Democratic Left

Fathers’ Day: Parental Leave, Labor Market Flexibility and the Definition of Maleness

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In 1909 Sonora Smart Dodd began to campaign for a Fathers’ Day holiday. She later got assistance from the Father's Day Council (founded by the New York Associated Men's Wear Retailers). The campaign culminated with President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s 1966 designation of the third Sunday in June as the holiday, followed by President Nixon’s signing that date into law in 1972.

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June Jobs Report: More of the Same

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The labor market remained sluggish in May.  Unemployment rose from 7.5 percent to 7.6 percent, while the nonfarm payroll increased by 175,000.  Much of the job growth was concentrated in retail, food services, drinking places and temporary help.  Manufacturing fell slightly.

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What’s Left for Education?

For more than two decades the assault on public education has been underway; it shows no sign of slowing down.  From redirecting public funds from community schools to public and for-profit charters and home schooling to the growth of educational entrepreneurship, the loan-sharking of commercial student loans and Arizona’s vote to ban ethnic studies , public education (and those few  private schools serving a genuine public good) has suffered multiple hits.

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The Socialist Roots of the March on Washington

Political pundits have long lionized the August 1963 March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech as a clarion call to end legal segregation.

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The I.R.S Was Right, Obama Caves Again

It’s happening again. Another imaginary crisis, and instead of fighting back, the President   agrees with his enemies and starts making concessions.  He should be defending the I.R.S.  employees who have been doing  their jobs under difficult circumstances.  As a careful reading of the Inspector General's Report shows, there is no scandal.  Well, let’s put it this way:  there are scandals at the I.R.S., but this isn’t one of them.  Look instead to the under-regulation of huge political organizations such as Karl Rove’s Crossroads.

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A New Era for Worker Ownership, 5 Years in the Making: The New Era Windows Cooperative opens its doors (and windows) for business

Reprinted with permission from In These Times.

The workers know launching and running a company won’t be easy, but given their deep knowledge of the industry and their personal investment in the project, they are confident they can do it.

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“It’s a lot easier for a worker to become an owner, than an owner to become a worker,” says Melvin “Ricky” Maclin, a worker-turned-occupier-turned-owner at the New Era Windows Cooperative. (Brendan Martin/The Working World)

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Move Forward Or Pack It Up

In 1989, N.W.A was the world's most dangerous group, there were fourteen Democratic U.S. Senators in the states that made up the Confederacy, union density was nearly 18 percent, and the Soviet Union looked like it was on the way to political liberalization. None of this is true today.

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50 Years Later- King’s Letter Challenges Us Still

When it came to injustice, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was not a patient man.     

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