Stories by Kari Lydersen

Kari Lydersen, an In These Times contributing editor, is a Chicago-based journalist and instructor who currently works at Northwestern University. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Reader and The Progressive, among other publications. Her most recent book is "Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago’s 99 Percent." She is also the co-author of "Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun" and the author of "Revolt on Goose Island: The Chicago Factory Takeover, and What it Says About the Economic Crisis." Look for an updated reissue of Revolt on Goose Island in 2014. In 2011, she was awarded a Studs Terkel Community Media Award for her work. Reach Lydersen by email: subscribe to Kari Lydersen's feed

Posted on: Feb 21, 2007, Source: In These Times

Thanks to U.S. immigration policy, children (including infants and toddlers) whose parents are in immigration courts, are being locked up at detention centers.

Posted on: Jan 27, 2007, Source: In These Times

Kiko Martinez speaks out about the shadowy "no fly" list which leaves him and many other Americans grounded.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2006, Source: CorpWatch

When it comes to wages, working conditions and effect on communities, the two big box stores are eerily similar.

Posted on: Mar 15, 2006, Source: The NewStandard

Even a quick glance at coal-producing states like West Virginia shows that the idea of an eco-friendly use for the fossil fuel is far more misnomer than reality.

Posted on: Dec 19, 2005, Source: The NewStandard

The fast-food giant tries to appease migrant farmworkers while doing everything possible to keep its labor costs dirt-cheap.

Posted on: Nov 20, 2005, Source: The NewStandard

A revival of the controversial strip-mining practice is stirring ire and protest from locals in the North Cumberland Mountains.

Posted on: Feb 3, 2005, Source: The NewStandard

Despite a poor civil liberties record, Michael Chertoff is, so far, getting a free pass to becoming our new Homeland Security chief.

Posted on: Oct 27, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Hepatitis C is the most common blood-borne virus in the country, killing up to 10,000 people a year. So why aren't public health officials doing more?

Posted on: Sep 23, 2004, Source: AlterNet

The National Park Service is getting some static over the placement of cell phone towers on public lands.

Posted on: Sep 15, 2004, Source: AlterNet

After three years held captive in a Navy Brig, U.S. citizen Yaser Esam Hamdi may soon go free. But at what cost?

Posted on: Jul 2, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Two groups launch a nationwide campaign to tell Ford Motor Co. to clean up its act and to encourage Americans to declare independence from oil.

Posted on: Jul 1, 2004, Source: AlterNet

From prisons to barracks and from Iraq to Tennessee, military sexual abuse is running rampant.

Posted on: Jun 12, 2004, Source: AlterNet

A fake abortion provider lures in desperate poor women and then keeps them hanging until it's too late.

Posted on: May 11, 2004, Source: AlterNet

In rejecting the morning after pill, the FDA admits it doesn't think teenage girls can think for themselves.

Posted on: May 4, 2004, Source: AlterNet

A new amnesty law proposed this week offers hope for the thousands of immigrants separated from loved ones.

Posted on: Apr 8, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Will the U.S. listen to the World Court and review the cases of 52 Mexican nationals on death row? History says don’t count on it.

Posted on: Apr 6, 2004, Source: AlterNet

The electoral arm of the online organization is emerging as a major player in the 2004 presidential race.

Posted on: Mar 22, 2004, Source: AlterNet

The last four years have set a record in terms of putting women last, both at home and abroad.

Posted on: Feb 8, 2004, Source: AlterNet

How will the Bush administration treat civil liberties in 2004? The first month reveals some alarming trends.

Posted on: Feb 8, 2004, Source: AlterNet

The Bush Administration has presided over an unprecedented attack on civil liberties. So why aren't the frontrunners talking about it?

Posted on: Dec 18, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Socially responsible, organic, union-made and fair trade products have become increasingly popular with consumers over the past few years.

Posted on: Dec 17, 2003, Source: AlterNet's campaign against the omnibus spending bill is a fine example of grassroots activism.

Posted on: Dec 17, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Robert King is free, but the other two 'Angola Three' are still in solitary confinement, having been there for over 30 years.

Posted on: Nov 16, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Immokalee farm workers are challenging Taco Bell, free trade agreements, dangerous working conditions, and physical abuse.

Posted on: Oct 27, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The Senate's recent abortion ban has serious consequences for women's reproductive rights.

Posted on: Oct 16, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Immigrants and their supporters complete a two week freedom bus ride for democracy and civil rights.

Posted on: Oct 12, 2003, Source: AlterNet

A law intended to help protect children could cause them substantial harm.

Posted on: Sep 16, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The Clear Skies Initiative was meant to reduce harmful emissions, but its fuzzy math actually does more damage to the environment than good.

Posted on: Sep 16, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Sonoma State University releases its list of the year's top ten under-reported and censored stories.

Posted on: Aug 19, 2003, Source: AlterNet

While the U.S. condemns human rights abuses abroad, it ignores those closer to home.

Posted on: Jul 22, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The 41.2 million Americans without health insurance are often forced to pay up to 70 percent more than insurance companies do for healthcare bills.

Posted on: Jul 17, 2003, Source: AlterNet

For many sex workers, abuse is a daily occurrence. Unfortunately, the criminal justice system only exacerbates the problem.

Posted on: Jul 15, 2003, Source: AlterNet

From micro-organisms to Forest Service jobs, privatization hits the national parks. Corporate profits could be enormous; but fragile environments could end up the losers.

Posted on: Jun 30, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Teenagers are getting fed up with the increasing restrictions on their speech, their clothes, and their freedom of movement.

Posted on: Jun 16, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Two impending vacancies on the Supreme Court this summer could have an impact on the nation for decades to come.

Posted on: Jun 11, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Automaker's claim to be environmentally conscious has big green groups nipping at its heels to put up or shut-up.

Posted on: Jun 11, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The Bush administration, so proud of its "family values" record, could learn a lot from speaking to families torn apart by immigration laws.

Posted on: Jun 8, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Right-wing shock jock Michael Savage goes after the little guy.

Posted on: Jun 2, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The residents of Mecosta County, Michigan, didn't take kindly to a giant multinational's move to divert springwater from their lakes and streams into bottles and profits.

Posted on: May 27, 2003, Source: AlterNet

New technologies raise serious questions about invasions of privacy and violations of civil liberties. They're also expensive. Who's buying and who's profiting?