Peter Dreier: Pasadena Minimum Wage Law — Pasadena residents working at low-wage jobs in Los Angeles will get a pay increase of $23 million.
Peter Dreier: My sense of the 400 students who occupied Occidental College’s administration building over five days last week, and who won almost all of their demands, is that believe they can be responsible change agents.
Peter Dreier: Less than half a mile from where the Rose Parade route begins, near Millionaires Row, Pasadena becomes a city of low-wage workers, predominantly Latino and Black. Tens of thousands of residents struggle to meet their basic needs.
March with Pasadena workers and their organizations to raise the wage to $15, abolish wage theft, and establish worker justice in our city.
Peter Dreier: Most of the debate moderators’ questions so far have encouraged the GOP candidates to attack each other’s personalities, character, and poll numbers, but have not explored their positions on key policy matters.
Peter Dreier: Since Wellstone died in a plane crash 13 years ago, other activists and politicians—from the Occupy Wall Street, Raise the Wage, anti-Keystone pipeline, fossil fuel divestment, Moral Monday and Black Lives Matter movements to Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders—have carried on in the Wellstone tradition.
Peter Dreier: But in any rational look at the spectrum of American political views, it is hard to imagine attaching the word “moderate” or “moderate conservative” to Ryan on any issue except perhaps his clothing preferences and his haircut.
Peter Dreier: The 28-year old Almada was invited to the White House because of her leadership role in the union drive at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California, where she began working in the intensive care unit (ICU) in 2011, right after she graduated from nursing school.
Bernie Sanders: Now that BLM and Sanders have made peace, his campaign has the potential to revive Martin Luther King’s dream of building a progressive movement that can challenge both racism and economic inequality.
Peter Dreier: Reporters and editors are stuck in the herd psychology of covering Trump like he’s a serious candidate, when what he really is—a celebrity candidate, the way that Kim Kardashian is a celebrity on TV. She has no talent and nothing to say, but she’s famous for being famous.
Peter Dreier: The most significant revelation from the debate is that all of them—including the so-called “moderate” candidates (Jeb Bush, John Kasich, and Chris Christie)—are right-wingers. On a scale of 1 to 10—with 10 being the most reactionary—every candidate rated an 8 or above.
Peter Dreier: I found it both amusing and disconcerting that Antonovich, who has served on the powerful Board of Supervisors for 35 years, and who will be leaving office next year because of term limits, would engage in such mean-spirited and petty tactics.
Peter Dreier: Here is what I see as the step-by-step best case scenario for putting a Democrat in the White House next year, with a little help from Donald Trump.