John Cavanagh's blog

Behind the Kitchen Door: A Must-Read for Anyone Who Eats at Restaurants

More than half of the nation's worst-paid jobs are related to food. Saru Jayaraman's new book dives into the explosive movement for better rights for those who plant, process, and cook the food we eat.

You are celebrating your birthday at your favorite restaurant and you’ve just ordered a tasty, locally grown organic meal. You savor the food, while feeling good that you are contributing to a better world.  What could be better?

Well, for starters: the conditions of the people serving and busing your table.

It's the New Economy, Stupid

While Obama's policies have the short-term potential to improve the lives of many Americans beleaguered by the economic slump, the approach he champions is insufficient to tackle the long-term problems we face.

Most progressives have long embraced a clear alternative to the conservative story that prosperity flows best from a "free market" unfettered by government regulation and taxes.

Trading in Democracy: Why Rights Are Still For Real People

International trade deals allow businesses to sue elected governments when corporate interests are threatened abroad. Here's why you should care.

 

Mining Gold, Undermining Democracy

Neither foreign investors nor unelected tribunals deserve the power to trump democratically elected leaders.

By Robin Broad and John Cavanagh

What Comes Next?: Building on Occupy and the 99% Spring

Many movements, many similar messages. What could the increasing cooperation between protesters mean for the future of the ninety-nine percent?

Where does the Occupy movement turn next? Can social movements build on its momentum? Will protest and new forms of mobilization create change to transform the economy to one that works for people and the planet?

The Nonsense Zone

IPS is grateful to Bill O'Reilly for this opportunity to showcase our proud history of public scholarship on inequality, peace, justice, and the environment.

The Institute for Policy Studies is honored to join the long list of respected individuals and organizations that Bill O’Reilly has attacked on his Fox News show. During the opening segment of his May 22 tirade, O’Reilly attacked us for serving as the Occupy movement's "headquarters." He even implied that some central figure is making decisions about what color Occupy "agitators" should wear.

Bank CEOs Gain as Millions Lose Dreams, Retirement to Foreclosure

While foreclosures have devastated the financial security of millions of American families, the CEOs of Wells Fargo and Bank of America have seen their retirement packages balloon.

Inside and outside of Wells Fargo's annul meeting. Protesters brought a makeshift wagon to the Wells Fargo protest. Photo by Mike Koozmin (SF Examiner)anual meeting in San Francisco yesterday, thousands of angry protesters decried the bank’s leading role in the loss of millions of American homes to foreclosure.

Organizing Across Generations

Our allies talk to Bill Moyers about restoring domestic workers' rights and the 99% Spring.

On Sunday night, the legendary TV talk host, Bill Moyers, 

A World Bank President We Can Get Behind?

Occupy Wall Street, 1979

Before there were hashtags, more than a thousand protesters were arrested for trying to shut Wall Street down for a day ...

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