Fairness AND Growth: the Progressive Economic Alternative

Today, my organization, American Family Voices launched a new campaign with the video release of “Fairness AND Growth: the Progressive Economic Alternative.” You can view the video below and read all about it in the following press release.


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Sherrod Brown,
Rep. Raul Grijalva, progressive movement advocates, and business leaders
make the argument for a progressive economic agenda.

Washington, D.C. — Today, American Family Voices is launching a new campaign uniting progressive politicians, movement advocates, and socially conscious business leaders to make the argument for a progressive economic agenda, with the video release of “Fairness AND Growth: the Progressive Economic Alternative.” On Friday, October 2nd, AFV, in collaboration with State Innovation Exchange, will convene the “Forging an Alliance Between Progressive Leaders and Socially Conscious Businesses” conference to advance this agenda.

What does such an agenda look like? To make an expanding and prosperous middle class the engine of our economy again, we support ending corporate welfare and closing tax loopholes; increasing wages and strengthening working families; protecting the dignity of retirement by strengthening Social Security and Medicare; investing in infrastructure, education, and green energy to create more jobs; and taming the power of Wall Street.

Our video features exclusive interviews with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Rep. Raul Grijalva, Dr. Gabriela Lemus of Progressive Congress, Damon Silvers of the AFL-CIO, Deepak Bhargava of Center for Community Change, Khalid Pitts of USAction, small business owner MaryAnne Howland, New Resource Bank President Vince Siciliano, and economist Mike Konczal of the Roosevelt Institute, and quotes from Pope Francis, Richard Trumka, and Robert Reich.

The president of American Family Voices, Mike Lux, said, “Together, these voices tell the story of how a movement is rising once again to create an economy that raises working families up instead of enriching wealthy elites — an economy based on a prosperous and expanding middle class, not a trickle-down fantasy.”

Since the beginning of 2015, a variety of organizations and individuals have promoted a progressive economic agenda:

Alliance for a Just Society
American Family Voices
Campaign for America’s Future
Center for Community Change
Center for Popular Democracy
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
National People’s Action
Progressive Change Campaign Committee
Progressive Congress
Roosevelt Institute
The Progressive Agenda Coalition
Working Families Party

“The emperor has no clothes: Reaganomics simply doesn’t work for the majority of Americans,” said AFV Executive Director Lauren Windsor. “This country was not built to be a serfdom. We need a progressive economic agenda to ensure we don’t become one.”


Homeland Security Showdown Is An “American Snafu”

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Today, American Family Voices (an organization where I consult) released “American Snafu,” a parody of an “American Sniper” movie trailer themed around the current Department of Homeland Security funding debacle. AFV is calling on Congress to pass a clean funding bill, without the contentious Republican riders to defund President Obama’s executive orders on immigration.

Without resolution by Friday, DHS employees from Border Patrol to FEMA to the Secret Service to the TSA will be furloughed or forced to work without pay. Not only is this showdown irresponsible, but it’s also dangerous, especially in times of escalating terror threats from ISIS and increasingly extreme winter weather conditions that have triggered a State of Emergency across the country. This is neither fiscal nor defense conservatism — ideologies the Republican Party likes to preach, but not practice.

AFV and I agree with former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Tom Ridge — the debate over immigration should not be held on the backs of DHS employees, and Congress should not be playing political games with national security. The employees of DHS deserve better, Americans deserve better.

Watch “American Snafu” below…