Allison Mannos: Under the dark cloud of government shutdowns and other conservative-created mayhem shines a silver lining — the recent gains of California’s low-wage workers.
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: It’s only as we leave Asia that we assume a pan-Asian identity imposed on us by westerners for whom Asia might as well be Grosse Pointe, Michigan for all the diversity it is assumed exists among Asian peoples.
Rev. Irene Monroe: This truth shatters a revered icon for LGBTQ rights, one deliberately chosen because of race, gender and economic background.
Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer: When the world’s population, that is overwhelmingly against corporate policies that impoverish workers and trash the environment, is organized, the balance of forces will shift and real change will be possible.
Dan Bluemel: Citing a growing effort by local governments to use laws and business improvement districts to target the homeless and mold poorer neighborhoods in the interests of businesses and the wealthy, advocates say a state law is necessary to protect the basic rights of homeless citizens.
Rachel Young: Father Greg Boyle said that the original translation for “blessed” in the beatitudes did was not mean happy are the single hearted or those who work for peace but that you are in the right place.
Berry Craig: Throughout the New Testament, Roberts says, Jesus Christ “talks about the people who are poor and living in poverty. Today, who tries to lift people out of poverty? It’s the labor movement.”
Brian Goldstein: One out of six Californians, over 6 million people, live in poverty. One out of four children, numbering 2.1 million, also struggle with poverty. The 2012 poverty rate for California was 15.9 percent, up from 12.2 percent in 2006.
Irene Monroe: October is Domestic Awareness Month, and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities of color, not enough attention, education, intervention and advocacy is given to this issue.
Dan Bluemel: Members of SEIU and striking fast food workers got an earful on creativity last week when they attended an event put on by Beautiful Trouble, a project that educates activists on the art of creative direct action.
Richard Eskow: Which profession is most vulnerable to automation? Telemarketers. That will satisfy some people’s vindictive streak, but it will also create more unemployment.
Brad Wong: California has regulated domestic work since 1976 but the basic labor guarantee of overtime escaped them because what they did was viewed as “a source of rewarding activity” or “merely supplemental income.”
Gary Cohn: San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and conservative activists are developing a ballot initiative to empower governments and voters in California to cut state and local public sector workers’ pension guarantees — not just new hires, but those who have been working for years under existing pension agreements.