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    Trump Wants To Privatize Air Traffic Control. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

    by  • 6 Jun ’17 • the labor movement, the nation • 0 Comments

    Promising “cheaper, faster and safer travel,” the Trump administration announced a plan this week to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system. The announcement Monday marked the first day of the administration’s “infrastructure week,” a series of publicity events around one of the only areas of the president’s agenda that has intrigued some union...

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    What the Big May Day Strike in a Small Pennsylvania City Teaches Us About Organizing

    by  • 5 May ’17 • the labor movement, the nation • 0 Comments

    The first May Day of the Trump era saw scores of major actions in cities across the United States, but perhaps the most impressive demonstration of worker power took place in the small city of Reading, Pennsylvania. There, 127 stores—about three-quarters of the businesses in the city—shut down in protest, and an additional 500...

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    From Company Town to Rebel City: Richmond, California Shows How Progressives Can Win

    by  • 11 Jan ’17 • the labor movement, the nation • 1 Comment

    Rebel cities have long been laboratories for progressive policy experimentation. Specifically, the small Bay Area city of Richmond, California has stood out for its boldness. It’s now the subject of a new book by Steve Early, Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City, set to be released next...

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    Fighting Trump Isn’t Enough—We Must Also Wage War Within the Democratic Party

    by  • 17 Nov ’16 • the nation • 0 Comments

    What reasonable American does not feel some amount of bitterness about the stunning election win of the short-fingered vulgarian scion of an outer borough slumlord, who squandered a billion-dollar casino fortune, and reinvented himself as a reality TV star and racist demagogue? There’s plenty of acrimony to go around. The cadre of technocratic campaigners,...

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    Making Abortion Rights Real

    by  • 27 Jun ’16 • abortion, the labor movement, the nation • 0 Comments

    The week began on a surprisingly strong note for reproductive justice advocates, as the US Supreme Court, by a 5–3 margin, overturned Texas’s draconian House Bill 2. The law, which Wendy Davis famously filibustered in her pink tennis shoes, purported to protect women’s health by requiring that health clinics providing abortion services “meet the...

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    What Will It Take To Wake Up the ‘Sleeping Giant’ of the New Working Class?

    by  • 8 Jun ’16 • the labor movement, the media, the nation • 0 Comments

    The American working class has been dissed and dismissed. Our unions busted, our wages slashed, our homes foreclosed and our rents raised. We’re blamed for the rise of Trump, but otherwise do not exist in the media landscape. But the working class is a sleeping giant that is beginning to stir and will soon...

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    Bernie Sanders Wasn’t Our First Socialist Mayor: Remembering Milwaukee’s Socialist Party History

    by  • 6 Apr ’16 • me, socialism, the nation • 2 Comments

    As the country’s politics take a right turn, an unlikely progressive wins office as mayor of a major U.S. city. In an era marked by conformity and the primacy of business interests over the common good, he has the temerity to call himself a socialist. Both locally and nationally, his example serves as a...

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    Our Political System Is in the Midst of a Massive Realignment. Here’s How the Left Should Respond.

    by  • 14 Mar ’16 • new york, socialism, the labor movement, the nation • 0 Comments

    America needs a New Democratic Party. No, I don’t mean a Democratic Party made new by a restored commitment to liberal idealism (although that would be useful, too). I mean an American version of Canada’s NDP: an explicitly socialist party that can win on a regional basis, credibly compete on a national basis and...

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    The Terrifying Prospect of Trump vs. Clinton

    by  • 13 Mar ’16 • new york, the nation • 2 Comments

    There is no prospective match-up for the November presidential election that is more terrifying than Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton. The violence and “Heil Hitler” salutes practiced by his supporters make any semantic debate about whether his politics can be defined as “fascist” kinda moot. Ask yourself why he even bothered to schedule a...

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    Friedrichs Is Dead; Labor’s Crisis Is Not. The ‘Scalia Dividend’ Is a Rare Opportunity for Unions.

    by  • 16 Feb ’16 • the labor movement, the nation • 0 Comments

    The Friedrichs vs. CTA Supreme Court case, a nakedly partisan assassination attempt on the labor movement, has died with Justice Antonin Scalia. What cannot die with it is the sense of existential crisis within the labor movement. We need a far-reaching conversation about the pathway back to increased activism, membership and power. Like few...

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    A Robo-Survey from Rep. Donovan

    by  • 9 Nov ’15 • staten island, the nation • 0 Comments

    I just received an official telephone survey call from my newly-minted Republican Congressman, Dan Donovan. The 20 or so questions ran the gamut from raising the debt ceiling to abortion rights to putting troops on the ground in Syria. I’ve been exposed to the sausage-making of enough surveys that I know the wording of...

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