen, examines a claw hammer, and puts it on the counter. He reaches down and pulls out a sledgehammer with a self-satisfied look on his […]Read more "Bruce Rauner’s Manufactured Crisis"
On Tuesday, the Senate narrowly advanced a bill giving President Barack Obama—and the next president—”Fast Track” or Trade Promotion Authority to ram through the Trans Pacific Partnership with almost no democratic oversight. The vote is a major victory for multinational corporations and the global one percent. While hundreds of unelected, unaccountable corporate big-wigs literally wrote the […]Read more "Democrats Are Selling Out Both People and Planet"
Senator Bernie Sanders, the socialist from Vermont, is running for president. Even more ambitiously, he told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he wants to lead “a political revolution in this country.” And he’s doing it as a Democrat. In the wake of his announcement, some on the pragmatic left rushed to make the socialist safe for mass consumption. […]Read more "Why Radicals Like Bernie Sanders Should Run As Democrats"
Since the midterm elections, the media has been buzzing about the growing schism between Wall Street Democrats and the populist wing of the party. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s recent victories give evidence for the idea that the populists are rising. With their eyes fixed on 2016, many are asking how we can stop a coronation and nominate a […]Read more "Populist Movement’s “Ground Zero”: The Effort to Reclaim Chicago"
On a crisp autumn day in 2012, I joined a group of pastors and community leaders from the Illinois-Indiana Regional Organizing Network (IIRON) at a church on the south side of Chicago. We talked about the way corporations and the wealthy systematically hoarded political power over the last forty years to make our country work […]Read more "To Build a New Economy, a New Government Comes First"
By Jamie Merchant and Jacob Swenson Sandy Hook. Columbine. Aurora. Tucson. Fort Hood. These names ring out in popular memory as the sites of seemingly random, horrific atrocities. Mass violence and how we can address it has become a hot-button issue and for good reason. Last week, between October 26thand November 1st, there were five […]Read more "Shooting Ourselves: Mass Killings, Austerity, and the Breakdown of American Society"