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15 wins for the progressive movement in 2013

Posted by on Dec. 30, 2013 at 1:34 AM
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By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company
Saturday, December 28, 2013 10:56 EST
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As we near the end of the year, here are some of the biggest progressive wins we saw. They’re in no particular order, but you can rank them in the comments.

1. Wounding ALEC …  

They say sunlight is the best disinfectant, and that proved true this year as activists continued to expose the previously shadowy workings of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

2. Love wins …

Last New Year’s Eve, gay Americans could legally marry in 10 states. When the ball drops this year, they’ll have that right in 18 states.

3. Progressive cities …

These weren’t partisan battles – in LA, two Democrats, Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel, made it through the runoff to face each other in the final election, and in New York, the real battle was in the Democratic primary as polls showed that any of the three leading Dems would have beaten Republican Joe Lhota in the general election.

4. Stop-and-Frisk checked …

5. Predatory lending checked …

In November, regulators enacted tough restrictions on predatory lending by  banks insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Sally Kohn reported that the rules were largely the fruit of a two-year campaign by National People’s Action, “a national network of grass-roots organizations with more than 200 organizers in cities and states across the country.”

6. People got raises … and sick days

7. Larry Summers derailed …

Progressive Democrats in the Senate, led by Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Jeff Merkeley (Ore.) and Sherrod Brown (Ohio) — and pressure from reform-minded activists — forced Larry Summers to withdraw his nomination for Federal Reserve chairman in favor of Janet Yellen, who was generally expected to be much tougher in terms of regulating Wall Street.

8. Fili-busted …

9. Gun safety …

10. A march to war was stopped …

11. Domestic workers got some dignity …

12. A global fight in a Washington county…

Whatcom County elections aren’t usually a subject of national attention. But this year, a slate of four progressive candidates for the county council, backed by grass-roots activists and environmental groups, beat back a group of business-backed rivals. As Joel Connelly reported for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the results of the race will likely kill the development of the massive, $600 million Gateway Pacific Terminal, which would export as much as 48 million tons of climate-changing coal to China every year.

13. California expands access to reproductive health care …

14. Homeowners got some protection against foreclosures …

Homeowners’ bill of rights legislation passed in Minnesota and Nevada and went into effect in California this year.  Among other protections, these laws banned so-called “dual-tracking,” when lenders foreclose on a homeowner who has an application pending for a loan modification. During the first month the law was in effect in Nevada, foreclosure-related filings fell by almost 40 percent.

15. Immigrant rights activists win a couple in Connecticut …

If immigration reform isn’t dead in the nation’s capitol, it’s gravely ill and on life support. But in Connecticut and California, lawmakers decided that public safety was more important than anti-immigrant sentiment. Those states joined a growing number that allow unauthorized immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses after passing a background check and the necessary written tests and driving exams.

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Goodwoman614
by Satan on Dec. 30, 2013 at 1:56 AM

BUMP!

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by on Dec. 30, 2013 at 2:16 AM
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Goodwoman614
by Satan on Dec. 30, 2013 at 4:10 AM

Hard fought progress. Outcome of a lot of long, hard work.


Carpy
by Emerald Member on Dec. 30, 2013 at 5:54 AM
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Also known as loses for America.

jcrew6
by Platinum Member on Dec. 30, 2013 at 8:44 AM
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What are the facts that support these as wins, OP?
Goodwoman614
by Satan on Dec. 30, 2013 at 2:25 PM

BUMP!

Goodwoman614
by Satan on Dec. 30, 2013 at 2:26 PM

BUMP!

Goodwoman614
by Satan on Dec. 30, 2013 at 5:30 PM

BUMP!

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