The Logic of Short Hospital Strikes

Kaiser Nurses Striking

Alexandra Bradbury: That’s something health care companies have in common, nonprofits especially: they’re image-conscious. A strike is one of the strongest ways to get your message out to the public.

New Racial Justice Movement Dawns

New Racial Justice Movement

Peter Dreier: There is widespread anger around the country about the racial and class injustices. The struggle to reform our criminal justice system is just one aspect of this growing progressive movement.

An Exercise in Empathy

Eric Garner Killed

Steve Singer: When I look at him, I don’t see a danger to society. I see a guy who looked pretty friendly, a gentle giant – a guy whose house I’d have loved to visit for a cookout.

It’s Lose-Lose for Unions with Rand Paul

Rand Paul Presidential Candidate

Berry Craig: Having been thwarted by the Democrats hold in the House, Team Rand is claiming the Kentucky double-dipping ban is unconstitutional. They’ve considered challenging it in court, an interesting prospect considering that Paul professes to be a “states’ rights” guy.

Black Bodies and the Thin Blue Line

Broken Thin Blue Line

Yolhuru Williams: Our nation can no longer afford to function as two societies, separate and unequal, deeply divided, and policed by the racially insensitive Thin Blue Line.

World AIDS Day and My Community’s Ongoing Struggle

ADIS Among Blacks

Rev. Irene Monroe: While the number of cases across the globe will continue to decline and possibly eradicate the disease as the U.N hopefully predicts, we as African Americans we’ll not protect ourselves from this epidemic as long as we continue to think of HIV/AIDS as a gay disease.

Are Ferguson Protests Effective?

Bart Station Shutdown

Randy Shaw: People need to “do something” after another racially charged police killing, and the killer’s exoneration. But it is hard to see how local protests absent a specific target or achievable goal advance the larger agenda of reducing police violence against blacks.

Long Beach Walmart’s Black Friday Protest

Black Friday Walmart Protest

Pandora Young: The workers were going without food to protest the low wages and part-time work schedules that leave so many Walmart employees unable to afford enough food for themselves and their families.

Four Hundred Years a Slave

Four Hundred Years: Slavery to Ferguson -- Sharon Kyle:

If we are to ever come to a place in this country where the nation agrees that this is a national problem that deserves national attention, we’ll first have to learn how to analyze it and get to its source. But we can’t do that without learning how to be honest with ourselves.

Slavery in America: Back in the Headlines

Slaves in America

Daina Ramey Berry: People think they know everything about slavery in the United States, but they don’t. They think the majority of African slaves came to the American colonies, but they didn’t. They talk about 400 hundred years of slavery, but it wasn’t.

Americans Confront the Walmart 1 Percent

Walmart Black Friday Protest

Peter Dreier: The Black Friday rallies and demonstrations represent a dramatic escalation of the growing protest movement among employees of America’s largest private employer.

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