Pastor McClurkin’s Homophobic Past Comes Back to Haunt Him

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Rev. Irene Monroe: McClurkin, a three-time Grammy winner and revered judge on BET’s “Sunday Best,” a reality TV-gospel singing competition show, doesn’t get it that he’s a polarizing figure.

Fast Food Workers Strike for a Living Wage to Support Their Families

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David Love: On August 29—the day after the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington—fast food workers around the U.S. staged a walkout in hundreds of stores in 50 cities, their largest protest ever.

Labor Day News of the WEIRD

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Cynthia Strathmann: As rates of unionization have fallen, so has compensation. One might expect unions to be all the rage with anyone who ever put in a hard day’s work. But this is not always the case, particularly in the United States.

Dreaming of Moral Leadership

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Steve Hochstadt: As Americans recognized the hatefulness of discrimination and the ethical superiority of the movement for civil rights, King’s dreams have become plausible goals.

‘Give Us Back Our God-Given Right to Join a Union’

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Berry Craig: “This movement brought you the middle class, so, members of the labor movement, get on your feet and thank yourself for what you have done for the United States of America.”

Remembering W.E.B. Du Bois

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Peter Dreier: Overshadowed by the recent celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech was another half-century milestone — the death of W.E.B. Du Bois.

‘An Injury to One Is the Concern of All’

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Berry Craig: History is plain about what has most benefitted the working class: unions and New Deal-style government action on our behalf. A big part of the New Deal guaranteed our right to organize unions and bargain collectively for better wages, hours, working conditions and benefits.

Labor Day 2013

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Bill Londrigan: We may very well be witnessing at this very moment in history the beginnings, the sparks of a resurgence of labor activism which has the potential to eclipse the worker uprising of the 1930s.

Marching on Washington: From Symbolism to Substance

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Melina Abudllah: While commemoration has its place, amidst the pomp and circumstance of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington we seem to have lost the point of it all.

Why I Am on Strike at the LA and Long Beach Ports

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Ramon Guadamoz: We are striking to protest harassment and intimidation by Green Fleet management in our efforts to form a union at our workplace and we will be out for 24 hours.

A. Philip Randolph and the Day That Changed America

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Anthony Samad: The thing about history is, if you don’t tell your story—somebody will tell it for you (and they rarely get it right). Fifty years later, the March On Washington story is still being largely misappropriated.

Racism Egregiously Misunderstood

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Charles Hayes: A common mistake in characterizing the nature of prejudice is to attempt to describe it as a conscious sense of awareness—a front-page choice that requires overt acknowledgment.

What Would Martin Luther King Jr. March for Today?

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Peter Dreier: King began his activism as a crusader against racial segregation, but he soon recognized that his battle was part of a much broader fight for a more humane society. Today, at age 84, King would no doubt still be on the front lines, lending his voice and his energy to major battles for justice.

March on Washington Anniversary Summons Painful History

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Joseph Palermo: Today, the ideological kinfolk of the white segregationists of 1963 are doing everything in their power to disfranchise African Americans and re-segregate or destroy public schools under the guise of school “reform.”

Origins of “Gook”

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Soya Jung: The word “gook” was created as a tool of American war and conquest – a tool used to ensure the dehumanization of subject peoples, so that they could be killed and disappeared and stolen from with impunity.

Union Training New DWP Workers

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Rosemary Jenkins: Upon completing the program, they can become linesmen, working high above us on tall poles; or in the generating plants, often working underground with “hot” wires.

Walmart Workers’ Protest Spotlights Taxpayers’ Dollars Supporting Rob Walton’s Excessive Lifestyle

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Jorge Amaro: Rob Walton and his family engage in lavish and expensive hobbies while the family increases its wealth by pushing certain Walmart worker costs onto taxpayers.

Why Are Asians So Racist?

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Scot Nakagawa: Asian immigrants almost never arrive here with an understanding of “Asian” as a race nor of the racial attitudes that prevail in the U.S. They have to be taught.

Don’t Get Complacent About Social Security

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Richard “RJ” Eskow: If you’re a Democrat who cares about the political fate of your party, complacency about Social Security would be an even bigger mistake.

Jesse Jackson, MLK, Malcolm X: Civil Rights Dynasties in Shambles

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ith the imprisonment of former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. on the eve of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s historic march on Washington, it seems that the children of civil rights icons are not in the best of shape these days. In fact they are, well, a hot mess, and appearing more like fodder for [...]

The Queer Politics of Writing on Race

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Rev. Irene Monroe: Civil rights struggles in this country, unfortunately, have primarily been understood and demonstrated as tribal and unconnected rather than intersectional and interdependent.

Some of My Best Friends Are…

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Scot Nakagawa: Even as the racial demographics of the U.S. tilt toward people of color, the minority of white people in this country who don’t have friends of color is still greater than the total number of non-whites in the U.S.

Banning Russia from Olympics: A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Idea

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Dave Zirin: If the only countries allowed in the Olympics had sparkling records on human rights, we’d be watching polar bears race penguins on an ice drift in Antarctica.

Foreign Dollars, Bad American Jobs

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Jessica Durrum: The quality of the jobs this program created is far below what workers deserve. Health care is out of reach. One driver delivers pizzas after a long day transporting shipping containers for American Logistics just to make ends meet.

Here’s a Tip–Tips Not Always Tips

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Sylvia Allegretto: As a former waiter and bartender of seven years, I’m always a bit miffed that the sub-minimum wage paid to tipped workers has been all but forgotten.

Racism Is Like Cell Phones

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Soya Jung: We need to remember that race, like technology, adapts in ways that can feel normal, as long as you have the privilege to keep up.

Fast-Food Strikers Fighting for Us All

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RJ Eskow: In fact, if the minimum wage had kept pace with inflation, it would be more than $16 today. These fast-food workers have pitched their wage request exactly right.

The Dubious Seizure of Laurel Greenstein’s Home

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Dan Bluemel: Now, at nearly 60 years of age, she is broke, beset with medical issues, unemployed and homeless. She currently stays at various homes of friends, but has had to spend a few nights in her car.

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