“There’s No Better Time To Believe In Justice Than Right Now!”

Stephen Lerner from SEIU (the guy who helped create the brilliant Justice For Janitors campaign) gave a keynote address at the 11th anniversary dinner of Grass Roots Organizing in Missouri--a kick ass group that is, like SUN, a part of National People's Action. Check out the last part of this speech if you need a … Continue reading “There’s No Better Time To Believe In Justice Than Right Now!”

Prosaic Politics During Revolutionary Times

OK, we're all probably being a little too dramatic about the possibilities of Occupy Wall Street, but damn if it isn't inspiring. THE media story of the moment is now about economic inequality, not budget cuts and austerity. That alone is a victory. Anti-bank activists have been fighting some of these same battles since post-World … Continue reading Prosaic Politics During Revolutionary Times

The Journey Of Councilor Tom Seals: From Jefferson Smith to Richard Nixon

I was ambivalent about the tax increase passed by the Syracuse Common Council and then vetoed by Mayor Stephanie Miner. In a system where 75% of the school district's funding comes from state sources, increasing the school property tax rate is an ineffective way to deal with the enormous shortfall facing the Syracuse City School … Continue reading The Journey Of Councilor Tom Seals: From Jefferson Smith to Richard Nixon