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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The Albert Einstein Memorial in Washington, D.C. Views
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Where Are All the Monuments to the Progressive Americans?
The current controversy over whether to dismantle statues of some prominent Confederate figures is a battle over whom we admire and consider as heroes. It is also a battle over who has power to shape how we view our history. "Many of those people were there to protest the taking down of the statue...
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Civil rights and union leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr., Joseph L. Rauh Jr., Whitney Young, Roy Wilkins, A. Philip Randolph, Walter Reuther, and Sam Weinblatt, take part in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963. Views
Sunday, September 03, 2017
This Labor Day, Remember That Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign Was for Workers’ Rights
Most Americans today know that Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968, but few know why he was there. King went to Memphis to support African American garbage workers, who were on strike to protest unsafe conditions, abusive white supervisors, and low wages — and...
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"The petition, which can be found on its website, asks both the Senate and the House of Representatives to censure Trump and sets forth a description of misconduct and misdeeds that have occurred since Trump’s inauguration." Views
Monday, August 14, 2017
Petition To Censure Trump Gains Momentum
In less than two weeks, a petition calling for Congress to censure President Donald Trump for misconduct and misdeeds has attracted more than 14,500 signatures. One of the initiators of the petition is Richard Painter, a lifelong Republican, professor of corporate law at the University of Minnesota...
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So I’m not asking you to “take out” Jeffress. But I wouldn’t mind if you scared the shit out of him. Views
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Dear God: I Have a Small Favor To Ask
Dear God: I’m usually not one for prayer, but I have a special favor to ask. Robert Jeffress, senior pastor at First Baptist Dallas megachurch, released a statement today saying that President Trump has the moral authority to “take out” North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. I know you’re very busy, so...
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 "Trump’s efforts are rooted in his own need to avoid humiliation, but voter suppression is nothing new for the Republican Party." Views
Tuesday, August 08, 2017
Trump’s War on Voters Has a Long History: We Need a Grassroots Voting-Rights Movement to Fight Back
Donald Trump’s war on voting rights, like much of his behavior, is rooted in revenge. After the November election, Trump tweeted that he lost the popular vote because 3 million to 5 million “illegals” fraudulently voted for Hillary Clinton. According to Trump, an unprecedented and truly astonishing...
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Not the Right Thing, But the Right-Wing Thing: On John McCain, Death, and Dishonor
In July 2008, just over a month after surgery for brain cancer and still in the middle of chemotherapy treatments, Senator Ted Kennedy returned to the Senate floor to help the Democrats break the deadlock and end a Republican filibuster on a bill to destroy Medicare. Universal health insurance had...
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Clancy Sigal Has... 'Gone Away' (1926-2017)
Writer Clancy Sigal died last night (Monday) at 90. At any given time, I have 10 to 12 used paperback copies of his autobiographical novel “Going Away” on my bookshelf at home. Whenever I go to a used bookstore, the first thing I do is look for, and buy, more copies of that novel. I am not a...
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Tuesday, July 04, 2017
Trump's Phony Patriotism Clashes With the Radical Roots of America the Beautiful and the Pledge of Allegiance
“We all salute the same great American flag,” President Donald Trump told an enthusiastic crowd at a rally of evangelical Christians and military veterans at the Kennedy Center on Saturday. "Many Americans believe that Trump has brought shame, not respect, on the American flag. His brand of flag-...
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MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough with neocon Bill Kristol Views
Sunday, July 02, 2017
Joe And Mika Owe America An Apology
Most media reports have portrayed Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski as aggrieved victims of Donald Trump’s Thursday Twitter tantrum. It can’t be pleasant to be attacked so personally by the president, but Scarborough and Brzezinski are fighting back. On their MSNBC show “Morning Joe” on Friday...
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Monday, June 12, 2017
Fifty Years Ago, the Supreme Court Knocked Down Bans on Interracial Marriage. How Have Things Changed Since Then?
Should we allow states to decide whether black Americans may marry white Americans? Today, such an idea seems absurd. Most Americans believe that states shouldn't be permitted to trample on the basic right of interracial couples to marry. It would be unfair — a clear violation of civil rights. But...
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