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The Progressive Movement: Social Sector Issues 101

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on July 26, 2007

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The progressive movement has long addressed issues that speak to a diverse set of cultural constituencies, interests and socio-economic classes. It has not, however, always been the case that work around specific issues has benefited the broader progressive movement on the whole. This course will address a few of those core cultural and civil rights issues that have put progressive activists at odds with each other at times and close allies at others.

This course will address these key questions:

  • What are progressives doing to organize around the issues of women’s rights, disability rights, economic justice, environmental justice, and LGBTQQI rights locally and nationally?
  • Who are your allies if you’re already involved in organizing around a particular issue?
  • If you want to get involved–what can you do for these issues that you care about?
  • How do the issues you care about intersect with the values and vision of other movements?

Course Platform

The Progressive Academy Online is a web-based learning discussion that uses the Moodle platform for curriculum posts and online discussion forums. Participants must have regular access to a computer.

Although participants will not have to “show up” for a lecture, the course instructor will ask for regular and timely responses to discussion questions based on readings and assignments, and that participants engage with the weekly guest speaker by posting questions weekly that guest speakers will respond to. All information and readings related to the course will be available online free of charge.

Time Commitment

The course will require at least 2-4 hours per week, depending on the length of the readings and the amount of discussion throughout the week. As with any educational opportunity, the more time participants can devote to the course, the more reward they will get out of it.

We recognize that some weeks are busier for participants than others. For this reason, we require that each participant commit to posting to the discussion board at least twice per week, but strongly encourage them to post more. The course will be driven by online discussion, and participants should expect to engage in the Progressive Academy Online website at least three days a week.

How to Enroll

To sign up for the course, e-mail


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