28 Sep 2011

Can Educating Consumers Help Make Farm Labor Fair?

Cross-posted from TheNation.com This summer in California, as legions of migrants culled America’s bounty from sun-scorched fields, Governor Jerry Brown put the right to unionize even further out of their reach. Brown’s decision to veto a controversial bill to provide streamlined card-check voting for farmworkers trying to form unions reflected

23 Sep 2011

As U.N. Debates Palestinian Statehood, Palestinian People Still Ignored

Cross-posted from Colorlines.com Depending on which part of the world you occupy, the United Nations is either a well-meaning but inept political body, or a place where humanitarian ideals go to die. Either way, this week’s General Assembly gathering has revealed that the U.N.’s founding principles often ring hollow in

18 Sep 2011

Political Power Struggle Overshadows South Africa’s Broken Promise

Cross-posted from Colorlines.com It’s been more than two decades since South Africa overthrew apartheid rule, but ordinary South Africans today live under a different, subtler form of oppression–governed by those who came to power as their liberators. The crisis that has gripped the regime of the African National Congress (ANC)

17 Sep 2011

In Anti-Government Politics, “Time-Out” on Regulation versus Shortened Lives

Cross-posted from In These Times Seizing upon a reliable “job creation” talking point, conservatives have stoked their war against “big government” by trying to freeze federal actions to protect the public. The proposed “Regulatory Time-Out Act,” which would impose a one-year moratorium on “significant” new regulations, takes aim at regulations

17 Sep 2011

In a Precarious Revolution, Libya’s Endgame Is Only Beginning

Across Tripoli, revolutionaries have perched themselves on a dangerous dream. Author Khaled Darwish reflected in a recent New York Times dispatch from the capital’s battered streets: I heard that Al Sarim Street was full of the bodies of the dead, including women and children who had fallen to snipers’ bullets

10 Sep 2011

Scant Room for Equity in Obama’s Talking Points on Jobs

Photo by Kevin Lamarque-Pool/Getty Images Cross-posted from In These Times. President Obama’s jobs speech before Congress struck an uncomfortable balance between the art of the possible and the sophistry of defeatism. The speech did offer some serious ideas about reinvigorating the stagnant economy. But for all the talking points—from infrastructure

10 Sep 2011

Ten Years On, Sick Ground Zero Workers Still Without Proper Care

This weekend, the public will mourn a site of loss, recasting the painful memories and haunting fears that still hover over the aftermath at Ground Zero. But the people who worked and breathed that tragedy in the days and months following September 11 won’t be at the primary commemoration ceremony

02 Sep 2011

Georgia’s Celebrated No-Cost Labor Scheme: Cheating the Jobless?

Cross-posted from In These Times For a typical boss, there’s only one thing better than getting away with not paying your workers: getting the government to supply you with people who will work for free. It’s an employer’s dream that may soon become reality around the country, as President Obama

02 Sep 2011

Labor Day Showdown: Can Advocates Stop ‘NAFTA of the Pacific’?

Cross-posted from Colorlines.com This Labor Day, the Pacific Rim will wash into the Midwest’s flagship city, and activists will confront the tides of global commerce with a demand for global economic justice. At trade talks in Chicago, the Obama administration will work with other officials to develop a trade agreement

27 Aug 2011

To Stop Corruption, Fight the Power, Not the People

Protestors rally against corruption in Bangalore, India. (CC/akshaydavis)   Cross-posted from Colorlines.com Absolute power corrupts absolutely, and in a world where the gap between the powerful and powerless grows wider each day, corruption in political and economic institutions spreads much faster than shame. Political power is abused wherever it exists—with