The rank-and-file reform slate Teamsters United has secured victory in the union’s internal election. Its agenda is modest: bargain hard against UPS, organize Amazon, push the PRO Act, and revitalize the labor movement.
Indigo Olivier is an investigative reporting fellow at In These Times magazine.
At last weekend’s Teamsters for a Democratic Union convention, nearly 400 rank-and-file Teamsters convened to discuss taking power in their union and organizing Amazon.
Lee Carter is a member of Virginia’s House of Delegates, a former Marine Corps member and electrician, and a socialist. In an interview with Jacobin, he discusses his legislative history pushing for expanded health care and worker rights, the threat of far-right violence, and how a socialist governor could transform the state of Virginia.
Jess Scarane is challenging incumbent Chris Coons for a Senate seat in Delaware. In an interview with Jacobin, the thirty-five-year-old candidate endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America and her local Sunrise Movement hub talks about her vision of a better society, Coons’s use of “Republican talking points against the policies that we need,” and why a return to the status quo before the coronavirus is nowhere near good enough.
Democratic socialist Justin Farmer is running for state senate in Connecticut on a platform to reform the criminal justice system and reinvest in communities. We talked to him about it.
Nithya Raman is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America who is running for city council in Los Angeles. In an interview with Jacobin, she describes her history organizing around sexual harassment and homelessness, the need to stop gentrification in LA, and why a homes guarantee is a critical demand.
When our housing system’s primary function is to enrich capitalists rather than provide for humans’ basic needs, it’s no surprise that developers would rather deploy a small army complete with guns, a battering ram, and a tank to remove homeless families from an empty home, as they did earlier this week in Oakland, California.
Nikil Saval is a union campaigner, leftist magazine editor, and a democratic socialist who is running for Pennsylvania State House. In an interview with Jacobin, he talks about his history of working on hotel workers’ boycotts and editing n+1, how the Bernie Sanders campaign inspired him to run for office to advance left politics, and building a Pennsylvania and a world for the many, not the few.
Chicago teachers are on strike today. A high school teacher explains to us why the strike is the union’s best tool to fight for better conditions in the city’s schools and an end to austerity.