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, 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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Friday, December 20, 2013 - 8:34am
How Max Baucus, the Next Ambassador to China, Killed Progressive Health Care Reform
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 1:35pm
Walmart Workers Will Make History on Friday As America Confronts Growing Inequality
This Friday , the busiest shopping day of the year, tens of millions of Americans will travel to Walmart stores to look for holiday discounts on computers, toys, and cell phones as well as to buy groceries and basic household items. But at more than 1,500 of Walmart's 4,000 stores, shoppers will be greeted by Walmart employees handing out leaflet
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Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 2:14pm
I Don't Care Who Killed JFK
The controversy over who killed President John F. Kennedy has now raged for half a century. Too much of the discussion about the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death has been regurgitating the debate over who was responsible for his murder. It is a diversion and a waste of time. It is more important to learn from the successes and mistakes of Kennedy's presidency, to reflect on the changes that have occurred since his death, and to restore the hope for a better society and a peaceful world that JFK -- despite his many contradictions -- inspired.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 7:14am
Labor Board Sides With Workers: Walmart Can’t Silence Employees Any Longer
Walmart’s 1.3 million workers won a big victory Monday when the National Labor Relations Board ruled that the retail giant had broken the law by firing and harassing employees who spoke out—and in some cases went on strike—to protest the company’s poverty pay and abusive labor practices.
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 8:59am
Tuesday’s Progressive Victories Show That the Tide is Turning
On Tuesday, Bill de Blasio won a landslide victory to become the mayor of New York City, voters in New Jersey and Seatac, Washington supported minimum wage hikes, and the Illinois legislature voted to legalize same-sex marriage.
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Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 10:02am
Activists Confront Financial Titans Larry Fink and William Gross
Two activists who have been on the front lines of the battle against Wall Street's predatory practices confronted two of the world's wealthiest and most powerful financial titans -- BlackRock CEO Laurence Fink and PIMCO founder William Gross -- on Tuesday, pressuring them to discuss their corporations' attack on the working class families of Richmond, CA who are trying to salvage their lives and their homes from the disaster of foreclosure.
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Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 11:14am
Hometown Boy Censored on Facebook
I am a victim of Facebook censorship. I didn't even know such a thing existed until it happened to me.
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Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 8:43am
Assad and Wal-Mart: Mass Murderers
Over 1,000 innocent Syrians were killed by poison gas. (bottom photo). Over 1,000 innocent Bangladesh garment workers were killed when a huge factory building collapsed in April (top photo of mass grave).
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