Wal-Mart has profoundly altered labor politics, deploying ever more creative and ruthless tactics to suppress the right to organize while driving down wages and benefits in the retail industry and beyond.
Many students are used to being repeatedly shut down in their efforts. But many are finding, after years of effort to organize, that they are finally being listened to on a national scale. In this article, Liza Featherstone points to the recent Sodexho Marriott boycotts, the Students Against Sweatshops, the newly formed Worker Rights Consortium, and other significant steps in student-led fights for equality. Featherstone also suggests a need for more activism that links global concerns with class and race issues here at home.
Liza Featherstone, a journalist tuned it to youth issues, shows how "college students are increasingly engaged in well-organized, thoughtful and morally outraged resistance to corporate power." In this essay, she traces the evolution of these student groups and exposes the corporatization of U.S. colleges.
Trying to seduce as many underage girls as possible, corporate publishing has adopted the buzzword "real" as its come-on of the moment. Rightly sensing that there is a vacuum in the teen magazine market -- the fastest-growing segment of the population has, like, nothing to read -- publishers have dreamed up Jump, Teen People, Twist and Glossy. But how much "realer" is this new crop?
Author Norman Solomon takes a serious look at "Dilbert," arguing that the cartoon is really on the side of big corporations, and is relentlessly contemptuous of workers, if not resigned to the status quo. Does Solomon miss the joke, or is Dilbert bad news for the rank-and-file? A Q&A with Solomon accompanies the article.