Alan Grayson Visiting Los Angeles

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Want to spend your afternoon at an event hosted by Richard Trumka, Tim Robbins, Ed Asner, Ry Cooder, Tim Robbins, Michelle Phillips, John Heard, Elliot Gould, Ed Begley Jr, Mike Farrell, Joan and Kurtwood Smith,Valerie Harper, Jon Bauman, Eric Roberts, Earl Katz, Mimi Kennedy, Frances Fisher, Peter Coyote, Sara Nichols, Norman Lear, Jeff Wald and Jordan Sommers, Steven Nemeth, Naren and Cheri Shanker, Joel Diamond, Michael Butler, Jan Goodman and Jerry Manpearl, Sylvia Aroth, Lili Haydn, Vivek Maddela, Lila Garrett, Nina Merson, Jodie Evans, Teray Stephens, and Paul Cummins?

Why Teachers Must Become Community Organizers and Justice Fighters

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Mark Naison: Teacher Activists must put forth a vision of Radical Democracy which envisions an education which empowers students as critical thinkers and agents of historical change, not just as obedient test takers and which envisions schools playing a central role in neighborhoods united and mobilized to get a fair share of the nation’s resources.

From Occupation to Door-to-Door

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Craig Williams: Now is a great time for the AFL-CIO and a coalition of groups involved in the Occupation of Wall Street movement to begin a national door-to-door campaign. It might not only be helpful to the effort but necessary given the commercial media’s negative coverage of the movement.

Whistling Past the Graveyard

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Jeff Wiggins says David Williams is making his job a lot easier. “He just keeps on proving the point that I’m trying to get across to our members,” said Wiggins, president of Steelworkers Local 9447 in Calvert City, Kentucky “David Williams hates us.” Williams is the Republican candidate for Kentucky governor. He hopes to unseat […]

Can Labor Confront Obama Over Jobs?

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Shamus Cooke: Hefty splits in the labor movement have already emerged on whether to support Obama’s reelection, based on his complete lack of action on creating jobs combined with his false promises in the 2008 election.

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Mark Naison: It behooves us, as progressive organizers and justice fighters, to keep the lines of communication open to people in these organizations, and be there to work with them if they join us in resistance to policies that concentrate economic sacrifice amongst America’s poor.

Gerard Crashes Tea Party on TV

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Berry Craig: This AFT-card carrying teacher hopes more union officials will take off the gloves and take on tea party brass hats like Gerard did.

How to Save the U.S. Labor Movement

Shamus Cooke: Labor unions do not need genius-caliber ideas or fancy gimmicks to save themselves; there are numerous practical, common sense solutions that could be implemented immediately.

Jerry Betrays Cesar, UFW, and His Own Legacy

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Randy Shaw: Brown’s alignment with wealthy growers against indigent workers picking crops in the fields surely has Chavez turning over in his grave, and shows that the Governor views the UFW as just another group he is willing to betray.