Labor

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Break Time! The 2017 Edition

We will be delivering some year-end goodness, but taking a break from the relentless daily grind.

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Black NYPD Sergeant Says Department Demoted Him for Pointing Out Racism

“They’re trying to force me to retire,” Sgt. Cyress Smith says. “But I’m going to retire on my own terms.”

Jeff Sessions

WATCH: Senate Committee Questions Jeff Sessions on Civil Rights Reversals

From revoking transgender protection to seeking mandatory minimums, the attorney general has been busy this year.

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Jeff Sessions Says Civil Rights Act Doesn't Protect Trans Workers From Discrimination

National Center for Transgender Equality: “We’ll see him in court.”

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Screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher to Dramatize the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike in 'I Am a Man'

The Oscar-winning writer will adapt a 2007 book by labor historian Michael K. Honey that chronicles how striking Black sanitation workers demanded racial equity. 

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This Filipina Nanny Is Suing Her Former Boss—a German Diplomat to the U.S.—for Labor Exploitation

With the promise of 35-hour weeks and $10 an hour plus overtime, Edith Mendoza moved to the United States to care for a German diplomat’s family. Instead, she often worked 100 hours per week, had her wages stolen and became seriously ill. Now, in a rare move for a migrant domestic worker, she’s suing her old boss.

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A Look Back at This Year in Labor and Racial Justice

From rejected Labor Secretary picks to Fight for $15 actions, here are a few of the highlights from the past year in labor and racial justice movement-making.

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REPORT: Predominantly White State Legislatures Are Blocking Laws That Benefit Black Workers

“State interference in city minimum wage laws stems from a larger Jim Crow legacy of blocking economic policies that primarily benefit communities of color.”

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AFSCME President Lee Saunders on the Need for a 'Strong Army' to Advance Economic Justice and Civil Rights

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike by training labor organizers to tackle income inequality and racial disparity via the “I Am 2018” campaign.

Protestors

Police Shooting of Justine 'Damond' Ruszczyk Exposes a Vicious Double Standard [OPINION]

Black Lives Matter Minneapolis organizer Miski Noor argues that the White victim of police violence was afforded a benefit of the doubt that is withheld from Black, Latino, Indigenous and other marginalized people who are disproportionately the targets of state sanctioned violence.

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WATCH: Trailer for New Doc Revisits Labor Leader Dolores Huerta's Successes, Struggles

PBS released the trailer for “Dolores”—a chronicle of Huerta’s life and activism from the 1960s through today—ahead of its broadcast debut.

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Federal Appeals Court Rules EPA Does Not Have to Ban Harmful Pesticide

Chlorpyrifos can cause neurodevelopmental damage in children and is used on staple crops like apples and broccoli. 

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WATCH: Kansas City Fast-Food Workers Share Stories of Struggle

Join cooks and cashiers working with Stand Up KC and Fight for $15 as they narrate personal stories of corporate mistreatment, poverty and resistance via live performances.

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New Report Shines Light on Early Campaigns Against Chinese Entrepreneurs

White-led city governments and labor unions across the country pushed laws through the late 1800s and early 1900s to restrict Chinese-American restaurateurs.

Black women

REPORT: Black Women Should Be Thriving, But Racism and Sexism

Contributor and Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza: “Ultimately, we aim to contribute to that movement by ensuring that Black women are at the center of an economy and a democracy that works for all of us.”

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These Three Federal Civil Rights Offices Are in Trouble

The proposed 2018 budget continues the Trump Administration’s trend of devaluing—and defunding—federal civil rights enforcement.

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Fight for $15 Activists Call McDonald's 'The Trump of Corporations'

The living wage campaign staged major protests across the country this week.

This Mother’s Day, Let's Honor Our Mamas With Actions That Reflect the Radical Roots of the Holiday

Keeping in mind the spirit of its origins, we offer you a range of ways to do good on Mother’s Day.

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#MayDay Actions in 7 Scenes

Advocacy groups and activists are gathering in cities across the world to demand an end to oppressive systems of power. Here, some video from actions helmed by groups of color in the United States. 

President Trump to Announce 'Buy American, Hire American' Executive Order

The two-part order focuses on the H-1B visa program and the procurement of American products by federal agencies.