Type of site
|News, political analysis, and commentary for the progressive community|
|Alexa rank||13,699 (November 2019[update])|
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. Part of Brown's job was to compile news for Representative Andrews, which gave Brown the impetus to do the same on the internet.
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." Known for its anti-war stance, by August 2003, commondreams.org had sold, at cost, a quarter-million bumper stickers bearing the message: "Attack Iraq? No!"
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: