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Living Hour-to-Hour: The New Reality of Retail Work


Andrew Foles*, a 25-year-old retail associate at Macy’s in San Francisco, says he would prefer to work full-time in order to budget his monthly expenses. Unfortunately, in today’s retail industry, that’s not an option. Andrew, who has worked in a number of retail chains, says in most retail jobs he’s had, finding a full-time schedule Read More >>

Tale of Two Cities


This piece was originally published in The Memphis Flyer. Could Memphis be Baltimore? It’s impossible to watch coverage of Baltimore protests sparked by police brutality and not wonder: Could that happen here? Could Memphis erupt like Baltimore? The ingredients behind the Charm City’s unrest aren’t unique to Baltimore, but they’re not identical to Memphis. For Read More >>

Officer Friendly Encounters That Old Black Magic


This post originally appeared on  Georgia State Senator Vincent Fort and members of Atlanta activist groups gathered in front of Atlanta police headquarters last Monday, May 4, to call for transparency in the fatal police shooting of Alexia Christian. According to an Atlanta Police Department (APD) account, officers Jeffery Cook and Omar Thyme found Christian, Read More >>

Putting Families First: Good Jobs for All


This piece was originally published on On a December morning nearly 60 years ago, Rosa Parks refused to yield her seat to a white man on a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her decision wasn’t made on a whim; and the ensuing arrest, public outcry, boycott and eventual desegregation of the Montgomery bus system Read More >>

Putting good jobs at top of US policy agenda


This post originally appeared here.  Even though she’s worked at the Checkers in Lincoln Park for four years, Mya Hill is still paid only $8.15 an hour – Michigan’s minimum wage. Her fiance, Jonathan, is paid the same amount at a nearby McDonald’s. Between their two fast-food incomes, they can’t afford the basics. And even Read More >>

Fight for $15 Expands to Fight for Good Jobs


This piece originally appeared on On Wednesday morning, holding a sign that read “Show me $15 and a union,” Letrice Donaldson marched with around 200 people under gray skies through East Memphis, Tennessee. Letrice, 34, is an adjunct professor who is just a few weeks away from receiving her Ph.D. in history from the Read More >>

Afraid to Love


This piece was originally posted in The Memphis Flyer. I am afraid to love my 18-month-old nephew because he is a black boy, and in my country, police hunt and kill black males as if they were the enemy. On April 4th, yet another unarmed black man was killed by a white police officer, this Read More >>

Slavery by Any Other Name


When attempting to make structural change in America it is always important to begin by understanding the structures in question, how they got that way, and only then advocating solutions. To begin any other way is to court disaster, making bad systems worse, or replacing one injustice with another. Take the issue of mass incarceration. Read More >>