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In Memoriam: Michael B. Katz

August 28, 2014 · Blog

We at Dissent are deeply saddened by the loss of our longtime contributor and friend Michael Katz, who passed away on Saturday. Katz’s contributions to Dissent in recent years included “Why Aren’t U.S. Cities Burning?” (2007), “The Death of ‘Shorty’” … {…}

By Editors
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Belabored Podcast #59: Labor Rights as Civil Rights, with Moshe Marvit

August 22, 2014 · Blog

Is the right to form a union also a civil right? Belabored asks Moshe Marvit, who recently helped turn the idea into legislation now pending in Congress. Plus: “crowd work,” Ferguson, unionizing Elmos, and why we need a four-hour workday. {…}

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen
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Where the Promise of Preschool Ends

August 21, 2014 · Blog

This August, as I look over names of my incoming prekindergarten and kindergarten students, my attention is divided. I’m also focused on Ferguson. At an assembly on August 14 in Washington, D.C.’s Malcolm X Park, I joined the hundreds gathered … {…}

By Amy Rothschild
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Presidential ADD

August 21, 2014 · Blog

Why has Barack Obama—one of the most eloquent and thoughtful of recent presidents—become such a terrible politician? Midway through his sixth year in office, his ineptitude is pretty clear. He frustrated and demobilized the huge base he built during his … {…}

By Michael Kazin
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Fighting Gentrification, But To What End?

August 18, 2014 · Blog

Blocking new development does not stop renovation and displacement. {…}

By Benjamin Ross
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The Not-So-Secret Serum

August 16, 2014 · Blog

“I guess if Washington Times prints it, it’s not totally baseless?” a colleague tweeted. For the second time in as many weeks, those of us closely following the Ebola outbreak in West Africa had to process the news that another … {…}

By Adia Benton
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The Making of Ferguson

August 16, 2014 · Blog

Over the course of St. Louis’s history, local segregation was enforced by a tangle of public and private policies. {…}

By Colin Gordon
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Is Spain Ready to Abandon the Monarchy?

August 11, 2014 · Blog

The first president to take office after Spain’s return to democracy passed away this spring. The death of Adolfo Suárez was met with a significant outpouring of public sympathy, and Madrid’s international airport was promptly renamed in his honor. The … {…}

By Max Holleran
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Belabored Podcast #58: Holding McDonald’s Responsible, with Catherine Ruckelshaus

August 8, 2014 · Blog

This week, Belabored talks to Catherine Ruckelshaus, General Counsel of the National Employment Law Project, about the NLRB’s McDonald’s ruling, and what it means for workers facing the “Who’s the Boss” problem. {…}

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen
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Why the UN?

August 2, 2014 · Blog

One of the more unsettling developments in the Gaza conflict thus far has been the shelling of UNRWA sites by the Israel Defense Forces. On July 30, at least nineteen people died and many more were wounded when a UN school-turned-shelter in … {…}

By Atossa Araxia Abrahamian
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