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Voter and Community Suppression Coming to United Kingdom

London    Talking to someone in the United Kingdom the other day, they made a comment that any new “bad” idea in the USA germinates for a couple of years and then pops up in a modified form in Britain.  Yikes!

One good, bad example can be found in the new voter suppression policies that are debuting [...]

Finding the Line on Benefits and Drawing the Line on Rubbish

Edinburgh    When it came time for the Leith ACORN branch chair to report on the accomplishments of the first 5 months of campaigns, the conversation among the leadership went from speculative and quizzical to animated and excited.   As much as the big issues of lease security and rent management engaged everyone in the room, [...]

On Internet Fight, Follow the Money to Keep the Scorecard

Edinburgh     The problem of transactional versus transformational organizing is nowhere clearer than in the lines being drawn around the issues of net neutrality and the internet as a public utility between old line civil rights groups and reformers. Some are trying to make much of seeing groups like the NAACP, LULAC, PUSH, and old lions [...]

Rallying for $15

Birmingham, England      Before catching a plane for the UK, I went down with fifteen Local 100 United Labor Unions members and supporters with our t-shirts on to join the New Orleans piece of the national rally and demonstrations for raising wages to $15 per hour for fastfood and other workers in the US. We met [...]

Precarious Employment Spreading in USA

New Orleans       Unstable and precarious employment and income is something that every union organizer in labor unions involved in the service sector recognizes as a daily fact of life for workers.

In Walmart, 1o years ago, just as it is today, we organized Walmart workers in Florida against the computer scheduling from Bentonville, Arkansas that would [...]

Wells Fargo Caught Again in Predatory Lending Scheme

Little Rock       We need to get rid of the three strikes program for people and institute it for banks, whose criminal conduct continues to rage unabated. Wells Fargo, the West Coast based banking center, is a serial abuser of mortgage borrowers using predatory practices. Cook County, home of Chicago, and 5 million good people, has [...]