Opinion

The battles that must be won

Re-electing Obama in 2012, preserving unions and public services, defeating racism, advocating for LGBT rights,  fighting for a massive  jobs program and ending the wars overseas are must win battles.

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Overturning child labor laws: top priority for GOP

Republican operatives recently opened up a new front: rolling back child labor laws.

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Wisconsin: beachhead in the fight for democracy

The battle in Wisconsin, the epicenter of a labor-led popular nationwide uprising, is stoking the fires of a people's counteroffensive.

Will America ever wake up?

The middle class is being decimated and the working class is being punished. What will it take for America, real America, not the corporate entity we have become, to wake up and fight back?

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Social movement unionism is coming alive

It wasn't long ago that a criticism directed at trade unions was they were only in it to service their members in exchange for dues. The happenings in Wisconsin blew all that to shreds.

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Chipotle fires Mexican workers for crime of working

Three months ago the chain that made its fortune selling Mexican food made by Mexican workers fired hundreds of them throughout Minnesota. Their crime was that they worked, but had no immigration papers.

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Poem of the week: Marge Piercy and workers of the world

Marge Piercy's writing almost always focuses on working class women and wide-ranging social concerns including a lifelong commitment to progressive social change.

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There were no outsiders in Madison

America called and they came. And it was immediate. Wave after wave of concerned citizens evolved into a tsunami of humanity that descended upon Madison, Wisconsin. As workers, students and everyday citizens with no political bent understood the Republicans' intent, they responded en masse.

New Yorkers play their part in national upsurge

The New York labor movement and its allies are playing an important role in the national upsurge against GOP bills targeting public workers but more broad unity and support is needed to advance progress.

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Make Wall Street pay

A statewide coalition of union and community groups in Connectticut has formed to demand that Bank of America  contribute its fair share to the state's economy.

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