Randy Shaw: Reagan’s drastic housing cuts in 1981 turned a worsening urban affordability crisis into the nation’s worst mass homelessness since the Great Depression.
Randy Shaw: The past 50 years has seen remarkable growth in Latino political power, electoral clout, and in unionized Latino workers; sadly, the plight of farmworkers has declined since the UFW’s high point at the end of the 1970’s.
ince Chicago activists forced cancellation of a Donald Trump rally on the University of Illinois, Chicago campus, pundits have been questioning the strategic savvy and fairness of such action. I wrote The Activist’s Handbook and other books assessing social change strategies. I am struck by the importance of the protests and the wrongness of the pundits’ […]
Randy Shaw: In virtually every presidential election since Reagan, the media has framed the contest around the candidates’ ability to attract “white working class votes.” The term “Reagan Democrats” never applied to African-Americans or Latinos, only whites.
Randy Shaw: There’s a reason African-American ministers across the South are backing Clinton—they see her as speaking their language while Sanders is not. And their parishioners feel the same. Why Blacks Support Hillary
Randy Shaw: Whereas the “message” of McGovern’s loss became “Democrats shouldn’t pick someone too liberal,” Mondale’s landslide defeat did not weaken the arguments of those always going with the “safe” choice. McGovern and Sanders
Randy Shaw: Barack Obama’s 2008 election failed to provide the transformative presidency that young voters sought. Now Hillary is not even promising a game-changing presidency. New Hampshire Primary
Randy Shaw: The best news for Sanders and the Democratic Party is that his Iowa finish ensures a long, competitive race. How Bernie Won
Randy Shaw: Far superior would be a formula that incentivizes local spending by requiring some form of a county matching funds.
Randy Shaw: There is a near consensus that new construction must be coupled with stringent tenant protections and more subsidized housing to forestall gentrification. Krugman misses this latter point.
Randy Shaw: After a primary campaign dominated by non-politicians like Trump, Ben Carson and Fiorina, the Republican Party will go with elected officials who give it the best chance to win.
Randy Shaw: Cities have known since the 1990’s that a combination of affordable housing and support services—known now as “supportive housing”—dramatically reduces homelessness.
Randy Shaw: As ominous as the 2000 storm clouds may appear for 2016, labor’s stronger role, a weaker GOP nominee, a more diverse electoral demographic, and a shift to Democrats on social issues all bode well for Democratic chances.