Wednesday Apr 24

Publisher's Note Spring 2019

It is so spring of an off election year. Azaleas are blooming in the South, and candidates are popping up like daffodils to run against each other ostensibly, but mainly to try to unseat President Donald Trump. Speaker Nancy Pelosi says its all roads to the election. She’d rather peach cobbler than impeachment, thank you. For us, it’s another issue, and a good one given these times.

Fred Brooks and Amanda Gutwirth remind us that the battleground is still critically found city to city and in their story giant airport employer to giant airport employer. They provide critical context for why the anti-labor right is so focused on dominating something as huge as Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and its 60,000 jobs! The Yellow Vests (Gilets Jaunes) are in the news constantly and roiling French politics. Many are unclear how to make heads or tails of this populist movement of discontent. Is it right or left? For or against climate change. Yoan Pinaud, organizer for the Alliance Citoyenne/ACORN in Aubervilliers outside Paris provides much needed insight and context here. Richard Wise, a former community organizer with NPA and others, takes a crack at steps going forward, and Mike Miller, veteran community organizer, shares his experiences with SNCC and the civil rights movement and provides some helpful cautions about the opportunities and risks faced in the current movement in the USA.

Our excerpts are on the money. In fact, Kelsy Kretshmer takes a hard look at how the money can defuse social movements and the conflicts that can impede function without care about form in looking at the National Organization for Women and its politics and nonprofit status. Laura Fisher from Oregon State finds some traces of the Progressive Era in current social change and practices. Professor Gerrit De Geest from Washington University’s School of Law makes a case for more regulation and law in dealing with excess profits, which define rents, in order to reduce inequality in a challenging and timely offering.

Were we talking about money? Yes, I guess so, and James Mumm examines three important and timely books that are less supplicants for money, especially from the rich and foundations, and more critical of philanthropy and its need for fundamental reform. William Droel, a longtime social activist and follower of the church scene, offers an interesting perspective on the struggle for racial justice within the Catholic Church.

Democratic socialist, who dat, as we say in New Orleans. Drummond Pike takes a hard look, and says sign me up if that’s the best choice on offer. Phil Mattera looks at another big corporation biting the dust or in this case its own dangerous ingredients at Johnson & Johnson. John Anderson keeps us up to date with the tenant, licensing, and gentrification struggles all around Canada. I channel Mattera and try to read the tea leaves to see if blocking the Amazon effort to highjack New York City foretells other success in stopping corporate giveaways around the rest of the country.

This issue is right on time and right on the money. Spring forward and get ready for action.

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