Peter Dreier

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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Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 4:30pm
After Grassroots Activists Expose Scam, Elizabeth Warren Tells ‘Gutless” CEO John Stumpf to Resign
Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf was on the hot seat Tuesday when he faced Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and other angry lawmakers at a Senate Banking Committee hearing designed to investigate the bank’s widespread rip-off of its customers. Warren told Stumpf, who earns $19 million a year: “...
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Monday, September 5, 2016 - 8:30am
This Labor Day, Remember That Martin Luther King's Last Campaign Was for Workers' Rights
Most Americans today know that Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968, but few know why he was there. King went to Memphis to support African American garbage workers, who were on strike to protest unsafe conditions, abusive white supervisors, and low wages — and...
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Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 9:15am
Are Donald Trump, Stephen Bannon, Roger Ailes Cooking Up a Post-Election Media Empire?
Before he became the chairman of Breitbart News, Stephen Bannon worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department at Goldman Sachs. For the past year, Bannon has merged Breitbart News with Donald Trump's presidential campaign, hoping to acquire more and more influence as a frequent Trump advisor...
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 7:45am
Donald Trump and the ‘Banality of Evil’
Donald Trump’s comment on Tuesday about how “Second Amendment people” could stop Hillary Clinton if she gets elected is hardly subtle. This is a clear provocation to commit murder, however he and his handlers may try to spin it. At a rally in Wilmington, N.C. , Trump told the crowd that “Hillary...
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Friday, July 15, 2016 - 9:15am
In An Age of Trump, We Need Woody Guthrie
If Woody Guthrie, America’s most revered troubadour for social justice, was still alive he would no doubt be celebrating his 104th birthday today by writing songs about Donald Trump’s attacks on immigrants, Muslims, the physically handicapped, and other groups and about the growing Black Lives...
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Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 12:30pm
Three Strategies to Beat the NRA
On Wednesday, Georgia Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights hero, led a sit-in of fellow House Democrats on the House floor to demand action on gun control legislation. Lewis strode to the lectern and called on his colleagues to “occupy this floor.” Soon, about two-dozen lawmakers gathered around...
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Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 2:15pm
The Greatest — Muhammad Ali — Dies at 74
At the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Muhammad Ali suddenly appeared on a platform in the stadium. Janet Evans, a five-time Olympic medalist in swimming, passed the heavy Olympic torch to Ali. Shaking from Parkinson’s disease and perhaps from nervousness, he stood for a...
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Friday, June 3, 2016 - 11:00am
Is the Contemptible Trump In Contempt of Court?
Donald Trump just struck out swinging, so now he’s attacking the umpire. Unfortunately for Trump, the umpire is Judge Gonzalo Curiel of the Federal District Court in San Diego, who is presiding over a class action lawsuit accusing Trump University of defrauding and misleading consumers who plunked...
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Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 8:30am
Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Radical Feminism Still Challenges Us Today
No celebration of Women’s History Month would be complete without acknowledging the extraordinary achievements of Charlotte Perkins Gilman. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Gilman was the most important feminist thinker in the United States. She laid the groundwork for later feminists like Simon...
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Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 9:30am
David Brooks Is Wrong Again — Trump's Rise Is Not 'Anti-Politics' but the Cancer of Big Money
In his latest column, "The Governing Cancer of Our Times," New York Times conservative columnist David Brooks tries to explain Donald Trump's rise as a presidential candidate. The cancer Brooks refers to is not Trump himself but what he calls "anti-politics." Brooks didn't invent this term but he...
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