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Universality and the Enduring Relevance of the George Floyd Uprising

During an uprising, it is unclear precisely how the end-goals—whatever they may be—will be achieved. None of this detracts from the consequences of the event unfolding in a potentially radical direction, as participants work towards building the society they hope to see.

By |2023-02-13T14:53:12-05:00Feb 15, 2023|

Union advantage? Most workers in Niagara don’t see it that way

Why don’t people always act in their own collective self-interest? This classic puzzle in sociological analysis led us to question why so many workers – even the most precarious among them – were so disinterested in unions as a means to achieve higher pay and better working conditions.  If [...]

By , |2023-01-25T12:05:52-05:00Jan 25, 2023|

Way Back on Land Back: Company colonies in Early North American Capitalism

The US 1619 project is aimed at making visible the erasure of Black history and contributions of Africans to early America. Seldom noted, it was the Virginia Company that directed the labour of Africans first arriving on the White Lion that year – Virginia was not merely a generic [...]

By |2023-01-18T22:01:12-05:00Jan 18, 2023|

Bringing Capital Back Again In Slavery and Abolition

Value did not destroy slavery, human actions did. My point is that those actions were mediated by value relations. It is high time to see capital in history again both in past and present. Perhaps all the more so now, that the combined crises of world democracy, world governance and global ecology demand collective action, but collective action seems insufficient to resolve them on its own.

By |2023-01-11T11:06:51-05:00Jan 11, 2023|

Can Union Caucuses Change the World?

In March 2020, New York City became the U.S. epicenter of the emerging Covid-19 crisis. Yet neither city leaders, nor school district officials, nor teacher union leadership provided a meaningful response to a mounting public health crisis. Instead, the city’s fledgling social justice teachers’ union caucus, MORE, rose to [...]

By , |2022-12-07T16:28:50-05:00Dec 7, 2022|

Can Fixed Duration Strikes Work?

On September 12th, 2022, approximately 15,000 nurses went on strike across Minnesota and Wisconsin in one of the largest private sector work stoppages by nurses in U.S. history. Workers demanded increased staffing and higher wages to retain nurses after working for over two years through a deadly pandemic. In [...]

By |2022-11-30T06:59:12-05:00Nov 30, 2022|

Studying Las Vegas reveals military sites contribute to environmental injustices

The story of military sites contributing to environmental injustices in Las Vegas offer us an important lesson of accountability on the U.S. Military for environmental injustices. Those on the frontlines, including nearby civilians and lower-rank military personnel, are more likely to experience detrimental health and environmental impacts from defense-related operations. Therefore, when thinking about contributors to environmental injustices, we must include the military into the equation.

By |2022-11-23T07:30:00-05:00Nov 23, 2022|
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