Writing
When organizers with experience in the field write, we focus on how the work gets done, and how to win.

Why we support Question 1: Barbara Madeloni, former head of the MA teachers union, and I wrote an opinion piece on why MA voters should vote yes to a ballot initiative on safe staffing.

“On Question 1, women who do the hands-on work in hospitals have amassed a formidable body of real-world experience, of longitudinal studies, of extensively researched data on the benefits of safe patient limits. The opinions of the organization representing 70 percent of all registered nurses in this state are strong, but the evidence that backs them is stronger still. Read More

How to Defeat the Forces Behind Trump: In the New York Times

Because the very tactics long used against workers in workplace elections have now been exported to the broader electoral arena, it’s important to understand three lessons about how to win by those of us who continue to achieve victory even when faced with a ruthless, break-all-the-rules, determined opposition. Read the piece in the New York Times » Read More

Key Steps in the Rightwing Effort to Rule by the Minority: 2000’s Stolen Election, My Insider Account of the Coup

So much bad has happened as a result of the only coup I’ve experienced, the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election, it fills books. For one of the only insider accounts ever published of the Florida Recount, read my book chapter about the insanity that was the Florida Recount. Verso has graciously allowed me to make it free and available here. Read More

I Wrote a Piece on Trump, the Media, and, Staying Focused on What Matters, Not the Damn Tweets!

Every tweet Trump bangs out has three primary purposes: 1) to lure most media and pundit discussion away from critical news Americans desperately need; 2) to embolden his base; and 3) to make ordinary people throw their hands up and say, “Just turn it off, I can’t watch it anymore,” or a key variant, “Just turn it off, who even knows who is telling the truth? Read More

My Post Election Thoughts, Published on Alternet

The right’s obsession with union-busting is nothing new; sadly, neither is the Democratic Party’s indifference to it. For 35 years, Democrats have ignored, acquiesced in and even supported the dismantling of the American labor movement. Believing that demography is destiny, big data is strategy and framing is persuasion, the liberal elite cast off the working class. Read More