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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Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 12:30pm
At Selma and Around the World, Pete Seeger Brought Us Closer Together
One of the few missing ingredients in the wonderful new film Selma is the centrality of music during the Selma-to-Montgomery, Alabama march. A tiny snippet of field recordings from the march can be heard at the very end of the movie's credits, but otherwise the movie ignores the constant singing...
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Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 8:00am
Bill Moyers' Departure from TV Leaves a Huge Hole
This week PBS stations around the country will broadcast the final segment of Moyers & Company , Bill Moyers' provocative, groundbreaking interview show. Moyers, who came to PBS in 1971, is retiring the show, but not retiring from the world of public affairs. He will continue to write, speak...
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Monday, December 29, 2014 - 2:45pm
Focus on the NRA, Not Mayor de Blasio, for Deaths of NYC Cops
It has been a week since Ismaayl Brinsley, a deranged man with a long criminal record, murdered two New York City police officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, in cold blood, but so far we haven’t heard a word from the National Rifle Association (NRA). It was Brinsley who pulled the trigger on the...
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Friday, November 28, 2014 - 7:00am
On Black Friday, Americans Confront the Walmart 1%: Pay Employees a Living Wage
Walmart won't pay its employees enough to afford Thanksgiving dinner, so they're holding food drives for their employees. Seriously. It's been reported that an Oklahoma City Walmart set up bins for underpaid associates to donate canned goods to other underpaid associates. Walmart workers have a...
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Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 7:30am
Historians Should Honor Protesting Colorado Students
The brave Colorado high school students who are protesting their school board's attempt to rewrite their American history curriculum are doing all Americans a favor. They are reminding us of the importance of dissent and protest in our nation's history. The American Historical Association (AHA) and...
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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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