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What Lena Dunham Taught Us about Unpaid Labor—and What We Taught Ourselves

Anwar Batte and Isabelle Nastasia on September 30, 2014

Yesterday, Lena Dunham—whose character on the HBO show Girls is one of the most recognizable millennial narratives in pop culture—was called out by Gawker for “hiring” unpaid opening acts on her book tour. Only a few hours later, under pressure...

Workplace organizing against oppressive language and behavior

Colt Thundercat on August 24, 2014

This article was originally published on Twin Cities Organizer. I knew it would be hard going into it. Friends who already worked in the distribution center I was about to start work at had warned me about the specific difficulties...

Greek Cleaners Become Symbols of Resistance

Maria Zepatou on July 08, 2014

It took nine months for the 396 cleaners that had been made redundant by the Greek Finance Ministry to gain their victory. Since September 2013, they have been on strike, selling T-shirts to survive and pay for banners and other...

Leaving Trans Organizers in the Dust

Kathryn Seidewitz on May 23, 2014

Emily Augusta began her transition in September 2012. Underemployed and without healthcare, she started taking illegal hormones she purchased on the street. She had moved to DC from Connecticut in the height of the Occupy movement, where she had gotten...

The Era of the Permatemp

Andy Fitzgerald on April 14, 2014

Underneath the employment figures that are released and hotly debated every month lurks a troubling reality: the ballooning contingent labor force. Its ranks include seasonal employees, temporary contractors, freelancers, and interns, none of whom can expect their job to be...

Stand! Fight! University of New Brunswick Union On Strike

Queen Arsem-O'Malley on January 20, 2014

Temperatures hovered just above freezing in New Brunswick last week, and yet a group of people at the Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton campuses of the University of New Brunswick spent days standing outside. That group was hundreds of the...

Portland Students Walk Out to Take Back Their Voices

George Joseph on January 13, 2014

People in the “education reform” movement often claim that policy makers must put students’ needs over teachers’ demands. Whether it be Michelle Rhee’s “Students First” lobbying campaign or corporate-sponsored “student activist” groups like Teach for America and Students for Education...

The Rising Price of Sriracha Doesn’t Matter

Victor Casillas Valle on November 07, 2013

Recently, the city of Irwindale, CA filed a lawsuit against the Huy Fong Foods factory which makes the hot chili sauce Sriracha. Headlines from various news outlets, stretching from Al Jazeera to the Los Angeles Times, made comments such as...

Valuing Trans* Lives and Labor

Queen Arsem-O'Malley on September 26, 2013

In 1990, a group of disability rights activists gathered outside the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. and crawled up the 100 front steps, calling for the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The direct action, known as the “Capitol...

Chronicle of a Bankruptcy Foretold: The League of Revolutionary Black Workers and Detroit

Eric Ginsburg on September 06, 2013

Even a casual observer of the Motor City’s decline isn’t shocked that Detroit is bankrupt, but saturated media coverage ignores the fact that this outcome wasn’t inevitable. Predicting aspects of the collapse long before the current crisis, people living in...

Catch Up With Fast Food

Queen Arsem-O'Malley on August 14, 2013

Organizers have announced that the ongoing national wave of fast food strikes is going to escalate in the next week. Not sure what we’re talking about? Catch up with the fast food strike in 5 minutes: Last November in New...

Telling My Mom Why I Went to Chicago for the Teachers Strike

Stephanie Rivera on June 28, 2013

I was scrolling down my newsfeed on Facebook yesterday and came across a video of Chicago students speaking out at their Board of Education meeting, shocking the room, and getting pulled out by security. Chills ran up and down my...

Community Control, Bangladeshi Garment Workers and the NYPD

Sharmin Hossain on June 25, 2013

“I’m going to make sure you’re staying in that cold, wet jail cell tonight,” the sergeant told me the moment I got into the car. It was a rainy summer day in Brooklyn, New York. Earlier in the day, peaceful...

6 Tips on How to Avoid Being Screwed by a Non-Profit

Anonymous on May 15, 2013

So you’ve just graduated from college and you want to change the world. Good for you. The non-profit sector seems like a natural place for a justice-minded person such as yourself, and nonprofits are almost always hiring because the turnover...