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The eighteenth episode of Dissent’s Belabored podcast opens with a round-up of recent labor news: a legal defeat for prevailing wage law in New York, a potential veto of a retail living wage law in DC, a possibly imminent expansion of federal protections for domestic workers, and a contract fight over wages and job security for employees of the ACLU. Then Sarah and Josh interview historian and Dissent contributor William Jones about his new book, The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights. As the march’s fiftieth anniversary approaches, they discuss how and why the march’s politics are misremembered, the relationship between racial and economic injustice, and what the left could do to reclaim the march’s meaning and potential.
Links for those following along at home:
William Jones in Dissent on “The Forgotten Radical History of the March on Washington”
Andrew Elrod in Dissent on the ACLU contract fight
Sarah on minimum wage activism
Josh on DC’s “Walmart bill”
Sarah on NYC’s race for care
Josh’s April interview with domestic workers labor leader Ai-Jen Poo
Sarah on “A Day Without Care”
Josh on “A De Facto Union”
Pieces we wish we’d written:
James Cersonsky, “New labor movement emerges in Scott Walker’s Wisconsin,” Salon
E. Tammy Kim, “Why Do the People Raising Our Children Earn Poverty Wages,” The Nation