Oliver Ortega

Oliver Ortega

Oliver Ortega is a writer based in Madison. His work has appeared in The Progressive, Counterpunch, the Boston Globe, and other publications.



A thousand activists gathered in Washington, D.C. at the People’s Action convention this past weekend. Their target? Translating protests into electoral victory. more

Apr 26, 2017 2:07 PM Resist!


Bold Nebraska

Even as the Trump Administration aims to roll out the red carpet for the fossil fuel industry, resistance is rising on a number of fronts. There's much to do. more

Apr 3, 2017 8:55 AM Resist!

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Massimo Brega

Historian Yuval Noah Harari argues that no job is safe from robots. So will the tech revolution spell the end of democracy as we know it? more

Mar 24, 2017 12:37 PM Dispatches 1 Comments


Daniel Cima

The Honduran activist, whose murder may have been planned at the highest levels of government involving elite U.S.-trained military officers, continues to inspire people to defend their rights even in the face of continuing death threats. more

Mar 6, 2017 10:48 AM Dispatches


Sage Ross

People are making trouble for Republican members of Congress who seek to repeal the Affordable Care Act. more

Mar 1, 2017 2:03 PM Dispatches


Lorie Shaull

The outcome of the Ellison-Perez contest will shape how Democrats position themselves as the opposition party at a time of unprecedented mass resistance to the Trump-Republican agenda more

Feb 24, 2017 12:35 PM Dispatches


© Rick Reinhard 2017

Immigrants bring cultural vitality and economic vibrancy to communities across the United States, yet they are living in fear in Trump’s America. Read on to learn what you can to protect and fight for their rights. Your help is vital. more

Feb 17, 2017 12:05 PM Resist!


U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Stories from nationwide raids last week reveal the Trump Administration’s deportation dragnet in action, but the immigration enforcement agency isn't coming clean. more

Feb 17, 2017 11:00 AM Dispatches

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Joe Brusky

Last week’s dragnet swept up over 680 undocumented immigrants, including mothers, long-time residents, and people with no criminal history. In response, a diverse group of immigrants is organizing to protest, create sanctuaries, and get educated. more

Feb 14, 2017 11:26 AM Dispatches


Rick Reinhard

There's much to do. And mark your calendar: On March 10, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will lead a mega-march on the nation’s capital. more

Feb 13, 2017 12:44 PM Resist!



Though he was far from the game, the President’s influence was palpable in many different ways. more

Feb 6, 2017 10:04 AM Dispatches



You don’t have to be a lawyer to fight Islamophobia in Trump’s America. more

Feb 2, 2017 12:00 AM Dispatches


© Rick Reinhard

The orders give agents wide latitude that many immigrants rights activists fear can be easily abused. more

Jan 30, 2017 9:24 AM Dispatches


Jennifer Towne

From the ground of Chicago’s rally, there was no end in sight to the crowd. more

Jan 23, 2017 11:43 AM Dispatches

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Zory Avila (left) Elsa Lopez (right) in Chicago. Photo by Oliver Ortega.

Activists say no wall can be built that will keep them from standing together for immigration reform. more

Jan 16, 2017 12:13 PM Dispatches

Madison joins several cities in protesting the new president-elect. more

Nov 10, 2016 4:53 PM Dispatches 3 Comments