By Celeste Monforton and Jane M. Von Bergen

Celeste Monforton and Jane M. Von Bergen are the authors of On the Job: The Untold Story of Work Centers and the New Fight for Wages, Dignity, and Health, out this May from The New Press

All around the country, community-labor organizations called worker centers are pushing back against returning to normal.

Headline from The New York World, March 26 1911

It’s normal, day laborers say, to repair a roof without the boss providing a safety harness. People don’t usually fall. It’s normal for restaurant workers to slip on wet floors when well-placed rubber mats would solve the problem. It’s normal…

Emmett Till

By Angela Onwuachi-Willig, 2018

The following is an excerpt from Carving Out a Humanity: Race, Rights, and Redemption, edited by Janet Dewart Bell and Vincent M. Southerland. Carving Out a Humanity gathers some of our country’s brightest progressive legal stars in a volume of essays that illuminates the facets of the law that have continued to perpetuate racial inequality and to confound our nation at the start of a new millennium, celebrating the legacy of Derrick Bell, a legal scholar, educator, activist, and pioneer of Critical Race Theory.

Today, far too many people argue that racism is a thing of the past. As proof…

Donald Trump’s use of Twitter has been his foremost tool to communicate directly with his base and manipulate public debate, which makes his recent ban from the platform a significant event. In this excerpt from Empire of Resentment: Populism’s Toxic Embrace of Nationalism, author Lawrence Rosenthal looks back at how Trump has used the media and Twitter to shape his image, in ways that resemble Italian dictator Benito Mussolini’s media exploitations.

From his official declaration of candidacy in June 2015 through the first two-and-a-half years of his presidency, [Trump] tweeted over 17,000 times. …

By Burt Neuborne

Democracy died in Weimar Germany on February 27, 1933, when Adolf Hitler, insisted, without persuasive evidence, that communists had burned down the German parliament building as part of a conspiracy to subvert democracy. Hitler, claiming to be defending democracy, arrested the communist members of the Reichstag, and awarded himself dictatorial powers under the poorly drafted emergency clause of the Weimar Constitution. Let’s be clear: Hitler didn’t act by himself; nor did he overthrow German democracy by force. Instead, he launched a big lie about a fake threat to democracy and used a loophole in the Weimar Constitution…

When it comes to the safety of journalists, Mexico hasn’t changed

By Témoris Grecko

Témoris Grecko is a Mexican journalist and political analyst, author of “Killing the Story” and documentary “The Truth Shall Not Be Killed”.

On October 29, two gang members shot local TV anchor Arturo Alba Medina, 49, in Ciudad Juárez, right on the Texan border. His body was found in his car with eleven bullet wounds. Three days later, a similar fate awaited independent reporter Jesús Piñuelas Montes, 43, in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora State. On November 9, Israel Vázquez Rangel, 31, was shot dead while investigating…

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