Winter 2017

Winter 2017
Winter 2017 • Volume 26, Issue 1

Volume 26, Issue 1

Table of Contents

From the Editorial Team

Under the Radar

By Sarah Jaffe

Unreported and under-reported news and views that matter.

On the Contrary

Did the Sanders Campaign Represent a Missed Opportunity for the U.S. Labor Movement? A Debate

We Believe that We Can Win!

By Larry Cohen

Why Hillary Clinton Deserved Labor’s Support

By Randi Weingarten and Leo Casey

The Future of Urban Populism: Will Cities Turn the Political Tides?

By J. Phillip Thompson

What are the prospects of an urban populism that requires people of color and white millennials to combine forces?


Victory at Verizon: The Anatomy of a Strike  

By Dan DiMaggio

Why the Verizon strike is a wake-up call for the labor movement facing technological change.


Milking Workers, Breaking Bodies: Health Inequality in the Dairy Industry

By Julie C. Keller, Margaret Gray, and Jill Lindsey Harrison

Will justice come to the new factories in the field?


Trust-Busting: Labor’s Forgotten Cause

By Carl T. Bogus

Workers should make common cause with consumers to break up corporate monopolies.


How Veterans Are Losing the War at Home: Making America Pain-Free for Plutocrats

and Big Pharma, but not Vets

By Ann Jones

Corporate America’s campaign to dismantle the public health care system for veterans.


Labor Under Putin: The State of the Russian Working Class    

By Paul T. Christensen

Can Russian workers stand up to the Putin oligarchy? 


Prison Guard Unions and Mass Incarceration: Prospects for an Improbable Alliance

By Austin McCoy

Can prisoner and their guards unite against the prison-industrial complex?


Income Inequality and Urban Displacement: The New Gentrification

By Karen Chapple

Is the affordable housing crisis really an income crisis?


Earth to Labor: Dispatches from the Climate Battleground

Standing Rock Solid with the Frackers: Are the Trades Putting Labor’s head in the Gas Oven?

By Sean Sweeney


Roots of Rebellion: A Guide to Insurgencies from Coast to Coast

Is This How You Treat a Guest? Seafood Processing Workers Organize to Change Low-Road Labor Laws

By Mariya Strauss


Organized Money: What Is Corporate America Thinking?

Gutting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau   

By Max Fraser


Books and the Arts

Pressing Charges

Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America’s Largest Criminal Court

By Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve

Reviewed by Zohra Ahmed


Beg, Borrow, or Steal

Between Debt and the Devil: Money, Credit, and Fixing Global Finance

By Adair Turner

How the Other Half Banks: Exclusion, Exploitation, and the Threat to Democracy

By Mehrsa Baradaran

Reviewed by Andrew Elrod


Life Beyond Liberalism

The Future We Want: Radical Ideas for the New Century

Edited by Sarah Leonard and Bhaskar Sunkara

Reviewed by Kate Aronoff


Act Local

The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and The Rise of a New Justice Movement

By William Barber (with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove)

America’s Social Arsonist: Fred Ross and Grassroots Organizing in the Twentieth Century

By Gabriel Thompson

Reviewed by Steve Early


Out of the Mainstream: Books and Films You May Have Missed

By Matt Witt



The City in Which I Love You

By Li-Young Lee


Letter to the Editor