April 7, 2021

100 Days of Socialism, with the Green New Deal

The Green New Deal is named for Franklin Roosevelt's 1930s initiative, which itself was a response to socialist organizing. This image by Brian Siano became the cover of DL's print issue in 2019/

Last week, DL began its unfurling of the National Political Education Committee’s landmark 100 Days of Socialism, a dynamic alternative to all that chatter about the Biden Administration’s “first 100 days.”  Exploring what the first 100 days of a socialist government might look like, we began with the NPEC’s own Sanjiv Gupta and Daphna Thier…


April 5, 2021

A Plague on For-profit “Homes”

Much of both the revenues and the business model of the nursing home industry is attributable to private equity (PE) penetration of the industry. PE investment in nursing homes skyrocketed from $5 billion in 2000 to over $100 billion today, with PE firms acquiring four of the top ten nursing home operators. The most extensive study of the industry found that, after being acquired by a PE firm, the home’s performance declined on patient care measures, but the enterprise brought in more occupants and increased revenue.


April 2, 2021

Review: Midnight in Vehicle City

Cover, "Midnight in Vehicle City."

A great new book tells the story of the United Auto Workers’ famous 1936 sit-down strike at General Motors in Flint, Michigan.


March 30, 2021

100 Days of Socialism: Afrosoc

Bill Mauldin’s 1968 political cartoon “Getting into Step” about the original Poor People’s Campaign was reprinted for educational purposes with an awareness of the problematic tropes used in the print, See https://justseeds.org/graphic/getting-into-step-1968/.

Last week, DL began its unfurling of the National Political Education Committee’s landmark 100 Days of Socialism, a dynamic alternative to all that chatter about the Biden Administration’s “first 100 days.”  Exploring what the first 100 days of a socialist government might look like, we began with the NPEC’s own Sanjiv Gupta and Daphna Thier;…


March 24, 2021

Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

On March 25, 1911, the deaths of 146 workers at a New York City garment factory galvanized the nascent labor movement, spurring thousands of workers to join the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union.


March 19, 2021

DIRECTORS REPORT | Keep organizing!

Union leader Karen Lewis always said to ask when considering action: “Does it unite us? Does it build power? Does it make us stronger?”