Laura Gottesdiener

Laura Gottesdiener is a freelance journalist based in New York City. The author of A Dream Foreclosed: Black America and the Fight for a Place to Call Home, her writing has appeared in Mother Jones, Al Jazeera, Guernica, Common Dreams, Playboy, RollingStone.com, and TomDispatch.

 

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
In Chiapas, A Revolution That Won't Go Away
Growing up in a well-heeled suburban community, I absorbed our society’s distaste for dissent long before I was old enough to grasp just what was being dismissed.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The Empire Strikes Back: How Wall Street Has Turned Housing Into a Dangerous Get-Rich-Quick Scheme -- Again
You can hardly turn on the television or open a newspaper without hearing about the nation’s impressive, much celebrated housing recovery. Home prices are rising! New construction has started! The crisis is over! Yet beneath the fanfare, a whole new get-rich-quick scheme is brewing.
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Thursday, August 01, 2013
Backyard Shock Doctrine: Wall Street's Destruction Comes Home
We cautiously ascend the staircase, the pitch black of the boarded-up house pierced only by my companion’s tiny circle of light. At the top of the landing, the flashlight beam dances in a corner as Quafin, who offered only her first name, points out the furnace. She is giddy; this house -- unlike most of the other bank-owned buildings on the block -- isn’t completely uninhabitable.
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Thursday, July 04, 2013
Revolution 2.0 in Egypt
On Wednesday, Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi was overthrown by millions of protesters and the Egyptian armed forces in what many are calling a “relaunch” of the 2011 Egyptian revolution.
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Sunday, December 02, 2012
A New Face of the New Labor Movement
For Mahoma Lopez, a long-time restaurant worker in New York City, it came down to a decision between fight and flight. Last fall, his boss at the cafe on the Upper East Side where Lopez had worked for years began cutting hours and screaming at his employees, withholding overtime pay and threatening to fire anyone who complained. Being Mexican-born and with halting English, Lopez had been in this position before.
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Saturday, November 03, 2012
After Sandy, Communities Mobilize a New Kind of Disaster Relief
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