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Tag Archives: organizing
The problem with collective action is you can’t do it on your own. Massive popular collective action emerges from mysterious movements in the Zeitgeist, but it also requires dedicated organizing that often seems not just unlikely but almost miraculous. When … Continue reading
Posted in Contributors, Issues, Jack Metzgar, Labor and Community Activism Tagged 1989, activism, East Germany, organizing 3 Comments
Can California Dreaming Remain a Vital Part of the Future of American Labor?
Over the last decades in the most cynical hours in the latest nights of the seediest barrooms and meeting halls where organizers would inevitably gather to cry in their beer and gnash their teeth about the prospects for our movement … Continue reading
Why the Food Justice Movement Matters
Last fall, I had the opportunity to interview Chris Hedges for my radio show, just after he’d delivered a powerful but incredibly discouraging talk about how Americans are becoming less able to think critically (based on his book Empire of … Continue reading
Posted in Contributors, Issues, Sherry Linkon, Working-class politics Tagged CSA, farmer's market, food justice, Grow Youngstown, organizing, restaurant workers 15 Comments
Now’s the Time: Organizing in the Face of the Class War
Despite inspiring and massive rallies and protest campaigns, the two most visible attacks on America’s working class – the anti-union bills in Wisconsin and Ohio – have both been signed into law. While the attack on public sector unions is, … Continue reading
Posted in Contributors, Issues, John Russo, Sherry Linkon, Working-class politics Tagged anti-union bills, elections, Ohio, organizing, politics, SB5, war on the working class, Wisconsin 2 Comments
Unions: Getting Things Done for Workers
I have been a labor organizer for 11 years. Periodically someone pronounces labor unions as dead or dying organizations, and we all put our heads together to think about ways to save them. Lately, I am much less worried about … Continue reading
Posted in Contributors, Guest Bloggers, Issues, Working-class politics Tagged labor, organizing, Unions, Wisconsin, workers 3 Comments
Movement Building and Political Organizing
The Democratic ground game in the 2008 election is unlike anything we’ve seen since 1948 – or, given the role of the internet, maybe ever. A week before the election, the focus is now exclusively on traditional Get Out The … Continue reading
Posted in Jack Metzgar, Working-class politics Tagged 2008 election, campaign, labor movement, Obama, organizing, Working-class politics 1 Comment