Common Dreams

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Common Dreams
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Type of site
News, political analysis, and commentary for the progressive community
HeadquartersPortland, Maine
Alexa rankIncrease 13,699 (November 2019)[1]
Current statusActive

Common Dreams NewsCenter, often referred to simply as Common Dreams, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, U.S.-based, news website that declares itself as serving the progressive community. Common Dreams publishes news stories, editorials, and a newswire of current, breaking news. Common Dreams also re-publishes relevant content from numerous other sources such as the Associated Press and had published writers such as Robert Reich and Molly Ivins. The website also provides links to other relevant columnists, periodicals, radio outlets, news services, and websites.


Inspiration for the name, "Common Dreams", came from the book title, The Twilight of Common Dreams: Why America is Wracked by Culture Wars, written by Todd Gitlin and published in 1995.

The nonprofit organization, Common Dreams, was founded in 1996 by political consultant, Craig Brown, and the News Center was launched the following year, in May 1997, by Brown and his wife, Lina Newhouser (1951–2008). Brown, a native of Massachusetts, has a long history in progressive politics. He was the director of the Maine Public Interest Research Group from 1973 to 1977 and worked on the presidential campaigns of former U.S. Senator Alan Cranston and U.S. Senator Paul Simon. Brown also served from 1990 to 1994 as chief of staff for Tom Andrews.[2] Part of Brown's job was to compile news for Representative Andrews, which gave Brown the impetus to do the same on the internet.[3]

During the Kosovo War Common Dreams hosted the "Drumbeats of War" site which, according to the BBC, presented "a round-up of interesting articles with wide-ranging points of view that have previously appeared in newspapers and journals across the United States."[4] Known for its anti-war stance,[5][6] by August 2003, had sold, at cost, a quarter-million bumper stickers bearing the message: "Attack Iraq? No!"[7]

Since its inception, Common Dreams has never accepted advertisements or special interest money, sustaining itself through the contributions of its members and readers. This policy was established to assure its independence as a media outlet.


Common Dreams has featured original articles by the following authors:


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  2. ^ " 'about us'". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ Rob, Kelley (4 February 2007). "War on the Web Four: sites worth checking out". Willamette Week. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007.
  4. ^ "Kosovo - the conflict on the Web". BBC Online. June 14, 1999. Retrieved January 2, 2010.
  5. ^ Campbell, Duncan (26 September 2001). "Internet Gives Peace a Chance; The anti-war movement has been fuelled by counter-cultural online news services, making it very different from its Vietnam predecessor". Guardian Unlimited (London).
  6. ^ Nieves, Evelyn (16 February 2003). "Antiwar Organizer's Politics Cause Rift; In a letter on the Web site, more than 150 of the most notable progressive writers and intellectuals in the country." (subscription required). Washington Post: A22.
  7. ^ Weinstein, Joshua L. (22 January 2003). "Spur-of-the-moment thought clicks with critics of Iraq war;A Maine man sells 250,000 anti-war bumper stickers over the Internet". Portland Press Herald (Maine): 10A. Archived from the original on 25 December 2009.
  8. ^ Kirkpatrick, David (2 February 2006). "Two T-Shirts, Two Messages and Two Capitol Ejections". New York Times.

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