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Progressive Caucus, Populist Caucus: Progressiver Than Thou?

Late last month, second-term congressman Bruce Braley of Iowa announced the formation of the Populist Caucus in the 111th Congress, a group organized around advocacy for the following principles:

Creating Good Jobs and a Secure Retirement: Creating and retaining good-paying jobs in America, providing fair wages, proper benefits, a level playing field at the negotiating [...]

A Map of Skreened Ethics in Practice

I find Skreened to be ethically awesome. They don’t just print on multiple varieties of organic cotton shirt using water-based inks. They don’t just print on shirts made in sweatshop-free conditions so that the garment workers who make Skreened shirts are treated right. They also send 10 percent of profits back out into the world [...]

Midcoast Plans for Biking and Walking, Preserving Health and Sense From the Ground Up

While Senator Jim DeMint uses his seat in our nation’s capital to mock energy efficiency and shoot down plans for efficient, economical transportation in the United States, local groups are doing the quiet work of building a better transportation system from the ground up.

The Friends of Midcoast Maine, for instance, have been scheduling [...]

National Coalition Emerges in Congress To Protect Farallon Islands

Earlier today, The Green Man highlighted legislation to protect the Georges Bank off the coast of New England from oil exploitation that would cause ecological disruption and damage one of the nation’s most vital fisheries. I’d like to suggest that the struggle over the Georges Bank is a struggle within economics. When we think about [...]

Strike One Against Obama on Oceans Policy

t Ken Salazar, nominated to become the new Secretary of the Interior said during his confirmation hearing that the Obama White House will support expanding offshore oil drilling. How is that change we can believe in? [...]

Grassroots Ozark and Local Paper Break News on Uranium Mining Plan in Aquifers for 4 States

When the private-schooled, hothouse-cultivated journalistic son of a journalistic legend participates in declaring The Death Of Journalism this week because some newspapers and radio networks are laying off staff, I can’t join in. The currently dominating institutions of journalism grew from small enterprises run by whomever could get access to a printing press. The most [...]

Day of Global Climate Marches, December 6 2008

Actions are planned in 93 nations around the world on December 6, 2008 to bring attention to the problem of global climate change. Taking the adage, “think globally, act locally” to heart, marches in each nation will focus on local environmental issues, seeking to bring about changes in policy that taken together may help to [...]

No Ocean Obama Yet

It’s only a matter of time before those of us on land feel the effects of the impoverishment of our oceans. 5 or 10 years from now, it may be too late to do anything. President Obama needs to begin a course of strong action as soon as possible to avert true human disaster resulting from the oceans crisis. [...]

John McCain: Nuclear Safety is Extremist

“Senator Obama will tell you, as the extreme environmentalists do, that it has to be safe.” — John McCain, referring to nuclear power during the October 15, 2008 debate

Safety, schmafety. I mean, that’s so extreme.

Palinism of the Day: Activities Can Be Contributed to the Issues

“You know there are, there are man’s activities that can be contributed to the issues that we’re dealing with now, these impacts.”

— Sarah Palin, September 29 2008

America Shrugs At Poisoned Whales

Sarah Palin supports poisoning whales! For goodness sakes, that’s the kind of story that could really get people’s attention – or so I thought. [...]