Progressives Led Efforts to Bring:
|• Social Security||• Women's Rights||• Civil Rights|
|• Medicare||• Voting Rights||• Child Labor Laws|
|• Healthcare Reform||• Fair Tax Rates||• College Financial Aid|
|• Living Wage Jobs||• Home Tax Deductions||• School Modernization|
|• Workplace Safety||• Consumer Rights||• An End to Unjust Wars|
|• 40-Hour Work Week||• Food & Drug Safety||• Environmental Protection|
|• Labor Rights||• Antitrust Legislation||• Conservation Measures|
|In almost every case, conservatives strongly opposed these efforts that better the lives of all Americans.|
What are Progressives
The origins of the progressive movement date back to the 1880s. Progressivism describes a political movement and ideology in which subscribers believe in progress, change, or reform, particularly in regard to who has control over people's lives.
Progressives tend not to like the status quo and see the current political climate as being dominated by corporate and other special interests whose agendas are contrary to the best interests of the vast majority of Americans. Progressives embrace pluralism and individual human freedom.
Progressives are a diversified bunch. They come from all political parties with a full range of human characteristics.
Progressive ideology supports human rights, living wages, pacifism, consumer safety, healthcare reform, a stop to corruption in politics, an end to corporate welfare, environmental protections, and Social Security. They champion consumer rights and seek a government run by the people rather than special interest groups. Progressives advocate staying out of unjust military conflicts.
Without progressives we would not have unemployment benefits, public libraries, a women's right to vote, environmental protections such as clean air, food safety, a 5-day work week, living wages, child labor laws, desegregation, national parks, Social Security, Medicare, and many other things that Americans take for granted and that make our nation great.