Weekend Reading List

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

For this weekend’s reading list we have a website urging North Carolinians to vote Against the anti-LGBT Amendment One on May 8, an excerpt from Paul Krugman’s new book, an accounting of the SEC’s increased criminal and civil prosecutions of financial fraud, a report on the importance of immigration to our economy and fiscal future, and essays on how coalitions and strategies around the fight for LGBT equality can provide instructive examples of how progressives can win in other policy areas.


Know and Love – A collection of videos of North Carolinians speaking out against Amendment One, the anti-LGBT state constitutional amendment that is on the ballot on Tuesday, May 8.  Many North Carolina voters appear to be unaware that Amendment One would bar not only marriage equality but also legal recognition of all civil unions and domestic partnerships.  If you know people in North Carolina, please urge them to vote Against Amendment One on Tuesday, May 8.

The SEC: Outmanned, Outgunned, and On a Roll - the story of how the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has undertaken an unprecedented number of criminal and civil actions against financial malfeasance over the past few years.  In 2011 alone, the SEC filed a record 735 enforcement actions and collected $928 million in penalties, almost four times the amount it collected in 2008.

How to End This Depression – an excerpt from Paul Krugman’s new book End This Depression Now! on how we can achieve government policies that would finally bring economic recovery and strong job growth.

How Organized Labor Helped Win Marriage Equality in Maryland and Washington, And What We Can Learn – how SEIU, UNITE HERE, UFCW and other unions worked with LGBT activists to achieve marriage equality in Maryland and Washington, and how labor and LGBT groups can continue to work together on achieving labor victories for both groups.

America’s Secret Growth Weapon: Why Immigration Really, Really Matters – an accounting of how immigration is critically important to economic growth in the US, and in keeping our population younger so that Medicare and Social Security can stay afloat.

What Gay Rights Activists Can Teach the Left About Winning - the story of significant progress on LGBT equality during the Obama Administration demonstrates the importance of progressives figuring out how to constructively pressure the Administration to take progressive stands, rather than either assuming the Administration will do so on its own or pretending like President Obama is no better than the Republicans.

This Valentine’s Day, Help Keep the Progress Towards Marriage Equality Going

Monday, February 13th, 2012

As Winning Progressive reported recently, 2011 was a banner year for LGBT equality.  And 2012 is off to a good start.  Yesterday, Washington State’s Democratic Governor Chris Gregoire signed legislation making that state the seventh to recognize marriage equality.  In doing so, Gov. Gregoire reversed her previous opposition to marriage equality, and Washington became the first state in the country to recognize marriage equality after having previously banned it.  Meanwhile, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit struck down California’s anti-marriage equality Proposition 8 as violating the US Constitution, though the case is now going to the US Supreme Court. And yesterday, the New Jersey State Senate approved marriage equality by a 24-16 vote.

While significant progress has been made, much work remains to ensuring that all LGBT Americans have the same right and opportunity to marry the person they love that heterosexual Americans have.  This Valentine’s Day is a great time for all of us to step forward and support the fight for marriage equality.  Here are five states where helping advance the cause of equality will be especially important in 2012:

New Jersey

The New Jersey marriage equality bill now goes to the state General Assembly, where it is expected to pass.  However, GOP Governor Chris Christie has vowed to veto the legislation, claiming that marriage equality needs to be subject to a voter referendum. If you live in New Jersey call Gov. Christie – 609-292-6000 – and your state legislators, and write a letter to the editor in support of marriage equality.


In Maine, marriage equality supporters turned in more than 105,000 petition signatures in support of putting the issue of marriage quality on the ballot for the 2012 elections.  This figure is more than twice the number of signatures needed. Assuming that the initiative gets on the ballot, we need to work to make sure it passes.  The organization leading the fight is called Why Marriage Matters Maine, and here are links to helping out:

* Organization website   * Contribute   * Volunteer   * Facebook page    *Maine newspaper links


Supporters of equality suffered a setback last spring when marriage equality legislation that had passed the state Senate was narrowly defeated in the state House of Delegates.  A large progressive coalition, however, is back to get the legislation passed in 2012, and Maryland’s Governor Martin O’Malley announced last week that he has made the legislation one of his administration’s handful of top legislative priorities.   Equality Maryland is leading the fight by, among other things, holding weekly phonebanks throughout the state.  Here are links for helping out:

* Organization website   * Contribute   * Volunteer   * Facebook page   * Maryland newspaper links

Minnesota and North Carolina

Unfortunately, there are also states where we have to play defense, as conservatives have gotten anti-marriage equality initiatives onto the ballot in Minnesota and North Carolina.  In Minnesota, the opposition to this initiative is being led by Minnesotans United:

* organization website  * Contribute  * Volunteer  * Facebook Page    * Minnesota newspaper links

In North Carolina, the effort to stop the anti-marriage equality Amendment One is being led by Protect All North Carolina Families:

* organization website   * Contribute   * Volunteer  * Facebook Page   * North Carolina newspaper links


Weekend Reading List

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

For this weekend’s reading list we have things to be thankful for, a critique of progressive disillusionment, the newest front in the battle against coal, a dangerous proposal to allow indefinite detention of US citizens, and a conservative multimillionaire’s effort to buy North Carolina’s political system. 

If you have any feedback on these articles, or would like to recommend an article for next weekend’s reading list, please let us know at Winning Progressive’s Facebook page.

Top Ten Things Americans Can Be Thankful For in 2011 - The end of the Iraq War, democractic progress in Tunisia, crime continuing to fall, grassroots activism, and other things that we can be thankful for.

When Did Liberals Become So Unreasonable? – an in-depth critique of some progressives’ disillusionment with President Obama and previous Democratic Presidents.

The Coal Pipeline: In Pacific Northwest, a Local Battle Has Global Fallout - how the fight to stop the expansion of coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest has become the latest front in the battle against climate change.

Senators Demand the Military Lock Up American Citizens in a “Battlefield” They Define As Being Right Outside Your Window - An ACLU action alert about a dangerous provision of the National Defense Authorization Act pending in the Senate that would authorize the military to indefinitely detain American citizens suspected of ties to terrorism even if arrested here in the US. A vote is possible as early as Monday, so call your Senators and urge them to vote in favor of the Udall Amendment that would stop this blatant undermining of our civil liberties.

State For Sale - How Art Pope, the conservative multi-millionaire owner of Variety Wholesalers, is working to shift political control in North Carolina far to the right.

North Carolina Newspapers

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Here are links to the letter to the editor email addresses and websites of North Carolina newspapers.  Keep your letter to under 150 words.  Make sure to include your name, address, and telephone number as the paper will want to contact you to verify that you wrote the letter.

Please send us an email if any of these links are broken or if you’d like to suggest a North Carolina newspaper to add to the list.

Asheville Citizen-Times

Boone High Country Press

Cary News

Charlotte Observer

Durham Herald-Sun

Fayetteville Observer

Greensboro News-Record

Greenville Daily Reflector

High Point Enterprise

Jacksonville Daily News

Raleigh News & Observer

Wilmington Star News (login required)

Winston-Salem Journal