Peter Dreier: If Woody Guthrie, America’s most revered troubadour for social justice, were still alive he would no doubt be celebrating his 104th birthday today by writing songs about Donald Trump’s attacks on immigrants, Muslims, the physically handicapped, and other groups and about the growing Black Lives Matter movement against police racism.
Peter Dreier: The policy fix was needed because some of the same Wall Street speculators that precipitated the housing crash have been buying up distressed housing assets in bulk, including delinquent mortgages and vacant houses that are a product of the crash.
Peter Dreier: During last year’s organizing campaign, the union caught Huntington engaging in dozens of illegal acts of intimidation designed to prevent the nurses from gaining a stronger voice in their workplace.
Planned Obsolescence ix years ago we paid about $700 for a new KitchenAid dishwasher. Since then, we’ve spent considerably more than that getting it repaired. Each repairman (and they’ve all been men) who came to our house told us the same thing: most of today’s appliances are junk. Both the workmanship and the parts are […]
Peter Dreier: Sanders won the battle of ideas. The Democratic primary was fought on his issues. But he lost the nomination and now he has to figure out his next steps.
Peter Dreier: The speech included no lines designed to appeal to women, another group that he has consistently alienated. His overall favorability ratings are unprecedentedly low, but they are particularly low among women.
Peter Dreier: Bernie Sanders supporters are still convinced that he can win the Democratic nomination, but at this point they would do better to help him build a progressive legacy.
Peter Dreier: Not surprisingly, Geiser and his company are staunch Republicans, since the GOP has fought hard in Washington, D.C. against laws requiring lenders to modify mortgages and stem the epidemic of foreclosures.
Peter Dreier: The controversy over the sign offers a teachable moment about local history and about the dangers of ignoring bigotry in our midst. As the cliché goes, if we don’t learn from the past, we’re doomed to repeat it.
Peter Dreier: More than 40% of California workers earn less than $15 dollars an hour. By putting more money in people’s pockets, the pay increase will improve the economy by increasing consumer spending in businesses throughout the state.
Peter Dreier: Although Ryan has consistently said he’s not interested in running for president this year, his recent behavior suggests otherwise. In the past few weeks he’s been much more visible in the media than he’s been since he assumed the Speakership in October and has been positioning himself as the leader of his party.
Peter Dreier: Brooks fails to mention that Trump’s rise was preceded by decades of government-bashing by big business and the extreme right, seeking to weaken the ability of government to promote the common good and protect Americans from abusive corporations. Donald Trump and Idiots
Peter Dreier: If Trump is the GOP nominee, turnout among Republicans will likely plunge because even many Republicans find Trump distasteful. They won’t vote for Hillary or Bernie, but they might stay home, even in the swing states. Trump Bad for America