Peter Dreier

Peter Dreier

Peter Dreier is E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics, and chair of the Urban & Environmental Policy Department, at Occidental College. His most recent book is The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame (Nation Books, 2012). His other books include: Place Matters: Metropolitics for the 21st Century (University Press of Kansas, 3rd edition, 2014), and The Next Los Angeles: The Struggle for a Livable City (University of California Press, revised 2006). He writes regularly for the Los Angeles Times, Common Dreams, The Nation, and Huffington Post.

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Like most people his generation, his political education came mostly from the internet and social media. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Thursday, November 01, 2018
Why #PlaidShirtGuy Wore A Socialist Rose
It isn’t easy to upstage Donald Trump, but Tyler Linfesty—a 17-year old high school student from Billings, Montana—managed to divert attention away from the president at a recent Trump rally in his hometown. Linfesty became an immediate internet sensation on September 6 as he stood on the stage...
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Sunday, October 14, 2018
The #MeToo Movement's Roots in Women Workers' Rights
Whenever new protest movements emerge, people look to history for lessons from activists and thinkers who came before. We all stand on the shoulders of those who struggled, sacrificed, and organized to push for a more humane society. #MeToo is one such movement. It has not only raised awareness...
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Saturday, September 29, 2018
Unhinged? Unlikely
Some reporters, bloggers, and pundits think that during his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Judge Brett Kavanaugh just “lost it” and became "unhinged." I disagree. I have no doubt that he was angry and emotional, but he was not out-of-control. Rather, his comments were...
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Monday, September 03, 2018
Helping Labor Get Off Its Back: We Have an Obligation to Reverse the Erosion of Unions
Here’s a Labor Day quiz: Most Americans support unions, but just over 10% are union members. What gives? Business leaders claim that American workers don’t want or need unions anymore. But the Gallup poll reveals that Americans’ support for unions has been increasing — from 48% in 2009 to 62% today...
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Still from ACORN and the Firestorm © Courtesy of Pandora Film Center | photo by Tony Azios Views
Sunday, July 29, 2018
The Right-Wing Firestorm That Rages On
“We need to know the full extent of Senator Obama’s relationship with ACORN,” said Senator John McCain in his third presidential debate with Barack Obama in October 2008. ACORN, he said, “is now on the verge of maybe perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history in this country, maybe...
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Eugene Victor Debs, American Union leader, addressing a crowd, 20th century. Debs ran for President of the United States on behalf of the Social Democratic Party in 1900, and the Socialist Party of America in 1904, 1908, 1912, and 1920. Artist Unknown. (Photo: Historica Graphica Collection/Heritage Images/Getty Images) Views
Monday, June 18, 2018
One Hundred Years Ago, Eugene Debs Gave An Anti-War Speech That Landed Him in Prison
In 1920, Eugene Victor Debs ran for president from a cell in the federal prison in Atlanta for a speech opposing World War 1 that he gave 100 years ago – on June 18, 1918. Despite his imprisonment, Debs received 913,664 votes – 3.4 percent of the total. In his speech, the Socialist Party leader...
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Thursday, April 12, 2018
Paul Ryan: Charlatan, Hypocrite, and Right-Wing Extremist Scurries for the Exit
House Speaker Paul Ryan announced on Wednesday that he won’t seek re-election to his Wisconsin First Congressional District seat . Facing a serious challenge from two Democrats—Randy Bryce and Cathy Myers —he may have worried that he couldn’t win re-election. But he certainly knows that the...
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Mickey Mouse appears during the lighting of "It's a Small World" ride, decorated for the holiday season on Nov. 12, 2015 at Disneyland in Anaheim. (Los Angeles Times) Views
Thursday, March 01, 2018
Disneyland's Workers Are Undervalued, Disrespected and Underpaid
Disneyland is famously promoted as the "happiest place on earth." But for many of the theme park's 30,000 employees, it isn't the happiest place to work. That's what we discovered after spending a year talking with Disneyland workers and conducting a survey of about 5,000 "cast members," as the...
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Fifty years ago today (February 25, 1968) Pete Seeger sang the controversial anti-war song "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy" on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour show on CBS. Views
Sunday, February 25, 2018
A Forgotten Political Milestone in TV History
I'm shocked that the media overlooked this important milestone in American musical and political history. Fifty years ago today (February 25, 1968) Pete Seeger sang the controversial anti-war song "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy" on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour show on CBS. Pete had been...
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Her tireless activism earned her the nickname “Grande Dame of the Everglades.”(Photo: AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) Views
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Who Was Marjory Stoneman Douglas?
There’s nothing on the Parkland, Florida, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School website about the woman whose name adorns the school, so its students may not realize that in rising from last week’s tragedy to speak truth to power, they are following in Douglas’s activist footsteps. Douglas would...
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