Protesting Students, Striking Faculty

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Joseph Palermo: The CSU faculty union, after nearly two years of bargaining in good faith to reach a labor agreement with the university’s management, has voted overwhelmingly to authorize the California Faculty Association (CFA) to call for rolling strikes.

The “Flim Flam Man” Fibs Again

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Berry Craig: Romney told another whopper about unions the other night. “We will stop the unfairness of requiring union workers to contribute to politicians not of their choosing,” he said.

Activists Breathe New Life Into May Day

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Peter Dreier: This year, in the wake of Occupy Wall Street and the rebirth of a national movement for social justice, a wide spectrum of activist groups will be out in the streets to give voice to the growing crusade for democracy and equality.

Potent Blood

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Kathleen Peine: I hope many, especially in America, will remember the struggles and deaths of those activists in Chicago during the Haymarket riots, and consider the potent blood that is May.

The Trayvon Martin Case: A Lesson Still to Be Learned

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Walter Brasch: Mistrust and distrust, often fueled by the mass media with their own agendas, may lead some to irrationally believe that entire demographics of people — White, Black, Hispanic, gay, Jew, Muslim — may pose threats to their own safety, leading them to react as if the threats were real rather than imagined.

West Coast Unions Cave to Democrats

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Shamus Cooke: In California, the unions agreed to a rotten compromise, which taxes the rich at a lower rate while including an increase in the state sales tax that disproportionally affects working and poor people.

How Anti-Sodomy Laws Were Sunk

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Rev. Irene Monroe: For some Americans, the photo of Lawrence and Garner wasn’t disturbing just because they were two gay men. The silent issue in the Lawrence v. Texas case was race. While race was not on trial, it was certainly the elephant in the room.

Anti-NLRB Vote: A Dark Victory for Conservatives?

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Steven Mikulan: Conservatives have put aside the boring tasks of creating jobs, loosening credit and saving people’s homes in order to follow their true passion – kicking the ladder away from Americans who are trying to climb up to better lives.

Letter to Angela Davis from James Baldwin

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If we know, then we must fight for your life as though it were our own—which it is—and render impassable with our bodies the corridor to the gas chamber. For, if they take you in the morning, they will be coming for us that night.

Flint 1936, Birmingham 1963: Two Protests That Changed American History

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Mark Naison: Two examples from America’s history show how protest movements that involved grave risk, that broke the law, and that used extremely controversial and disruptive practices, helped organize America’s workers and brought an end to legal segregation.

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