In response to an organic crisis of democracy, a conference is being convened October 5-6 that draws together intellectuals and activists from across the globe to examine and explore different dimensions of that crisis. Speakers at “The Crisis of Democracy” will venture into a deeper analysis of the political forces and dynamics at work, with an eye to identifying opportunities to strengthen democratic institutions and democratic practices. Co-sponsors include the American Federation of Teachers, American Prospect Magazine, the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization, Democratic Socialists of America and the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, Georgetown University. The conference is free, registration is required; register here.
Photo: AFT's President Randi Weingarten, who will be featured at the conference
“No matter what the fight, don't be ladylike! God almighty made women and the Rockefeller gang of thieves made the ladies.”
A report by the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that the average weekly take-home pay of a factory worker with three dependents is now $94.87 - 1962
Tens of thousands of protesters take to the streets of Europe, striking against government austerity measures. Workers in more than a dozen countries participated, including Spain, Belgium, Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Slovenia, and Lithuania, protesting job losses, retirement deferments, pension reductions, and cuts to schools, hospitals, and welfare services. - 2010
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Despite unseasonably warm temperatures and a blazing noonday sun that ratcheted up the heat even more, nearly 100 News Guild union members and their supporters turned out for a spirited picket line Wednesday in front of the Washington Post on K Street. The union’s trademark balloons floated gaily above picket signs as chants rang out, demanding “What do we want? A contract! When do we want it? Now!” Post unit co-chair at the Washington-Baltimore NewsGuild Local 32035 Fredrick Kunkle told the crowd that “The man who owns Amazon should not be sending his employees up the creek.” Noting that the Post has been setting new records for readership, “thanks to the hard work of everyone on the team, from the reporters to the guys who drive the trucks. All we’re asking for is a reasonable pay raise from the richest man on the planet, for an institution that’s important for democracy.”