Jeremy Brecher

Jeremy Brecher

Jeremy Brecher is an historian, author, and co-founder of the Labor Network for Sustainability. A new edition of his most recent book, Climate Insurgency: A Strategy for Survival, is available for free download at his personal website. His previous books include: Save the Humans? Common Preservation in Action; Strike!; Globalization from Below; and, co-edited with Brendan Smith and Jill Cutler, In the Name of Democracy: American War Crimes in Iraq and Beyond (Metropolitan/Holt).

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Black Lives Matter mural being painted on a street of Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo: Office of Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, Wikimedia Commons) Views
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Black Lives and the Green New Deal
We are in the midst of the largest mass uprising in half a century. It is a response to the killing of an unarmed Black man named George Floyd by a Minneapolis policeman. But it challenges a pattern of Black oppression that goes far beyond one cop killing one Black person, indeed, far beyond the...
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More than 25 nurses at @UChicagoMed @IngallsHealth took action to protest the lack of N95 respirators, and the fact that nurses are being forced to work in the ER without proper training. We will ALWAYS fight for the safety of our patients and our communities! Views
Thursday, April 16, 2020
"Make the Damn Masks!"
This is the fourth in a series of commentaries on Workers vs. Coronavirus. The previous commentary “I Talk to Workers Every Day – They’re Afraid They’re Going to Die” described how workers are being affected by the pandemic and what their unions are doing about it. This commentary tells how unions...
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One Detroit Center in Detroit, where bus drivers of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 26 kept 90% of the city’s buses in terminals on March 17 by refusing to work without adequate personal protective equipment. (Photo: Creative Commons) Views
Friday, April 03, 2020
Strike for Your Life!
While the coronavirus spreads, another contagion is brewing – a contagion of strikes for protection against the coronavirus. Early Tuesday morning, March 17, Detroit bus drivers gathered at dawn at the city’s two major terminals. They were worried about coronavirus. The day before, the state had...
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MetroCard and ticket vending machines, and handrails, will be disinfected daily. (Photo: Patrick Cashin / MTA New York City Transit, Wikimedia Commons) Views
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
In Coronavirus Fight, Workers Are Forging an Emergency Green New Deal
The coronavirus pandemic threatens all of us. People are scared, and rightly so. But when we look to our government officials and employers, whose responsibility it is to provide protection in an emergency, what do we find? In the words of the National Nurses United—a union whose members are...
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Thousands of Minneapolis cleaning workers walked off their jobs and struck their downtown commercial high-rises. Among their key demands was that their employers take action on climate change. Quite possibly the first union sanctioned strike in the U.S. for climate protection demands. (Photo: SEIU Local 26) Views
Sunday, March 01, 2020
Did We Just Witness the First Union-Authorized Climate Strike in the United States?
Note: It isn’t easy for unions to strike to protect the climate. U.S. labor law doesn’t make it easy to strike over anything except wages, hours, and working conditions – even over things like climate change that profoundly affect workers and their future. So it was important news when Minneapolis...
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Sunday, June 30, 2019
The Green New Climate Deal
The climate movement in the US and around the world has gone through two main phases and is entering a third. The first, starting with the confirmation of man-made global warming, was a movement of environmental organizations in alliance with governments and the UN focused primarily on lobbying...
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019
The Green New Deal: A Strategy for a More Equal United States
The Green New Deal often gets portrayed as simply a program for climate protection. But the Green New Deal — as proposed in a new congressional resolution from Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey — stands just as boldly as a strategy to counter America’s grotesque and...
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Monday, February 25, 2019
The Green New Deal Can Work – Here’s How
The following is based on a new discussion paper 18 Strategies for a Green New Deal: How to Make the Climate Mobilization Work (pdf)from the Labor Network for Sustainability . The Green New Deal resolution recently submitted by Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.)...
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Labor shouldn't just back the Green New Deal, it should help lead the way. (Photo: Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)   Views
Monday, December 17, 2018
12 Reasons Labor Should Demand a Green New Deal
Workers have gotten a raw deal. Employers and their Republican allies are trying to eliminate workers’ rights both in the workplace and at the ballot box. But even when Democrats controlled the presidency and both houses of Congress, they did little to protect, let alone expand, the rights of...
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Many of the millions of jobs required to protect the climate will be infrastructure jobs that generally require skills acquired through apprenticeship, education, advanced training, and opportunity to work in favored jobs and industries. (Photo: Sunrise Movement) Views
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
Climate Jobs for All: A Key Building Block for the Green New Deal
It was an iconic moment: Young people occupy Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s office demanding a Green New Deal to put millions of people to work making a climate-safe economy—when suddenly newly-elected Congressional representative and overnight media star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins them with a resolution...
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