Sarah Jaffe

Defeating the Senate's Trumpcare Bill Is a Life-Or-Death Fight

Since election night 2016, the streets of the U.S. have rung with resistance. People all over the country have woken up with the conviction that they must do something to fight inequality in all its forms. But many are wondering what it is they can do. In this series, we'll be talking with experienced organizers, troublemakers, and thinkers who have been doing the hard work of fighting for a long time. They'll be sharing their insights on what works, what doesn't, and what has changed, and what is still the same.

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Walmart's Women Can't 'Save Money' or 'Live Better' with Wages and Hours Like This

Walmart, the world's largest retailer (and America's largest private employer), occupies a rather strange place in the business landscape: a technologically innovative company with a down-home reputation – a low-wage, low-benefit employer that prides itself on a family atmosphere. Walmart masks the lousy working conditions that make its profits with its particular form of market populism: millions of "Walmart moms" can't be wrong for wanting to "save money, live better", can they?

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Working Families Party Making Strides, Disrupting the Status Quo

Sauda Baraka didn’t pursue a spot on the Bridgeport, Conn., Board of Education thinking it would be a springboard to higher office. As her children went through Bridgeport’s public schools, she saw herself simply as an “involved parent” — until 2004, when the Republican Party recruited her to run for the board. Connecticut reserves three seats on all school boards for a minority party — and at the time in Bridgeport, long dominated by a Democratic Party machine, the minority party was Republican. She accepted, and won.

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Gentrification or Health Care? Preserving Neighborhood Care in Brooklyn

The emergency room at Methodist Hospital in Park Slope, Brooklyn was crowded when we got there at 5:30 PM on Tuesday evening. We were the third-place team in a race to different Brooklyn hospitals staged by the New York State Nurses Association to dramatize the need to save two facilities in danger of closing. When we arrived, Methodist Hospital nurses were too busy to talk to our group about the ER’s patient load, but the man at the desk said they'd been busier since Long Island College Hospital (LICH) started diverting ambulances at the end of June.

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Paid Sick Leave Pays for Itself: So Why Is NYC's Mayoral Hopeful Blocking It?

This article originally appeared at RH Reality check. Commenters wishing to engage directly with the author should do so at the original post.

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What You Need to Know About the Seattle Teachers' Rebellion and the Deeply Flawed Test That Inspired It

High school teachers in Seattle are saying no to the spread of high-stakes standardized tests. On January 10, the staff of Garfield High School voted unanimously to refuse to administer the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test to their ninth-grade students. For two weeks they've held firm, even as the superintendent of schools has threatened them with a 10-day unpaid suspension, and teachers at other schools have joined their boycott.

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6 Ways to Juice Up the Labor Movement

The passage of a so-called “right-to-work” law in Michigan recently left the labor movement feeling gut-punched.

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Walmart's Exploitation Is Nothing New, So What Made Workers Finally Fight Back?

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How Organizing for Change Is Very Different Than Winning Elections

“Raising Hell” is what the title of Jane McAlevey's new book says she spent her time in the labor movement doing, and she isn't joking.

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JPMorgan Chase's Debt Collection Agency's Sleazy Tactics to Squeeze Student Loans Debtors of Their Last Cash

JPMorgan Chase may have cut back on its private student lending, but the megabank is still making plenty of money on student debt.

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Wall Street's Favorite Candidate Slings Mud In Effort To Beat Elizabeth Warren

The Massachusetts Senate race this year is a race between two competing populisms: Elizabeth Warren's plain-folks explanations of real-world economic issues, versus Scott Brown's “Look, I drive a pickup truck—don't look at my record!” posturing.

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Report: While American Families Lost a Ton of Wealth in the Crash, Members of Congress Did Just Fine

The Washington Post has a new multi-part investigation into the wealth of Congressmembers, including an in-depth look at how legislators personally benefit from laws that they pass. They dug into financial disclosure forms from all 535 members of the Senate and House of Representatives, looking at how many millionaires there are on Capitol Hill, who made money and who lost it during their time in office, and much, much more.

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Not Just Big Bird: 6 Examples of the Right's War on Beloved Children's Characters

Mitt Romney's comments, during Wednesday night's debate, about cutting funding for PBS despite his “love” for Big Bird, immediately got a response from the Internet: FiredBigBird popped up on Twitter shortly after the comments and was quickly joined by Sesame Street colleagues FireMeElmo and FiredOscar, as well as BigBirdRomney.

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How the Camera On Your Cellphone Can Be Captured and Used to Spy on You

Taxpayer-funded programs have created malware for Android smartphones that can remotely take over your phone's camera and use it to spy on you, according to reports in the Washington Times and PCWorld.

