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Joanne Boyer is founder and editor of Wisdom Voices Press and www.WisdomVoices.com. Her first book is "Wisdom of Progressive Voices." Joanne has worked in professional communications for more than 30 years. Her career includes being the first woman sports writer for several daily newspapers in the 1970s. Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, she resides in Minneapolis with her husband, also an author.
No One Said It Was Going To Be Easy
What would JFK say to those who whine "oh, we'll never get anything done if Bernie Sanders is elected?" Bernie Sanders is calling out the fight in us to remember who we are as a country.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
We Didn't Run Out of Stones
We didn't leave the Stone Age because we ran out of stones. We found a "better way" to do things. Now, more than ever, we need to find a way out of the Stone Age of thinking on climate change, war, and the host of other issues confronting us as we head into 2016.
Thursday, September 24, 2015(2 comments)
100 Years Ago We Thought Very Differently About The Pope
100 years ago it would have been unthinkable for a Pope to address the U.S. Congress. Anti-Catholicism and anti-immigration fervor ran rampant. We take a quick trip back in time to illustrate how one of today's premier Catholic universities and its premier football team came of age despite this discrimination against the Catholic Church. It gives us hope that 100 years from now, the issues Pope Francis discusses today will al
Wednesday, July 29, 2015(1 comments)
After Medicare Celebrations End, Let's Push Harder for Single Payer
There are many reasons to celebrate as Medicare turns 50 this week. Yet it's a time to ask why we still don't have a "Medicare For All" single payer health care delivery system in this country and how the "for profit" insurance companies continue to make it impossible for many to access health care.
Friday, February 20, 2015
Forgetting Our Land Grant Colleges History: Public Higher Education Does Work
We have forgotten that our Founding Fathers and Abraham Lincoln knew that federal and state supported public education was the lifeblood of the nation. We look back on the founding of the time-honored tradition of the land grant colleges. We ask those who think the world began with them, who do you think educated those who educated those who educated you?
Hope: A Duty, Not A Nicety
We asked where do you find hope? We heard from several folks and found our own. Where do you see hope for the year ahead?
Wednesday, August 20, 2014(5 comments)
'The goal is to have one party that's worth a damn'
Mike McCabe's new book, Blue Jeans In High Places: The Coming Makeover Of American Politics, offers ways to break out of the political entrapment of our current two-party system. "I came to the conclusion that this is a moment that cries out for some political game changers." As he describes, we have one party that's scary and another that is scared.
How Much Has Changed In 100 Years?
100 years ago we were arguing about the same social and political topics as we are today. The more things change, the more they stay the same? And through it all there have been proud progressive voices to counter those who spoke of fear and absolute truths. Find out more about the person who said, "The truest ambition is so to employ life as to be of the greatest service to others." Take that Ayn Rand.
Monday, March 10, 2014
The Minnesota Peace Project: A Model For All 50 States
The Minnesota Peace Project is the quintessential grass-roots organization that works diligently with its state’s Congressional delegation to help affect change and move us to a more peaceful and non-violent world. Peace is a non-partisan issue and the group has effectively used the art of listening as they work with Democratic and Republican representatives.
Building A 21st Century Progressive Infrastructure
"My bet is on the American people," says David Bender, political director of ProgressiveVoices.com, a new platform for building a 21st century progressive infrastructure. Few have walked the long and winding progressive road for as long as Bender. He should know if it's a good bet.
Embracing Moral Mondays 7 Days A Week
Bill Moyers' Frontline feature "Two American Families" hit a little too close to home: I grew up in one of the neighborhoods features. What was the bedrock of American middle class life has been destroyed intentionally by policies and politicians of both parties. Where is the moral outrage from "We The People?"
The Common Good, The Planet, and Humankind
Sojourners editor Jim Wallis' newest book asks us to consider an ancient concept called the common good in order to help with the political, environmental, and social ills of our day. As we face terrifying news about climate change what more do we need to understand the concept of interconnectedness and the common good?
Monday, April 15, 2013(1 comments)
We Are Not Broke: Ellison Reintroduces The Robin Hood Tax
We need to change the conversation. We, as a country, are not broke. There are many things we can do to change the inequality dynamics facing us today -- that don't involve preying on the marginalized. The Robin Hood Tax is one simple solution.
A Night For Truth Seeking And Hope
Mike Malloy has been raising Cain his entire professional career. His voice and commentary have helped to keep truth in our political discussions of today. This past weekend he reflected a bit on hope for the future.
A Shout Out To We The People
The progressive voice of the American people became louder and stronger in 2012. Examples abound everywhere and on every topic from voting rights to workers rights. We salute the American people -- with several examples -- of how individuals and organizations are fighting back and reclaiming our proud progressive past.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012(1 comments)
He spoke for the disaffected, the impoverished, and the excluded
Today is Bobby Kennedy's birthday. For those of us who grew up in the 1960s when our country was torn by inequality and war, he offered us hope that we could think outside of ourselves and that peace was far more profitable than war. In his honor, we remember him today.
Paul Wellstone: 10 Years Later, Oh How He Is Missed
Paul Wellstone's brilliant progressive voice was silenced in a plane crash 10 years ago this month. We should never forget (and thanks to Wellstone Action his legacy lives on) his belief that government could positively impact people's lives.
A Movement Afoot To Eradicate Citizens United
Move To Amend's Midwest Barnstorming Tour is generating enthusiasm to do the work of eliminating Citizens United from our lives. Similar to all social movements, there's much work to be done.
We Are Not Made For War
The work for peace never ends. Those who attended the Peacestock gathering this past weekend were reminded of this by two great voices who speak for no more war -- Father Ray Bourgeois and David Swanson.
After The Ruling: Continuing To Speak Truth To Power
The Supreme Court has ruled, but the for-profit health care industry continues to apply its "deadly spin" as to how people will benefit from this first step in putting people instead of profits first in health care.
Single Payer: Moving Forward In The States
Single payer remains the only common sense solution to our health care crisis -- no matter what the Supreme Court rules on the Affordable Care Act. The states continue to move forward. Vermont was first. Will Minnesota be next?
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Helping To Soothe Your Post-Wisconsin Hangover
David Swanson minces no words -- activism is a daily struggle, not marked by one election cycle. However, he cautions that we are in uncharted waters with this newest form of legalized campaign bribery.
Go Ahead Supreme Court, Make Your Ruling
Whatever the U.S. Supreme Court decides on the individual mandate and health exchanges, citizens are ready, willing and able to change our broken health care system into something that is "people centric."
Wednesday, March 14, 2012(4 comments)
"The real impetus of voter ID laws is partisan"
Voter photo ID laws laws are part of comprehensive campaign to deny the vote to millions for partisan gain -- essentially sacrificing the health of our democracy to win elections. So says Judith Browne Dianis, co-director of The Advancement Project. Learn how you can fight back.
Monday, March 12, 2012(3 comments)
They're Back: Those Wonderful Wisconsinites Won't Give Up
Those incredible people in Wisconsin continue to inspire us and show us what democracy looks like. They remembered last weekend by marking the one year anniversary of Gov. Scott Walker's union-stripping legislation. They also looked forward to his recall.
The Fraud of 'Voter Fraud'
Elections cannot be free and fair unless they are open to every eligible voter. Photo ID requirements erode the integrity of elections. Just why are all these photo ID laws being passed in Republican-controlled legislatures across the country?