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The Secret to Progressive Change in America

The Secret to Progressive Change in America

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    [ssba-buttons] Conservative strategists know a secret. They’ve been using this secret for the last 40 years to frame their issues, grow their base, and fundamentally change America's political landscape.  This one secret has helped them effectively win campaigns, control state legislatures, and dominate our national politics. During this same time ~ worker protections have vanished, wealth inequality has skyrocketed, environmental challenges have worsened, and the American dream has slipped out of reach for many. This video explains how the progressive movement can use this same secret to help chart a course for an America that works for us all. (more…)
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Here’s Why America Needs a Raise

Here’s Why America Needs a Raise

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 Full-time workers shouldn't have to live in poverty. Americans overwhelmingly support an increase in the minimum wage, even when that minimum has been increased in prior years. This is because average Americans understand that the current minimum wage is too low to keep families out of poverty. They also understand that when workers are paid a very low wage, that taxpayers make up the difference in social programs like Medicaid and CHIP. (more…)
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The Real Problem with Money in Politics

The Real Problem with Money in Politics

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 In an impromptu response, Martin Sheen clearly and artfully explains what the true cost of money's corrosive influence on our political system is. Congress is more corrupt than it's ever been, and the American people are more fed up with corruption than they've ever seen.  (more…)
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Wealth Inequality in America

Wealth Inequality in America

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 A short video on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is. (more…)
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RFK on Gross National Product (GNP)

RFK on Gross National Product (GNP)

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 Robert Kennedy describes what is and is not include when a country just measures their GDP: Too much and for too long, we seemed to have surrendered personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things.  Our Gross National Product, now, is over $800 billion dollars a year, but that Gross National Product - if we judge the United States of America by that - that Gross National Product counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage.  (more…)
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FDR’s 2nd Bill of Rights

FDR’s 2nd Bill of Rights

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 After watching millions of Americans suffer throughout the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt delivered his State of the Union speech in 1944 calling for the United States to work towards recognizing a set of rights for everyone that would ensure each American could have the opportunity to experience the full freedom of American citizenship. These rights included protections from medical illness, old age, job loss, and even housing for every American. This is a special video recording (only recently discovered) of this famous State of the Union speech he gave over the radio. What would our country look like today if this 2nd Bill of Rights had been adopted? Many other countries in the world have adopted these same protections. It's still possible for Americans to do the same. [optinform] Help…
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FDR’s Four Freedoms

FDR’s Four Freedoms

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 The Four Freedoms were a concept laid out in President Roosevelt’s 1941 State of the Union address, also known as the Four Freedoms speech. Roosevelt's words came at a time of extreme American isolationism as Nazi Germany was ramsacking much of Europe. They include freedom of speech and expression, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. He gives shape to the bright future he's been talking about during his entire speech. He also provides an answer to the rhetorical question "what are we fighting for?" In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression – everywhere in the world. The second is freedoms of every…
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Robert Kennedy Ripple of Hope Speech

Robert Kennedy Ripple of Hope Speech

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 In a 1966 speech, at the University of Cape Town, Robert Kennedy spoke on Apartheid in South Africa and linked it to the civil rights movement in the United States.  "It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."His "Ripple of Hope" speech highlights the power of each individual doing small acts on their own part towards creating a common good. [optinform] Help us keep our videos…
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