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.
We are living through an ever more undeniable climate crisis.
Wars are a major cause of violence, poverty, and underdevelopment.
Police violence is a leading cause of death for young men in the United States.
The United States is the only high-income country without universal health insurance.
Make the minimum wage a living wage.
Serving the Progressive Movement
Our mission is to provide an independent platform for progressive speakers and to facilitate opportunities for transformative dialogue.
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.
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.