NPA News

 The New Progressive Alliance (NPA) s a 100-percent volunteer, educational organization comprised of ACTIVE ACTIVISTS dedicated to improving the lives of working men and women and their families by positively influencing public policy. We work to awaken Americans to the reality that only through supporting candidates who support our concerns will those concerns be met. Toward that end, we support the Unified Platform; participate in official public comment opportunities to regulatory agencies; and sponsor and partake in a host of events designed to raise public consciousness of the extent to which corporations maintain near-total control of the political and policy-making process in this country.

Visit this page often to learn what we're working on - and please, join our effort to put PEOPLE BEFORE PROFITS! 

 

I.  News: (Publishing in social media means at a minimum showing a reference to an article  in Facebook at New Progressive Alliance, Leftist Third Party and  Independent Candidates, Green Party Activists, and Truth Bomb Activists. Connections to all of our allies may be found here.)

  • In February 2018 we published an article about civil rights and the police by Florida activist Jeff Roby.
  • In February 2018 the NPA endorsed Doug Mann for the fifth time. His consistent support of needed educational policies makes him a great candidate for the citywide Minneapolis School Board election on November 6, 2018.
  • In February 2018 we published a book review by Sondra Miller of the book "In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of US Global Power."  We need to understand if we are to avoid a long term economic decline.
  • In February 2018 we published an article on our unfortunate direction towards more war.
  • In January 2018 we published an article on the transitions we are facing.
  • In January 2018 we published a reference to high points of a "No Foreign Bases" conference on YouTube.
  • In January 2018 the New Progressive Alliance  welcomed three new allies.

    -The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement works to end international support for Israel's oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law.

    -Evonomics   Launched in October 2015 Evonomics has emerged as a powerful voice for the sea change that is sweeping through economics. Evonomics’ content questions traditional economic theory and attracts hundreds of thousands of readers a month, and even more people on the web.

    -Washington Environmental Council   The Washington Environmental Council is a nonprofit, statewide advocacy organization that has been driving positive change to solve Washington’s most critical environmental challenges since 1967. Our mission is to protect, restore, and sustain Washington’s environment for all.

  • In January 2018 we published an article indicating hope and progress for the environment in 2017. There remains an uphill battle, but the outlook is not hopeless.
  • In January 2018 the New Progressive Alliance  welcomed two new allies. They are Facebook groups Green Party Activists and Truth Bomb Activists. 

    Green Party Activists is an action-oriented group designed for Green Party members to share content that supports the building of the Green Party's electoral power via activism, legislation and electoral campaigns. Green Party Activists is a group for activists within the Global Greens to organize and share content. Green Party Activists  fight for People, Planet and Peace over Profit.

    Truth Bomb Activists is a closed group for many former and current Bernie Sanders, Green Party and Independent voters and activists. They cherish and value TRUTH and justice. They are a DEMEXIT Progressive group that believes you cannot have justice without truth, first. Their commitment to truth means they seek and vet information posted.

  • In January 2018 we published a good article from a New Progressive Alliance ally on specifics of the transformation we are facing.
  • In January 2018 Anthony Noel,  an award winning journalist and founder of the New Progressive Alliance, reviewed a book on the New Progressive Alliance blog.
  • In December 2017 the  NPA published an article about poison pills. “Poison Pills” - or inserting irrelevant unwanted riders in bills - is one bad practice the New Progressive Alliance and other organizations are fighting against.
  • In December 2017 the New Progressive Alliance welcomed as an ally Whole Washington. Whole Washington is an ambitious group of citizens and healthcare professionals, determined to bring universal healthcare coverage to Washington State through a ballot initiative. Whole Washington believes healthcare is a human right.

  • In December 2017 the New Progressive Alliance published a report about a United Nations report on poverty in Alabama. Poverty in the United States is much more widespread and deeper than most people realize.

  • In December 2017 the New Progressive Alliance published an article predicting major instability in the 2020s.
  • In December 2017 the New Progressive Alliance welcomes as an ally the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice which is a center for thought leadership, education and advocacy on the struggle to secure global justice for those people vulnerable to the impacts of climate change who are usually forgotten - the poor, the disempowered and the marginalized across the world.
  • In December 2017 the New Progressive Alliance welcomed as an ally the Economic Opportunity Institute. Their mission is to build an economy that works for everyone by advancing public policies that promote educational opportunity, good jobs, healthy families and workplaces, and a dignified retirement for all.

 

II. United Nations:

 

III. Public Comments:

    The NPA continues to make Public Comments to federal agencies and legislative bodies in the United States and Canada on specific issues to support the Unified Platform  To see all Public Comments  in full we have made since 2012 or see them summarized with our other activities in Annual Reports look here.

  • Public Comment 147: January 2018 – Congress – Clean Budget  In a Public Comment sent to all 535 congressional offices, 149 groups - including the New Progressive Alliance - called on Congress to free itself from poison pill policy riders. The Public Comment states, “Poison pill riders are unpopular as standalone legislation, and the public opposes using them to roll back public protections…Appropriations bills continue to be misused to undermine essential safeguards through partisan poison pill ‘policy riders’ – provisions that address extraneous and unpopular policy issues. Slipping unrelated and damaging issues into must-pass appropriations bills as a means to win approval is a dangerous strategy for the public.”

  • The New Progressive Alliance made three  Public Comments in the final part of December 2017 and ended the year with 35 Public Comments to agencies – more than any other year in the history of the New Progressive Alliance. We make comments either alone or with others, but it is important to fight for policy specifics.

            Public Comment 146: December 2017 – Health and Human Services – CDC Forbidden Words  -  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) budget analysts were informed they are discouraged from using seven words – including ‘“vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based”’ – as they prepare the President’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget.

            Public Comment 145: December 2017 – State Attorney Generals – FERC Abuses - The  Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) has rubber stamped fossil fuel projects for too long.

  •     Public Comment 144: December 2017 – Congress – Challenge Trump on Environment With many other organizations we wrote to all 535 members of congress to challenge Trump on his anti-environmental actions.

  • Public Comment 143: December 2017 – Congress – Net Neutrality  The internet was developed largely with public funds. The New Progressive Alliance - with over 150 other organizations, representing a broad swath of public interest, racial justice, artist, and library interests – supported net neutrality with a petition. We want to keep the internet neutral and open to everyone rather than giving it to corporations for profit and undue influence. Other countries correctly regard it as a utility in their infrastructure and have both more access and more speed. This is yet another area where we are falling behind.   

  • Public Comment 142: Congress – Legislative Priorities - In December 2017 the New Progressive Alliance with 110 other organizations asked Congressional Senators and Representatives to focus on real legislative priorities such as health care, poverty, and helping Puerto Rico recover from the disastrous hurricane that hit their island. These are certainly more important than tax breaks for the very rich.

  • Public Comment 141: In  December 2017  the New Progressive Alliance and over 30 other organizations asked congress not to strip the SEC of its power to regulate for the public good. 

(For years the New Progressive Alliance with other environmental organizations have formed a “thin green line” in the Pacific Northwest United States against huge fossil fuel expansion projects. Though successful so far, the fossil fuel interests keep telling falsehoods and applying again and again. Our latest two Public Comments are once again against the Millennium Coal exports.)

  • Public Comment 140: October 2017 – Washington State Ecology – Stop Millennium

  • Public Comment 139: October 2017 – Cowlitz County Stop Millennium

  • Public Comment 138: October 2017 – World Bank - Stop Financing Fossil Fuels - In October 2017 the New Progressive Alliance urged the World bank – just as we had in April 2015 – to stop the cycle of poverty by financing fossil fuels. 

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