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Visions of Liberation: Robin Kelley on Black and Working Class History, Culture, and Dreams of a Better Future

01 February, 2011

Robin D. G. Kelley, age 48, has over the past two decades become one of the most respected historians of African American life, politics and culture. At the center of all his work is a focus on labor, and on the ways people have struggled not only to survive, but to make a better world.

BP - A Long, Bloody History of Reckless Greed

24 June, 2010

British Petroleum, the company responsible for the worst single-source environmental catastrophe in U.S. history, has over its 100-year history caused a number of environmental and workplace disasters. But the harm BP has caused goes further. In the early 1950s, BP and the British government convinced the U.S. to overthrow the democratic government of Iran – an action that has had disastrous consequences for Iran, the U.S., and the Middle East to this day.

People in Struggle Changed History: The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s

01 February, 2001

Some were murdered. Many were brutalized, many more jailed. Young and old braved police dogs, water cannons and batons, the jeers and stones of mobs, the bullets of snipers. But despite the odds, thousands of Americans, black and white, tore down the oppressive system of racial segregation that had dominated the South for decades.

1948: Year of Hope, Year of Tragedy

20 November, 1998

Fifty years ago, union members and their allies launched a new party. But big business aggressively silenced dissent and fractured labor unity.

Them and us, 50 years ago: The first issue of the UE NEWS for 1948 reported on two very different strategies for America’s future.

An Iowa progressive who had served his country as Vice President announced his independent candidacy for the Presidency, to secure peace and prosperity and equal rights for all.

A Working Life Beyond Bosses

22 May, 1998

At Common Wealth Printing and Collective Copies UE Members Work Without Bosses ... and love it.

Working without bosses, UE members at two shops in western Massachusetts have only themselves to blame — and reward.

Collective Copies in Amherst and Common Wealth Printing in Hadley are both worker-owned enterprises. And the worker-owners of both businesses proudly pay dues to amalgamated UE Local 264, based in Holyoke.

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