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Belabored Podcast #50: The Future of Work, with Saket Soni

April 18, 2014 · Blog

For Belabored’s one-year anniversary, Michelle and Sarah talk to Saket Soni of the National Guestworker Alliance about how the conditions faced by guestworkers are spreading to more and more of the workforce. Plus: a victory for UPS workers in Queens and a labor uprising in China; the drug-testing of public employees; the fight for $15 in Seattle; and more. {…}

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen
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Fascists For Europe

April 15, 2014 · Blog

Those in the West who were paying attention reacted with shock and indignation when, last month, the newly formed Ukrainian provisional government welcomed a tranche of neo-fascists into its fold. The Svoboda party’s Oleksandr Sych is now Deputy Prime Minister, … {…}

By Adam Blanden
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An Occupier’s Trial

April 14, 2014 · Blog

Cecily McMillan has had trouble concentrating on the master’s thesis she is supposed to be writing this spring under my direction at the New School in New York City, a study of the political beliefs and career of the late, … {…}

By Maurice Isserman
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LBJ Was No Liberal Hero

April 13, 2014 · Blog

From 1964 to 1968, close to 34,000 Americans died in South Vietnam. We will never know how many Vietnamese women, men, and children perished during those years, but the total, according to most estimates, was at least one million. Among … {…}

By Michael Kazin
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Belabored Podcast #49: Mapping New York’s New Labor Movements, with Ruth Milkman

April 11, 2014 · Blog

In New Labor in New York, editors Ruth Milkman and Ed Ott of the City University of New York analyze thirteen worker centers and labor groups focused on the new “precariat”: traditionally non-union sectors like street vendors, domestic workers, struggling freelance “creatives,” and restaurant workers. This week on Belabored, we speak to Milkman about what these case studies tell us about the future of labor. {…}

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen
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The Palestinian Authority in the World Court

April 10, 2014 · Blog

The announcement by Mahmoud Abbas that the Palestinian Authority, which he leads, is now taking steps to join fifteen international agencies has a striking parallel to events that took place in the United States fifty years ago this month. That’s when Malcolm … {…}

By Nicolaus Mills
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How to Criticize “Big Philanthropy” Effectively

April 9, 2014 · Blog

Criticizing philanthropy (or philanthropists) of any kind is tricky. To most people, a negative appraisal sounds off-base and churlish—yet another instance of “No good deed goes unpunished.” Criticizing the immense private foundations that finance and shape the market-model “reform” of … {…}

By Joanne Barkan
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New Board Members and Contributing Editors at Dissent

April 7, 2014 · Blog

We are pleased to welcome three new editorial board members to Dissent. Leo Casey is the Executive Director of the Albert Shanker Institute as well as a long-time friend and contributor to the magazine. Sarah Jaffe is an accomplished labor … {…}

By Editors
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Would Saul Alinsky Break His Own Rules?

April 4, 2014 · Blog

Cross-posted from Waging Nonviolence. Although Saul Alinsky, the founding father of modern community organizing in the United States, passed away in 1972, he is still invoked by the right as a dangerous harbinger of looming insurrection. And although his landmark … {…}

By Mark Engler and Paul Engler
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Belabored Podcast #48: Athlete-Students’ Big Win

April 4, 2014 · Blog

Is the era of the student athlete over? This week on Belabored, Lee Adler joins us to discuss the groundbreaking NLRB decision that Northwestern University’s football players are employees and thus eligible to form a union. Plus: a growing campaign to opt out of standardized testing, the difference between unemployment and retirement, the struggle against Amazon in Europe, and more.  {…}

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen
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