It’s just past 8 on a Wednesday night, May 11, and at the newly opened Dollar Tree location in Rainier Beach, business is brisk.
The store, located at 9000 Rainier Ave S., takes up about a third of the space that once housed Saar’s Marketplace. Next door, the remaining shell of Saar’s boasts boarded-up windows and a massive “For Lease” sign. The Rite-Aid in the corner of this business complex continues to buzz with customers. Continue reading A Dollar Tree Grows in Rainier Beach→
May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, is celebrated on May 1st in countries across the globe. Established by members of the The Second International, a socialist party, May Day both honors the struggles of workers and memorializes the Haymarket Massacre of 1886. The Haymarket Massacre was a peaceful worker-led workers-rights demonstration turned violent by police; which seems to be the status quo Seattle Police Department is hell-bent on continuing to preserve. Continue reading More Than May Day→
Ours is the story of two young men who grew up just miles apart similar in many ways, but with different paths. I have known Ben Haggerty a.k.a. Macklemore since our childhood days. We grew up together, and although not the best of friends we shared childhood memories, busted raps together, ran in some of the same circles, and later on in life we would keep up with each other, even crossing paths on our road to recovery from drug addiction. Continue reading “Macklemore, White Privilege 2, White Allies, and Black Liberation”→
by Jonathan Rosenblum (this article originally appeared by In These Times)
What are U.S. workers to do about the problems presented by the gig economy?
The past year saw a number of prominent liberals offer policy ideas to mitigate the worst elements of precarious employment. Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich proposed that companies pay into a common benefit fund for the gig workers they employ. Left-leaning think-tank executives, academics and even a few union leaders signed on to a manifesto declaring that portable benefits were the solution to easing the lives of precarious workers. Continue reading To Fight Back Against Companies Like Uber, Workers Need Organizing—Not Technocratic Fixes→
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