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National Labor Movement: New Opportunities and Strategies

Tefere Gebre, when ED OC Labor Federation (2010)

Yesterday Huffington Post published an article profiling the newly elected AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre. Due to his organizing success in the heart of Republican dominated Orange County, Gebre became the first immigrant elected to the position of AFL-CIO Executive Vice President in September 2013.

Come out, come out, wherever you are!

National Coming Out Day Logo-1988, By Keith Haring

Today, the 25th anniversary of National Coming Out Day is celebrated in a very different environment than what existed in 1987. Many states provide protections for members of the LGBT community, while others still openly permit discrimination in employment, housing, and a host of other arenas that contribute to misunderstanding, and open acts of hate.

Pending Government Shutdown will be Blamed on Republicans

Jose Solorio and Texas Senator Ted Cruz

For the Republican Party in Orange County, California and nationally, “compromise” is still a dirty word.  In the view of our friends on the right, “compromise” increasingly means “do things our way.”  No give and take, just take. As Congress debates the debt ceiling and the defunding of Obamacare, a new poll suggests that 4…

50 years Ago Martin Luther King, Jr. Laid down a Challenge to America

Leaders of the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom including Rabbi Joachim Prinz,, Eugene Carson Blake, Martin Luther King, Floyd McKissick, Matthew Ahmann & John Lewis lead a procession.  (Photo by Robert W. Kelley/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Dr. King laid down a challenge, one which we have yet to meet all the way. Today, there are those in the Republican party who would like nothing more than to drag our country back to the good old days of the 1960′s. We need to take up Dr. King’s challenge once again, and fight for equality, fight for justice, fight for jobs, and fight for the right of all Americans to vote, without the need for a government issued id.