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Brazil Starts the World Cup With a Hangover

June 13, 2014 · Blog

The Brazilian team’s performance in the World Cup opener mirrored the host country’s preparations for the event—moments of brilliance offset by disorganization, self-destructive lunges, farce, corruption, and a dubious result. If this is victory—no thanks. Back in 2007, when Brazil … {…}

By Bryan McCann
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Belabored Podcast #54: Teacher Tenure on Trial

June 13, 2014 · Blog

This week brought bad news for public schools, when a California court ruled in Vergara v. California that teacher tenure laws were unconstitutional. Belabored talks to California teacher Frank Wells about the implications of the lawsuit, the motivations behind it, and why tech companies are so interested in changing schools. Plus: World Cup unrest in Brazil, a win for child care workers in Vermont, and more. {…}

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen
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Should We Fight the System or Be the Change?

June 10, 2014 · Blog

It is an old question in social movements: Should we fight the system or “be the change we wish to see”? Should we push for transformation within existing institutions, or should we model in our own lives a different set of political relationships that might someday form the basis of a new society? {…}

By Mark Engler and Paul Engler
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The Wage Crunch in Perspective

June 9, 2014 · Blog

Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century merits ongoing praise for the renewed attention it has drawn to the challenge of American inequality. The decade of collaborative and comparative work on the trajectory of top incomes that it represents, as … {…}

By Colin Gordon
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A New Solidarity for the New Poland

June 5, 2014 · Blog

In the post-1989 era, “there is no alternative” became not only the slogan of Poland’s economic transition but a very palpable reality. Today, as Poles celebrate #25yearsoffreedom, aggressive free-market reforms are still the order of the day, and the right is rising. So what does Poland’s post-communist generation actually have to celebrate? {…}

By Jakub Dymek
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Not a VA Scandal, But a War Scandal

May 30, 2014 · Blog

President Obama is “madder than hell” at the Department of Veterans Affairs. At issue is whether VA hospitals in the Southwest and elsewhere used off-the-books lists to hide the fact that veterans often waited months to see doctors, dozens allegedly … {…}

By Jack Schneider
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Belabored Podcast #53: Art, Academia, and Labor Struggles in Abu Dhabi, with Andrew Ross

May 30, 2014 · Blog

As activists shine a spotlight on labor abuses surrounding the Guggenheim and NYU’s expansion to Abu Dhabi, Belabored speaks with Andrew Ross about global labor struggles and the role that the arts and academic communities can play in transnational movements for social justice. Plus: Sheryl Sandberg’s latest “Lean In” fail, Jeff Bezos as the World’s Worst Boss, Uber organizing, and more. {…}

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen
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[EVENT] Dissent at Left Forum 2014

May 27, 2014 · Blog

Dissent invites you to join us for two panels at this year’s Left Forum, which will be taking place this weekend (May 30–June 1) at John Jay College in New York City. Register for Left Forum here. Cloud Labor: Working … {…}

By Editors
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In the Hands of “New York’s Boldest”: Cecily McMillan at Rikers

May 27, 2014 · Blog

Rikers Island is a bleak atoll in New York City’s East River, festooned with razor wire, home to some 13,000 prisoners, and run by correctional officers (“New York’s boldest,” as they call themselves) with serious attitude issues. It was not … {…}

By Maurice Isserman
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Building Organization Through Movements: A Defense of Alinsky

May 23, 2014 · Blog

Community organizers and those who write about them have a bad habit of exaggerating the divide between “organizations” and “movements.” Building the kind of people power we need to slow, halt, and reverse present trends requires of various organizing camps … {…}

By Mike Miller
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