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50 years later, a new Poor People’s Campaign

With more in poverty now than in 1968, rejoin the struggle for economic justice   (Feb. 12, 2018) — Today, University of Washington-Tacoma professor and labor historian Michael Honey will be video conferencing into a gathering at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Afterwards, marchers will go from there to retrace steps of the Memphis […]

50 years ago in Memphis, a new phase of our movement began

The time is right and it is our moral duty to work together to fulfill Dr. King’s social and economic justice dream   By JEFF JOHNSON (Feb. 2, 2018) — At the end of a blustery and rainy winter day two sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn., Echol Cole and Robert Walker, were crushed to death […]

Remembering Echol Cole and Robert Walker

(Feb. 1, 2018) — Today, we are taking a moment of silence in honor of the two men, Echol Cole and Robert Walker, whose tragic deaths 50 years ago led to the Memphis sanitation strike and the historic involvement of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  As part of “I AM 2018,” we are reposting […]

Speaking of taxes, right-wing political groups still avoid them

By PETER STARZYNSKI (Jan. 30, 2018) — Washington legislators are in the midst of a short legislative session and there is no shortage of reforms that lawmakers are considering. There is some chatter about perhaps the most crucial reforms: closing the nearly 700 wasteful tax loopholes enjoyed by corporations and special interest groups. While corporate interest groups have […]

If MLK were alive, he would fight Trump, his racism

Rev. King would be fighting Trump’s racism and his support for ‘right to work’    By DAVID GROVES (Jan. 12, 2018) — If the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was alive today, our stable-genius president likely would be referring to the 89-year-old civil rights icon by some juvenile, offensive, and probably racist nickname. And […]

Republican/Trump tax giveaway aims to force big cuts elsewhere

Social Security, Medicare, veterans, health care are all on chopping block   By JEFF JOHNSON (Dec. 6, 2017) — Last week I wrote an article for The Stand that warned that the Republican/Trump tax plan was not only a shift of our country’s commonwealth to the individual wealth of corporate donors, but was also a […]

Republican tax bills are theft from working people

By JEFF JOHNSON (Nov. 29, 2017) — By now you have a clear sense that the tax proposals by Republicans in Congress create a permanent shift in wealth from the public sector to corporations and the very wealthy. And yes, the working class — poor and middle — will receive some temporary tax breaks but […]

#MeToo power shift must be sustained by organized labor

Unions can lead the way on empowering women, ending sexual harassment   By LYNNE DODSON (Nov. 13, 2017) — A change has come. It was a long time coming, but at last, there are consequences for those who sexually harass women. But why now? And how can we sustain lasting change? Sexual harassment isn’t new. […]

Women Labor Leaders in Action builds unions, fights RTW

By RACHEL DORFMAN (Nov. 2, 2017) — In May and August, 20 emerging women labor leaders came together for one week each month to grow our leadership skills. Women Labor Leaders in Action, also known as WLLA, was created by Kate Shaughnessy, Leadership Development Coordinator for the AFL-CIO. Kate applied for and won a grant to […]

Shame on state’s corporations for funding false, racist attack ads

EDITORIAL The Stand OLYMPIA (Oct. 26, 2017) — Washington state’s biggest companies and corporate lobbying groups — including Amazon, Microsoft and the Association of Washington Business — are paying for false, offensive and racist campaign ads attacking Democratic Senate candidate Manka Dhingra in the high-stakes 45th Legislative District election that will determine which party controls […]


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