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Striking for Climate Justice

When unionized oil workers at the Tesoro Golden Eagle plant in Martinez, California walked off the job on February 1 to demand safer working conditions, they received some unexpected company on the picket line. Since the beginning of the strike, …

New Haven Rising

All over New Haven during the summer of 2014, people gathered to talk about the need for more jobs—good jobs—for local residents. Jill Marks, an African-American woman, met with neighbors in her home in Beaver Hills, a middle- and working-class, mixed-race neighborhood. John Buell, a public school teacher, hosted a meeting in the upscale neighborhood of Westville. Nubia Wilkins, herself unemployed, led a meeting at a men’s homeless shelter. Within three months, over 2,000 people participated in over a hundred places.

The meetings were central to a city-wide organizing effort by New Haven Rising (NHR)—a group formed in 2012 to address the problems caused by the disappearance of industrial jobs, the fecklessness of local Democrats, and austere state budgets. They represented an attempt to build an economic justice movement across the various communities of New Haven—one involving people who are unemployed, underemployed, and often politically voiceless.

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Belabored Bonus Edition: Han Dongfang on Shop-Floor Democracy in China

Pro-democracy activism in China takes many forms. For longtime labor activist Han Dongfang, it starts on the shop floor. In this Belabored bonus edition, the veteran of the Tiananmen Square uprising and director of China Labour Bulletin discusses his vision for social change in China, and the promise and the peril of labor organizing in the engine of global capitalism.

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