Review (formerly the Idler and later the DC Gazette) was first
published in 1964 and is one of the oldest alternative journals
in America. Regularly ahead of the curve, the Review has opposed
federal drug policy for over 40 years, was a lonely media voice
against the massive freeways planned for Washington, was an early
advocate of bikeways and light rail, supported neighborhood commissions
later adopted in DC, and helped spur the creation of the DC Statehood
Party and the national Green Party,
1990 it devoted an entire issue to the ecologically-sound city
and how to develop it. The article was republished widely.
the Review's editor hosted a meeting at his home that led to
the formation of what is now known as Fair Vote, the leading
advocate for instant runoff voting.
Clinton's nomination we exposed Arkansas political scandals that
would later become major issues. Although our thorough coverage
of the story would get us into a lot of trrouble it remains one
of the most thorough and accurate accounts of the Clinton story.
on NSA monitoring of U.S. phone calls in the 1990s, years before
it became a major media story.
editor Sam Smith wrote an article for Harper's comprised entirely
of falsehoods about Iraq by Bush administration officials.
started a web edition in 1995 when there were only 27,000 web
sites worldwide. Today there are over 170 million active sites.
article on the savings & loan bailout scandal was selected
by Utne Reader as one of the ten most under-covered stories of
the past decade.
1990s, we began reporting on the dangers of electronic voting.
In 1987 we ran an article
on AIDS. It was the first year that more than 1,000 men died
of the disease.
1980s, Thomas S Martin predicted in the Review that "Yugoslavia
will eventually break up" and that "a challenge to
the centralized soviet state" would occur as a result of
devolutionary trends. Both happened.
1980s, we reported on the dangers of computerized voting and
suggested possible solutions including an independent review
of software and an adequate audit trail.
1970s we published a first person account of a then illegal abortion.
we published our first article in support of single payer universal
we ran a two part series on gay liberation.
we proposed DC statehood and explained how it could be achieved.
We also proposed an elected district attorney which the city
would get in 2014.
we published two articles on auto safety by Ralph Nader
we called for the end of the draft.
1960s we proposed community policing
Obamacare was passed, we were one of the few progressive journals
warning of the serious problems it posed.
The Review is edited by Sam Smith, who covered
Washington under nine presidents, has edited the Progressive
Review for 49 years, has written four books (two at the request
of editors), been published in five anthologies, helped to start
five organizations (including the DC Humanities Council and the
DC Statehood Party), was a plaintiff in three sucessful class
action suits, served as a Coast Guard officer, and played in
jazz bands for four decades.
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