Ray Valentine talks about the limitations of the community organizing model. About five years ago, after a friend told me about a flyer he had seen taped to a tree near my block, I got involved in a “neighbors committee” in the gentrifying Washington, DC
The LaborWave podcast interviewed Marianne Garneau about the women’s strike and her review of Feminism for the 99%. Listen here. I do not think that power is developed by calling people out into the streets, because that is not a location where we have power.
We have a saying in the IWW: “The boss is a good organizer.” It means that bosses push workers towards the union with the terrible ways they treat them. But of course, the terrible ways bosses treat workers also sometimes provoke a different reaction: workers
On the surface, this is a review of a classic documentary about a massive, illegal 1965 strike by Canadian postal workers – written by a postal worker, who was himself involved in the rotating strikes at Canada Post last year. But deeper than that, it’s
CallUs (not the real business name) is a call center in the Midwest with roughly 750 employees. We spoke to three workers who have been part of an organizing effort there at various times. PART 1: INTERVIEW WITH ADAM AND TANYA (2012-2016) Tell me about
Gaby recounts the story of an organizing campaign at a café in Montréal, where baristas successfully negotiated a raise and benefits. Workers initially avoided identifying as a union, and framed themselves as trying to improve how the café was run, but eventually found they had
Marianne Garneau reviews Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto. In a new book, Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto (Verso, 2019), Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya and Nancy Fraser put forward the “women’s strike” as the much-needed reinvention of the strike tactic. The authors are also the organizers