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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.
(14 comments) Friday, January 22, 2016 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.
(2 comments) Thursday, September 24, 2015 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
(1 comments) Wednesday, July 29, 2015 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?
(1 comments) Tuesday, December 9, 2014 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?
(5 comments) Wednesday, August 20, 2014 '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.
Thursday, July 24, 2014 The Grass Roots Fight For A Living Wage
Jennifer Epps-Addison, Executive Director of Wisconsin Jobs Now offers hope for a future that includes a living wage for U.S. workers.
Friday, June 20, 2014 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.
(1 comments) Wednesday, January 15, 2014 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.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 The ACA, Pope Francis, and Me: The Road To Single Payer
How will we ultimately define the success of the ACA? If it moves us to a single payer system to include those as Francis calls "on the fringe" then it will haven't meant something for us as a country.
Friday, July 12, 2013 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?"