Judith Lewis Mernit: While the sexual harassment stories of high-profile women capture headlines in the mainstream media, the everyday abuse suffered by low-wage workers in the service industry has largely gone unnoticed.
Rankism, a term coined by physicist, educator, and citizen diplomat Robert W. Fuller, is used to describe "abusive, discriminatory, or exploitative behavior towards people because of their rank in a particular hierarchy". According to Fuller rank-based abuse underlies many other phenomena such as bullying, racism, sexism, and homophobia.
Irene Monroe: As a black lesbian in this Trump administration, I now feel like I am moving into a new Jim Crow era reestablishing discriminatory laws targeting LGBTQ Americans.
Organizing Immigrant Farmworkers
Berry Craig: Conservative politicians beyond the old Confederacy embraced “right to work” because the laws “divide everybody at the work site. ‘Right to work’ was an ingenious concept to break down union solidarity.”
Rev. Irene Monroe: The moral relativism of Kelly’s statement suggests there’s no absolute truth about the war, only truths that a particular individual or culture upholds. But Kelly is wrong!
Rev. Irene Monroe: Shepard’s murderers were not strangers—one is a bisexual crystal meth addict who not only knew Matthew, but partied, bought drugs from and had sex with Matthew.
Berry Craig: Today, “Luddite” is a slam for somebody like me who dares suggest that “technology” is not necessarily synonymous with “progress.”
Irene Monroe: While family, friends, and fans blame Whitney’s colossal downfall on drugs and Boston’s bad boy Bobby Brown, both functioned to mask her sexuality.
Jasmyne Cannick: Just three days after a New York Times investigation detailed numerous incidents of alleged sexual harassment by media mogul Harvey Weinstein, the board of directors at The Weinstein Company fired him.
Rev. Irene Monroe: During the 1920s in Harlem, the renowned Savoy Ballroom and the Rockland Palace hosted drag ball extravaganzas with prizes awarded for the best costumes.
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.
Robert Reich: America’s economic and political elites could have used their growing political and economic clout to help workers get ahead – through better schools and more affordable college, comprehensive job retraining, wage insurance, better public transportation, and expanded unemployment insurance.
Bill Raden: A program that has enabled states and cities to create thousands of new, high-wage transportation and construction jobs will be terminated Friday.