The intersectionality of racism, classism, and immigration policy is as pertinent today as in the past. Who is deemed legal and illegal, afforded full citizenship rights or not, is almost always determined by master-class politics and race.
By Lisa Brock
In 2014, more and more workers are being squeezed. Some are facing reduced hours so their employers can avoid paying for health insurance and others being forced to work 12-hour days in order to just keep their jobs. On this Labor Day, it is important that we continue to struggle for jobs for all, livable wages, and work hours that allow for everyone to have a full and meaningful life. This is what was behind the May Day struggle for the eight-hour day.
1. A day to commemorate workers in the United States emerged as a result of the fight for the eight-hour day, which emerged in the United States and around the world during the mid 19th century. Workers, who were not enslaved or indentured at the time, including children, often worked more than 10 hour days, with little right of negotiation. Workers of color and women, who were enslaved, agricultural, domestic, and/or indentured, worked more.
By T.S. Leonard Editor’s note: Since the second half of the twentieth century, music critics and scholars have talked about the “whitening of black music.” This phenomenon is ever present on the airwaves and on music shows as African American … Continue reading
By Antonio R. López, Ph.D. Editor’s note: The police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and the epidemic of violence against Black and Brown youth in Chicago and nationally points to the urgent need for a more holistic understanding … Continue reading
By Mark Anthony Neal | NewBlackMan (in Exile) Following the election of the first Black President, I recall there was the sudden push—largely among young Black college educated types—for Black youth to wear the part of the constituency that had … Continue reading
By Sarah Macaraeg “Memory is your body as it was in the world and the world as it was and will be.” Hilton Als When I was eleven, my brother came home from the Army. Like many veterans, he … Continue reading
By Katherine Fobear I want to talk about stories. From the simplest story of a trip down to the grocery store to the local news story on the radio as we drive into work, stories permeate and create our everyday … Continue reading
By Scott Kurashige The following is a tribute to Japanese-American activist Yuri Kochiyama who died on June 1, 2014. I am one of thousands whose lives were immensely touched by Yuri Kochiyama. Not all of those people are Asian American, … Continue reading
By Shayna Plaut, Contributing Editor, Human Rights I began traveling to Hungary in December of 2001. Every time I got on the plane my collective Jewish family would take in a deep breath. I was going back to “The Old … Continue reading
Repost from the Guardian. Last October a boat went down off the Italian island of Lampedusa, killing 366 migrants on board. What happened next? This is the story of Fanus, a survivor and one of thousands of people who flee Eritrea every year … Continue reading
By Grace Lee I first met Grace Lee Boggs in 2000 while filming The Grace Lee Project, a personal documentary that took me on a journey to unpack the model minority stereotype of Asian Americans. I interviewed dozens of women … Continue reading
Repost from NPR. Finding an address on a map can be taken for granted in the age of GPS and smartphones. But centuries of forced relocation, disease and genocide have made it difficult to find where many Native American tribes … Continue reading
By Stephanie Shonekan, Contributing Editor, Art, Music, and Pop Culture If African American musical culture is a stream flowing into Africa during the twentieth century, Michael Jackson represents the watershed because he was a significant and perplexing icon of pop … Continue reading
Repost from Center for American Progress. The number of children fleeing violence by themselves to the United States from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador has skyrocketed over the past few months. No less than 47,017 children have arrived so far … Continue reading
Repost from yes! There has been a growing buzz about what kind of economy we need in order to address wealth inequality, environmental unsustainability, and lack of democracy. Clearly, many desire something new and dramatically different. Perhaps this buzz around … Continue reading
By Jonathan Romero, Contributing Editor, Race, Class, and Immigration “It’s your world, my world, our world today and we invite the…whole world to play” so goes the official 2014 World Cup song “We Are One” by Cuban artist Pitbull, featuring … Continue reading