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The Union Bond

The Union Bond

Dave Dell Isola, the son and grandson of union members, grew up grateful for the family-sustaining wages and benefits that organized labor won for working people. But he never fully grasped the might of solidarity until he and his wife, Barbara, and their two sons...

A Letter to a Young Organizer

A Letter to a Young Organizer

There’s no getting around it. Organizing is hard. But the context you are organizing in right now? It’s a whole different thing. When I was coming up, the expectations felt big. People in the neighborhood were being screwed seven ways to Sunday. So, each night we’d...

Building Power And Raising Voices Of Rural Women

Building Power And Raising Voices Of Rural Women

Here in North Carolina, like many other rural areas around the country, reactionary forces have used trends like the decline of jobs, infrastructure, and public services to consolidate power, advance racist and misogynist narratives, and erode public confidence in the...

Migrants Are Iowans, And We Stand With Them

Migrants Are Iowans, And We Stand With Them

How it would feel to walk fifty days to save your unborn child, only to be locked in a cell so cramped you and a dozen other pregnant women had to sleep standing up?   WATCH: the full story of @JulianCastro escorting José Robinson to his ICE check-in. “If I...

We Can Create The World We Want To Live In

We Can Create The World We Want To Live In

People's Action congratulates Adrienne Evans, executive director of United Vision for Idaho, on receiving a 2020 Roddenberry Fellowship. The program, whose alumni include Alicia Garza, Michael White and Judith LeBlanc, seeks to empower activists to “think, question,...

Iowans Won't Be Fooled: We Need  #MedicareForAll Now

Iowans Won't Be Fooled: We Need #MedicareForAll Now

Last week I took over the lobby of the Master Builders of Iowa in Des Moines with 30 other members of Iowa Citizens For Community Improvement Action, the largest progressive organization in our state, with members in all of our 99 counties.  Why, you might ask, did...

We Dare Defend Our Right To A World Without ICE

We Dare Defend Our Right To A World Without ICE

Photo credit: Hometown Action / cc Last week, I dropped my kids off for their first day of school in our small Alabama town of not even 7,000 people. The kids were excited, but I was a nervous wreck.  My kids - eight and eleven - are my heart and joy. Would they have...

The Soul of a Union Man

The Soul of a Union Man

Leo Gerard, a longtime contributor to OurFuture, retires Monday after 54 years as a union man and 18 as the International President of United Steelworkers (USW). We thank Leo for his leadership and tireless efforts for working people around the world.  I was raised in...

Fund Head Start, Not Internment Camps

Fund Head Start, Not Internment Camps

I came to this country from Mexico as a small child because my mother was escaping poverty and wanted to give my sisters and me a better life. She worked hard to make sure we had food on our table and a roof over our heads, often doing two and three jobs at a time....

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