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Liza Featherstone

Contributing Editor

Liza Featherstone is a journalist based in New York City and a contributing editor to The Nation, where she also writes the advice column “Asking for a Friend”. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Ms., and Rolling Stone among many other outlets. 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). She is the editor of False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Clinton, which is forthcoming from Verso Books this spring and can be pre-ordered here.


  • Activism June 10, 2009

    Out of Reach

    As the cost of college hits the stratosphere, students are organizing to bring it down to earth.

    Liza Featherstone

  • Economy January 28, 2009

    Help Wanted for Green Jobs

    It's inspiring to have a president who talks the talk on green-collar jobs. But we need megawatts, not just megawords.

    Liza Featherstone




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  • Corporations June 27, 2007

    Andy Stern: Savior or Sellout?

    SEIU President Andy Stern heads one of the strongest unions in the country. Why is he so cozy with corporations?

    Liza Featherstone



  • May 24, 2007

    Campus Unrest

    On some West Coast college campuses this week, students and workers have been outspoken. Tuesday afternoon the Stanford students occupying their presidents office were arrested, as expected. The next day, at UC Davis, fifteen people -- food service workers, students and others -- were arrested while demanding that the university stop subcontracting the university's food services, and allow the workers to join the union. Subcontracting to notorious unionbuster Sodexho Marriott saves the university money but results in shoddy conditions for the workers. Earlier this month, 24 people were arrested in a demonstration on the same issue. It's the end of the school year, and the administrations will probably try to get away with making some nefarious decisions over the summer, while the students are gone. Let's hope this spring's organizing has laid the groundwork for a highly organized fall 2007.

    Liza Featherstone

  • May 22, 2007

    Stanford Students Expect “Moral Integrity” from Prez

    This morning, eleven Stanford University students began occupying the lobby of their president's office demanding humane conditions for the workers who make clothes and hats bearing their school logo. Specifically, the student activists are asking President John Hennessy to take a constructive role in fighting sweatshops by joining the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) by the end of today (if you're reading this on the East Coast, note that he still has a few hours). The WRC was founded by students and labor rights seven years ago as an alternative to the Fair Labor Association (FLA), a far more industry-influenced monitoring group; the WRC, which has 169 collegiate members, has succeeded in improving conditions for some workers, and many observers agree that the competition has improved the FLA. "We know President Hennessy has the moral integrity to take this step," said Bethany Woolman, a sophomore who was occupying the presidential lobby. "But we know he needs the support of students to do it."

    Liza Featherstone