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Liza Featherstone

Contributing Editor

Liza Featherstone is a journalist based in New York City. Her work on student and youth activism has been published in The Nation, Lingua Franca, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Left Business Observer, Dissent, The Sydney Morning Herald and Columbia Journalism Review. Featherstone has also written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsday, In These Times, Ms., Salon, Nerve, US, Nylon and Rolling Stone. She is the co-author of Students Against Sweatshops: The Making of a Movement (Verso, 2002) and author of Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Worker's Rights at Wal-Mart (Basic, 2004).


  • May 2, 2007

    DC Sex Scandal: Couldn’t Happen to Nicer Bunch of Guys

    I'm amused that none of my Notion colleagues have commented on the Washington, D.C. sex scandal. Time to break this high-minded code of delicacy. Alleged madam Deborah Jane Palfrey is about to release her client list, and ABC News plans to release her phone records on Friday. To those who think they are are above reveling in something so sordid: hold your high horses. I feel sorry for people whose names are dragged through the mud over personal behavior -- but not if they are right-wing hypocrites who have supported policies interfering with other people's private lives. A couple names have been leaked already, and we shouldn't feel bad for any of them.

    Liza Featherstone

  • Activism February 2, 2007

    Surge for Peace

    Thanks to the efforts of the peace movement and a significant shift in public opinion, we can stop this war. But it's not going to be easy.

    Liza Featherstone

  • Environment December 17, 2006

    Chávez’s Citizen Diplomacy

    Venezuela's controversial program to provide heating oil to impoverished American communities exposes the inability of the richest nation on earth to meet the needs of its poor.

    Liza Featherstone

  • Environment December 14, 2006

    Chávez’s Citizen Diplomacy

    Venezuela's controversial program to provide heating oil to impoverished American communities exposes the inability of the richest nation on earth to meet the needs of its poor.

    Liza Featherstone

  • Politics November 9, 2006

    A Win for Women

    Thanks to a thoughtful grassroots campaign, voters in South Dakota rejected a draconian abortion ban.

    Liza Featherstone

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  • Politics November 8, 2006

    Democracy Worked for SD Abortion Vote

    The electoral process worked for pro-choice advocates in South Dakota, overturning an abortion ban with a grassroots appeal to keep the government out of citizens' personal lives.

    Liza Featherstone

  • Corporations August 24, 2006

    Mean or Green?

    Wal-Mart is serious about bringing organic food to the masses, but transportation costs and the retail giant's aggressive competitive ways could end up hurting small farms and the environment.

    Liza Featherstone

  • Corporations November 3, 2005

    Spin Control at Wal-Mart

    A hard-hitting documentary, an embarrassing leaked memo on healthcare and abandonment by customers who don't like its politics. It's getting harder these days for Wal-Mart to put on a happy public face.

    Liza Featherstone

  • Corporations November 3, 2005

    On the Wal-Mart Money Trail

    As the nation's wealthiest family, the Waltons could be a force for social good. But when they choose to spend their fortune lobbying for pet projects, tax cuts and charter schools instead of providing a living wage for their workers, they are dangerous (and costly) to the nation.

    Liza Featherstone

  • Activism September 29, 2005

    Peaceniks Flood DC

    Last week's antiwar rally in Washington sent a single, unequivocal message: At home and abroad, the Bush Administration is a complete failure.

    Liza Featherstone