Peter Dreier

peter dreierPeter Dreier teaches Politics and chairs the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College. His most recent book is The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame (Nation Books, 2012)

Bobby Shriver: Chamber Made

Bobby Shriver Deceptive Flyer

Peter Dreier: Despite outspending Kuehl with money from big corporations, big developers and his own deep pockets of inherited wealth, Shriver is realizing he can’t outsmart or out-campaign his opponent.

War Over Wages, City by City

War Over Wages, City by City

Peter Dreier: This upsurge in government-mandated wage hikes hasn’t come about suddenly. It is the result of years of both changing conditions, effective grassroots organizing, and changing public views about the poor.

Can Los Angeles Communities Bank on Antonio Villaraigosa?

Villaraigosa Community Bank

Peter Dreier: Los Angeles is littered with the debris of banks’ risky and sometimes illegal practices — subprime loans, predatory lending and foreclosed homes that destroyed the lives of families and stripped entire communities of their major source of wealth.

Fantasy Or Forecast? A Progressive Supreme Court Agenda

Progressive Supreme Court

Peter Dreier: Best-case scenario: A Democrat becomes president in 2016, the Democrats keep control of the Senate, and Scalia and/or Kennedy are so enfeebled by then that they have to quit. At that point, a Democratic president can replace one or both with a liberal justice.

Assemblymember Chris Holden, Which Side Are You On?

chris holden

Peter Dreier: Pasadena Democratic Assemblyman Chris Holden cast a decisive vote that thwarted an effort to raise California’s minimum wage. His was the key swing vote that killed a proposal to raise California’s minimum wage to $13 an hour in 2017.

Skechers Can Run, But Not Hide From Abusive Labor Practices

Skechers Labor Practices

Peter Dreier: Skechers has not taken responsibility for making sure that its contractors not only comply with the law but provide decent wages and benefits so that these workers and their families can make ends meet.

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