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Trump’s assault on labor | Clarion Jan - Feb 2017

With the election of Donald Trump as president and Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, we are entering a period of existential crisis for unions and our organized power. The coming months and years are going to call for a spirit of maximum solidarity. In a Clarion article, Prof. Penny Lewis describes the likely form and substance of the attacks.

The theme of the conference is “overcoming austerity, adjunctification, racism, sexism, militarization and repression.”

15 Minute Activist | Clarion Jan - Feb 2017

The environmental group 350.org is planning a major march on Washington, DC called the People’s Climate Mobilization.

In this moment of right-wing populism, a professor who studies higher education issues argues that now is not the time to hesitate and remain neutral. Academics should take a public stance against right-wing populism – both inside and outside the academy – and ensure that threats to vulnerable communities are not tolerated.

There's a lot at stake in the November 8 election. Defeating Donald Trump at the polls is only the first step toward progress. There's a lot more electoral work to be done.

In order to build on the progressive movements that have gained traction in recent years, left-leaning liberals should vote for Hillary Clinton for presidency. If she's elected, the progressive causes that helped secure her victory must continue to organize and hold her accountable.

Through civil disobedience, coalition building, political lobbying, and countless hours at the bargaining table, the PSC secured a contract that is, according to PSC President Barbara Bowen, “worthy of our struggle.” Now is the time to vote on the hard-won contract.

PSC President Barbara Bowen shares her assessment of the gains in the tentative contract and puts them in context of fiscal austerity in higher education.

Peter Hogness, Clarion's longtime editor retired this summer. Hogness highlights some of his favorite stories and moments while editing 116 issues of the award-winning union paper.

Three years ago dozens of striking miners in Marikana South Africa were brutally shot to death by police who were in apparent collusion with mine owners. PSC International Committee convened a rally to commemorate the massacre, and PSC Treasurer Sharon Persinger, a granddaughter of a coal miner, spoke about the need for solidarity.