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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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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Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 4:10pm
The Little-Known Story of 'We Shall Overcome'
"We Shall Overcome" serves as the background music for most of the past week's TV and radio programs documenting the history of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which occurred 50 years ago.
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Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 12:33pm
A (Self-Promotional) Warning to Mitch Daniels: My Book Is Dangerous!
Dear Former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels:
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Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 8:59am
Obama Embraces the Divestment Movement: From Apartheid to Climate Change
Twice in the last five days, President Barack Obama referred to divestment -- the controversial strategy to bring about social change by pressuring corporations to behave more responsibly.
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Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 9:33am
Hey, Paul Ryan -- We All Depend on Government - Even You (and Your Mom)!
Rep. Paul Ryan is back to his old tricks, demonizing people who rely on government to improve their lives. This week, his target was food stamp recipients.
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