Labor DayLittle Rock A couple of days ago there was an article in the Times that examined the call by some fast food workers through their publicity strike for $15 per hour as their minimum wage. The reporters wrote of experts and economists being “flown to Las Vegas” for urgent strategy sessions on how [...]
New Orleans Talking to community activists this week who are among the sparkplugs behind the Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA) in Richmond, California, one of the hot topics was the investigation by the city of whether or not eminent domain might force refinancing of houses facing foreclosure that are “underwater,” where owners owe more than market [...]
New Orleans As we peel more layers off the onion of the recent election, there’s more good news and more bad, but there are also refresher courses that remind us of lessons we’ve painfully won, but are forced into detention to review yet again. The hardest is often the tough lesson of elections: it is [...]
New Orleans Obvious disclosure: I’m a huge proponent of the strategic and tactical value of local and statewide initiative on our issues to build organizational power and actually win campaign results. This is obvious given the number of living wage, lifeline utility, sales tax on food & medicine, generic drug, minimum wage increase, and single [...]
Morro Bay / Los Osos area
Los Osos and Morro Bay There may not be too many issues more complex, expensive, or unpleasant to discuss than the emerging national crisis involving the mixing of our drinking water and our sewage wastewater, the Environmental Protection Agency’s mandate to protect against pollution, and the enormous expense that [...]
Oakland Things come in threes? Fate reaches out for you? Of all things in the Bay Area in recent days I started to feel like this was happening to me and cooperatives. I was stumbling over and into them everywhere I went.
Visiting with Peter Olney, the organizing director for ILWU, he told me fascinating [...]