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Smash Up Derby podcast

by on November 28, 2017

Earlier this year, my friend Sam Smucker and I started the Smash Up Derby podcast – a podcast about “working class politics.”  By working class politics we mean a political perspective rooted in the shop-floor struggle for power in the workplace, expressed through unions or other organizations advocating for working people.

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Don’t end DACA, pass comprehensive reform

by on September 18, 2017

In the summer of 2005, I was young undocumented immigrant, with little hope and few prospects for a dignified future. Having just graduated high school not long before, I watched as my friends began college, took their first full time jobs, or joined the military.

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UnKoch My Campus

by on September 6, 2017

UnKoch My Campus works with passionate students, fiery faculty, and concerned community members to fight the corrupting influence of Koch brothers’ funding at over 300 universities across the country.

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It’s Time to Fire the “Union Boss”: Here’s Why

by on September 4, 2017

In case natural disaster, nuclear war, and unpredictable political leaders are not enough to keep us up at night, we remain under threat by an age-old specter: the menace of the “union boss.” Just this week a Newsmax headline screamed “Union Boss: Too Early for 2018 Targets,” while the Washington Times blared “Union boss Richard Trumka focused on retaking Trump’s Rust Belt states next year.”

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Imagine If Migrant Workers Had Labor Rights

by on August 19, 2017

Women in migration are not ‘vulnerable,’ in need of ‘rescue’—they are advocates and agents of change. Current migration policies must be changed from being about ‘protecting women’ to ‘protecting women’s rights. The rights of capital to move freely across borders is unchallenged.

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Nancy MacLean on Democracy Now

by on July 1, 2017

Amy Goodman spoke with Duke University historian and former LAWCHA president Nancy MacLean, author of the new book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America. MacLean uncovers the instrumental role the late libertarian economist James Buchanan played in the right’s campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting and privatize schools.

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Black Education, Racism, and Class: Reflections from a Charter High School Graduation

by on June 20, 2017

This May I attended the commencement ceremony for a young cousin who was one of 117 graduates from an overwhelmingly black charter high school in a south suburb of Chicago.  Launched in 2010, the school – which I will dub “South Charter High” – was the brainchild of black educators, and working-class and middle-class parents, a fair share of them former Chicagoans displaced from the city by urban redevelopment and a skyrocketing cost of living. 

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