Jacob Swenson-Lengyel

Jacob Swenson-Lengyel is an organizer and writer who lives in Chicago. He completed an A.M. in philosophy at the University of Chicago before becoming involved in political work full time. Read more of his writing at jacobswenson.me, follow him on twitter @_JacobSL, or check out his Instagram @SignsOfResistance2017.

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Monday, March 13, 2017
Forget Building Our Own Tea Party. The Left Can Win So Much More
On February 19, 2009, just 30 days after President Obama was sworn in, Rick Santelli’s rant on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange launched the Tea Party. The conservative establishment worked together with the grassroots to fan the flames of opposition. The resulting tidal wave swept...
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Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Shareholders Showdown: Will Disney Break From The Beast?
Exclusive access to President Trump might sound good to a CEO, but it comes at a cost to your business. Just ask Uber chief Travis Kalanick. In early February, Kalanick was compelled to step down from Trump’s closed-door economic advisory council after People’s Action and other grassroots groups...
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Democrats Are Selling Out Both People and Planet
On Tuesday, the Senate narrowly advanced a bill giving President Barack Obama—and the next president—"Fast Track" or Trade Promotion Authority to ram through the Trans Pacific Partnership with almost no democratic oversight. The vote is a major victory for multinational corporations and the global...
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Friday, May 15, 2015
Why Radicals Like Bernie Sanders Should Run As Democrats, Not Independents
Senator Bernie Sanders, the socialist from Vermont, is running for president. Even more ambitiously, he told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he wants to lead “a political revolution in this country.” And he’s doing it as a Democrat. In the wake of his announcement, some on the pragmatic left...
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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Embracing A Long Term Agenda For A New Economy
On a crisp autumn day in 2012, I joined a group of pastors and community leaders from the Illinois-Indiana Regional Organizing Network (IIRON) at a church on the south side of Chicago. We talked about the way corporations and the wealthy systematically hoarded political power over the last forty...
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Friday, November 08, 2013
Shooting Ourselves: Mass Killings, Austerity, and the Breakdown of American Society
Sandy Hook. Columbine. Aurora. Tucson. Fort Hood. These names ring out in popular memory as the sites of seemingly random, horrific atrocities.
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Thursday, September 12, 2013
Labor Convention Separates Wheat from Chaff Among Democrats
The AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles drew to a close yesterday after four days of speeches, resolutions, and votes. At the convention, delegates voted to broaden the labor movement by forming stronger partnerships with non-union organizations (such as worker centers and
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Friday, August 23, 2013
Anti-Austerity Campaign Demands Shutdown of Corporate Tax Dodging
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