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UCLA Releases First National Study of Labor Conditions in Nail Salon Industry

Preeti Sharma, Saba Waheed, Vina Nguyen, Lina Stepick, Reyna Orellana, Liana Katz, Sabrina Kim, and Katrina Lapira UCLA Labor Center
cover of report sjowing nail polish flowing
The nail salon industry is expected to grow at almost twice the rate of other U.S. industries in the next decade, and report authors make recommendations for key stakeholders: ensure quality jobs and labor protections for nail salon workers...

Revolution in the Air: Lessons from the 1960s

Max Elbaum Comparative and Historical Sociology
In this piece, I want to discuss the political climate and experience of revolutionaries of the 1960s to better understand today’s political landscape and what I think could be some useful directions forward for the battles we are engaged in now.

Powerful NY Unions Could Complicate Push For Single Payer Health Care

Ross Barkan Gothamist
Some public sector unions fear that if single payer was enacted in New York insurance options for their members would be reduced and that the lure of joining unions could be curtailed if members no longer had the advantage of generous health plans.

Outsourcing the Occupation

Rod Such The Electronic Intifada
book cover
Shir Hever’s "The Privatization of Israeli Security" is a study of the emergence of private military-security companies that began in Israel in the 1990s and continues today.

This Radical Plan to Fund the ‘Green New Deal’ Just Might Work

Ellen Brown The Web of Debt Blog
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaking at event
The resolution says funding will primarily come from the federal government, “using a combination of the Federal Reserve, a new public bank or system of regional and specialized public banks, public venture funds..."

Hundreds March on Amazon Fulfillment Center in Minnesota

Bryan Menegus Gizmodo
For the last two years, Amazon has quietly expanded its presence in Shakopee, and worker resentment towards conditions there has grown with it, culminating in today’s protest outside fulfillment center MSP1