Sarah Jaffe

Sarah Jaffe

Sarah Jaffe is a reporting fellow at The Nation Institute and the co-host of Dissent magazine's Belabored podcast. Her book, Necessary Trouble: America's New Radicals, is due out from Nation Books in August 2016. Follow her on Twitter: @sarahljaffe.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 4:00pm
Standing Firm at Standing Rock: Why the Struggle is Bigger Than One Pipeline
The first sign that not everything is normal as you drive down Highway 1806 toward the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota is a checkpoint manned by camouflage-clad National Guard troops. The inspection on Sept. 13 was perfunctory; they simply asked if we knew “what was going on down the road...
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 8:15am
Trickle Down Election Economics: How Big Money Can Affect Small Races
At a press event in Kingston, New York, a Hudson Valley community about 90 miles north of Manhattan, the local Democratic congressional candidate, Zephyr Teachout , earlier this month called for a debate. But not with her Republican opponent, John Faso . Instead she issued the challenge to two high...
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Monday, August 8, 2016 - 1:15pm
‘We Triggered Something Epic’: The Fight for $15 and Beyond
When Naquasia LeGrand first got involved with the Fight for $15 workers’ movement, it was, she says, “underground.” No one, least of all her, knew how far the movement would spread in the four years since she helped launch the first fast-food workers’ strike, in New York City in November 2012. New...
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Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 8:45am
Is What’s Good For Facebook Not So Good For Democracy?
Around the country, thousands have returned to the streets again to protest the deaths of black people at the hands of the police. One of those deaths, the shooting of 32-year-old Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, was broadcast on Facebook Live by Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds...
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Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 10:30am
Why the Verizon Worker's Victory is A Big Deal
Friday, May 27, the six-and-a-half-week Verizon strike came to an end with a tentative contract agreement. The Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the unions that represent the Verizon workers, hailed the contract as a victory, citing its creation...
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The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby Monday, allowing "closely held" businesses to claim religious rights and avoid federal healthcare regulations that require employers to include birth control in insurance plans. (flickr/cc/Nate Grigg) Views
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 3:30pm
Why Harris and Hobby Lobby Spell Disaster for Working Women
Retail sales and home healthcare work are two of the three fastest-growing jobs in this country. That’s an important consideration when looking at the decisions the Supreme Court handed down today in Harris v. Quinn and Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services v. Hobby Lobby Stores : If you...
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Friday, June 21, 2013 - 9:15am
When There’s a Fee to Get Your Pay
In the years since the financial crisis struck in 2008, it’s often been pointed out that gains for bankers have gone hand in hand with losses for workers.
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Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 8:32am
New York Didn’t Pull a Chicago, But Dissident Teachers Aren’t Giving Up
The United Federation of Teachers, the union that represents some 200,000 New York City teachers and public school workers, re-elected its president, Michael Mulgrew, and his Unity caucus to another term on Thursday, April 25.
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Monday, December 10, 2012 - 9:39am
Occupy and the Police Needn't be Enemies – as Sandy Showed
Ninety-nine people arrested during Occupy Wall Street's 17 September anniversary actions had their court dates last week. They trooped into the courthouse accompanied by green-hatted legal observers and National Lawyers Guild representatives, and faced the judge. Their charges mostly boiled down to "being part of a public protest".
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 11:05am
Dumping on Low-Wage Workers is Lousy Direct Action
The picket line outside the Secaucus, N.J., Walmart at 1 p.m. on Black Friday was joyous, festive and celebratory. The sousaphonist from the Rude Mechanical Orchestra had the slogan “Stand Up, Live Better” around the rim of his instrument, and banners declared solidarity with the striking Walmart workers and support for union rights. They called on the world’s largest private employer to pay its workers a living wage and stop retaliation — the firing or punishing of workers who speak out about their working conditions.
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