Progressive Speaker is an independent directory dedicated to progressive public speakers and their work.

We promote speakers who focus on issues that are central to the progressive movement in the U.S., such as universal healthcare, workers' rights, getting big money out of politics, stopping endless wars, paying a fair wage, affordable housing, and other issues that are often censored and ignored in the spectacle of social and corporate media.


Serving the Progressive Movement

The challenge
With the rise of neoliberalism and Third Way politics, many in the U.S. have embraced the dominance of minimally regulated capitalism and U.S. imperialism. As a result, public figures calling for an economically and socially just society, and policies with large public approval, have been censored on mainstream media where consumerism and sensationalism run amok.

We believe such ideological limitations are corrosive to the democratic process and unfair to generations of Americans, regardless of their political affiliation. This is why we built Progressive Speaker—to serve the movement for social and economic justice in the U.S. by connecting audiences to the leading progressives of our times.

What do we mean by "progressive"?
Progressives recognize society's most pressing problems and address the systemic conditions that enable those problems in the first place. We don't pledge an allegiance to news channels or corporations. Instead, we stand by the people who are already fighting to end inequality, exploitation, discrimination, and environmental devastation.

Although we wear many hats (journalists, activists, media makers, scientists, entrepreneurs, etc.) we are united in our belief that those most affected by today’s structural problems—the working class, historically marginalized populations, and groups targeted by extremists—should be the generative base for devising and enacting potential solutions to those problems.

Empathy is not simply a matter of trying to imagine what others are going through, but having the will to muster enough courage to do something about it. In a way, empathy is predicated upon hope.

— Cornel West, prominent philosopher & political activist

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