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Progressive Values Stories: John on Equality

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 I interviewed John at his house in Oakland, California.   John says progressives are  looking for equality, for fairness and for justice and that  these are the same values that most Americans have. He went to Berkeley schools in the 60’s and 70’s, and was excited about the overall cultural search at that time of really trying to understand what equality might be.



"You learn about equality in history and civics, but you find out life is not really like that."
Arthur Ashe


"If we are not striving for equality, in heaven's name for what are we living?"
John Hope





 Progressive Values Stories: John on Equality

John: We’re looking for equality, for fairness and for justice.  We’re looking for accountability and for a system of government that is not just a power structure that serves the powerful but that fulfills the stated intentions of the Constitution and the democracy that we are all brought up to believe in in school as opposed to what our government has unfortunately become. 

It’s obvious there are so many reasons why it’s become what it’s become, and so many challenges in trying to change it back to what we progressives, with our ideals, would like it to be.  As I’ve had conversations in the other room, a lot of ideals of what we progressives have are really parallel to what a lot of people who call themselves conservatives have.  They might have the same values under slightly different names, a few dividing issues like gay marriage or abortion, but we’re being deceived into thinking that our values are really at odds with each other, when, in fact, they’re more similar than we realize.

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