I was interviewed years back for this documentary about Walmart workers organizing and fighting for a historic pay raise. It’s now screening at New York’s Workers Unite! Film Festival on May 11, 7:30 PM and I’ll be there to watch and to join a Q&A afterwards with the directors.
I’ll be on a panel on Friday, April 12 at this excellent convening at the University of Pennsylvania on two of my favorite subjects, journalism and work. Specifically, I’ll be part of the discussion on Perspectives on the Future of Local Journalism.
Kristen R. Ghodsee, an acclaimed ethnographer and professor of Russian and East European Studies, spent years researching what happened to women in countries that transitioned from state socialism to capitalism. She argues here that unregulated capitalism disproportionately harms women, and that we should learn from the past. By rejecting the bad and salvaging the good, we can adapt some socialist ideas to the 21st century and improve our lives.
Women are standing up for themselves like never before, from the increase in the number of women running for office to the women’s march to the long-overdue public outcry against sexual harassment. Interest in socialism is also on the rise—whether it’s the popularity of Bernie Sanders or the skyrocketing membership numbers of the Democratic Socialists of America. It’s become increasingly clear to women that capitalism isn’t working for us, and Ghodsee is the informed, lively guide who can show us the way forward.
Ghodsee & Sarah Jaffe will discuss why capitalism is bad for women and how, when done right, socialism leads to economic independence, better labor conditions, better work-life balance and, yes, even better sex.
I joined Molly and John to discuss the LA teachers’ strike, and catching up on the aftermath of the big Buzzfeed story.
The Sams asked me to come on District Sentinel Radio to talk about the UTLA strike and also about Scabby the Rat and why we must defend him at all costs.
I joined the wonderful women at Season of the Bitch and also LA teacher Noriko Nakada and teacher librarian Lisa Cheby to talk about UTLA’s strike, how it was built, and what’s at stake.
I joined Jon Wiener on The Nation magazine’s Start Making Sense podcast to talk about the LA teachers’ victory and the backstory on the power UTLA built over the last few years.
I joined Jeremy Scahill on the Intercepted podcast to talk about the United Teachers Los Angeles strike, alongside LA teacher Noriko Nakada.
I joined Amy Goodman and United Teachers Los Angeles bargaining chair Arlene Inouye to talk about the UTLA strike, what was won, the potential for an ongoing strike wave, and more.
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 […]