SFCHRONICLE.COM: Progressives under attack from right — and left

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For more than 25 years, Liz Suk, executive director of Oakland Rising and Oakland Rising Action, has worked as a nonprofit leader and grassroots organizer focused on addressing issues facing Black, brown and Indigenous people. “Progressive” became popular decades ago as a way for some on the left “to work within the constraints of the political system to pull the Democrats more to the left” and further away from the failed policies of Republicans, she told me recently.

“The word ‘progressive’ means to me we’re moving us toward a place where the harm of gentrification, displacement, capitalism, corporations holding power, developers holding power, all of these things, we’re trying to create policy that moves us away from that,” Suk said.

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