Posted in Columns Labor Wade Rathke Workers

Lessons in Starbucks rising

by Wade Rathke January 14, 2022     Marble Falls     You have to keep these things in perspective of course. Winning union elections in two of Starbucks 9000 stores is not exactly an example of…

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Posted in Democracy Wade Rathke

Is the military the last stronghold of US institutional values?

by Wade Rathke January 02, 2022 New Orleans    We have an extended family WhatsApp group, as many families have. These things are a hodgepodge of advice and, usually, good will, attempts at humor, sports talk,…

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Posted in Climate change Columns Wade Rathke

Could direct action stop climate change?

by Wade Rathke December 20, 2021 Little Rock    Sometimes you stumble over something so obvious, you shake your head wondering why your thinking was so patterned that it was in danger of becoming more habitual…

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Posted in Columns Credit Debt Wade Rathke

All-cash companies. Too good to be true?

Even if these companies are not intrinsically predatory, their play for the most part seems to be using their databases to get around the exorbitant real estate agent, appraisal, and closing fees, and I suspect collect…

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Posted in Columns SCOTUS Wade Rathke

The pro-choice paths not taken

by Wade Rathke December 6, 2021 New Orleans    There was a depressing op-ed in the New York Times entitled “Losing the Fight Over Abortion” by Amy Littlefield, a correspondent for The Nation. Sadly, this may…

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Posted in Columns Politics Wade Rathke

All politics are local. All issues are national?

by Wade Rathke December 4, 2021 Little Rock    Tip O’Neil, the iconic old Boston pol, and former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, once famously expressed the dicta, “all politics are local.” Even as…

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Posted in Columns SCOTUS Wade Rathke

All Americans need to worry about the Roe vs. Wade case

by Wade Rathke December 3, 2021 Little Rock     All of the pundits and the smart money are saying that the Supreme Court, in arguments made currently on the Mississippi challenge to the 50-year-old decision, are…

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Posted in Columns Health Insurance Housing Wade Rathke

Suspicious of fixes for affordable housing and health care

by Wade Rathke November 19, 2021 New Orleans    A headline that promises to offer a “fix” for those of us who want affordable housing and healthcare has to rate as a “must read” in my…

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Posted in Columns Culture Wade Rathke

Generation What?

by Wade Rathke October 28, 2021 New Orleans    Guilty as charged! I have found myself whining from time to time recently about the circuitous path that young people in the so-called Generation Z were taking…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

Emergency broadband now

by Wade Rathke October 23, 2021 New Orleans    One of the pandemic programs that may be cruising below the radar, but which could be a critical step on lowering the digital divide, is the FCC’s…

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Posted in Columns Journalism Wade Rathke

Turnabout and fair play on Project Veritas

by Wade Rathke October 8, 2021   New Orleans,     What’s the old saying? An enemy of my enemy is my friend. Something like that, I think. All of which made reading some parts of a…

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Posted in Columns Politics Wade Rathke

Progressives made a power play

by Wade Rathke October 5, 2021 New Orleans    It may be high-low bargaining, but at least progressives played their hands powerfully in order to get to try to get to the maximum number on Biden’s…

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Posted in Columns Housing Wade Rathke

Homeownership gap widens

by Wade Rathke September 28, 2021 New Orleans      When I wrote Citizen Wealth, published in 2009, I proudly recorded the role that ACORN played in increasing the homeownership rate of Black and Hispanic Americans…

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Posted in Accountability Columns Environment Wade Rathke

Environmental money scams

by Wade Rathke September 27, 2021 Pearl River    No question. Climate change is a big deal. For every hurricane alert, storm warning, and sudden street flooding, environmental consciousness is rising as quickly as the wind…

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Posted in Columns Rent Control Wade Rathke

The fight for rent control is global

by Wade Rathke September 25, 2021 Pearl River    Talking to Sydnee Blum, ACORN’s head organizer in eastern Canada on Wade’s World, she told a shocking story of a member in one of the neighborhoods who…

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Posted in Columns Community Journalism Wade Rathke

Talk radio needs you!

by Wade Rathke, August 22, 2021 Pearl River        In the coming days I’ll be driving from Louisiana through Mississippi, then Alabama and Georgia before I get to Atlanta. Once there, I’ll do my…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

Decolonizing Wealth

by Wade Rathke August 21, 2021 Pearl River     When we last spoke to Edgar Villanueva a couple of years ago when the first edition of his book, Decolonizing Wealth:  Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus News Wade Rathke

MASK REVOLT – really?!?

by Wade Rathke August 18, 2021 New Orleans f all of the revolts we might imagine in the fever dreams of our lives, the anti-mask rebellion has to be one for the comic books. Much of…

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Posted in Columns Restart 2021 Wade Rathke Workers

Are unemployed workers striking?

by Wade Rathke May 12, 2021 A small group of state governors have announced that their states may abandon the supplemental unemployment program way before its September expiration. The number of Republican governors making the announcement…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Wade Rathke

Highlander and Horton

by Wade Rathke May 8, 2021 New Orleans    It was fun talking to Stephen Preskill about his new book, Education in Black and White: Myles Horton and the Highlander Center’s Vision for Social Justice, on…

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Posted in Columns Insurrection 2021 Wade Rathke

Violent overthrow of government – DÉJÀ VU

by Wade Rathke May 11, 2021 New Orleans     There are some in America who live in denial about our history, despite the fact it is riddled with violence and contemptuous of democracy. For them the…

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Posted in Columns Infrastructure Wade Rathke

Getting the lead out

by Wade Rathke May 20, 2021 New Orleans    I’m not sure that there has ever been a day in America when people could say, “Let Newark lead the way!” If there was, it was a…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Wade Rathke

Remembering fresh eyes to horrible situations

by Wade Rathke April 30, 2021 New Orleans –  We were lucky on our work to launch the ACORN Tenants Union in Atlanta to have a bunch of serious and committed young apprentice organizers with us…

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Posted in Columns Labor Wade Rathke

A hard look at the Amazon Bessemer union election – Part I

by Wade Rathke April 10, 2021 Pearl River The results of the union election at the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama are finally tallied and the scorecard by the numbers was 1798 voting NO to be…

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