Tips from history in an age of Trump, protests

Katherine Whittemore, a Boston Globe correspondent, recommends No Shortcuts as follow up to the national Women’s March.

Speaking of which, let’s turn to “No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age” (Oxford 2016).

“I read it on a weekend so was extra struck by how we blithely say TGIF, forgetting that the labor movement fought decades for the concept of the weekend, as author Janet McAlevey reminds. She owns a decade of organizing experience and is now a post-doc in the labor and worklife program at Harvard Law School. Though union membership is way down, she grants, specific union strategies can inform today’s protest movements too: Note the thoughtful chapters on the Chicago Teachers Union, Smithfield Foods, and the Latino advocacy group Make the Road New York.