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

We promote speakers who stand for free and fair elections, workers’ rights, universal healthcare, paying a fair wage, getting big money out of politics, and ending U.S. imperialism—ideas that are supported by a majority of Americans, but ignored in the spectacle of mainstream 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.

When the left party in a system severs its bonds to working people—when it dedicates itself to the concerns of a particular slice of high-achieving affluent people—issues of work and income inequality will inevitably fade from its list of concerns.

— Thomas Frank, historian & journalist (quote from “Listen, Liberal”)