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

We connect audiences with speakers who address the climate emergency, U.S. police violence and military aggression, single-payer healthcare, income inequality and other topics that are central to the progressive movement in the United States.

End The Wars

Wars are a major cause of violence, poverty, and underdevelopment.

Medicare For All

The United States is the only high-income country without universal health insurance.

Serving the Progressive Movement

Our mission is to provide an independent platform for progressive speakers and to facilitate opportunities for transformative dialogue.

The challenge

The rise of neoliberalism, a political project based on privatization, deregulation, globalization, and austerity, has turned popular news and communication channels into advertising avenues that ultimately favor the interests of the few over the many. 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”)