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Record Number of Openly Gay Candidates Running for Congress

Thus far in Barack Obama's administration, we've seen the ban on openly gay military servicepeople overturned (without the collapse of the modern military that Republicans predicted) and just this year, watched the President change his mind and come out in favor of marriage equality.

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Schneiderman Files Suit Against JP Morgan Chase for "Multiple Fraudulent and Deceptive Acts"

It's been a constant refrain over the last four years: no bankers charged with a crime, no real consequences at all for the villains of the economic crisis. Profits and bonuses are back to pre-crash heights (or even higher) while the rest of the country still struggles, and there's been no accountability.

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Why Mitt Romney Is Losing Ohio

Why is Mitt Romney losing Ohio?

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Red States Outpace Blue States in Income Growth - Thanks to Food Stamps

Americans love nothing more than a good Red-State-Vs.-Blue-State argument, especially during election time.

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6 Major Reasons You Should Care About the Labor Battles in Professional Sports

Yelling at the refs is a time-honored tradition in sports, but it's been brought to a new level this season in the National Football League, as the experienced, unionized referees have been locked out by the league since the beginning of August. They've been replaced by refs whose experience comes from places like the Lingerie Football League. Replacement refs have so far been removed from games for open support for one of the teams, made mistakes over which team was on the field, and one reportedly told a player “I need you for my fantasy team!”

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2 Fall TV Shows Cashing In on Social and Economic Instability

One of the most circulated images from the September 17 Occupy actions in New York was this photo.

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It's Alive! Occupy Actions Across the Country Show the Movement's Impact

10 AM ET — New York by Sarah Jaffe

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Innovative Model Is Helping Save the Future of Unions and May Turn the Election

I am in a nice suburban neighborhood, walking down a cul-de-sac with a notebook in my hand, watching as a canvasser with an iPad and a stack of leaflets knocks on doors and chats pleasantly with families about jobs, corporate accountability, education and retirement.

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5 So-Called Liberal Pundits Who Are Attacking Teachers

Chicago's teacher strike may turn out to be the most important one in a generation, as teachers stand up to a corporate-backed education reform regime that stresses testing and firing teachers as a form of “accountability” while continuing to refuse to invest real money in making educational opportunities equal for all students. 

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10 Under-the-Radar Congressional Races to Watch

President Obama is riding high on a post-Democratic National Convention bounce in the polls, and high-profile candidates like Elizabeth Warren made an impact with speeches drawing a clear line between them and the Republicans.

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7 Worst Media Brown-Nosers Who Enable Paul Ryan's Lies

The myth of “Paul Ryan, serious budget wonk” has a history that dates since the 2010 Tea Party sweep of the elections, at least into the Bush administration. It's been untrue for at least that long.

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Top Progressive Senator Shares What It's Like to Fight Against $15 Million Deluge in Right-Wing Election Money

“To me all of this is about, whose side are you on?" Senator Sherrod Brown told AlterNet. It's something he says a lot, whether it's about foreclosures or his home state of Ohio's recent attacks on public workers. In the senator's raspy voice it carries echoes of the old labor song, “Which Side Are You On?”

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Low Benefits, Temporary Jobs -- Work Is Getting Worse ... But Hope for Labor Rights Is Emerging from a Surprising Place

Over the last 30 years, Americans have seen the very nature of work change. Working people used to expect to have a stable job with health benefits and a retirement plan, a job they'd keep for most of their lives. Now, though, workers bounce from job to job, employers have slowly clawed back most of the benefits they used to enjoy, manufacturing mostly happens overseas, and more and more jobs are low-wage service positions, without benefits and with high turnover – jobs in which the worker has little protection from an abusive boss.

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How Punk Rock Made Me a Lefty

Joining a long tradition of right-wing politicians denounced by their favorite bands, this week Paul Ryan was the recipient of a scathing open letter from Tom Morello, activist, proud union member and former guitarist of Rage Against the Machine, in Rolling Stone magazine.

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“The Chief of Police Stepped On Me and Then He Charged Me With Rioting”: Activists Face Jail Time for Defending Homes

The police came at four in the morning with a battering ram to the Cruz home in Minneapolis, Minnesota. And that was only one of the five eviction attempts required to finally claim the home for the banks.

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"We Have No Choice But to Step Up": Youth Activists Come Together to Build a Movement for Student Power

I'm on a bus with about 50 student organizers as it pulls out of Union Square in New York and heads for the highway, for Columbus, Ohio and the National Student Power Convergence. I have a tiny zine of “pocket chants for your daily taking-of-the-street needs” in my hand, and someone's stuck a red square—the symbol of the Quebec student movement, adopted by US students for their own organizing—on the window above my head.

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