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ALERT! — HELP SAVE UCLA LABOR CENTER

Friends, One of the most important progressive resources in Los Angeles — the UCLA  Labor Center — is under attack and needs our help. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block has decided to shut down the Labor Center , a valuable, cutting-edge,

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Progressive Patriotism – Things for Progressives and Liberals to Think About, and Do, on July 4th

Friends and Colleagues: In honor of July 4th, Dick Flacks and I have posted an article, “Progressives Take Back the Flag” on Huffington Post. We write that: “This July 4 feels different. We no longer have a president in the

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June 4: Free Screening of Food, Inc.

The California Farm to School Program, a project of the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI) is co-sponsoring a free screening of the new film, Food, Inc. Food, Inc. exposes America’s industrialized food system and its effect on our environment, health, economy and workers’ rights.

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Business “crying wolf” on credit card reform and labor law reform

Friends and Colleagues: My occasional coauthor Donald Cohen and I would like to solicitic your help.  Perhaps you’ve noticed a regular theme in some of our recent articles — the tendency of business lobby groups to “cry wolf” whenever liberals

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Upcoming Battles Over Reform: Business Keeps Crying Wolf to Challenge Obama Agenda

Friends: The right-wing lunatic fringe of the Republican Party (Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Dick Cheney, and the GOP leadership in the House and Senate) are becoming increasingly isolated from mainstream America. Because they have nothing positive

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Why liberals need labor

Despite its paltry membership (12.1% of the workforce), the U.S. labor movement remains the nation’s most potent force for progressive change and the most effective vehicle for electing Democrats. As Kelly Candaele and I point out in our article in

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Abolish HUD?

Last Friday, Columbia University sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh published a provocative op-ed column in the New York Times headlined, “To Fight Poverty, Tear Down HUD“. In this column, he argued that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is

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Labor’s Self-Inflicted Wounds

Friends and Colleagues: Just as we are on the precipice of a resurgence of progressive politics in this country, and the election of liberal Democrat as president and a more liberal Congress, the backbone of that movement — organized labor

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Rev. Martin Luther King: Anti-War, Pro Union

Most Americans today know that Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed 40 years ago — on April 4, 1968 –  in Memphis, Tennessee, but they may not know why he was there. He went to Memphis to support African

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The Year of the Organizer

In California,  Hillary Clinton’s lead over Barack Obama is narrowing. The Los Angeles Times today even says the primary is now dead even.  The same is true in other states where Clinton was leading, but where now the race is

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