Welcome to the

Progressive Movements Commons

And temporary Post-Trump landing page for Research for Progress by Chip Berlet

This is a demonstration site that will be turned over to a group of progressive organizations in 2018

Contemplate the resources featured below and pick one. If you don't pick one, your screen will just stay like this...
(So if you stare at this abyss, it will stare back at you)


Movements, Anti-Racism, and Some Ways through Thanksgiving

by Chandra Russo
Colgate University, Sociology and Anthropology Department

As a social movement scholar and a sociologist of race, gender and class, it’s hard to know where to start in making sense of the 2016 Presidential Election results. Regardless of whether one agrees that this election was a referendum on racism, misogyny, homophobia and xenophobia, it is indisputable that this year, a populist message articulated in racist, misogynist, and xenophobic tones was a winning one.... >>> Read More about what we must do...

Showing Up for Racial Justice Thanksgiving Toolkit: "Bringing Justice Home"

Featured Resources:

Urgent Care: A Section on Safety and Security

Defending Civil Liberties: Activists Should Start Here for News and Resources
Bill of Rights Defense Committee and Defending Dissent Foundation

No Fake News!
Search or Browse Curated List of over 250 Reliable Websites

from progressive, liberal, and civil liberties organizations

Race, Gender, Class - try to separate them and you help build systems of oppression. 

How Systems of Oppression are Created and Maintained
Prejudice + Power = Oppression

Why Trump's Bigoted Rhetoric Matters Because Bigoted Right-Wing Populism Leads to Violent Attacks
Heroes Know Which Villains to Kill: How Coded Rhetoric Incites Scripted Violence

Movement Building 101

Core Progressive Groups

Black Lives Matter 
Center for Media & Democracy
Center for New Community
Class Matters
Greenpeace USA
Highlander Center
Institute for Southern Studies
National Association for the Advencement of Colored People

National LGBTQ Task Force
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
National Organization for Women

Political Research Associates
Race Forward
Spirit House Project
Showing Up for Racial Justice
Western States Center
Working America

Click here for an expanded list of over 250 reliable
progressive, liberal, and civil liberties organizations

Democracy and Human Rights: Demos

Selected Reliable Progressive Media:

The American Prospect
Democracy Now
In These Times
Mother Jones
Nation Magazine
Progressive Magazine
Washington Spectator

Targeted Commercial Media
Indian Country News
High Country News

Selected list of experts on the far right and fascism: < under construction

Roger Griffin
Cas Mudde

Companion Websites For Studying Trump, Populism, and Fascism

Right-Wing Populism in America Excerpts from the book and expanded resources

What are the Tools of Fear Used by Trump? From Bigotry to Scapegoating to Violence

How Organized Wealth Keeps Screwing U.S. A Slightly Snarky History of the 1%

Scholar Bob Altemeyer on Authoritarianism:
Donald Trump and Authoritarian Followers and Authoritarianism & the Tea Party Movement

Definitions for Progressives < under construction

Specific edits of Wikipedia pages pass a cursory check on being sensible

What is Fascism?
Best definition: Roger Griffin, "[F]ascism is best defined as a revolutionary form of nationalism, one that sets out to be a political, social and ethical revolution, welding the ‘people’ into a dynamic national community under new elites infused with heroic values. The core myth that inspires this project is that only a populist, trans-class movement of purifying, cathartic national rebirth (palingenesis) can stem the tide of decadence.

See also on this Wikipedia page:
Reliable definitions of fascism for progressives: Robert Paxton, Umberto Eco, Emilo Gentile.
Common right-wing or economic libertarian definitions of fascism: Friedrich August von Hayek, John T. Flynn, Linda & Morris Tannehill
Definitions by Ultra-Right of Fascist ideologues: Benito Mussolini
Idiocentric definitions: Charles Maurras

What is Right-Wing Populism?
Right-wing populist movements are ...a repressive populist movement motivated or defined centrally by a backlash against liberation movements, social reform, or revolution. This does not mean that right-wing populism’s goals are only defensive or reactive, but rather that its growth is fueled in a central way by fears of the Left and its political gains.
by Chip Berlet and Matthew N. Lyons

What is White Nationalism?
"White Nationalism is an ideology and system of power that constrains our activities in the United States in ways that range from subtle to blatant. White Nationalism is extolled by organized supremacist groups and armed insurgents, but also by major media figures and political leaders."
by Chip Berlet

What is Authoritarianism?
"Donald Trump and Authoritarian Followers"
by scholar Bob Altemeyer

What is Totalitarianism?

Bibliographies, Research Archives, and Informatics