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The U.S. debate over pandemic unemployment benefits serves as archetypal cause and effect first, for how structural inequalities asphyxiate victims, and second, how forty-four million and rising unemployed plus over thirty million about to be evicted from their homes form a critical mass organizing opportunity to renegotiate.  This second story, the overriding socioeconomic “elephant in the room” proves that demand for…

Stories from the Organizing Front: Denver Colorado’s Union Taxi & Green Taxi Union Coops

Origins and Lessons Learned Guest post by Lisa Bolton, Vice President, Communications Workers of America (CWA) In the very beginnings of this multi-year, transformative project (2005-2008), CWA Local 7777 in Denver where I served as President (elected in 2008), leased a small office to Pro Taxi, a Denver Taxi Association group formed to address taxi drivers’ workplace issues. Over 90% of…

Let Them Eat Masks

Hard to imagine one news cycle completely capturing the existential “reducto absurdam” of our self-infected times. How America’s tone-deaf, tin-ear and tin-pot elected, appointed, self-appointed and anointed “influencers” mirror the “winners take all” culture they serve starting with its virus twins: lethal socioeconomic inequalities and omnipresent COVID-19.  Within twelve hours and seven time zones of each other, the mountain toppers and…

Celebrating the Seventh Bankruptcy on July 4th 2020

Independence Day, July 4th, 2020: this year an oxymoron commemorating freedom to infect others. How to celebrate a country self-captured and self-defeated first by its big pharma-induced opioid crisis mostly impacting lower economic caste victims and now by a mutating bio-virus intravenously self-injected with elected and appointed leaders using polarizing civic tissue and cell cultures?   A capitalist autocracy, liberal democracy no…

ASBC National Conversation on Racism in America: Remarks by MaryAnne Howland

With her permission, we are sharing the opening remarks MaryAnne Howland gave at the launch of the American Sustainable Business Council’s (ASBC) National Conversation on Racism in America on June 10, 2020: Welcome business leaders! Thank you all for joining us this morning, afternoon or evening depending on where you are in the world.  Welcome to our first in a series…

How to Hope to Breathe in America’s Epicenter Pandemic Economy

In normal times, the average adult human tries to breathe twenty times per minute.  Under the pandemic’s lung-crushing shadow, exacerbated by reoccurring acts of white police violence resulting in more unarmed and undeserved black deaths, the simple act of breathing cannot be taken for granted.    America’s Epicenter Pandemic Economy (EPE) inextricably links embedded economic inequality and racial injustice.  It repurposes the most economically vulnerable from…

Staying Alive in “Do It Yourself” (DIY) America

Fake or mainstream, “the truth will set us free.”  America’s White House, “the People’s House,” benefitting from “daily temperature checks, daily tests, unlimited hand sanitizers and regular deep cleaning of all workspaces,” still gets jacked at highest staff levels by coronavirus. So much so that Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the federal government’s most respected infectious diseases official, is working from home…

Those Fifth Avenue Bodies on Main Street

During these still early days of the biomedical pandemic, the President-America-has continues to show the federal buck goes directly to his political bank account without stopping at his desk. How else to explain the actions of his Treasury Secretary, an unrepentant private sector” foreclosure king on the backs of poor people and active duty veterans serving overseas, up-managing billions in special interest…

Anchoring America’s Solidarity Economy Helps to Heal Pandemic Inequality Challenges

Guest post by Ra Criscitiello Over the past decade, gig economy companies like Uber and DoorDash have eroded hard-won employment protections by misclassifying workers as independent contractors. As a result, workers in the gig economy operate without basic rights like health insurance, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation, overtime, sick leave, or breaks. Gig economy workers are often subjected to unsafe, compromising…

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