he Metropolitan Community Church in the San Fernando Valley is truly a remarkable place with extraordinary leadership. Recently, I had the good fortune of attending a gathering there and meeting the church pastor, the prize-winning author, Bob Shore-Goss. Some of you might be familiar with this church because for decades it has been one […]
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.
David Bacon: AB 1066 phases in overtime pay, so that farm workers will receive time-and-a-half after 9.5 hours in a day in 2019, nine hours in 2020, 8.5 hours in 2021, and eight hours in 2022.
Paul Haeder: I have both taught and worked alongside people who just believe deep down there’s no sense in fighting the powers that be, and that’s it, too bad, sure, but what can we do about it?
Mark Naison: My grandfather, when he worked, was a presser in the garment trades, making extra income as a bartender and bootegger. He was a strong arm man for his union who fought gangsters from Murder Incorporated in the streets of the Garment district.
Alvaro Huerta: Like many braceros of his generation from rural Mexico, my father didn’t speak too much about the horrible working and housing conditions he endured while toiling in el norte.
Nancy Scheper-Hughes: The worst part of living on the dole was the anxiety each month on the day the check was due to arrive.
Berry Craig: Jobs? Trump, the narcissistic, neo-Know Nothing GOP presidential nominee, has yet to reveal anything remotely resembling a comprehensive jobs plan.
Scot Nakagawa: What most animates movements on the right is not class but culture, and central to those cultural arguments are race, gender, sexuality, religion, and nationality.
Arlene R.H. Pincus: We who abhor and fear these laws should examine other social justice efforts that have changed public opinion and informed actual legislation.
Richard Eskow: In the 1960s, people assumed that increases in our national wealth would always be shared by everyone. Today we assume those gains will only go to the powerful few, because that’s what has happened in recent decades.
Abba Solomon: That quality of being “White, But” allowed fruitful cooperation and alliances of blacks and Jews in the post Civil War era, when Jews of eastern Europe came in flood quantities to America, and African Americans came to a problematic citizenship out from bondage.
Nancy Scheper-Hughes: California Gov. Jerry Brown and the California legislature agreed to end the cap on support for families in need, most of them single mothers and their children. It took 20 years for California to reject a program based on the Clinton-era attack on “welfare as we knew it.”
The Platform is a strong and comprehensive statement for social, racial, political, and economic justice. We would very much like to live in the society it describes.