Piketty’s Reality? The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

By: Thursday May 15, 2014 6:57 am

Robert Reich, once Clinton the First’s Secretary of Labor and now a professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, has emerged as one of the clearest pre-Piketty voices on income inequality and how it is affecting America. He asks why, in the face of incontrovertible evidence of their coming demise, our [...]

At Rally, Chicago Teachers Union President Invites City Hall to Turn Off Air-Conditioning

By: Saturday September 15, 2012 11:23 pm

In Union Park in Chicago thousands of educators and supporters of the Chicago Teachers Union gathered for a solidarity rally. People from out-of-state, like Minnesota and Wisconsin, were there to show support. After a two-hour rally, everyone marched to Garfield Park. There were students, parents and representatives from teachers unions, including the Illinois Federation of [...]

Myths vs. Facts in the Chicago Teachers Union Strike

By: Friday September 14, 2012 1:00 pm

Politicians, journalists, liberal pundits and so-called education reform advocates are employing spin and misinformation to condemn and criticize the Chicago Teachers Union strike. It’s important to note that Chicago is being used as the latest laboratory for anti-union privatization measures that some big business Democrats and Republicans hope to implement across the country. Firedoglake has [...]

Obama’s Education Secretary Far From Neutral When It Comes to Chicago Teachers Strike

By: Wednesday September 12, 2012 1:51 pm

The Chicago Teachers Union went on strike on September 10. At least twenty-six thousand educators have been taking a stand in the streets, for a fair contract and for reductions in class sizes, the provision of social services for children, a halt to the expansion of charter schools and an end to “turnarounds” and school [...]

Chicago Teacher on Why He’s Striking Against Rahm Emanuel’s Pro-Business Education Agenda

By: Monday September 10, 2012 9:08 pm

As Firedoglake has been covering all day, twenty-six thousand educators went on strike in Chicago. The strike by the Chicago Teachers Union is the first strike in twenty-five years. It is happening in a city governed by a Democratic mayor, former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. Therefore, it has different dynamics than the fight that [...]

Modern-Day Slavery: Abuse of Low-Wage Workers by US Contractors Goes Unchecked

By: Thursday June 28, 2012 2:19 pm

A report on the tens of thousands of primarily poor or working class people from developing countries, who are hired through US government contracts to work for United States military or diplomatic missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been published by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The report calls attention to a system of [...]

Live Blog: Occupy Movement’s May Day Actions (#M1GS)

By: Tuesday May 1, 2012 8:13 am

Dustin M. Slaughter of the David and Goliath Project has been invited to blog here at The Dissenter throughout May Day. Slaughter has done some great work covering the Occupy movement through social media and blogging since the early days of Occupy. As mentioned, we will be doing shifts so we can cover as much of the [...]

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