Jane McAlevey

Jane McAlevey

Jane McAlevey is an organizer, author, and scholar. Her first book, Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell), published by Verso Press, was named the “most valuable book of 2012” by The Nation Magazine. Her second book, No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age, published by Oxford University Press, was released late in 2016. She is a regular commentator on radio and TV. She continues to work as an organizer on union campaigns, lead contract negotiations, and train and develop organizers. She spent the past two years as a Post Doc at the Harvard Law School and is presently writing her third book—Striking Back—about organizing, power and strategy, forthcoming from Verso.

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Educator Kelley Fisher leads striking Arizona teachers to the State Capitol during a Phoenix rally on April 26, 2018. Organizing power will be key to the Left's success in 2020. (Ralph Freso/Getty Images)   Views
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
How To Elect Democrats Who Actually Answer To Workers
Over the past decade in particular, right-wing forces have doubled down on their multifaceted effort to rig the rules of governmental elections. Examples include unlimited and unaccountable spending by the employer class, restrictions on who is eligible to be on the voter list itself, and...
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Chicago public school teachers and their supporters picket in front of the Chicago Public Schools headquarters on September 11, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)   Views
Thursday, December 28, 2017
What #MeToo Can Teach the Labor Movement
My first #MeToo memory is from the kitchen of the Red Eagle Diner on Route 59 in Rockland County, N.Y. I was 16 years old, had moved out of my home, and was financially on my own. The senior waitresses in this classic Greek-owned diner schooled me fast. They explained that my best route to maximum...
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Friday, April 20, 2012
Unions and Environmentalists: Get It Together!
No one wants to dwell on the faults of a successful campaign. Featuring mass celebrity arrests and dramatic images of thousands encircling the White House, last year’s struggle to halt the Keystone XL pipeline has come to be regarded as a model of progressive activism in the Obama era.
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