Consequences of Republican Power

No sooner had Republican governors finished their oath of office than they were demanding deep concessions from public sector workers in their respective states.

Jobs – Where's the Urgency?

Remarks by AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka, Executive Council on Diplomacy, Army and Navy Club, Washington, DCJune 24, 2011Thank you for the honor of inviting me to speak to you today.

Balanced Budget Amendment Would Threaten Critical Programs and the Economy

Original source: Coalition on Human NeedsUnder the guise of fiscal discipline, House and Senate Republicans are proposing a constitutional amendment to balance the budget.  On June 15, the House Judiciary Committee passed a balanced budget amendment along party lines (H.J. Res. 1, with a vote of 20-12).

Our Brave New World

'The optimum population,’ said Mustapha Mood, ‘is modeled on the iceberg—eight-ninths below the water line, one-ninth above.’

Bahrain's Tribunal-Issued Death Sentences Cause Outcry

Original source: The Atlanta Progressive NewsATLANTA, Georgia, U.S., Jun 11, 2011 (IPS) - Democracy advocates in the United States are troubled by the pending execution of two men who took part in anti-government protests in Bahrain.As some governments around the world are enacting, and even expanding upon, U.S.-inspired anti-terrorism policies - particularly in the wake of pro-democracy movements that have swept Egypt and Tunisia - Bahrain is taking things to a new extreme.

Civil Rights Coalitions Take on Republican Vote Suppression

As Republican-controlled state governments in Wisconsin, Florida, and Georgia push to limit voting rights for low-income voters and people of color, civil rights groups are fighting back.

Say No To Austerity Politics

This past week Jared Bernstein, former economic adviser to Vice President Joe Biden let it be known that no new jobs stimulus, WPA-type programs or mortgage relief is even on the table for discussion among most of the president’s advisers, and apparently the president as well. 

Podcast: Labor’s Independence and the Stakes in the 2012 Elections

Today we discuss responses to a recent speech delivered by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the political independence of the labor movement.

West Virginia Gubernatorial Primary Shapes 2012 Challenges for Progressives

Earl Ray Tomblin and Bill Maloney, Democrat and Republican, will line up alongside Mountain Party candidate Bob Henry in October for a special election to determine a successor to the unexpired term of Joe Manchin, former Governor, who replaced the late Sen. Robert Byrd last fall.