Peter Dreier: Everybody knows about Jackie Robinson, the UCLA super-star in four sports who broke baseball’s color line with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. But few Americans know that it took another 12 years before every major league team had a black player in uniform.
Peter Dreier: The format is crazy, making it difficult for any candidate to say much, but some candidates made the most of a bad situation.
Peter Dreier: The sight of the Anglo grower, who bought the land at auction, bulldozing the family’s farmhouse, trees, and crops left an indelible impression on the young Cesar.
Peter Dreier: If he were alive today, he would certainly be standing with Walmart employees and other workers fighting for a living wage and the right to unionize.
Peter Dreier: “The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and all to lose—especially their lives.”
Peter Dreier: My baseball awakening — when I was old enough to realize that everyone had to have a favorite team — occurred the same year that the Giants won the World Series and had a collection of players who captured my imagination.
Peter Dreier: While watching the speech with about 150 Occidental College students on campus, I was monitoring Politifact during the talk and impressed with how quickly its researchers were able to identify his many lies and half-truths. Even his speech writers seem to be pathological liars.
Peter Dreier: An Arpaio candidacy would make it more likely that a Democrat will win the Senate seat next November, similar to Doug Jones’s defeat of Roy Moore for the Alabama Senate seat last month.
Peter Dreier: Trump has frequently insisted that he’s smart. But now he’s also defending his mental stability, in response to growing public concerns that his mood swings and impulsiveness reflect psychological impairment.
Peter Dreier: His nearly-successful left-wing campaign for governor of California in 1934 — a Socialist running as a Democrat, whose party leaders sought his defeat — not only pushed FDR’s New Deal to the left but also foreshadowed Bernie Sanders’ recent presidential crusade.
Peter Dreier: Taking office at a time of rising literacy and the spread of newspapers, Roosevelt may have been the first “celebrity” president, but unlike our current president, he was also a man of intellectual and wide-ranging interests.
Peter Dreier: As we celebrate Labor Day on Monday, let’s remember that King was committed to building bridges between the civil rights and labor movements.
Peter Dreier: In less than two weeks, a petition calling for Congress to censure President Donald Trump for misconduct and misdeeds has attracted more than 14,500 signatures.