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Where Is the Hope?

January 7, 2021

by Randall Morton, Founder, The Progressive Forum


I feel violated. When I was a college student in Washington, D.C., I brought friends to the gallery of the House of Representatives, where I revered the ceremonies of power and debates on the noblest of matters. Yesterday, Trump-incited terrorists desecrated this space.

An Optimistic View: How DO We Heal the Soul of America?

November 20, 2020

by Randall Morton, Founder, The Progressive Forum

How did we get to a place where 47% of the electorate voted to re-elect a president after four years of official cruelty, separating children from parents, ignoring a deadly pandemic, and nearly destroying American democracy?

That 73 million people voted for Trump is irrational by any measure. How do we understand this?

As President-elect Biden says, stopping the vitriol is essential. But there are more fundamental answers in the fields of economics, therapeutic psychology, and even genetics.

Robert Reich Free Livestream Interview at The Progressive Forum October 1, 12:30 pm CT

Popular progressive movement leader Robert Reich will discuss his latest book, The System: Who Rigged it, How We Fix It, and other topics in a free, 30-minute livestream interview with Progressive Forum founder Randall Morton, Thursday October 1 at 12:30 pm CT. Robert Reich was the 22nd Secretary of Labor and co-founder of Inequality Media.

Houston’s Forgotten Historic Role Toward Women’s Equality

August 24, 2020

by Randall Morton, Founder of The Progressive Forum

The National Women’s Conference started with a torch relay from Seneca Falls with the final leg down Allen Parkway, a run led by conference leader Bella Abzug, Billie Jean King, and Betty Friedan.

With the recent celebration of the suffragists achieving women’s voting rights, let’s reflect on Houston’s forgotten history in furthering feminine equality and constitutional rights.

Now in The New Yorker! Houston Beyond Fossil Fuels.

The recent essay by Progressive Forum founder Randall Morton made The New Yorker!

Houston Beyond Fossil Fuels

July 28, 2020

by Randall Morton, Founder of The Progressive Forum, the Oilfield Breakfast Forum, and Randall Morton International, Inc.

A depression is a good time to start a business. This is what I learned in Houston’s 1985 oil bust. After losing my job in an oil supply company, I was overwhelmed by the shock of insecurity and grief, and lingered in an emotional limbo for months.

Robert Reich at The Progressive Forum April 6, 2020

The 22nd U.S. Secretary of Labor and co-founder of Inequality Media, with nearly 4.5 million social media followers, Robert Reich will speak and sign books for his latest book, The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It, at The Progressive Forum in Houston on Monday, April 6.  

Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn at The Progressive Forum January 16

Popular New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and his spouse, Sheryl WuDunn, will discuss their new book, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope. They are the only married couple to share a Pulitzer Prize.

Karen Armstrong Returns to The Progressive Forum November 11

Photo credit: Michael Lionstar

One of the most admired writers on the topic of faith, Karen Armstrong returns to The Progressive Forum to discuss her new book, The Lost Art of Scripture: Rescuing the Sacred Texts.