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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A memorial to those killed in the 2018 attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo: Andrea Hank) Views
Wednesday, January 08, 2020
After a String of Antisemitic Attacks, a Choice Confronts all Jews
The reemergence of explicit antisemitism in recent years and the spate of violent antisemitic attacks in recent weeks have left Jews in the United States and across the world making the choice between two responses. The first is to focus on the uniqueness of Jews, to feel attacked from all sides,...
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Progressive campaigns must reach the working class everywhere it lives—in deindustrialized smaller towns as well as the biggest cities—and they must do more than make promises or show up at election time. (Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Images/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Even in Defeat, Labour Mobilized the New Working Class
Boris Johnson, despite dodging most debates, lacking any policy platform beyond “Get Brexit Done,” and having literally hidden in a refrigerator to avoid a journalist near the end of the campaign, will have a large majority in the U.K. Parliament after last Thursday’s election. The Labour Party’s...
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Trump-style politics, and particularly American-style privatized healthcare, are the bogeymen of the U.K. election. (Photo: The Progressive) Views
Wednesday, December 04, 2019
What the U.K. Election Tells Us About Universal Health Care
There are a little under two weeks left before the United Kingdom’s general election, set for December 12, and the perhaps-unexpected star of many campaign trail arguments has been . . . Donald Trump. Trump features in story after story about the potential for post-Brexit trade deals—if Boris...
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Nonprofit managers are caught between the desires of funders—whose funds come from the very exploitation that the nonprofit may be trying to combat—and their own staff. (Photo: @Teamsters/Twitter) Views
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Nonprofit Workers Join the Movement to Unionize
The past few years have seen a rash of union victories in supposedly white-collar workplaces, from prestige publications to art museums to nonprofit think tanks and service organizations. Workers, particularly young workers, in these mission- and passion-driven fields are waking up to the fact that...
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The 2017 Grenfell Tower fire in London killed seventy-two people. (Photo: Natalie Oxford) Views
Friday, August 30, 2019
As the World Burns
Photographs of the Amazon rainforest on fire have made it hard to think about anything else. There’s a sense of existential horror in watching the trees burn, knowing that this particular stretch of green keeps us all breathing day in and day out as the world heats, and that the Brazilian president...
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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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