Past Appearances & Events

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Democracy Now: “This Is a Win for Our City”: Chicago Teachers Celebrate End of Historic Strike After 11 Days

(Part One, Part Two below)
Teachers in Chicago are heading back to school Friday, marking the end of a historic eleven-day strike that had shut down the nation’s third-largest school district. After weeks of tense negotiations, the city agreed to reduce class sizes, increase salaries by 16 percent over the next 5 years and bring on hundreds more social workers, nurses and librarians. The union demanded that teachers be able to make up the full eleven days of school before agreeing to return to work and eventually settled with the city on five days. Earlier this week, 7,500 public school workers with the Service Employees International Union, who had been striking also settled with the city earlier. I joined Democracy Now alongside Stacy Davis Gates, the Executive Vice President of the Chicago Teacher Union.

Event • Brighton, England

Novara Media: The Organised Left is Back!

At The World Transformed in September I sat down with James Butler to compare the current situation of left movements in the US and the UK and the links between organised labour and party politics both here and in the US.

Event • New York

Dear Walmart at Workers Unite! Film Festival

I was interviewed years back for this documentary about Walmart workers organizing and fighting for a historic pay raise. It’s now screening at New York’s Workers Unite! Film Festival on May 11, 7:30 PM and I’ll be there to watch and to join a Q&A afterwards with the directors.

Event • Philadelphia, PA

Confronting Inequality: Reimagining the Future of Journalism and Work

I’ll be on a panel on Friday, April 12 at this excellent convening at the University of Pennsylvania on two of my favorite subjects, journalism and work. Specifically, I’ll be part of the discussion on Perspectives on the Future of Local Journalism.

Event • New York

Left Prospects: Anti-Capitalist Futures

We’ll be at NYU, 20 Cooper Square, 6pm, March 26th to talk about the future, whether there will be one, and much much more.

Event • New York

Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism

Kristen R. Ghodsee, an acclaimed ethnographer and professor of Russian and East European Studies, spent years researching what happened to women in countries that transitioned from state socialism to capitalism. She argues here that unregulated capitalism disproportionately harms women, and that we should learn from the past. By rejecting the bad and salvaging the good, we can adapt some socialist ideas to the 21st century and improve our lives.

Women are standing up for themselves like never before, from the increase in the number of women running for office to the women’s march to the long-overdue public outcry against sexual harassment. Interest in socialism is also on the rise—whether it’s the popularity of Bernie Sanders or the skyrocketing membership numbers of the Democratic Socialists of America. It’s become increasingly clear to women that capitalism isn’t working for us, and Ghodsee is the informed, lively guide who can show us the way forward.

Ghodsee & Sarah Jaffe will discuss why capitalism is bad for women and how, when done right, socialism leads to economic independence, better labor conditions, better work-life balance and, yes, even better sex.

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District Sentinel Radio

The Sams asked me to come on District Sentinel Radio to talk about the UTLA strike and also about Scabby the Rat and why we must defend him at all costs.