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Out in the Street


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The more of us that show up at rallies and demonstrations, the sooner we’ll get our country back. Libya to the contrary notwithstanding, it may be a little easier to get people out in the streets to overthrow a dictator than to defeat a legislature that promotes union busting, unbridled capitalism, […]

The Lazy Way of Water — and a Word About Union Busting


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The thing to remember about water when the lowest level of your house is being flooded is that it’s as lazy as a three-toed sloth. Well, almost as lazy.  Sloths are known for hanging upside down and moving as little as possible. There’s a reason for this: their diet is made […]

The Punch Line Is At The End


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Once in a while, but not often, the ugly in the world gets to me and I go into my cave and sulk. That’s what yesterday’s silence was about. I couldn’t think of a pleasant thing to say, and figured the most life-affirming thing I could do was keep my hands […]

Please Vote in Today’s WSJ Poll


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Please vote in today’s Wall Street Journal Poll on Public Sector Collective Bargaining Rights The Wall Street Journal asks: should state employees have collective bargaining rights? Please vote now, before you do any other thing, and ask your friends to vote, too. If you’re not sure the answer matters, see the […]

Walk Like an Egyptian


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson In his first few weeks in office, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed tax cuts that will add about $120 million to his state’s deficit over the next two years. Wisconsin’s anticipated budget shortfall this fiscal year is $130 million. To help pay for this deficit, Walker filed legislation to skin $30 […]

‘I Would Join a Union’


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson For my father, whom I honor by using his last name in the middle of mine, joining a union was not an option. He was a printer. He loved the printed word, and he loved the process by which words got put on paper. Part of how I learned to read […]

Please Get Angry


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Posted by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Here’s another gem from Truthout, the last for a while. I’m not trying to make a socialist out of you.  I’m not even sure I’m a socialist, except that I believe in government of the people, by the people, and for the people.  But if these facts don’t make you […]

The Lesson of Upper Big Branch Mine


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Posted by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson I’m posting this entire article from the Monday, April 12 edition of Truthout because I don’t want to put you to the trouble of clicking on the link.  It’s too important, something that should concern every one of us who works for our living or cares about someone who does. […]

Get To Know HAARM


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson SEIU (Service Employees International Union) is my favorite labor union.  It doesn’t betray its members, unlike another I could mention, but won’t. It puts its money where its mouth is — in this case working for real health insurance reform — again, unlike said other international union. Now SEIU has launched […]


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