Wisdom of Progressive Voices celebrates the words and lives of those who have articulated a “forward thinking” view of political, social, and environmental issues of their times. Through the sampling of those featured in this book, we have illustrated that progressive wisdom has been spoken by men and women from many political walks of life as well as different generations, faiths, and races – all of whom tried to move us forward with the idea that voices who look for common ground, while acknowledging the differences within us, offer a true road map for life’s journey.
The book focuses on the fact that a progressive movement has always been with us – and always will be. It features quotes and beliefs from America’s rich history from the Progressive Movement onward. They people profiled within the book’s pages are those who advocated for social, economic, political, and environmental justice in their eras and whose words are as applicable today as they were when first spoken. Their voices have brought wisdom, inspiration, and hope whenever it has spoken.
Those featured on the pages of Wisdom of Progressive Voices serve as a reminder that progressive voices have been heard throughout generations and provide hope for the future. Reflecting and remembering these amazing individuals provides a great opportunity to keep their spirit and thoughts alive. Wisdom of Progressive Voices takes a step toward breaking down what separates us and spotlights instead those who have walked before us to point out our common humanity.
Here is what several leading progressives have to say about Wisdom of Progressive Voices:
“When you are weary, when you are beaten down by the forces of intolerance, injustice and ignorance….pick up Wisdom of Progressive Voices, for the words of these gifted, courageous men and women will lift you up. They will help you get back into action, fighting for the progressive way.” –Jim Hightower, Syndicated columnist, radio commentator, activist, editor of The Hightower Lowdown
“Wisdom of Progressive Voices is an incredible collection of the words of leaders who have advanced social, economic, political, and environmental justice. This book is an inspirational resource for anyone, especially those working to advance the progressive movement.” –Jeff Blodgett, Executive Director, Wellstone Action
Joanne Boyer is a writer and activist based in Minnesota. Her website Wisdom Voices highlights the lives and thoughts of leading progressive individuals and organizations.