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How Can the Labor Movement Move Beyond the Democratic Party?

What we need is a political movement that unabashedly challenges corporate control over our daily lives.

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Nothing for the future is guaranteed—least of all for an all-volunteer political organization that takes on the largest corporations in the world. We aren’t resting: We are campaigning to fight obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, which especially plague low-income communities of color, by taxing sugary drinks to pay for athletic fields and health programs.

Even a fight for healthy kids means a fight with Corporate America. The Big Beverage industry has moved in with money flying, buying “experts,” media, and support. It’s an uphill fight, but so is every fight worth winning.


Mike Parker is on the Labor Notes Policy Committee. See

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