How to Write About Africa II

"If I was smart, I would have waited a few years and made an iPhone app: a little satirical story about how to write about Africa every day, interactive and adaptable, for ninety-nine cents." - Binyavanga Wainaina

How to Write About Africa II

By Binyavanga Wainaina (Bidoun.org) The Revenge Novelists, NGO workers, rock musicians, conservationists, students, and travel writers track down my email, asking: Would you please comment on my homework assignment / pamphlet / short story / funding proposal / haiku / adopted child / photograph of genuine African mother-in-law? All of the people who do this are […]

An Equitable Economy Requires Public Enterprises and Cooperatives

In New York’s metropolitan regions, it is worse than the national average of 62% of jobs not supporting a middle-class life: New York City, 67%; Nassau/Suffolk, 76%; Albany, 63%; Syracuse, 64%; Utica, 66%; Binghamton, 68%; Rochester, 64%; and Buffalo, 63%.

An Equitable Economy Requires Public Enterprises and Cooperatives

The mounting climate crisis is an existential threat that should concern us all. But millions of working-class New Yorkers are in crisis every day struggling to pay their bills and stay in their homes. New York is the most unequal state in the nation. The top 1% took home 12% of all income in 1980. […]

Worker Cooperatives: Keep the Full Fruits of Your Labor

In New York City, there are the New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives and the Green Worker Cooperatives, which is based in the South Bronx and focused on assisting communities of immigrants and people of color.

Worker Cooperatives: Keep the Full Fruits of Your Labor

BROOKLYN (Workers World Today) — When we work in a capitalist business, we produce more value than we receive in wages. It’s called exploitation. A rich class lives high off the hog on the labor of a working class. Under slavery, it was  slaveowners exploiting slaves. Under feudalism, it was the landowners exploiting serfs. Under capitalism, […]

Fighting Wage Theft

Wage theft can even happen to unionized workers

Fighting Wage Theft

BROOKLYN (Workers World Today) — National studies have shown that one-third of low-wage workers experience wage theft every week. Two-thirds have had wages stolen at some point in their work lives. Employers use a variety of means to avoid paying wages their workers have earned: working them off the clock, failing to pay overtime, failing to […]

New Yorkers Need a Raise

The average American wage today ($22.65/hour) is less than it was in January 1973 ($23.68/hour) when adjusted for inflation. Over these last 45 years, productivity – the amount we produce per hour as workers – is up 217%. But our wages remain flat.

New Yorkers Need a Raise

BROOKLYN (Workers World Today) – I’m a Teamster who had his pension cut 20% with the approval of the U.S Treasury Department just before I retired. Existing retirees were cut 30%. These cuts were made by a bipartisan act of Congress in 2014 that removed the guarantee in the 1974 Employment Retirement Income Security Act that […]

The Green New Deal is an Economic Bill of Rights

"The Green Party has been campaigning for a Green New Deal that would be the fulfillment of the original New Deal’s aspiration for an Economic Bill of Rights – with added right to a clean and sustainable environment, particularly to address the mounting climate crisis." - Howie Hawkins, the 2018 Green Party candidate for Governor of New York.

The Green New Deal is an Economic Bill of Rights

BROOKLYN (Workers World Today) – It has been 84 years since President Franklin Roosevelt formed the Committee on Economic Security in June 1934 to make recommendations during the height of the Great Depression on how to provide economic security for all Americans. The five-member committee included three of the most progressive New Dealers: Henry Wallace, […]

Recidivism: Who profits from mass incarceration?

Prison Policy Initiative, 2017 Report: The cost of incarceration is $182 billion every year.

Recidivism: Who profits from mass incarceration?

BROOKLYN, NY (Workers World Today) — The United States holds 25 percent of the world’s prison population, despite only accounting for 5 percent of the world’s total population. This massive number of prisoners is a result of a justice system that needs remodeling and updating. In its current state, the justice system is expensive and […]

Lt. gov. candidate Jumaane Williams: Can he fight for affordable housing?

Jumaane Williams, a council member representing the 45th Council District in Brooklyn. Candidate for New York Lt. Gov.

Lt. gov. candidate Jumaane Williams: Can he fight for affordable housing?

When it comes to the cities of this world with the largest homeless population, our very own New York City comes second, with over 70,000 homeless. This startling figure went up since March of 2017 when it was around 60,000, and shows no indication of going down. Despite this, New York City continues to fight […]

Trump’s erratic trade war undermines US exports

"Retaliatory tariffs from our trading partners will be soon be imposed on an estimated $1.8 billion worth of Washington exports, including more than $1 billion in agricultural products, according to the Washington State Department of Commerce." - Gov. Jay Inslee

Trump’s erratic trade war undermines US exports

By Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Published 10 July 2018  CNBC.com Washington state consistently ranks as one of the best states to do business. Our state has shown that it is possible to grow your economy while investing in workers and protecting the things that make our state the most beautiful place to live and work. […]