Category Archives: Articles of Note

@Sundance: More Champagne with your Justice, sir?

One struggle (of sorts) for those in the pop culture world these days (well, wealthy celebs anyway) is how best to carry themselves in the context of being progressive and for economic justice in the midst of a down economy. … Continue reading

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“Horrible Bosses” Gets People Talking and Blogging

The impact of popular culture on workers’ lives shows again with the release of the film “Horrible Bosses” While the film itself, as a film, is so-so (with a Metascore of 57), it spurred numerous write-ups, articles and blogs about … Continue reading

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Writer of Book on Work Picks His Five Fave Books on Work

We found this great article by Matthew Crawford, author of our very own 2010 Worker’s Voice Award for Best Book “Shopcraft as Soul Class” that ran in the Wall Street Journal. In it, this writer who likes to write about … Continue reading

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Films About Workers: Hot or Not? The LA Times vs NY Times Debate

Perhaps unwittingly, within a week of each other these two periodicals in the anchor towns of entertainment land, posit two different sets of views on the potential success of films about working folk, class, and social struggle. In the NY … Continue reading

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Hip-Hop Caucus & AFL-CIO “Respect My Vote” Campaign

the notion of hip-hop and politics is not especially new (go back to the golden age of the source magazine or more recently p. diddy’s “vote or die” effort) but mixed directly with labor unions(rather than simply funded by) is … Continue reading

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NY Times “The Catch” article captures work in Maine

From NY Times Magazine. While this ostensibly is an article about food, or its preparation, or further its supplying, it is also a wonderful capturing of a Maine community’s workers in the seafood industry, triumphs, travails and boots. Great example … Continue reading

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Voto Latino creating ad against AZ’s SB 1070 with Eva Longoria, Rosario Dawson, other stars

“I haven’t made it a secret that I’m strongly opposed to the Arizona law and I’ve been pretty vocal about it,” Longoria-Parker, 35, says in the PSA for Voto Latinos & Mun2’s ‘United We Win’ campaign. see the US Weekly … Continue reading

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Irwin Silber, advocate of political song, dies.

From New York Times an ardent leftist, found common cause with Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Lee Hays and others who regarded folk music as a form of political protest and a way of affirming the dignity of working people. In … Continue reading

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The ideasLAB: Some Jots on Mott’s…the strike that is.

Over 100 days of fighting now for the Mott’s workers. Time to kick it up a notch. idea #1: do a rendering of Mott’s Hawaiian Punch character with his fist raised in solidarity with the Mott’s workers — move it … Continue reading

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Can Kanye and Shakira stop AZ’s SB 1070?

this new article from Arizona is worth reading to think about the value and impact of pop culture in changing the hearts and minds of legislators when it comes to progressive issues. see it here.

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