Peter Dreier

Peter Dreier is E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics, and chair of the Urban & Environmental Policy Department, at Occidental College. His most recent book is The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame (Nation Books, 2012). His other books include: Place Matters: Metropolitics for the 21st Century (University Press of Kansas, 3rd edition, 2014), and The Next Los Angeles: The Struggle for a Livable City (University of California Press, revised 2006). He writes regularly for the Los Angeles Times, Common Dreams, The Nation, and Huffington Post. 

 

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice. (Image: DonkeyHotey / flickr / cc) Views
Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 8:15am
Fantasy Or Forecast? A Progressive Supreme Court Agenda
"It's always darkest before the dawn" sang Pete Seeger. "And that's what keeps me moving on." The recent spate of reactionary decisions by the Roberts Supreme Court — including this week's outrageous Hobby Lobby ruling — triggers thoughts of a better day, when the right wingers on the court will...
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Art deco façade of the Skechers store on Powell Street in San Francisco, California (Credit: Terence Faircloth/cc/flickr). Views
Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 3:45pm
Footwear Giant Skechers Can Run, but It Can't Hide From Abusive Labor Practices
Skechers, one of America's largest footwear companies, can run, but it can't hide. A report released Wednesday by the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), " Out of Step: How Skechers Hurts Its California Supply Chain Workers ," exposes the company's troublesome labor practices. It is not...
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Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 9:00am
Happy 80th Birthday, Bill Moyers
Bill Moyers, who turned 80 on Thursday, has been one of the most prolific and influential figures in American journalism. Not content just to diagnose and document corporate and political malpractice, Moyers has regularly taken his cameras and microphones to cities and towns where unions, community...
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Monday, May 26, 2014 - 7:15am
Protest Music and People Movements: The Tradition Continues
In the most recent Coen brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis , the protagonist -- a struggling Greenwich Village folksinger in 1961 -- is based, very loosely, on Dave Van Ronk, a little-known (outside folk music circles) but influential folk-singer who helped define the folk music revival of the late fifties, and mentored the young Bob Dylan and others during the early 1960s when what Van Ronk called the "great folk scare" took off.
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Monday, April 28, 2014 - 8:45am
Why Is the NAACP in Bed with Racist Donald Sterling?
I n an excruciating example of bad timing, the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP was scheduled to bestow its Lifetime Achievement Award to Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, at its May 15 banquet . Sterling is now under fire for racist comments caught on a recording...
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PBS has failed to report on, much less investigate, one of the most well-funded political campaigns in the last few decades -- the propaganda crusade to disparage public schools and public school teachers. (Image: Go Public, the movie) Views
Friday, April 11, 2014 - 11:45am
Why Is Public Television Against Public Schools?
You'd think that that public television would support public education, but you'd be wrong. The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) has gotten in bed with the billionaires and conservatives who want to privatize our public schools. PBS has nary a word to say about the big money -- from folks like the...
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 6:46am
Rush Limbaugh's Favorite Lesbian Socialist—Author of "America the Beautiful"—Who Inspired the Super Bowl Coke Ad
Right-wingers like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, former Congressman Allen West, and others are freaking out about Coca Cola's Super Bowl ad featuring "America the Beautiful" sung in different languages as faces of people of different cultures are shown.
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 12:38pm
The Real Chris Christie Scandal: His Policies
During last fall's New Jersey gubernatorial contest, which Gov.
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 11:50am
Is America Ready for a New War on Poverty?
Fifty years ago today (January 8) President Lyndon B. Johnson used his 1964 State of the Union address to declare an "unconditional war on poverty."
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Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 8:28am
The 25 Best Progressive Victories of 2013
Progressives are rarely satisfied. It is part of our political DNA. There's so much injustice in the world, it's sometimes hard to feel that we're making progress. But as Chinese philosopher Laozi reminded us, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
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