Generation Progress

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Generation Progress
Generation Progress logo.gif
Formation 2005
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Methods Activism, journalism, policy research and advocacy
Parent organization
Center for American Progress
Slogan "Generation Progress educates, engages, & mobilizes a new generation of young progressives"
Mission "To promote progressive solutions to key political and social challenges"[1]
Website genprogress.org
Formerly called
Campus Progress

Generation Progress, launched as Campus Progress in February 2005 and renamed Generation Progress in July 2013,[2] is an American non-profit advocacy group that promotes progressive political and social policy through support for student activists and journalists on college campuses in the United States.[3] Generation Progress is the youth engagement arm of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress.[4]

Overview and goals[edit]

From the organization's founding in 2004 until January 2012, Generation Progress was led by David Halperin,[5] former White House speechwriter to President Bill Clinton. The current executive director of Generation Progress is Maggie Thompson.[2]

In a 2013 re-branding effort, Generation Progress identified economic justice, human and civil rights, and democracy as the group's top priorities. The organization announced that it would work to reach beyond college campuses and involve older, working-class and non-college-bound millennials in liberal activism.[6] Generation Progress is a proponent of gun control.[7]

A partner organization of Generation Progress, Generation Progress Action, engages in progressive advocacy activities.[8]

Activities[edit]

Generation Progress has programs in journalism, activism and events. The organization lobbies Congress and state governments, produces media content, and conducts trainings. Generation Progress has worked with Senator Elizabeth Warren in an attempt to curb rising student debt through a proposal which would lower interest rates and increase taxes.[9]

Generation Progress has organized alternative spring breaks focused on issues including climate change, the death penalty, and the war in Iraq.[10][11]

The organization held it first annual national conference in Washington D.C. in July 2005. The event featured President Bill Clinton and Rep. John Lewis.[12][13] Subsequent national conferences have featured Barack Obama, Tammy Baldwin, Samantha Power, Majora Carter, James A. Forbes, Nancy Pelosi, Russ Feingold, Keith Ellison, Tom Daschle, Ralph Nader, Seymour Hersh, and Fat Joe.[14][15] The organization's events have been co-sponsored by Rock the Vote and the League of Women Voters.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Who We Are & What We Do". Generation Progress. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Glueck, Katie (July 15, 2013). "Center for American Progress to unveil ‘Generation Progress’". Politico. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Lichtblau, Eric (January 14, 2012). "Romney Offers Praise for a Donor’s Business". New York Times. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Rucker, Philip (June 19, 2014). "Sen. Elizabeth Warren to headline summit of young progressives". Washington Post. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "David Halperin". Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Harvard University. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Tam, Ruth (July 17, 2013). "Civic groups reach out to blue-collar millennials". Washington Post. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  7. ^ Wheaton, Sarah (October 20, 2015). "Gun control groups forging alliance with Black Lives Matter". Politico. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  8. ^ "What is the Action Network?". Generation Progress. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  9. ^ Stratford, Michael (March 7, 2014). "Progressive Push on Debt". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  10. ^ Castaneda, Adrian (March 23, 2008). "Alternative Spring Break". Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  11. ^ Ferrara, Leigh (March 14, 2007). "Center for American Progress' Campus Progress Launches New Iraq Campaign and Film Project". Mother Jones. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  12. ^ Faler, Brian (July 14, 2005). "Clinton and Other Democratic Leaders Urge Young Liberals to Get Involved". Washington Post. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  13. ^ Graham-Felsen, Sam (July 19, 2005). "Generation Next". The Nation. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  14. ^ Powers, Elia (July 13, 2006). "Organizing the Campus Left". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  15. ^ Matthews, Ashley (June 29, 2007). "Pelosi Draws Cheers at Conference of Liberal College Students". Kansas City Infozine. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 

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