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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Thursday, August 29, 2013
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
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
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
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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Saturday, May 25, 2013
How Can Wal-Mart REALLY Help Improve Our Schools?
Last month, the Walton Family Foundation, led by heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune, announced an $8 million grant to StudentsFirst, headed by Michelle Rhee, the ousted chancellor of the Washington, D.C. school system. This grant came on top of the $3 million the foundation had already donated to the group since 2010.
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The Fire Last Time: Workplace Safety Still Ignored Across the Globe
Two years ago this week, the 100 th anniversary of the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist fire, the issue of workplace safety got a lot of attention. Two years later things haven’t changed much except now the dangers are world-wide. Last September nearly 300 workers died when trapped behind locked doors in a Pakistani textile factory fire.
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Sunday, March 03, 2013
Why Are Walmart Billionaires Bankrolling Phony School ‘Reform’ In LA?
Some of America's most powerful corporate plutocrats -- including Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg, Eli Broad, and the Walton family (heirs to the Walmart fortune) -- want to take over the Los Angeles school system and Steve Zimmer, a former teacher and feisty school board member, is in their way. So they've hired Kate Anderson to get rid of him. No, she's not a hired assassin like the kind on The Sopranos .
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Monday, January 21, 2013
Martin Luther King Was a Radical, Not a Saint
Today Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is viewed as something of an American saint. His birthday is a national holiday. His name adorns schools and street signs.
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Saturday, December 29, 2012
New York Times' Xmas Present to Corporate Lobby Group Fix-the Debt: A Puff Piece
The New York Times should be embarrassed. On December 24 it gave a Christmas present to the corporate-backed lobby group Fix the Debt with its front-page Business section puff piece about the organization, which is pushing to balance the federal budget by slashing social programs while cutting taxes for the rich.
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Saturday, December 15, 2012
The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre Has the Blood of Connecticut Children on His Hands
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has a 62-page list of mass shootings in America since 2005. It is Wayne LaPierre's resume.
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