"I discover a cultural, political and economic legacy that was radically different from the reality I had grown up in: a legacy that had workers and farmers at its core ... as agents in the development of a new society, economy and culture"
US politics have become hyperpolarized along partisan lines. But they don’t have to be. Millions of Americans worry more about paying the rent or medical bills than what’s on cable news. They can be won over by a working-class economic agenda.
The stories in Standing Up are linked thematically and appear in chronological order, beginning with 1970. For those of us who have similarly spent time as organizers, the book feels like an anthropological field trip into the past.
Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy introduced us to a working-class kid from Queens struggling to both save his city and pay the rent. Disney has wealthy new benefactors rewriting just what it means to be a superhero.
Kaveh Waddell of Consumer Reports and Maanvi Singh in Fontana, California
People of color and low-income residents are disproportionately affected by Amazon’s warehouses, a Consumer Reports investigation found. Amazon opens most of its warehouses in neighborhoods with a comparatively high number of people of color.
A conversation between Karim Sariahmed and Ellen Schwartz, with an introduction by Karim
University of the Poor Journal
There are good reasons for working class people to distrust formal education systems and scientific research but we can't fall into anti-intellectualism. The University of the Poor's “struggle as a school” is a way to organize in response.
Defiant and hopeful, these songs have an unapologetic mission: to fan the flames of discontent by lifting the spirits of those fighting for a more just and humane planet. The songs live on wherever working people stand up for their rights...
Now’s the perfect time to fight for the right to return to a job once a strike is over. The United States is experiencing a wave of worker militancy and a White House that actually wants to take concrete actions to defend and grow labor unions.
Well-planned strikes are not only a union's most potent weapon, but also the public's best chance of forcing substantive policy changes to improve working conditions, living conditions, and the health of the planet.