WBEZ | progressives http://www.wbez.org/tags/progressives Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 100 years ago: Bull Moose Party stampedes in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2012-08/100-years-ago-bull-moose-party-stampedes-chicago-101275 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/00--TR in Chicago (CDN).jpg" title="August 6, 1912--Roosevelt arriving in Chicago (Library of Congress/Chicago Daily News)" /></div><p>He was back! Before an ecstatic crowd of 15,000 people at the Chicago Coliseum, Col. Theodore Roosevelt declared himself a candidate for President of the United States &mdash; 100 years ago today.</p><p>The occasion was the first convention of the Progressive Party. Roosevelt had served two terms as president, then engineered the election of his friend William Howard Taft in 1908. By 1912 the two men had broken over policy matters, and Roosevelt had challenged Taft in the Republican primaries.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/00--Bull Moose cartoon.jpg" style="height: 316px; width: 250px; float: left; " title="'A new animal in the political menagerie' (author's collection)" />The crowd at the Coliseum knew the rest of the story too well. Roosevelt had won most of the primaries, but the Republican bosses had still nominated Taft. The people had been ignored. So when Roosevelt announced he was quitting the Republicans, he took much of the party with him.</p><p>They had formed a new third party, the Progressives. Now Roosevelt was speaking to them. &ldquo;You know where I stand!&rdquo; he roared. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m ready if you want me!&rdquo;</p><p>The audience yelled themselves hoarse. They remembered the golden years of the Roosevelt administration. He had broken up monopolies, settled strikes, built the Panama Canal, started the National Park system, and won a Nobel Peace Prize for ending the war between Russia and Japan. He&rsquo;d been the most popular president since George Washington.</p><p>Roosevelt spoke for nearly an hour, but the people in the Coliseum didn&rsquo;t notice the time pass. Nothing else mattered when the Colonel was talking. At the end he brought them to their feet, comparing the current fight to the Bible&rsquo;s final war of good against evil: &quot;We stand at Armageddon, and we battle for the Lord!&quot;</p><p>Afterward someone asked Roosevelt about his health. &ldquo;I feel as fit as a bull moose,&rdquo; he declared. From that time on, the new party was nicknamed the Bull Moose Party.</p><p>In November Roosevelt and the Progressives pulled more votes than Taft. But the split in the Republican ranks sent Democrat Woodrow Wilson to the White House.</p><p>The Progressive Party eventually fell apart, and Roosevelt rejoined the Republicans. He died suddenly in 1919. At the time of his death, he was the odds-on favorite to win the Republican nomination for 1920.</p></p> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2012-08/100-years-ago-bull-moose-party-stampedes-chicago-101275 Progressive politics bring community activism to City Hall http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-24/progressive-politics-bring-community-activism-city-hall-82831 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Mayor Harold Washington AP.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The heyday of progressive politics was no doubt during the tenure of the late Mayor Harold Washington. Author <a target="_blank" href="http://aap.cornell.edu/crp/faculty/faculty-profile.cfm?customel_datapageid_7102=16899">Pierre Clavel</a> believes that Washington&rsquo;s ties to progressive groups were in fact the key to his success. Clavel explores the importance of progressive politics in his book, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Activists-City-Hall-Progressive-Response/dp/0801449294"><em>Activists in City Hall: The Progressive Response to the Reagan Era in Boston and Chicago.</em></a> He&rsquo;s a professor emeritus in the department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to Professor Clavel to find out what role progressive politics played in Chicago's recent municipal election.</p><p><em>Nicola Conte, &quot;Forma 2000&quot;, from the CD Bossa Per Due, (ESL)</em></p></p> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 14:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-24/progressive-politics-bring-community-activism-city-hall-82831 Assessor election suggests white reformers ought not go it alone http://www.wbez.org/story/african-americans/assessor-election-suggests-white-reformers-ought-not-go-it-alone <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2010-November/2010-11-03/Claypool_at_Salem.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The results of a fiercely contested Cook County election are exposing a gulf between white liberals and minority voters.<br /><br />Forrest Claypool&rsquo;s anti-machine rhetoric has proven popular over the years with white progressives. But he needed broader support to beat Democrat Joe Berrios in Tuesday&rsquo;s Cook County assessor election.<br /><br />In particular, Claypool had to do better in heavily minority neighborhoods than when he tried to unseat Cook County Board President John Stroger in 2006.<br /><br />He didn&rsquo;t do better.<br /><br />Jamiko Rose, executive director of the Organization of the Northeast, said the results show how far the progressive movement has to go. &ldquo;We need to identify the issues that different ethnic communities care about and build relationships and work on those issues,&rdquo; she said.<br /><br />Many community organizers say a good-government agenda isn&rsquo;t enough. They say reformers also need to focus on issues like jobs, schools and public safety.</p></p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 22:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/african-americans/assessor-election-suggests-white-reformers-ought-not-go-it-alone