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Seeing Roya Firsthand In the Coffee Fincas of Matagalpa with COOMPROCOM

Managua          We rolled out at dawn for Matagalpa with Managua stirring all around us as the city waited on corners for buses to work. In two and a half hours ,we were rolling up the narrow streets and steep hills looking for the gas station near the Centro, which was our landmark, in a journey [...]

Local Government in Nicaragua: Post-Revolution or Advanced Neo-Liberalism?

Managua            We cut a deal with the hotel van driver for a lift to Casa de Mujer in the Tipitapa barrio, a large low and moderate income community on the outskirts of Managua. We were going there to meet with representatives of two groups, the first were the women who worked as promotoras, or volunteer [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]