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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.
Can Occupy Wall Street Push Us To Single Payer?
A natural extension of the Occupy Wall Street Movement should be Occupy The For-Profit Health Care Corporations. Single Payer remains the answer and we need to stay focused on this issue in 2012.
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?
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?
Wednesday, June 13, 2012(7 comments)
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?
Tuesday, January 10, 2012(1 comments)
'I Did Not Want To Be On The Side Of History That Remained Silent'
With the recall of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker due soon, it's good to reflect back on the events of a year ago to understand how and why this recall is happening. Wisconsin State Senator Lena Taylor, one of the "Wisconsin 14 -- remembers back to those historic days in February 2011.
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.
The Next Generation of Progressive Leaders
Ever wonder if there is a "next generation" of progressive leaders waiting to have the torch passed to them? Wonder no more. Read about the great work being done by the Young Elected Officials Network and its director, Andrew Gillum.
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.
Fighting for Labor and Our Democracy
As we approach Labor Day we need to remember that the fight for workers' rights is really a fight for human rights. Labor organizing veteran Stewart Acuff talks about today's struggle for labor and our democracy.
The Importance of Telling Our Progressive Stories
Telling our personal stories can help keep alive the social and political accomplishments of the Progressive movement. A whole generation needs to hear how our daily lives were improved by what progressives fought for and achieved.
Fighting Back Against Citizens United
Grass roots organizing remains the most potent tool to combat the flow of corporate money into our political campaigns. Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Executive Director Mike McCabe offers some tips on how to do that.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011(3 comments)
Trying to Slay the Citizens United Dragon
The Wisconsin state senate recall elections gave us our first taste of the impact of Citizens United. Some organizations are working to amend the Constitution to stop the damages from this Supreme Court ruling.
"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.
Make American Jobs The Agenda
The Speakout For Good Jobs Now tour began in Minneapolis over the weekend. The Democratic Progressive Caucus is trying to get the conversation back to "Make America Work for Those Who Work For A Living"
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?
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
From Ohio to Wisconsin Labor Leads The Way
Standing up for the middle class is the most American thing one can do and no one does that better than the labor movement in this country. Well wishes from Ohio's AFL-CIO President Tim Burga to the workers in Wisconsin.
Labor Day 2011: Don't Forget The Past
How quickly we can forget the great heritage of the American Labor Movement. Where would we be today without their hard-fought battles to make a middle class. Let's hope we remember before it disappears.
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.
Reclaiming Democracy for 'We the People'
Parker J. Palmer, in his new book "Healing The Heart of Democracy," discusses how "We The People" can reclaim our role in the democratic experiment of this country
Monday, July 16, 2012(4 comments)
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.
'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.
Single Payer: The Only Real Answer
The Affordable Healthcare Act is a baby step toward the finish line of real health care reform in this country. Single payer remains the only real solution.
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
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.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014(1 comments)
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.
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.
Thursday, July 7, 2011(1 comments)
This Time It's Minnesota
The scene was all too familiar. The Minnesota governmental shutdown reminds us that we have to work harder to bring back common sense government for the common good.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.