Sarah Jaffe

Sarah Jaffe

Sarah Jaffe is a reporting fellow at the Type Media Center, covering labor, economic justice, social movements, politics, gender, and pop culture. She is the author of the book, Necessary Trouble: America's New Radicals (Nation Books/2016). Follow her on Twitter: @sarahljaffe.

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Sunday, August 18, 2019
Bad Boss Trump, the Great Organizer
There’s an old saying in the labor movement that “the boss is the best organizer.” That is, nothing will unite a workforce faster than a bad boss; nothing will create class consciousness faster than an abusive manager at the helm. And what is Donald Trump but the worst possible boss? After all, the...
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Their petulance is that of the underachieving rich kid who nevertheless manages to snatch power for himself and has only contempt for those who let him get there. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, August 01, 2019
The Politics of Petulance, From Donald Trump to Boris Johnson
onald Trump’s campaign is selling drinking straws. Plastic drinking straws, naturally. The campaign has raised nearly half a million from sales of packs of fifteen red straws with “TRUMP” branded on them, as an alternative to “liberal paper straws.” The premise, of course, is that liberals with...
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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) rallies with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the U.S. Capitol March 08, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Monday, July 22, 2019
The Real Trouble with Ilhan Omar
lhan Omar has spent most of her adult life making trouble—good trouble, as her colleague John Lewis, with whom she’s just introduced a resolution supporting Americans’ right to participate in boycott movements, likes to say. So it’s perhaps understandable that she maintains an impressive cool under...
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Wednesday, February 01, 2017
After the Apocalypse: Trying to Describe Reality in Unreal Times
Since the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, I’ve seen several photos of chalkboards in front of bookstores, reading something along the lines of, “Dystopian Fiction Has Now Been Moved to Current Events.” It’s a good joke, and one that gets a lot of clicks and reposts on Facebook and...
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Standing Firm at Standing Rock: Why the Struggle is Bigger Than One Pipeline
The first sign that not everything is normal as you drive down Highway 1806 toward the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota is a checkpoint manned by camouflage-clad National Guard troops. The inspection on Sept. 13 was perfunctory; they simply asked if we knew “what was going on down the road...
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Trickle Down Election Economics: How Big Money Can Affect Small Races
At a press event in Kingston, New York, a Hudson Valley community about 90 miles north of Manhattan, the local Democratic congressional candidate, Zephyr Teachout , earlier this month called for a debate. But not with her Republican opponent, John Faso . Instead she issued the challenge to two high...
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Monday, August 08, 2016
‘We Triggered Something Epic’: The Fight for $15 and Beyond
When Naquasia LeGrand first got involved with the Fight for $15 workers’ movement, it was, she says, “underground.” No one, least of all her, knew how far the movement would spread in the four years since she helped launch the first fast-food workers’ strike, in New York City in November 2012. New...
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Thursday, July 14, 2016
Is What’s Good For Facebook Not So Good For Democracy?
Around the country, thousands have returned to the streets again to protest the deaths of black people at the hands of the police. One of those deaths, the shooting of 32-year-old Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, was broadcast on Facebook Live by Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds...
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Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Why the Verizon Worker's Victory is A Big Deal
Friday, May 27, the six-and-a-half-week Verizon strike came to an end with a tentative contract agreement. The Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the unions that represent the Verizon workers, hailed the contract as a victory, citing its creation...
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The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby Monday, allowing "closely held" businesses to claim religious rights and avoid federal healthcare regulations that require employers to include birth control in insurance plans. (flickr/cc/Nate Grigg) Views
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Why Harris and Hobby Lobby Spell Disaster for Working Women
Retail sales and home healthcare work are two of the three fastest-growing jobs in this country. That’s an important consideration when looking at the decisions the Supreme Court handed down today in Harris v. Quinn and Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services v. Hobby Lobby Stores : If you...
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