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New report details perverse policies that are driving more people into hopeless, inescapable poverty.

While a self-serving and bought-off Conservative majority in Congress -- along with its DINO ("Democrat In Name, Only") enablers -- remains mired in the sludge of their own "agenda" of destructive and inane policy proposals, out in the world beyond D.C., activists and everyday folks are marshaling and growing a populist Progressive movement with teeth. Clearly it is the passionate and inspiring work from SenatorsElizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN 5) and others who are showing the nation what real leadership looks like, while helping to move forward a Progressive agenda that is already bringing to the national debate real issues of concern to the people of our nation.

The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) is the center of gravity of left and progressive politics in the United States today. Over the past two decades it has grown steadily in size, sophistication, and impact. Today its membership listed on the CPC website is 68 Representatives and one Senator.

Low-wage workers compromise more than 70 percent of individuals enrolled in federal and state-run poverty assistance programs

Stagnant wages and declining employer-provided benefits mean that low-wage workers in the United States are increasingly reliant on federal and state-run public assistance programs.

"Nothing illustrates more how much the political system is rigged in favor of the wealthy," warn critics of the bill

In another boon for U.S. billionaires, Congressional Republicans are planning to ring in this year's Tax Day with a vote to repeal the federal estate tax. 

 

The Service Contract Act is obscure, and the Department of Labor has to police every complaint, so sometimes it's just overlooked.

There’s one group of people in this country who probably get less sympathy than anyone else: felons.

If you’re a convicted felon, very few Americans care about your plight. Can’t find a job or an apartment because of your record? Too bad, we tell them, you shouldn’t have committed a crime.

Speaking with news outlets for the first time, witness says victim did not have possession of Taser as officer initially claimed

Of the numerous problems Rahm Emanuel is facing in his campaign for reelection as Chicago's mayor, two in particular stand out.

One, Emanuel is widely perceived as anti-worker and anti-union while being a close ally to the city's financial elites. (He used to work as an investment banker, after all.)

The Fight for 15 and the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) have joined together to demand that Chicago Public Schools (CPS) employees should earn at least $15 an hour, including contract workers such as the janitors provided by Aramark in a controversial privatization of school sanitation that has provoked protests by public school principals. 

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  • Populism Is Helping to Define and Build the Progressive Movement +

    While a self-serving and bought-off Conservative majority in Congress -- along with its DINO ("Democrat In Name, Only") enablers -- remains mired Read More
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    Speaking with news outlets for the first time, witness says victim did not have possession of Taser as officer initially claimed Read More
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    In a show of electoral strength by anti-union Republicans in Congress, the U.S. House of Representatives easily passed legislation Thursday Read More
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