Who are the leading progressives in America today?
I am working on another article, where I'm contacting leading progressives. As I went through the process of contacting some of the people I consider leading progressives who I have emails for, I did some research and some googling. There's not that much out there and the lists I found were not very satisfying. They listed big media people-- MSNBC hosts, Michael Moore,-- but left out activists.
So I'm going to you for your help.
Now, my goal is to identify living progressive, as opposed to liberal leaders. As part of my goal, I'd like your thoughts on what's the difference between a progressive and a liberal. Some people have been pretty critical of liberals, like Chris Hedges, in his book, Death Of The Liberal Class.
Some people classed as liberals, rather than progressives, are leaders of Moveon, Van Jones. What do you think?
Who are the progressives you think of when you think of progressive leaders?
Please list them in a comment, and, if possible include a link to their website or something written by or about them.
My list of progressives I've already written to includes:
Thom Hartmann, Noam Chomsky, Jane Hamsher, Danny Schechter, Kevin Zeese, Kevin Gosztola (a leading under 25 progressive-- any more suggestions for younguns?), John Nichols, Cindy Sheehan (these have already replied and I'll be using their responses in my article. I'll be updating the responder list as responses come in.) and Markos Moulitsas, Margaret Flowers, Daniel Ellsberg, Chris Hedges, Glen Ford, Glenn Greenwald,, Katrina Vanden Heuvel, Medea Benjamin, Jodie Evans, Debra Sweet,, Naomi Wolf, Naomi Klein, David Swanson, Ray McGovern, Ann Wright, Rocky Anderson, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Greg Palast.
There are others on my list, Like Ralph Nader, but I don't have their emails and this is a list of people I've written to.
One aspect of my exploration is I want to ask these people the difference between liberal and progressive.
So, please help me out with your favorite progressives, as compared to liberals. And what's your take on the difference between liberals and progressives?
Many progressive leaders Protesting at the WhiteHouse Gate by Rob Kall
top row: Dan Ellsberg, Ray McGovern, Chris Hedges, Margaret Flowers (face turned away)
next row: Debra Sweet, Medea Benjamin, Jodie Evans ((face turned away)