Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

Crowd chaos underlines differences in Instigators versus Organizers

by Wade Rathke January 19, 2021 Pearl River   The post-mortem on the Capitol mob scene has been bizarrely interesting from an organizing perspective. A lot of it has been more about name-calling than analysis. This…

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Posted in Democracy News Politics

Senate Democrats prove ‘Democracy Reform is a top priority’ by putting ‘For the People Act’ first

“From a violent insurrection at the Capitol to the countless attempts to silence the vote of millions of Americans, attacks on our democracy have come in many forms,” said incoming Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. by Jessica…

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Posted in Climate change News Pipelines Water

Arrests in Minnesota after Water Protectors chain themselves inside pipe section to halt Line 3 construction

“Enbridge’s last-ditch effort to build fossil fuel infrastructure is killing people and the planet.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thursday, January 14 Water protectors were arrested Thursday after halting construction at a Minnesota worksite for Enbridge’s…

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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 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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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

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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Posted in Community Journalism News Social Media

Congress crams language to criminalize online streaming, meme-sharing into 5,500-page omnibus bill

“These types of decisions should never be made in closed-door negotiations between politicians and industry or rushed through as part of some must-pass spending package.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Monday, December 21, 2020 Lawmakers in…

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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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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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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

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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Posted in Analysis Biden Administration Politics

Question: How should the left Judge Biden’s success? Answer from a leftist: ‘How many people stop going hungry’ Is One Good Way

“Honestly, if Biden is able to keep his own campaign promises,” says Justice Democrats co-founder Saikat Chakrabarti, “that’ll be pretty good.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Sunday, December 13, 2020 With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic driving…

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Posted in Analysis Government OtherWords

Corporations paying lawmakers to outlaw protest is a crime against democracy

More communities are standing up to pipelines. The fossil fuel industry wants to make that a felony. We need to push for “Protesters’ Bills of Rights” in state legislatures to codify the right to protest. by…

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The tragedy of the UAW: When boss culture replaces member culture

Ponce, Puerto Rico     At the end of every year we are inundated with the best of this and the top ten of that in music, movies, books, sports, tech, politics, and, well, I guess, almost everywhere. …

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Posted in Columns Economy Wade Rathke

New bosses different than the old bosses?

by Wade Rathke December 5, 2020 Pearl River   Some of the issues for significantly recalibrating US efforts on climate and energy seem the same, but Northeastern Professor Jennie Stephens brings some different twists to them…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

A radio lesson from the ACLU in NOLa DA’s race

by Wade Rathke December 6, 2020 Pearl River   The 2020 election season isn’t quite over, as the Senate runoff in Georgia proves, but that’s not the only place where there are key runoffs. In New Orleans,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Fracking

Colorado high school students post video pleading with local authorities to ban fracking

“We shouldn’t be afraid for our health when we step outside our own houses,” says one of the students in the video. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Tuesday, December 1, 2020 Students at a Colorado high…

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Posted in Analysis Community organizing Elections Politics Race for the White House 2020

Years of grassroots organizing forged Biden’s Georgia win

Atlanta, often called the “cradle of the civil rights movement,” was the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. and made up much of the congressional district represented by the late John Lewis. The story behind how…

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One World “We Are One” video

Introduction by Taboo We can find unity in our diversity ✊? I am proud to partner IllumiNative and Mag 7 for the release of “We Are One,” a collaboration to show the richness, diversity, and beauty…

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Posted in Columns Politics Wade Rathke

Did relational organizing do the job for dems?

by Wade Rathke November 25, 2020 New Orleans    Now that the transition has finally begun to the White House, the post-mortem on the recent national elections in the United States will begin in even more…

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Posted in Columns economic justice Wade Rathke

Hipsters of the world unite

by Wade Rathke Thursday, November 19, 2020 New Orleans    Hipsters are absolutely not taking over the world, but it’s hard not to find them almost all over the world. MoveHub, an international shipping company got…

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Posted in Analysis Editorial/opinon OtherWords Restart 2021 Safety Net

Low-income voters showed up for Biden. Now they need relief.

People didn’t turn out in record numbers in a pandemic to vote for a return to normal. By Sarah Anderson, Margot Rathke November 12, 2020 Joe Biden is headed to the White House, and he has…

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Posted in 2020 US Senate Campaign Columns Wade Rathke

Georgia, ground zero for the Senate

by Wade Rathke November 13, 2020 Atlanta   It took five hours and half a tank of gas for me and two organizers for the ACORN Tenants Union in Atlanta to visit more than a dozen apartment…

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Posted in Agriculture Analysis Common Dreams Labor The People Speak

Biden given roadmap to revitalize rural America

The plan “lays a foundation for bringing economic vitality to rural communities in the face of racial injustice, economic decline, climate change, and a devastating pandemic.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, November 13 Family Farm…

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