This piece is primarily excerpted from the "Unity for Dignity: Expanding the Right to Organize to Win Human Rights at Work" report recently released by the Excluded Workers Congress. The full report is available for download at: www.excludedworkerscongress.org.
This election highlights the extraordinarily high stakes of this period in U.S. and world history, and is a barometer of which way the country is moving. As I see it the Republicans scored a remarkable victory at a critical juncture in a historic struggle marked by two huge trends.
Organizing Upgrade was initiated in the aftermath of the economic crisis and Obama's election because - as we saw it then - "the terrain of politics is rapidly shifting beneath our feet." The mid-term elections on November 2, 2010 represented another significant shift in the political terrain. Not only did the balance of power shift in the House of Representatives, but the election of dozens of Tea Party candidates indicated disturbing trends in popular political consciousness.