Magazine article The American Prospect

From the Executive Editor

Magazine article The American Prospect

From the Executive Editor

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AT THIS WRITING, JUST A FEW WEEKS INTO OBAMA'S presidency, a truly progressive governing majority is getting to work. Amid profound crises at home and abroad, the new president and Congress can't do it alone--they need the support, criticism, and independent pressure of progressive social-change organizations.

The NAACP is among the oldest of such organizations, and confronted with facile proclamations of a "post-racial" society, it faces the challenge of defining a mission suitable to the situation of black America today. Its young new president, Benjamin Jealous, is an Obama-like figure but one who passed up politics for activism. Our writing fellow Adam Serwer sheds a light on the state of racial politics and activism in this new day.

Organized labor is another venerable anchor of progressive politics, but it has been stalled by the inability to form unions in the face of massive employer resistance. Editor-at-Large Harold Meyerson writes that without the Employee Free Choice Act, unions are often forced to organize outside the workplace, bringing massive political and public pressure on companies. …

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