The teacher strike wave continues as more than 30,000 members of United Teachers Los Angeles walk picket lines not only for the higher wages that they deserve but also for the well-funded and great schools that the city’s working-class students of color have long been systematically denied—a situation that has been exacerbated by a corporate […]
I was a guest on The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow to talk about protests, riots and strikes from Los Angeles to the Paris suburbs, why revolt is hard to stick back in the bottle, and the difficulties of “hope” in 2019.
I joined former UK Labour leader (and also my colleague as a former Nation intern) Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd on their “Reasons to be Cheerful” podcast to discuss protest, or as they put it: Hello! It’s 50 years since 1968, next year it will be 200 since the Peterloo massacre, so we are discussing […]
I joined the good folks at Better Off Red to talk about #MeToo, or as they put it: This week we talked to socialist journalist Sarah Jaffe about the U.S. working class—real and perceived. Sarah is the author of Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt (bit.ly/Jaffebook) and the co-host of the Belabored Podcast (bit.ly/BelaboredPod). She’s a […]
I joined Molly Knefel on Radio Dispatch to talk about Rahm Emanuel’s decision not to run for reelection as Chicago mayor, the roots of today’s teacher strike wave, Americans’ bad historical memory and why more people should read Marx.
I joined Jeremy Scahill on the Intercepted podcast to talk about teacher strikes, class struggles, and why journalists and others are organizing.
In West Virginia, a focal point of Trump-era liberal armchair ethnography, teachers have won a historic statewide strike just as the Supreme Court is poised to rule in Janus, a case that will mark the culmination of a long right-wing effort to gut public sector unions. It’s a scary time—but maybe, just maybe, also an […]
I joined Molly and John to discuss the historical significance of the West Virginia teachers strike, Bari Weiss continues the New York Times tradition of attacking student activists, and Trump may have engaged in some light witness tampering.
I was a guest on NPR’s On the Media to talk about the West Virginia teachers’ strike and the media’s bad coverage of working people. The episode also featured some of my favorite people: Marcy Wheeler [@emptywheel], independent investigative reporter, on decontextualized Mueller scooplets and Elizabeth Catte [@elizabethcatte], historian and writer, on the news media’s narratives […]
Following Trump’s election, we wanted to think more deeply about what people mean when they talk about “working class America.” What is the future of the labor movement? In the spirit of imagining an alternative, we explore a different democratic process—that within the Teamsters Union. Reconnaissance, Episode 9: Winning America features interviews with Teamster union […]