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John Delloro's Legacy of Labor Leadership

(4) Comments | Posted July 14, 2010 | 2:43 AM

I walked into my summer internship with a vague commitment to social justice and an image of union organizers as overweight white Teamster truckers or the longshoremen thugs who beat up Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront. But when I stepped into the Los Angeles office of the Service Employees...

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Song Guy Who Wrote "Hey, Paul Krugman" Takes on EFCA

(1) Comments | Posted April 20, 2009 | 11:20 AM

Things are beginning to look a lot gloomier for proponents of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). Senator Arlen Specter, R-PA, a long time friend of unions recently flip-flopped and announced his opposition to this bill that would make it easier for workers to unionize. Several key Democrats like Senator...

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Time Running Out For Filipino Veterans

(6) Comments | Posted March 9, 2009 | 2:37 PM

Many thousands of Filipinos answered Roosevelt's call to join the U.S. forces fighting Japan in the Philippines, but had been denied the benefits they were promised until last month. When Obama's stimulus package passed, it contained a provision for a lump sum payment for these Filipino WWII veterans, which I...

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A Victory for the Asian-American Community

(6) Comments | Posted February 25, 2009 | 5:35 PM

Last week, after passage of Obama's stimulus bill, the Asian-American community found a specific reason to celebrate. After decades of activism, congress included a provision in the stimulus package that finally agreed to give Filipino World War II veterans, who fought on behalf of the United States, the full recognition...

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Alinsky's Legacy, Obama and Labor's Challenge

(3) Comments | Posted February 1, 2009 | 1:14 PM

Earlier yesterday, a friend of mine who works for a labor union posted a note on Facebook that read "Just left the White House. It's a new day for the labor movement!" I quickly asked if he was there as a tourist or as an organizer. I found out he...

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A Labor Secretary Who is Actually Pro-Union

(9) Comments | Posted January 30, 2009 | 11:41 AM

The Obama administration has a real opportunity right now to improve labor standards in this country, but it begins with appointing a pro-active secretary of labor who truly supports the ability of workers to collectively bargain. Bush's former appointee Elaine Chao not only presided over what has been one of...

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This Campaign Pulls Volunteer Into Politics

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2008 | 8:37 PM

It is early morning on August 28th at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. While thousands of delegates and enthusiastic supporters were recovering from their hangovers, eating breakfast, or preparing to attend workshops, Plechette Bampoe was at Mile High Stadium, helping to get the place ready for the thousands of...

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Community Organizers Behind Every Great Movement

(5) Comments | Posted September 8, 2008 | 11:39 AM

By Jonah Lalas and Christian Phillips

When someone makes $5.15 an hour, and is the sole breadwinner for three children, how do you talk to her about going on strike? How do you talk to a woman about standing up for herself on the job, with her husband yelling from...

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Hip-Hop Icons Slick Rick, Biz Markie, Whodini Party In Denver For Obama

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2008 | 5:40 PM

During an ABC News-sponsored debate last spring in Philadelphia, Senator Hillary Clinton and even the debate's moderators made numerous charges against Senator Barack Obama. Analysts roundly panned the debate as a "gotcha" fest and devoid of substance. In a campaign appearance the next day talking about the debate, Obama reached...

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Pelosi Saves Planet... For Oil Companies

(2) Comments | Posted August 19, 2008 | 7:15 PM

I am so sick and tired of Democrats capitulating to right-wing demands. But last week, once again, the Democrats demonstrated they lack the courage to stand by their ideals, if that's what we can call them. In her weekly radio address, Nancy Pelosi stated she would consider offshore drilling and...

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Nationwide Asian American Platform for Change Meeting

(2) Comments | Posted August 4, 2008 | 3:54 PM

"Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have historically been invisible in the eyes of government, too often forgotten even as an afterthought." - AAPI Platform for Change

When I decided to run for a state delegate position in Texas, I contacted one of the leading Democratic activists in my district. Besides...

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Obama Platform Meeting Report - Houston, Texas

(1) Comments | Posted July 31, 2008 | 2:01 PM

A recent piece by Thomas B. Edsal, "Obama-McCain Match-up: Blowout or Trench Warfare," cites an electoral map drawn up by pollster.com categorizing Texas as a "lean" Republican state despite being in the "strong" category in past elections. A recent meeting in Houston led by a Texas delegate and...

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Comic-Con Campaign Politics: Democratic Grassroots Taps Youth Energy

(5) Comments | Posted July 30, 2008 | 9:38 PM

Obama-McCain Matchup: Jedi Knight Clashes Light Sabers with Sith Lord at Comic-Con

"We will fight another hundred years of war," taunted the Sith Lord McCain.

"Not if I can defeat you with the power of hope," responded Jedi Knight Obama.

Their light sabers clashed next to the voter registration booth...

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You Aren't Just Losing Teachers

(4) Comments | Posted July 15, 2008 | 8:30 PM

A recent New York Times article entitled, "On Campus, the 60s Begin to Fade as Liberal Professors Retire," highlights a new study that found many professors active during the 1960s are retiring and being replaced by younger professors with more "moderate" views on the world. It states: "When it...

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Obama At Comic Con

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2008 | 11:11 PM

For most Americans glued to cable news, the biggest convention this summer will be the Democratic National Convention, where the first African-American Democratic Presidential Nominee will be officially crowned. But for the typical Xbox-playing, fantasy novel reading, comic book store junky like myself, the most keenly anticipated convention is the...

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