Throughout the campaign and in his first weeks in office, President Trump has consistently talked about the importance of infrastructure. But his signature project, a wall on the border between the United States and Mexico, reflects a limited view of infrastructure, its importance, and its potential. A good infrastructure bill would go beyond roads, bridges,

In the week since Donald Trump signed an executive order that banned immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., we’ve seen an outpouring of support for immigrants in every corner of American life. Americans gathered in airports across the country, waving signs and welcoming new people. Companies such as Budweiser joined in with

Recently, I’ve been reminded that, in the words of Dr. King, “the arc of the moral universe bends towards justice,” but not without people pushing it that way. I met some of those people last Thursday morning. Led by New York Communities for Change, they were camped in a plaza outside of Goldman Sachs, and

It began as a Facebook event page created by Teresa Shook, a concerned grandma in Hawaii. It grew into testament to American democracy. The Women’s March that took place on Saturday showcased the values of a free, vibrant society. Women from all races, beliefs and sexual orientations, their partners, their kids, their friends from all

To Resist Tyranny, Look South

For the last two weeks, progressives have been glued to the confirmation hearings of a not-so-secret cabal bent on rolling back the gains of the Obama era. A Department of (In)Justice, a Department of Health that won’t guarantee health coverage, and a Department of Energy whose head won’t rule out cuts to energy efficiency and renewable

During her confirmation hearing earlier this week, Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, was asked by Senator Patty Murray to make a commitment that she would not cut funding or work toward privatization of schools. DeVos responded by saying: I look forward, if confirmed, to working with you to talk about how

Today, Steven Mnuchin faces his confirmation hearing for Treasury Secretary. Since President-Elect Donald Trump selected Mnuchin as his pick for Treasury Secretary, several stories have emerged about the nominee that could be considered disqualifying: for instance, the story of how Mnuchin and his family profited from Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, to the tune of several

The Women’s March on Washington has released an incredibly bold and progressive policy platform that lays out a clear vision for a fairer and more inclusive future. In taking on such a wide slate of policy issues, the platform acknowledges that the rules of our society and our economy are, at their core, deeply gendered and

In his victory speech on election night, the president-elect told the entire world, “I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be a president for all Americans.” This conciliatory note was welcome. Perhaps Trump, who for decades had routinely praised and donated to moderate candidates, would set aside the bigotry and extremism

The Way Forward in 2017

It is an understatement to say that 2016 is not ending as many of us had expected or hoped. Instead, we are seeing fever-pitch conversations six weeks after Election Day, perpetual post-mortems, and an anxious effort to figure out what went wrong and shape a better future. We are all looking for a path forward.