“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 […]

There’s a Better Way: Infrastructure Investment Paves the Way for Prosperity

This time last year, the rain fell.  And fell.  And fell. The floodgates burst, and South Carolina found itself facing an historic 1,000-Year Flood catastrophe—and the consequences of a decade-plus of Infrastructure neglect under Congressman Joe Wilson. The world watched, as many parts of South Carolina’s Second Congressional District became flood-ravaged lakes following breaches to […]

There’s a Better Way: We Sing the Body Rainbow!

Remarks to the 27th Annual Famously Hot South Carolina Pride Our nation’s great poet once proclaimed: “I sing the body electric!” I am confident that my fellow-bearded Walt Whitman would join me today in exclaiming, “We sing the body rainbow!” The baton of hate and bigotry can easily be passed from one generation to the […]

There’s a Better Way: Remarks to the South Carolina Democratic Party Executive Committee

Good evening.  My name is Arik Bjorn. I sense relief in the room.  “So that’s how he pronounces his name.” BJORN is Norwegian for bear.  And that is precisely the animal that represents my pending campaign against “Status Quo” Joe Wilson.  Grizzly, not koala. MAKE NO MISTAKE:  The Wilson Dynasty will fall once and for […]

There’s a Better Way: I’m Running for Congress in South Carolina

A Daughter’s View Like every parent, I love my child beyond words.  I want my young daughter to have the best opportunities in a peaceful, industrious world.  I am running to represent the Second Congressional District of South Carolina because I am confident that our District can emerge from “Status Quo” Joe stagnation and work […]