September 15, 2021

Bad Times Ahead? The August Jobs Report

COVID-19 and its Delta variant are not the only reasons people are reluctant to return to work. Sometimes the jobs just aren’t there; many of us believe that the truly unemployed vastly outnumber job openings.

September 13, 2021

Anti-Abortion Mobilization: Texas Brings Back the Past, We Fight for the Future

Heather Booth, a founder of the Jane Collective.

Christine Riddiough talks with veteran activists Heather Booth and Judith Arcana In late August, Texas governor Gregg Abbott, signed into law the most restrictive anti-abortion bill since the landmark abortion-rights case Roe v. Wade was decided. Women in Texas and around the country are outraged and fearful that other states will follow suit. Before Roe,…

September 11, 2021

A Tale of Two September 11ths

The author speaking in Sweden in 2018

And as a New Yorker, I truly resented how the collective trauma we faced was used to inflict pain on the innocent.

September 8, 2021

Ed Asner: Socialist To the Core

Ed Asner in 1977. (Wikimedia Commons)

When we lost Ed Asner last week, DL reached out to comrades who worked with him to build what was then an embrsyonic formation of socialists in America–and then became the national network we know today. Below, Kim Fellner and Michael Lighty salute an incredible artist and comrade we already miss. Union Leader True to…

September 2, 2021

The Minnesota Co-op Wars: Lessons in Organizing Gone Wrong

Mill City Co-op members rally to defend their co-op from takeover by the CO, January, 1976. Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society.

A new documentary, The Co-op Wars , tells a story of conflict in the Minneapolis-St. Paul food co-ops and counterculture. The conflict was precipitated by a group of community activists (my comrades in the Coop Organization or CO) who took over the People’s Warehouse in Minneapolis in 1975.         The documentary accurately portrays the mistakes of…

August 30, 2021

Eviction Crisis Opens Emergency Housing Rights Battles

As Cori Bush said, “Our government has allowed this crisis to continue and worsen for too long… It is our duty to make people’s lives better. Ending this crisis requires a comprehensive approach. We all have a role to play.”

August 25, 2021

Making Immigration Matter

What do we actually do about immigration policy in the United States? At its core, Immigration Matters struggles with this question.