Category Archives: Labor

A night at the Oscars (“Phew. There. I solved racism!”)

Managed to miss this year’s Oscar nominees, and now you’re biting your nails because the big night is coming and you aren’t prepared?! Me, either. But the good people at Jest have us covered in adorable fashion, with Kids Reenact the Oscar Nominees. For instance, if you missed The Help, little kids can show you what you missed. Continue reading

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Happy Labor Day! Thank a union.

In the United States, today is Labor Day. And it’s a good time to reflect on all the great things that unions have given us — like workplace safety standards, the eight-hour work day, and the weekend.

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Class war? Or one-sided attack?

If I don’t have it, why should you? It’s the basis of the resentment I hear and see on the part of people who snarl about those unions (who get so! much!) those striking Verizon workers, those students on the … Continue reading

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Netroots Nation 2011

This is a guest post by April Lukes-Streich.
It was difficult to choose, as so many [sessions] looked interesting and were sure to be helpful, but I was extremely happy with each of the session I attended. Highlights of some of the panels I attended: Continue reading

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Happy May Day!

“Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.” -Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, Hellraiser. Here in the U.S. Labor Day is a muted affair celebrated at the end of the summer. It’s mostly lost its meaning to millions … Continue reading

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Frances Fox Piven Has a Posse

I’m enough of an Internet Personality that I’ve had some hate-tweeters and hate-bloggers in my time. Not a lot, but a few. But I’ve never gotten as many straight-up nasty responses as when I tossed off a tweet Friday night … Continue reading

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Hello Again, Feministe

She’s baaaaaaaack… Jill asked me to help fill in for her while she’s traveling, and though I’m in no way a good replacement for Jill I agreed, even though I’m in sort of a strange head space around Feminist Blogging. … Continue reading

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On, Wisconsin

This is a guest post by Meredith Clark. Meredith writes about politics, lives in Brooklyn, and thinks everyone should visit Madison in the summertime. She has a blog and is covering events in Wisconsin on Twitter at @MeredithLClark. 70,000 protesters … Continue reading

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Jayaben Desai, 1933-2010

Jayaben Desai has died at 77 years of age. From The Hindu: The diminutive India-born Ms. Desai, who moved to Britain from Tanzania in 1969, came to be known as a “lioness” for her role in leading the two-year long … Continue reading

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The Motherhood Discounting

This is the second in a series examining a post written by Chamber of Commerce Senior Communications Director Brad Peck, and the subsequent apologies for it by himself and Chamber COO David Chavern. Peck decided to commemorate the 90th anniversary … Continue reading

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Pre-Post Poll: Thoughts On Marxist Feminism?

At the community center where I live and work (yeah, long story), I have a lot of freedom to dream up ways of using the space. Starting new programs, things like that. And so, early this year, when a friend … Continue reading

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Book Review: Working For Justice

Working for Justice: The L.a. Model of Organizing and Advocacy edited by Ruth Milkman, Joshua Bloom, and Victor Narro (Cornell University Press) I first found out about this book when I got an email from one of my activist friends, … Continue reading

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