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13 Million Illinois Citizens Named Bruce

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The billionaire Republican Governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, injected himself into ceremonies in Chicago last week presided over by the city's Democratic mayor and the nation's Democratic president.

Black History Is Labor History: How Jim Crow-Era Racism Is Impacting Homecare Workers Today

Doug Moore | Posted 02.18.2015 | Black Voices
Doug Moore

This Black History Month, let's celebrate and honor Black history by recognizing and committing to all of the work we have still to do. No one is equal until we are all equal.

Celebrating a Labor Legend During Black History Month

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 02.09.2015 | Black Voices
Thomas E. Perez

During Black History Month, I'm reminded yet again of the ways that the struggle for civil rights is interwoven with the struggle for workers' rights. Perhaps no one better personifies that link than A. Philip Randolph, the first African-American inducted into the Labor Department's Hall of Honor.

Martin Luther King Was a Radical, Not a Saint

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

In fact, King was a radical. He believed that America needed a "radical redistribution of economic and political power." He challenged America's class system and its racial caste system.

Remembing W.E.B. Du Bois: A Towering Figure Who Died 50 Years Ago

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Du Bois was one of the towering intellectual figures of the 20th century. Fifty years after his death, his ideas -- and his activism for economic and social justice -- remain an important influence on American culture.

The Role of HBCUs in the Marches on Washington

William H. Lamar IV | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
William H. Lamar IV

In its own way, the HBCU made the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom possible. Today's HBCU must make meaning of its legacy for its students, who must work tirelessly to usher in a better society and more just world.

Jermaine Spradley

Here's What Became Of The Organizations That Organized The March On Washington

HuffingtonPost.com | Jermaine Spradley | Posted 08.28.2013 | Black Voices

On Sunday, August 28, 1963, more than 250,000 people crowded the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to stake their claim for jobs and freedom in a tur...

The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington Summons a Painful History

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Politicians and commentators from across the ideological spectrum like to invoke the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, as well as Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. But it's too easy to breeze past the March's painful historical context.

Claiming and Teaching the 1963 March on Washington

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

Teaching about the March on Washington presents a series of challenges precisely because it involves counteracting sanitized textbooks and demythologizing not only the march, but also the Black Freedom Struggle. As such, there are a few points that cannot be overlooked if we want to honor the march's true story.

Faith In Working People

Rev. Peter Laarman | Posted 11.03.2012 | Religion
Rev. Peter Laarman

Nothing is more American than the "chants democratic" expressed by grassroots labor organizing and union bargaining for a better future.

9 Famous Non-Believers In History

David Niose | Posted 09.16.2012 | Books
David Niose

For millions of Americans, openly identifying as secular has become a way of making a statement, of affirmatively pushing back against politically mobilized religious fundamentalism.

The Man Behind the March: Remembering Bayard Rustin

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Bayard Rustin, the trailblazing civil rights activist, was a pacifist, a radical, black and gay. Controversy surrounded him all his life. But this year -- the 100th anniversary of his birth and 25 years after his death -- his name is back in the news.

The 50 Most Influential Progressives of the 20th Century

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

We all stand on the shoulders of earlier generations of radicals and reformers who challenged the status quo of their day. Unfortunately, most Americans know little of this progressive history.

An AFL-CIO as Diverse as Workers

Fred Redmond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Fred Redmond

Unions cannot expect women, minority, gay, physically challenged and young members to step up and participate in union activities if union leadership opportunities are closed to them.

P3s: Let's Not Party Like It's 1929

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Likosky

We must take the public interest more seriously when we talk about P3s.