Sarah Jaffe, Common Dreams

Sarah Jaffe

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New York, NY, United States

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Past articles by Sarah:

Evictions Aren’t Inevitable When Tenants Fight Back

n July 7, tenants in Brooklyn, New York, surrounded by their community, staged a dramatic face off with their landlord. The house was located at 1214 Dean Street, in a rapidly gentrifying part of Crown Heights. It was a nine-bedroom, apparently zoned as a single-family dwelling, but rented out room by room to individual tenants, many of whom were left unemployed when the → Read More

The Growing Power of West Virginia’s Teachers

When the Mountain State’s teachers went on strike in 2018, they inspired a movement—now they’re showing us how to build a better union. → Read More

Bad Boss Trump, the Great Organizer

There’s an old saying in the labor movement that “the boss is the best organizer.” That is, nothing will unite a workforce faster than a bad boss; nothing will create class consciousness faster than an abusive manager at the helm. And what is Donald Trump but the worst possible boss? After all, the President became a household name by firing people on national TV. | By Sarah → Read More

The Real Trouble with Ilhan Omar

While others on the left waffle on questions of imperial power and foreign relations, the freshman Democrat takes on American hegemony... lhan Omar has spent most of her adult life making trouble—good trouble, as her colleague John Lewis, with whom she’s just introduced a resolution supporting Americans’ right to participate in boycott movements, likes to say. → Read More

The Real Trouble with Ilhan Omar

While others on the left waffle on questions of imperial power and foreign relations, the freshman Democrat takes on American hegemony... lhan Omar has spent most of her adult life making trouble—good trouble, as her colleague John Lewis, with whom she’s just introduced a resolution supporting Americans’ right to participate in boycott movements, likes to say. → Read More

The Real Trouble with Ilhan Omar

While others on the left waffle on questions of imperial power and foreign relations, the freshman Democrat takes on American hegemony. → Read More

The people power behind Sanders’s debt cancellation plan

How activists forced this issue into the mainstream. → Read More

Justice for Trayvon

Trayvon was not killed by a police officer, but he was killed and his killer given a pass by a broader criminal justice system that sees young black men as suspicious, only able to be controlled through violence. By now of course you've heard that George Zimmerman, the admitted killer of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, has been acquitted of murder by a Florida jury. You have probably also heard that… → Read More

The Exhilaration of Revolt

Teachers who have taken their fight to the streets have drawn our attention in the past years, but many others are rising up, too. → Read More

'Sheer Joy': Ireland Will Have Free Abortion Care on January 1

Abortion rights foes in Ireland failed to implement a range of provisions that have been pushed by anti-choice legislators across the United States. → Read More

Writing the Unions’ ‘Fight-or-Die Survival Chapter’

The growing labor militancy making headlines has its roots in slow, grinding efforts by workers all over the country. → Read More

The Movement Against Prison Abuse—From the Inside

Janos Marton of the ACLU’s Smart Justice program talks about a growing public awareness of the rampant inequality perpetuated by prisons, jails, arrests, and prosecutions, and what people on the outside can do. → Read More

Why Prison Strikers Are Demanding the Right to Vote

Strike organizers want universal suffrage because all other rights emanate from the right to vote. → Read More

A New Framework for Labor Law: Shifting the Paradigm on Workers' Rights

A new report provides a blueprint to protect workers, whose rights are being undermined at every opportunity. → Read More

Continuing the Teachers’ Fight in West Virginia

The West Virginia teachers won a raise, but the biggest fight, says Rebecca Diamond, teacher and member of the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia, is still ongoing. → Read More

West Virginia Teachers’ Fight Is Still Ongoing: Will They Strike Again?

Without funding for the public employees' insurance, the small raise they earned won't make a difference, say teachers. → Read More

Pushing Back Against White Supremacists a Year After Charlottesville

It's up to the public to deny the far right their forum because the state is busy protecting their free speech. → Read More

Graduate Student Workers Organize Against Sexual Harassment on Campus

Unionized graduate workers will be able to tackle the power structures on campuses that are behind the problem. → Read More

How Amazon Cooperates With Trump's Deportation Machine

Movimiento Cosecha is calling for Amazon to stop cooperating with ICE. → Read More

Activists Fighting Kavanaugh Nomination Say Schumer Must Step Up

Brooklyn-based Indivisible activists will hold Chuck Schumer accountable if he doesn't step up and unite Democrats. → Read More