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Amazon warehouse

My life as a temp in California’s Inland Empire, the belly of the online shopping beast.

JP Morgan elevators

This time it’s securities bundled from rentals, rather than mortgages.

Airport workers

Passenger service workers earn significantly lower wages than the largely unionized airline employees with whom they work. Now they’re organizing to change that.

Demonstrators participating in the Poor People's March in Washington D.C.

Being poor in the United States has rarely meant anything so simple as having too little money.

Walmart shopping cart

A landmark ruling by the National Labor Relations Board says Walmart unlawfully harassed and fired employees for protesting.

Kalpona Akter

Surging union growth and militancy is due to courageous leaders like Kalpona Akter: child laborer at 12, union president at 15, she’s now head of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity.

Children spinning

The country must find the political will to end this national disgrace.

Tar from the tobacco leaves stains the hands of young workers.

Young farm workers are falling ill from “green tobacco sickness” while the industry denies it and government lets it happen.

Michael Steele with a wild turkey he shot in 2012

Under pressure, the Obama administration withdrew rules barring young laborers from dangerous work—a decision with grave consequences for several families.

Homeless

According to many conservatives, the poor have it easy.

Blogs

Major disasters show us how interdependent people are in this country and force us to better understand how we can work together in communities and in government.

May 10, 2011

A University of Pennsylvania student describes the pressure to begin alumni donations—even before he's picked up his diploma.

May 10, 2011

Senator Bernie Sanders is back with a plan for real health care reform. Instead of cutting Medicare, as Paul Ryan proposes, he wants to respond to our health-care crisis with a single-payer "Medicare for All" plan that cuts costs while expanding quality care.

May 10, 2011

Police arrested dozens of protesters at the kickoff of California Teachers' "State of Emergency" protest.

May 10, 2011

We know that we are not all middle class and that capitalism isn’t really democracy, so why don't we take the time to grapple with the major dilemmas facing our society?

May 9, 2011

California teachers fight back against education cuts, while Gov. Snyder deals with the aftermath of his own statewide cuts and proto-fascist use of "emergency managers."

May 9, 2011

Budget cut protests continue while the GOP cools to Paul Ryan's extreme austerity plan.

May 8, 2011

Budget committee chair can say what he wants, but the noisy protests against his plan -- especially in his home district -- have shaken congressional Republicans,

May 7, 2011

Mayor Mike has a plan to fire thousands of teachers; unions and students have a plan to make the the big banks pay their fair share.

May 7, 2011

This week, the Nation brings you in-depth coverage of Osama bin Laden's death and what's next for the 'War on Terror.' And I argue for a saner budget blueprint modeled after the Congressional Progressive Caucus People's Budget.

May 6, 2011