Peter Dreier: This upsurge in government-mandated wage hikes hasn’t come about suddenly. It is the result of years of both changing conditions, effective grassroots organizing, and changing public views about the poor.
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.
Scot Nakagawa: The crisis of Ferguson is also being driven by changing racial demographics and forced migration. And in these dynamics, Black people are just the canaries the mine shaft. What happens to them is a harbinger of what may happen to all of us.
Jim Hightower: This is a disgraceful and embarrassing exercise in corporate feudalism. Come on, Marriott – stop playing Lord of the Manor and just pay a decent wage!
Frank McAlpin:I have been witness to the beautiful transformation that happens when youth are transitioned off the street and into supportive housing programs.
Jenny Brown: During the campaign, American agents didn’t have to go far to see what having a union contract would be like; they could talk to US Airways agents at the next gate.
Steve Hochstadt: The racist normality of the early 1960s is difficult for my students to comprehend. None of them have attended a segregated school, they don’t routinely hear racist slurs.
Berry Craig: Scotland’s exit would greatly weaken Britain’s still strong trade union movement, which has been under Tory attack since Margaret Thatcher declared holy war on organized labor.
Rev. Irene Monroe: River’s time, energy, contribution, action and love for the LGBTQ community made her a hero. The self-proclaimed “Queen of the Gays” thanked us every chance she got.
Robert Reich: If a soda tax can’t pass in the most progressive city in America, it can’t pass anywhere. Big Soda knows that, which is why it’s determined to kill it here.
Scot Nakagawa: Like Van Gogh, Baldwin drew our attentions to lives lived on the margins of the known world in the 20th century just as we margin-dwellers were beginning to push toward the cultural center, contributing, in the process, to its continuing disintegration.
RJ Eskow: There are only a handful of issues that can energize that base, especially this late in the election season, and the minimum wage may be the most powerful of them all.
Berry Craig: Here Bridges was coming into our house and bragging on his father, a rat contractor, and talking to us like we were a bunch of idiots.
Rachel Burstein: The U.S. labor force isn’t just lacking in technical skills. But we don’t understand how to train people in communication and creativity.