Posted in Columns Politics Wade Rathke

Mr. Transactional, Mitch McConnell

by Wade Rathke January 15, 2021 Little Rock    To follow politics in Washington these days, we don’t need a telescope, we need a Geiger counter. Some of the mischief is crystal clear, but way too…

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Posted in Columns On the road Wade Rathke

The confused, fragmented and leaderless red-right

by Wade Rathke January 14, 2021 Little Rock   Once you breakout of metro Atlanta and hit interstate 20, the hills start rolling towards Birmingham, and then interstate 22 moves through northern Alabama towards Tupelo until…

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Posted in Columns Labor Wade Rathke

Google and majority unionism

by Wade Rathke January 4, 2021 New Orleans   A well-orchestrated rollout welcomed workers back from the holidays with the news that around 225 people of the 260,000 employees of Google and its parent company, Alphabet, have…

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Posted in Accountability Columns Wade Rathke

Capitol Police asleep at the switch

by Wade Rathke Friday, January 8, 2021 New Orleans    One of the late-night comedians noted that these early resignations from White House staff and cabinet officers with less than two weeks before Biden’s inauguration are…

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Trump riot rocks right and rest of us

by Wade Rathke Thursday, January 7, 2021   New Orleans   Insurrection, riot, mob, anarchists, terrorists, as the Senate chaplain reminded, words have meaning, and those were words hurled like rocks from Senators and Representatives. For…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Politics Wade Rathke

Celebrate, but keep it real, here come the Congressional Mod Squad

by Wade Rathke Wednesday, January 6, 2021 New Orleans   Victories have a thousand fathers and defeats are orphan children, or something like that. ACORN, the Voter Purge Project, and Labor Neighbor are glad to count…

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Posted in Columns Politics Wade Rathke

Doing our part in Georgia, ground game pays off

by Wade Rathke January 5, 2021 New Orleans   The double-barreled Senate runoff in Georgia has been something to watch, and even more interesting on the ground, as our team found doing our part to assure…

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Posted in Columns Democracy Wade Rathke

The scary Trump wannabes

by Wade Rathke January 4, 2021 Pearl River, La.    When Kentucky Senator and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is the voice of reason for the Republicans, you have to know we’re facing real trouble. McConnell had…

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Posted in Columns Elections Voter suppression Wade Rathke

Voter suppression unmasked and undaunted

by Wade Rathke Wednesday, December 30, 2020 Pearl River.  What’s the saying, “if wishes were horses, beggars would ride….” The old Scottish nursing rhyme harkens to the days when the differences between the rich and poor might…

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Posted in Columns

Hey, Congress, lay off ACORN already

by Wade Rathke December 29, 2020 Pearl River   Good news! The still President, or as some call him the President-Unelect Donald Trump, went to sign his golf card in Florida and toady South Carolina Senator…

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Posted in Columns Labor Wade Rathke

The continued call to organize the South

by Wade Rathke December 26, 2020 Pearl River   Ben Speight is a seasoned labor organizer based in Atlanta. I’ve known him for a while, initially as an organizer with the Teamsters locals there. More recently…

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Black Lives Matter, the Tides Foundation, and the future

by Wade Rathke December 28, 2020 Pearl River   The Black Lives Matter movement erupted after the killing of George Floyd, as demonstrations, perhaps as many as 8500, occurred throughout the country and the world. BLM,…

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The new media “left”

by Wade Rathke December 27, 2020 Pearl River   Maybe I’m wrong, but over the Trump years, as the media has groped around trying to figure out a way to characterize him and his supporters, the…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

Finding solace in the world above

by Wade Rathke December 23, 2020 Pearl River   It’s hard to describe the pleasure we feel when we can take ourselves out of this world, but it’s real, and it’s special. It was wonderful that…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Columns Wade Rathke

Christmas Comes to Congress

by Wade Rathke December 22, 2020 Pearl River    Ahhh…it’s the end of the year when sugarplums are dancing in dreams of Congressional representatives in both houses and on all sides of the aisle. It may…

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Posted in Columns Housing Wade Rathke

Homeless squatters vs. gentrifiers

by Wade Rathke December 21, 2020 Pearl River   Congress passed a skinny stimulus bill for $900 billion to win the “better than nothing” award for 2020. Whoopee! The bill does promise a bit of cash…

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Posted in Columns Racism Wade Rathke

Urban highway dividers

by Wade Rathke December 20, 2020 Pearl River   Remember way back when, back in 2018-19 in the “before” times, when Amazon was jacking up cities, large and small, to compete for their headquarters location? New…

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Posted in Columns Labor Wade Rathke

Labor law and leverage

by Wade Rathke December 19, 2020 New Orleans   One of the cabinet positions still waiting for a nomination from President-Elect Biden is the Labor Department, where the devastation of workers’ rights and protections has been…

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Posted in Columns Labor Minimum wage Wade Rathke

New York City protects fast food workers

by Wade Rathke December 18, 2020 Atlanta   The New York City Council passed two ordinances that could open the door to a new era of job protection for some of the most precarious workers in the…

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Renters’ choice, landlords’ scam

by Wade Rathke December 17, 2020 Atlanta   Hitting the doors in various neighborhoods and apartment complexes in Atlanta, while talking to people about the runoff election, has been an education. Everyone knows about the upcoming…

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Posted in Columns Evictions Rent Increases Wade Rathke

Rent squeeze

by Wade Rathke December 16, 2020 Atlanta   As the team visits one family after another in apartment complexes in metro Atlanta, after we talk to them about voting, early and by mail, we have been…

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Posted in Columns Elections Wade Rathke

On the Doors in Atlanta

by Wade Rathke December 15, 2020 Atlanta   The Electoral College licked the envelope and sealed the deal on Joe Biden’s victory for Donald Trump to become the next President of the United States with 306 votes…

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The non-profit depression?

by Wade Rathke December 14, 2020 Atlanta   A boatload of money is being spent in the Georgia election runoff for the two remaining US Senate seats. Estimates range from $350 to $500 million by the…

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ACORN Memories from Dallas

December 13, 2020 Pearl River   It was interesting reminiscing with Johnny Clark, ACORN’s former national treasurer, from Dallas, Texas. As part of the 50th Anniversary commemoration of ACORN, Johnny was part of the monthly Wade’s World…

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