New Labor Forum Highlights: Jan. 9th 2017

The New Labor Forum has launched a bi-weekly newsletter on current topics in labor, curated by the some of the most insightful scholars and activists in the labor world today. Check out some highlights from the latest edition below.

Happy New Year everyone! We’re excited to announce that the January 2017 issue of New Labor Forum will be rolling off press next week. It features an article by J. Phillip Thompson, assessing the chances that American cities might fulfill their potential to become the staging grounds for progressive change in the next decade.

And not coincidentally — given the extensive experimentation with new forms of organizing that is happening in cities around the world — three members of the New Labor Forum editorial team have recently written books related to this question. Consulting editor Penny Lewis has edited with Miriam Greenberg The City Is the Factory: New Solidarities and Spatial Strategies in an Urban Age, due out shortly from Cornell University Press. Editorial Board member Juan Gonzalez’s book Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Movement to End America’s Tale of Two Cities, is forthcoming from The New Press. And Steve Early, also an Editorial Board member, recently published Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City (Beacon Press). We encourage you to purchase these books and to examine, with us, both the promises of and the challenges inherent in urban populism under the Trump regime.

And finally, our pitch: 2016 has been an amazing year for New Labor Forum, with new readers and audiences through social media, this newsletter, and our blog. And yet, the best is still to be found in our print edition. If you haven’t already, please be sure to subscribe now. Independent vehicles of discussion and debate on workers, working-class communities, and social movements need your support now more than ever.

Contents

  1.  The Future of Urban Populism: Will Cities Turn the Political Tides? by J. Phillip Thompson

  2. The City Is the Factory: New Solidarities and Spatial Strategies in an Urban Age Edited by Miriam Greenberg, Penny Lewis

  3. Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Movement to End America’s Tale of Two Cities by Juan González

  4. Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City by Steve Early

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