Urban Organizing

‘It’s our turn’: Immigration, coalition, and working-class organizing for Harold Washington — Gordon Mantler
Class and colonialism in the construction of public housing projects in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1938-1962 — Melixa Abad Izquierdo
Por la Patria y la Revolución: Modernization and Inequality in Guatemala City, 1944-1954 — Stephanie Parham

Culture as a Site for Class Struggle

In his landmark 1958 book, Culture and Society 1750 – 1950, the Marxist cultural theorist Raymond Williams stated: “the history of the idea of culture is a record of our reactions, in thought and feeling, to the changed conditions of our common life” (p.285). Williams, along with other major cultural theorists of working class life […]

Worker-Driven Social Responsibility (WSR), a New Approach to Workers’ Human Rights

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), the National Economic & Social Rights Initiative (NESRI), and Migrant Justice will present on the emerging model of Worker-led Social Responsibility, which is rooted in the CIW’s internationally recognized Fair Food Program. In an increasingly globalized and consolidated economy — both abroad and right here in the U.S. — […]

Understanding Criminalization and Militarization in Shaping Inequalities

Critical analysis of socio-economic inequality in the United States has increasingly drawn connections between neoliberal austerity, mass incarceration and America’s open-ended militarism. Scholars, journalists and activists have identified links among these in terms of the elite and interest-group agendas that drive mutually-reinforcing policies across these fronts; as well as the comparable logics and worldviews that […]

Communist Organizing

Children, Inequality, and Radicalism in Cold War America — Orion Teal
Communist Sports: The Communist Party, Left-wing Sports Programs 1939-1947, Organizing and Recruitment, Decline, and Lessons for Today’s American Left — James Robinson
After the Swedish General strike of 1909: the trans-local politics of defeat — Fredrik Egefur and Johan Pries

Making It Work in the Drug Trade: Representations of Work and Class in The Wire and Breaking Bad

Much attention has been given to the relationship between knowledge and labor in late capitalism. Theorists like Hardt and Negri, building on Marx’s discussion of the “general intellect,” have sought to think through the emancipatory potential of this new knowledge/labor configuration. However, there is a negative flipside to this narrative: as skills and knowledge in […]

Labor in the U.S. Empire

Until recently, labor history and the history of American empire were rarely considered together. Led by scholars like Julie Greene, Jana Lipman, Moon-Ho Jung, and others, historians are increasingly seeing the importance of understanding how labor practices and politics affected the course of empire, and how imperialism shaped the American working class. Today, this subfield […]

Radical Routes

Anarchist Alliances: Transnational and Multiethnic Radicalism in San Francisco, 1889-1940 — Kenyon Zimmer
Jesuits and Labor Justice in St. Louis from 1891 to 1962 — Ken Homan, SJ
From the Coal Mines to the Black Panther Party: The Strange Path Towards Empowerment of Chicago’s Urban Appalachians — Noel Lopez
Pipeline Cats and Tankies: Building the Texas Oil Infrastructure — Sarah Stanford-McIntyre