Gabriel Thompson is the author of Working in the Shadows (Nation Books, 2010). He is working on a biography of Fred Ross—the legendary organizer who trained Cesar Chavez—titled America’s Social Arsonist.
Without its lifeline, a stream of federal aid, Lemoore is in crisis mode—and residents of all political stripes are united in outrage.
The heat is on big banks and CEOs as labor and community activists band together.
A community college class made social justice happen on November 6.
Industry leaders and their Senate allies are trying to kill reforms protecting immigrant workers.
The USDA proposes to increase line speed in poultry plants, but the debate is only about food safety. What about the workers?
Despite occasional friction, unions and Occupy have found a way to live happily together.
A Q&A with Frank Bardacke, whose new book Trampling Out the Vintage complicates the legend and legacy of Cesar Chavez.
Yes, a small minority of protesters destroyed property, but the vast majority were nonviolent in their general strike against corporate greed.
In less than two weeks, Occupy Oakland went from its first public action to calling for a city-wide general strike.
Current proposals for immigration reform might fall short, but massive protest turnout breathed new life into a movement that had fallen by the wayside.