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xxThe Greening of Vermont: From Hippie Invasion To Blue State Conversion and Beyond

Steve Early
April 16, 2018
CounterPunch

Donald Trump’s fear-mongering about Mexicans and Muslims, Haitians and Africans, and other foreigners is hardly sui generis in U.S. history. In the mid- 19th century, east coast nativists regularly sounded the alarm about barbarian invasions from famine-stricken Ireland. Their west coast counterparts warned for many decades of the “yellow peril” to California, which took the form of Asian immigration.

MR OnlinePurple bullying, ten years later: SEIU trustees trample membership rights
MRONLINE.ORG

In Chicago this coming weekend, 2,500 rank-and-file activists, from the U.S. and abroad, will be meeting under the banner of Labor Notes to celebrate the revival of union militancy, including recent strike victories like the West Virginia teachers’ walk-out.

Room to Grow
Jacobin Magazine >>

By Steve Early

When leftists push their ideals on their kids, politics looks more like drudgery than liberation.

As a left-wing labor activist and father of two now-adult daughters, I once grappled with the challenges of “progressive parenting.”

It was hard enough, I soon discovered, to avoid screwing up the basics of old-fashioned child-rearing — keeping kids safe, healthy, reasonably happy, and well-adjusted. Insuring conformity with parental views and values would have been an additional heavy lift — and an effort that could easily backfire.

Weinsteins in the Workplace:
Will Unions Be Part of the Solution Or the Problem? - Beyond Chron >>

By Steve Early

Unions have their own Weinstein sexual harassment skeletons. Will labor be part of the solution or the problem?

Being a CWA rep was always a learning experience, during my 27 years on active duty with that union. See link below to an account of how one blue-collar CWA affiliate, in a Massachusetts factory town, responded to a workplace harassment case in a fashion that advanced its decade-long struggle to become a more member-driven and effective union....

Ralph's Museum: A Report from Winsted

September 20, 2017
Report From Winsted >> Ralph Nader’s Museum

By Steve Early

My favorite Helena Bonham Carter film is called Margaret’s Museum. In it, she plays Margaret MacNeil, the young widow of a Nova Scotia coal miner killed, on the job, like others in her family before him.

Margaret’s grief leaves her mentally unhinged in a community steeped in fatalism and acceptance. After her release from an asylum, she turns her seaside cottage into a museum depicting the human toll of underground mining. The sign outside, drawing few tourists in the late 1940s, says simply: “The Cost of Coal.”

I thought instantly of this movie, in late July, when I was the sole Sunday morning viewer of exhibits in a Winsted, CT. museum similarly suffused with righteous indignation over the human cost of hazardous products and dangerous occupations...

For more on Ralph Nader's American Tort Law Museum, see:
https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/09/20/report-from-winsted-naders-museum/

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