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Video: The Left Wing of the Possible

On Friday, September 16th, the Murphy Institute and the New Labor Forum hosted a conversation about the possibilities and potentials unleashed this election season. We heard from Steve Cobble, Mark M. Griffith, Bob Master and Nina Turner about what might be required to maintain the momentum and build a movement of the 99 percent, and how Bernie Sanders supporters are building on the progressive message carried through the 2016 primaries. What are the new possibilities and challenges? What comes next?

Watch a clip from the event here:


The Last Hurrah of the “Silent Majority”?

This article was originally posted by Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. 

By Michael Javen Fortner

With audacity and grace, the “Mothers of the Movement” have reminded us of the humanity of their slain children and the inhumanity of the racist practices that took those innocent lives. Standing united at the Democratic National Convention, in the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection, these brave women spoke for the dead. They shared their heart-wrenching stories and exposed the ugly, real-life consequences of so-called “law and order.” Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland, who was found hanging in a jail cell after being arrested during a traffic stop, told us that when “a young black life is cut short, it’s not just a personal loss. It is a national loss. It is a loss that diminishes all of us.”

In some corners of the right, these earnest pleas have fallen on deaf ears. Fox News, talk radio, and their consumers never miss the chance to defend police brutality. Voicing the vitriol of a conservative fringe, Rudy Giuliani recently lectured black parents, telling them to “teach your children to be respectful to the police.” Of course, respect did not save Philando Castile’s life or the lives of many others. At the same time, the push for criminal justice reform has been embraced by many conservative intellectuals and officials. Many have begun to acknowledge that black lives have not mattered as much as their colorblind faith suggested they would. They realize that, as the leader of the 1994 Republican takeover of Congress, Newt Gingrich, admitted, whites “don’t understand being black in America.”

Almost a half century ago, crime was on the rise. Continue reading The Last Hurrah of the “Silent Majority”?

HonestAds.org Seeks Marketing Associate (P/T, NYC)

HonestAds.org is a non-profit focused on educating the public about the deceptive and emotional aspects of political advertising.  We’re currently working on a unique immersive and entertaining exhibit on political advertising at a major museum in Ohio; a book on political nomenclature; an HonestAds-related blog “The Polygraph.”  You’ll be in Soho in a flexible environment open to new ideas that appreciates initiative and resourcefulness.

Ideal Candidate

We are looking for someone who can wear a number of hats and can work approx. 20 hours/week.

Required Qualities:

  • Solid social media skills
  • Working understanding of Photoshop
  • Some knowledge of WordPress or other content management system
  • Strong grammar skills

Preferred Qualities:

  • Knowledge of email systems like MailChimp or iContact
  • Graphic design skills
  • Strong writing skills & enjoyment of writing
  • Interest in politics

Job Description

On any given day, you may be:

  • adding copy and imagery to the website;
  • consolidating information and putting together “reports,” or first drafts of posts for our blog “The Polygraph”;
  • helping put together press releases and press lists;
  • posting on facebook, tweeting, and checking out what others are saying on the web;
  • doing secondary research on the web or through libraries;
  • sussing out information for a museum exhibit launching summer 2016;
  • sitting in on related meetings.

Depending on your skill-set, you may also be putting together online ads and other graphic promotional materials.

Start Date



The office is in Soho on Spring Street between Greene and Wooster, close to almost all subways. We are quite small & share space with another small non-profit.


Hourly rate, dependent on skills & experience.

To Apply

Send cover letter and resume to talk@honestads.org with subject line “Marketing Associate Position”

Spain’s Municipal Elections and the Prospects for Radical Democracy

Photo from the 15M anniversary march in Madrid last week. (Credit: Robert Pluma)

With contributions from a New York City social movement delegation currently in Spain ahead of the country’s local elections on May 24th, which includes JSMI Part-Time Staff Member Tamara Shapiro. You can follow their trip on Twitter at @NYCtoSpain, and NYC to Spain on Facebook. This article originally appeared on Medium.com.

“Do you hear the buzz? The buzz says: let’s defend the common good.” These are the lyrics of the campaign song of Barcelona en Comú — one of the new “confluence” platforms of “popular unity” running in the May 24th municipal elections in Spain, sung (with the help of autotune) to the rhythm of a popular Catalán rumba by its candidate, Ada Colau. According to the polls, Colau is poised to win the mayoral election in Barcelona this Sunday. These electoral insurgencies across Spain are reimagining the promise of radical democracy, one that draws from social movements to define a new participatory style of “governance by listening.” Four years ago, the May 15 movement appeared precisely during the campaign for municipal and regional elections. Despite its undeniable questioning of electoral politics and representation, previous election cycles were too soon to measure the movement’s impact. Then, the characterization of the movement by many politicians and mainstream media oscillated between patronizing and condescending overtones: “If these kids want to achieve anything, they should organize a party, and run for elections.” Continue reading Spain’s Municipal Elections and the Prospects for Radical Democracy

Observations From a Trip to China: Part I

Photo: Professor Lu Zhang speaks about labor conditions inside Chinese auto factories.

By Stephanie Luce

I recently returned from two weeks in China, where I participated in a scholar exchange sponsored by the American Sociology Association, Labor and Labor Movements section. The exchange was the third piece of an ongoing effort to increase communication and collaboration between Chinese and US scholars. There were 8 sociologists in our delegation, along with Katie Quan, the coordinator of the program.

We spent time in Beijing at a conference on labor relations, then meeting with union officials and organizers from worker centers. I then spent a week in Hong Kong meeting with more labor activists, as well as people involved in the Umbrella movement. I’ll report on what I learned about the labor movement here, and in a second post I will write about the Umbrella movement. Continue reading Observations From a Trip to China: Part I

Journalists Gather to Discuss Labor and the Elections at Murphy

Last Friday, Sarah Jaffe, Juan Gonzalez, Errol Louis, Michael Hirsch and Ed Ott participated in a panel discussion in front of a packed house here at Murphy. The panelists analyzed the 2014 midterm elections, looking at what happened this time around and discussing the implications for the future.

Miss the Forum? Check out the livestream, embedded below and archived on our new YouTube channel.