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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Posted in Columns Labor Wade Rathke

A Hard Look at the Amazon Bessemer Union Election – Part II

by Wade Rathke April 11, 2021 Pearl River    There’s no way to put sugar in your coffee. The union’s loss at Amazon is deeply disappointing. A victory would have been a huge blast of wind…

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Posted in Columns Voting rights Wade Rathke

Restoring voting rights to former felons

by Wade Rathke March 17, 2021 New Orleans      In these times when a number of states are trying to curtail voting rights for their citizens, the governor of Virginia made some news by speeding…

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Weak cybersecurity puts all at risk

by Wade Rathke March 16, 2021 New Orleans    If you are lucky, maybe you have a bit of savings for your retirement, like a 401(k) plan. Maybe if you are really lucky, you worked for…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke White Privilege

Clogged pipeline for minority and women-owned businesses

by Wade Rathke March 15, 2021 Pearl River     If the Jeffersonian story of America was the small yeoman farmer, the contemporary story of America is often of small businesses. These are the main streets…

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3/11 Pandemic Anniversary

by Wade Rathke March 11, 2021 New Orleans    9/11 has been a date fixed on the mental calendar of Americans for what will be twenty years this September of 2021. It is worth wondering whether…

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Posted in Columns Republicans Wade Rathke

Grand Old Party (GOP) vs. Party of Trump (POT)

by Wade Rathke March 10, 2021 New Orleans    No matter what, it seems that when we are talking about Trump, it’s all about the money. In the latest stop on his revenge tour, his lawyers…

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No energy regulation equals rip-offs

by Wade Rathke March 9, 2021 New Orleans   Picture this, if you will. The crippled power grid in Texas triggered by the polar vortex bringing freezing temperatures and snow, left millions without power and others…

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Posted in Columns Policing Wade Rathke

Shifting Sands on Police Tactics

by Wade Rathke March 8, 2021 New Orleans    In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, we heard from a former mayor and activist in the area. He wanted to do…

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Posted in Columns Economy Government Wade Rathke

Politicians face off over ESG investing

by Wade Rathke Friday, March 5, 2021 New Orleans    Free marketeers are caught in a crisis of contradictions. They want to pretend that market forces exist independent of any interference from government or other factors,…

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Housing shortages and rental squeezes

by Wade Rathke March 4, 2021 New Orleans    One story after another in the mainstream media is now focusing on the shortage of homes for sale in city after city. The curious American dream of…

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Posted in Columns Labor Wade Rathke

President Biden says, “Join the union!”

by Wade Rathke March 2, 2021 New Orleans   John Lewis of the United Mineworkers Union and one of the founders of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, the CIO behind the hyphen in the AFL-CIO, famously…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Economy Wade Rathke

No venues, no sales, no money

by Wade Rathke March 1, 2021 New Orleans   One week, we have the southern end of the polar vortex. The next week, it’s spring, while I’m still hacking away at freeze-damaged night-blooming jasmine, bougainvillea, and the…

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Posted in Columns Republicans Voter suppression Wade Rathke

Republican resistance, state by state

by Wade Rathke February 26, 2021 Little Rock    After four years of Twitter torture, I understand how people seem to be following every little cough and sneeze in Washington these days, crossing their fingers for…

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Wilbur Mills sunk in the Tidal Basin

by Wade Rathke February 25, 2021 Little Rock.    Wilbur Mills moved me to Arkansas in 1970. He didn’t reach out and offer me a job to work for him or anything like that. Quite the opposite….

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Georgia reveals the Trump Tribute

by Wade Rathke February 24, 2021 Atlanta     Big news in Atlanta was the seeming flipflop by former Senator David Perdue on his commitment to run in two years to reclaim the seat he recently lost…

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Amazing Grace for 500,000 Covid dead

by Wade Rathke February 23, 2021 Atlanta    I was driving in what I hoped was post-rush hour traffic in Atlanta after 6pm. I had the local public radio station on, which was interrupted by an…

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One Hundred Years

by Wade Rathke February 22, 2021 Atlanta    In my family we always knew when George Washington’s birthday hit the calendar. It would be February 22nd. Before Abraham Lincoln on February 12th and Washington on the…

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Posted in Columns Politics Wade Rathke

Climate, obits, and frozen pipes

by Wade Rathke February 17, 2021 New Orleans    I called a friend in Houston to see how bad the snow and ice had hit them. He said they were among the lucky ones and didn’t…

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