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Are Peoples’ Services a Prelude to Peoples’ Empowerment for the Poor?

Managua         The Organizer’s Forum in Nicaragua will start with a bang on its first full day with a meeting with the head of the informal workers’ union followed by a visit with a representative of the Nicaraguan cooperative movement. Waking up early it was still sprinkling after more than a dozen hours of intermittently hard [...]

United Kingdom’s Bedroom Tax Invades America, Hitting New York City First

New Orleans    In the year that I have traveled back and forth to England and Scotland, in talking to organizers, advocates, and activists involved in housing, there is no single issue of Prime Minister David Cameron’s brutal austerity program that continues to provoke more outrage and opposition than the so-called “bedroom tax” imposed on social [...]

Has the Time for Paid Sick Leave Finally Come?

Activists hold signs during a rally at New York’s City Hall to call for immediate action on paid sick days legislation in light of the continued spread of the flu in Jan 2013.

New Orleans      Don’t let some good news get by you in the headlines about bombing the bejesus out of Syria and the [...]

Internet Monopolies Walls are Going to Tumble

Telus better pack it up or get right!

Dallas     At the ACORN Canada staff training and then the management meeting in Montreal, we spent a LOT of time assessing and strategizing about our next steps on our Digital Access to Opportunities campaign which, plainly stated, continues to be our effort to build bridges for lower income [...]

Fast Food Organizing Tactics Clouding the Strategy

PHOTO BY JESSICA SEAMAN Protestors block Broadway Street in downtown Little Rock on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, to ask for higher wages. Some chanted: “Make our wages super-sized.”

Montreal    In two years,  the New York Times notes that there have now been seven actions involving fast food workers and demands for $15 per hour. The [...]

Coming Healthcare Dilemma: High Deductibles and Short Turnaround for Coming Year

Montreal          Having felt like a voice in the wilderness raging at these high deductible plans that through some kind of loophole or chicanery have managed to be seen as qualified and acceptable under the Affordable Care Act in the US, it’s absolutely no comfort to stumble onto news’ reports that acknowledge that this has largely [...]