"We don't have the luxury of all this whining and agonizing. We've got to turn the agonizing into organizing."
Leaders from core components of the diverse coalition that elected President Obama declared here today that "it's time for us to do it again" to win jobs and justice.
WASHINGTON - In the first 18 months of the Obama presidency, national health care reform was passed, SCHIP was expanded, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was passed, and the Recovery and Reinvestment Act created or saved millions of jobs. Additionally, millions of working families received tax relief and got tax credits towards the purchase of a new home or car, and the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights was passed. Furthermore, we are on the verge of passing the most sweeping financial reform legislation since the New Deal.
WASHINGTON - "We are the change, we have the power," Campaign for America's Future co-director Robert Borosage told progressive leaders and activists from around the country today.
Enforcement of employment, disability rights and other anti-discrimination laws have been stepped up.
Steve Lipton worked as a plumber for over 25 years - the last 16 with the same employer; the last eight as a general foreman. And then one day in January 2009, he was abruptly laid off.
Speaking about the Tea Party movement today at the CPUSA's 29th National Convention here, Jarvis Tyner, the party's vice chairman declared, "If you can't smell the stench of fascism, you may need some aroma therapy."
Mid-term elections seldom spur much grassroots energy, but with much at stake this fall, Organizing for America aims to change that.
Despite record levels of unemployment, Black young people, since the election of President Barack Obama, have become optimistic about the future, according to a number of recent studies.
The most comprehensive changes in financial regulation since the 1930's are unlikely to clear their first obstacle in the Senate tonight as Republicans try to hold out for a bill more favorable to Wall Street.