Commentary

Accused conspirator in donation scheme for Mayor Adams’ campaign pleads guilty

The Gothamist, Samantha Max, Apr 18, 2024 The owner of a construction company accused in a conspiracy to make illegal donations to Mayor Eric Adams’ 2021 campaign pleaded guilty in Manhattan Thursday, joining several co-defendants who have already admitted guilt in the case. Shamsuddin Riza and his company, United Construction Brothers Services, pleaded guilty to a felony […]

Community Board Challenges Hudson Yards Shift: From Residential Dream to Office-Casino Plan

W42nd Street, Dashiell Allen, April 8, 2024 Manhattan Community Board 4 (MCB4) says it is “mystified” at a bid by Related Companies, the developer behind Hudson Yards, to modify its plan for the Western Rail Yards to include building offices and a possible casino instead of creating a primarily residential district.  The new proposal is a […]

LABOR ‘Solidarity Is a Verb’: Pittsburgh IBEW Local Rallies to Side of Striking Newspaper Workers

PITTSBURGH UNION PROGRESS, Janelle Hartman, March 28, 2024 “They have been through so much,” Layhew said of the NewsGuild-Communications Workers of America members who walked out in October 2022 over health care, wages and audacious attacks on their contract. “I really felt for them.” Until he attended his first labor council meeting in February, Pittsburgh […]

 LABOR Worker-to-Worker Unionism: A Model for Labor To Scale Up

JACOBIN, Eric Blanc, March 24, 2024 At the heart of the current uptick in union organizing at companies like Starbucks has been “worker-to-worker unionism.” That model could be key to scaling up organizing and revitalizing the labor movement. Young, radicalized, digitally coordinated workers have initiated and driven forward many of the highest profile strikes and […]

“Empire’s Laboratory”: How 2004 U.S.-Backed Coup Destabilized Haiti & Led to Current Crisis

DEMOCRACY NOW!, Amy Goodman interviews Jemima Pierre, March 12, 2024 “The root of this crisis is not last week, it’s not this week, it’s not even Ariel Henry. But we have to go back to 2004 with the coup-d’état,” says Pierre. “the whole world is participating in the occupation of Haiti unwittingly.” JEMIMA PIERRE: Yes, definitely. You […]

‘Uncommitted’ vote against Biden blows past goal in Minnesota’s Democratic primary

STAR TRIBUNE, Briana Bierschbach, Josie Albertson-Grove, March 9, 2024 In Minnesota’s primary for the Democratic Party, more than 45,000 people voted uncommitted. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said on CNN Wednesday morning that “these are voters that are deeply concerned, as we all are. The situation in Gaza is intolerable.” push from progressive Minnesotans and members […]