Elizabeth DiNovella

<span class="floatleft"><img src="http://www.progressive.org/images/staff/lizeditorweb.jpg" width="70"></span>Elizabeth DiNovella is Culture Editor of The Progressive. She writes about activism, politics, music, books, and film. She also produces Progressive Radio, a thirty-minute public affairs program hosted by Matthew Rothschild. Before working for The Progressive, DiNovella was the News and Public Affairs Director at WORT-FM, the community radio station of Madison, Wisconsin.<br>
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The Chicago Way

“Ramrodding bills through because you’ve got the clout to do so—rather than because you’ve got arguments on your side—is not a good way to do the people’s business,” Barack Obama once said about Bill Daley, his new chief of staff.
But that was back in 2003, when Obama was just in the state legislature, and Bill Daley was the head of SBC. Obama was criticizing Daley for his heavy-handed lobbying drive that benefitted the telecommunications company.

Activism Highlights of 2010

1. Local Community Radio Act

After more than ten years of grassroots organizing, we can celebrate the passage of the Local Community Radio Act, which will open up the radio dial to more communities around the country.

This is a major victory. It is the result of grassroots organizing: long-term commitment and vision, coalition building, and outmuscling corporate power.

For more information, visit Prometheus Radio Project.
2. 350.org

Increased Lobbying by Manufacturers of Full Body Scanners

As holiday travelers grumble about the TSA’s airport screening practices, the manufacturers of full body scanning machines have increase their lobbying efforts.
USA Today reports that “companies with multimillion-dollar contracts to supply American airports with body-scanning machines more than doubled their spending on lobbying in the past five years and hired several high-profile former government officials to advance their causes in Washington, government records show.”

Word Smith: Punk Rocker Wins National Book Award

Patti Smith just won the National Book Award for her beautiful memoir, Just Kids (Ecco Books). Smith gives us the tender story of her longtime relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. The two met in the summer of 1969, when both were hungry and homeless in New York City, and quickly fell in love. They were proverbial starving artists and often faced a choice between buying art supplies or day-old bread.
Just Kids book cover

Charmer in Chief

President Barack Obama rolled into Madison, Wisconsin, on a crisp fall afternoon to rally his base for the upcoming midterm election. He spoke on the stairs of U.W.-Madison’s Memorial Library to an energetic crowd of 26,500 people

“I don’t know about you, but I’m fired up,” he said when he took the stage to a roar of applause.

Obama was noticeably looser in his speech than in previous visits during the presidential campaign. Casually dressed in a light blue dress shirt with rolled sleeves and no tie, the President warmed up the audience with tales of his youth.


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