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19 Young Activists Changing America

Monday, October 28, 2013 By Peter Dreier, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
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A vibrant grass-roots progressive movement is winning victories, raising awareness and changing lives in every part of the country, but you might not know that if your main source of information is mainstream media. In the midst of a widening economic divide, a corporate assault on working families’ living standards and the right-wing tea party grip on the Republican Party, millions of Americans are fighting back in their neighborhoods, workplaces and voting booths to challenge the plutocracy and restore democracy.

Many of these efforts have been led by baby boomer veterans of the civil rights, anti-war, women’s rights, consumer safety and environmental movements. But in the past decade, a new generation of activists – born after 1960 – has stepped into leadership. Like the change makers who came before them, these activists know that the radical ideas of one generation are often the common-sense ideas of the next: They are practical idealists.

Who are the young radicals and reformers among us now whose names may not be well-known to the general public, but whose activism is leading the country in a more progressive direction? We have collected a sampling here and would love to hear about other activists you would add to the list.

Activists to Watch:
Rev. William Barber
Aaron Bartley
Lucas Benitez
Deepak Bhargava
Jenn Brown
Patricia Castellanos
Teresa Cheng
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins
Leah Fried and Armando Robles
George Goehl
Sarita Gupta
Brad Lander
Kandi Mosset
Ai-jen Poo
Ethan Rome
Angelica Sales
Daniel Schlademan
Amy Schur

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

Peter Dreier

Peter Dreier is the E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics and chair of the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College. His most recent book is The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame (Nation Books, 2012).

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19 Young Activists Changing America

Monday, October 28, 2013 By Peter Dreier, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
  • font size decrease font size decrease font size increase font size increase font size
  • Print

A vibrant grass-roots progressive movement is winning victories, raising awareness and changing lives in every part of the country, but you might not know that if your main source of information is mainstream media. In the midst of a widening economic divide, a corporate assault on working families’ living standards and the right-wing tea party grip on the Republican Party, millions of Americans are fighting back in their neighborhoods, workplaces and voting booths to challenge the plutocracy and restore democracy.

Many of these efforts have been led by baby boomer veterans of the civil rights, anti-war, women’s rights, consumer safety and environmental movements. But in the past decade, a new generation of activists – born after 1960 – has stepped into leadership. Like the change makers who came before them, these activists know that the radical ideas of one generation are often the common-sense ideas of the next: They are practical idealists.

Who are the young radicals and reformers among us now whose names may not be well-known to the general public, but whose activism is leading the country in a more progressive direction? We have collected a sampling here and would love to hear about other activists you would add to the list.

Activists to Watch:
Rev. William Barber
Aaron Bartley
Lucas Benitez
Deepak Bhargava
Jenn Brown
Patricia Castellanos
Teresa Cheng
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins
Leah Fried and Armando Robles
George Goehl
Sarita Gupta
Brad Lander
Kandi Mosset
Ai-jen Poo
Ethan Rome
Angelica Sales
Daniel Schlademan
Amy Schur

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

Peter Dreier

Peter Dreier is the E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics and chair of the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College. His most recent book is The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame (Nation Books, 2012).