Posts Tagged organizing

TODAY: Support restaurant workers who are #LivingOffTipsNY

One of my first jobs was at a restaurant inside a beat up casino in South Jersey that doesn’t exist anymore. I was one of two or three women who worked front of the house in a variety of shifts with a majority-male kitchen. I loved the job at the time because I could get a meal if I worked the right hours. Looking back, I’m apt to consider more closely how gender played into my experience of working as a tipped minimum wage young woman worker. 

One of my first jobs was at a restaurant inside a beat up casino in South Jersey that doesn’t exist anymore. I was one of two or three women who worked front of the house ...

Bring Feministing to your school!

Do you love reading Feministing and want to bring that magic to your campus? Are there feminist issues in your community that you want to inspire action around? Are you and your friends the future of feminist blogging, but looking for ideas about how to get started? Want to nerd out with Feministing editors about organizing strategy and Mad Men?

All of that’s possible with our speaking tour, Feministing: Offline and Unfiltered. For four years, Feministing has been traveling to college campuses and community centers to meet with students, activists and professors to discuss important issues on campus, in the community, and in national and international politics. And we’re hitting the road again for year five! We have a ...

Do you love reading Feministing and want to bring that magic to your campus? Are there feminist issues in your community that you want to inspire action around? Are you and your friends the future of ...

On April 8th, let’s create a more feminist future

Remember that impact paper I mentioned in my retirement post that I’m co-authoring with fellow Editor Emerita Courtney about online feminism? Well, we’re just about ready to unveil it to the world. On Monday, April 8th, we’ll be releasing the paper online (along with some awesome visuals via Megan Jett — a sneak peak above) and celebrating its launch at Barnard College in New York. Time to rally, y’all.

The birth of this paper was actually sparked when Courtney retired from Feministing, as she pledged to herself that she would create something meaningful about the sustainability of online feminist work. As many know, Feministing and dozens of other blogs and online organizations ...

Remember that impact paper I mentioned in my retirement post that I’m co-authoring with fellow Editor Emerita Courtney about online feminism? Well, we’re just about ready to unveil it to the world. On ...

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What the Wisconsin election results mean for the future of progressive activism

There’s no way around it: the results of yesterday’s election in Wisconsin suck. In case you haven’t heard, Republican Governor Scott Walker defeated Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee with 53 percent of the vote in a recall election that put it all on the line. The recall vote was only able to take place through tons of hard work and grassroots organizing by Democrats after Walker’s despicable union busting legislation inspired thousands of protestors to take to the streets last year. You may remember some of the iconic images of workers and union supporters and others swarming the Wisconsin Capitol.

But what about actual labor organizers? How are they feeling about all of this?

I spoke to Michelle ...

There’s no way around it: the results of yesterday’s election in Wisconsin suck. In case you haven’t heard, Republican Governor Scott Walker defeated Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee with 53 percent of the ...

National Organization for Marriage memos reveal same ‘ol racial wedge strategy

Surprise! The National Organization of Marriage uses race as a strategic wedge issue in the debate over marriage equality.

A confidential memo obtained by the Human Rights Campaign outlines the strategy to divide along racial lines stating (Via The Daily Beast):

“The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks—two key Democratic constituencies,” it said. “We aim to find, equip, energize and connect African-American spokespeople for marriage, to develop a media campaign around their objections to marriage as a civil right; and to provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots.”

The racial divisions aren’t only between black and white.  Hispanics are actually the key to the plan with ...

Surprise! The National Organization of Marriage uses race as a strategic wedge issue in the debate over marriage equality.

A confidential memo obtained by the Human Rights Campaign outlines the strategy to divide along racial lines stating (

Quick Hit: Ai-jen Poo-organizing NYC’s domestic workers

Please check out this must-read super inspiring write-up by Barbara Ehrenreich on the imitable Ai-jen Poo a now long time organizer, founder of Domestic Workers United and director of National Domestic Workers Alliance. Poo saw injustice and she did something about it–something that changed the lives of 100’s of women.

My image of a union organizer, based on extensive personal experience, is a big, loud guy with a bullhorn, not a slender, soft-spoken former women’s studies major whose reflexive response to a crowd is to melt into the sidelines. Nor does Ai-jen Poo look like a typical D.W.U. member, at least no more than than Jennifer Lopez looked like a housecleaner in “Maid in Manhattan,” and ...