“So I Ran for Congress”: A Sneak Preview

In 2016, Arik Bjorn ran for Congress against Joe “You Lie!” Wilson as the Democratic Party / Green Party fusion candidate in South Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District. Arik has been a regular contributor to Forward Progressives since 2013. Below is an interview excerpt from Arik’s pending book, So I Ran for Congress, which will be published […]

Hillary Clinton Tells the Truth, Gets Called a Racist and Accused of Pandering to Black Voters

Even though I’m a Hillary Clinton supporter, I’m fully aware that she’s far from perfect and quite flawed – like all politicians. Unlike some folks, I don’t get unrealistically infatuated with political figures. I know that no one becomes a successful or long-serving member of our government without a good mix of pandering and a bit of hypocrisy […]

Hillary Clinton Has Earned Her Success. Suggesting Otherwise Shows A Stark Lack Of Political Knowledge

It looks like H.A. Goodman is at it again. You know, the guy who predicted Killer Mike was going to hand Sanders the presidency; that Hillary Clinton was going to finish third in Iowa; and that Bernie Sanders was going to win Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. Yeah… that guy.  Well, this time he’s claiming […]

Inspired by Bernie: Let Those Who Can, Run in November ’16

November 2012. There before me, an empty space on the election ballot. Not one progressive had dared oppose the incumbent.  His tenure in office was marred by admitted “inappropriate and regrettable” behavior, yet he ran unchallenged. The blinking cursor thumbed its nose at me, keenly aware that whatever name I wrote in—be it “Johnny Appleseed” […]

An Open Letter to Bill Clinton, from a Former Neighbor and Bernie Sanders Supporter

Dear President Clinton: We used to be neighbors, though I doubt you would remember me.  I used to live just down the street from you on F & 19th.  I often took evening strolls by your government housing quarters on Pennsylvania Avenue, and waved.  Every once in a while, a sniper atop the White House […]

How to Be a More Active Presidential Primary Progressive in Six Easy Steps

This list is not intended to be didactic.  Revise it.  Expand it.  Print it and use it as cat litter box liner.  Feel free to do with it as you please.  But I have a feeling it will be helpful to more than a few folks out there who want to make a difference but […]

#HeartBERN / #BERNtheRave, or How to Put Bernie in the White House via the Dance Floor

Bernie Sanders cannot win in South Carolina—or most other states—without your help.  There’s no shame in that, by the way.  Because the Sanders Revolution proudly refuses Wall $treet’s bankroll.  It instead thrives on the efforts of the Common Person.  You. Welcome to the Compassionate Political Revolution!  There is no closed-circuit TV overflow room.  You are the […]

Why I Am Voting for Bernie Sanders, by Way of Cornel West: Be a Hope

Mom fell into the donut hole months ago, but she never told me.  Then she fell even harder—and the call came that she was headed to the hospital by ambulance. In the emergency room, the doctor asked my mom why she hadn’t been taking her medicine.  A screwy look appeared on her face—the question prompted […]

It Looks Inevitable, Donald Trump Will Eventually Be The Republican Nominee

When Donald Trump first announced that he was running for president, many political pundits, myself included, wrote his campaign off as a joke. While it may have been a publicity stunt to begin with, it is becoming more and more apparent that Trump intends to become the GOP nominee and face off against Bernie Sanders […]

Donald Trump Is Now Using Ted Cruz’s Canadian Birth Against Him

From the beginning of Donald Trump’s campaign, he and Ted Cruz have had what seems to be an unspoken agreement between the two not to attack each other. As a result, they’ve managed to isolate the rest of the field as candidates like Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson have soared in the polls, only to […]