Change.org Drops Michelle Rhee Group Under Pressure From Progressives
In a surprising reversal, Change.org, the progressive online powerhouse that channels grassroots energy into petition-based activism, has dropped two anti-union clients, including Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst, according to multiple sources familiar with the decision.
What’s needed at this political moment? 5 well-known leftists, 5 strong opinions
Juan Gonzalez: We have to start saying “working class” again. When politicians say “the middle class,” their purpose is to exclude poor and immigrant labor from the American people. The key responsibility of progressives is to reject this concept of the middle class.
Unionism, austerity, and the Left: An interview with Sam Gindin : Platypus
Last November Platypus organized a teach-in led by Sam Gindin of the Canadian Auto Workers on “Public Sector Unionism, Austerity and the Left” at York University in Toronto. What follows is an edited version of the interview Andony Melathopoulos of Platypus conducted with Gindin as a follow up to the teach-in.
Family Net Worth Drops to Level of Early ’90s, Fed Says - NYTimes.com
The recent economic crisis left the median American family in 2010 with no more wealth than in the early 1990s, erasing almost two decades of accumulated prosperity, the Federal Reserve said Monday.
Thousands March Silently Down Fifth Avenue to Protest Stop-and-Frisk Policies - NYTimes.com
In a slow, somber procession, several thousand demonstrators conducted a silent march on Sunday down Fifth Avenue to protest the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policies, which the organizers say single out minority groups and create an atmosphere of martial law for the city’s black and Latino residents.
Workers Allege Forced Labor at Walmart, Plan March in NYC
Mexican guestworkers who exposed forced labor on Walmart's Louisiana supply chain will march on the New York City offices of Walmart board members on Tuesday. They will be joined by community and labor allies.
What Fires Young Progressives' Activism? A New Study Asks Them
Today, Colorlines.com's publisher, the Applied Research Center, released "Millennials, Activism and Race," a report on the motivations of young people who are active in progressive politics.
Students Press for Action on Immigration
Young illegal immigrants want President Obama to use executive powers to allow them to remain legally in the country.
Noam Chomsky: Palestinian Hunger Strike a Protest Against Violations of Elementary Human Rights
We begin our hour-long interview with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky by discussing the Palestinian hunger strike.
Preying on the Poor by Barbara Ehrenreich
Individually the poor are not too tempting to thieves, for obvious reasons. Mug a banker and you might score a wallet containing a month’s rent. Mug a janitor and you will be lucky to get away with bus fare to flee the crime scene. But asBusiness Week helpfully pointed outin 2007, the poorin aggregateprovide a juicy target for anyone depraved enough to make a business of stealing from them.