Forty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, a full slate of commemorations are scheduled for this weekend to mark the dedication of his long-awaited memorial statue on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Given the disturbing news that the average white household is an astounding twenty times wealthier than the average black household, it’s good news that the country will be revisiting King’s vision this weekend. Clearly, the fight for equality in America is far from over. Read more »
There’s no way around it: We’re about to see a major shift in the political landscape. Far-right Republicans helped the GOP gain a majority in the House of Representatives, and there were losses for Democrats in the Senate as well.
And in Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Utah, the so-called secret ballot measures we blogged about last week all passed. It’s a chilling indication of how far corporate interests will go to maintain a status quo that protects exploitative employers, even if it means continued setbacks for workers and the economy. Read more »
I’m heading to Vegas! But as much as I love the slot machines, I’m skipping the casinos this time in order to attend the fifth annual Netroots Nation convention.
Netroots Nation is an amazing program that helps progressive organizations amplify their voices by providing an online and in-person forum for idea-exchange and public debate. From better blogging tips to the importance of migrant laborers in the workers’ rights movement, there are lectures, conferences, caucuses and presentations on nearly every topic under the sun to help nonprofit organizations inspire their members. There will be a lot of events concerning workers’ rights this year, and some speakers on the subject include AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Senator Al Franken.