Peter Dreier

Peter Dreier is E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics, and chair of the Urban & Environmental Policy Department, at Occidental College. His most recent book is The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame (Nation Books, 2012). His other books include: Place Matters: Metropolitics for the 21st Century (University Press of Kansas, 3rd edition, 2014), and The Next Los Angeles: The Struggle for a Livable City (University of California Press, revised 2006). He writes regularly for the Los Angeles Times, Common Dreams, The Nation, and Huffington Post. 

 

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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 6:45am
The Wage War's Two Battlegrounds: The Ballot Box and the Board Room
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council voted 14-1 to adopt a citywide minimum wage of $15/hour by 2020. The next day, marching behind a giant banner that read, "McDonald's: $15 and Union Rights, Not Food Stamps," 5,000 cooks and cashiers show up at the company's corporate headquarters in Oak...
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Friday, May 8, 2015 - 10:45am
Remembering Guy Carawan: The Man Who Popularized 'We Shall Overcome'
Guy Carawan, who introduced the song “We Shall Overcome” to the civil rights movement, died on May 4 at age eighty-seven after a lengthy illness. Millions of people around the world have sung the words to 'We Shall Overcome,” but few of them know the name Guy Carawan. Possessed with prodigious...
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 6:45am
Bernie Sanders' Presidential Bid Represents a Long Tradition of American Socialism
Now that Bernie Sanders has entered the contest for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, Americans are going to hearing a lot about socialism, because the 73-year old U.S. senator from Vermont describes himself as a “democratic socialist.” “Ever since I was a kid I never liked to see...
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Monday, April 13, 2015 - 7:15am
Local Hospital Nurses Defy Union-Busting Campaign in California
Dolly Wilson, a leader in the campaign to organize the registered nurses at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California, was shocked to read a text message she received from another registered nurse. While Wilson, who works in the emergency room, was off duty, someone had put a letter in...
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Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 12:30pm
At Selma and Around the World, Pete Seeger Brought Us Closer Together
One of the few missing ingredients in the wonderful new film Selma is the centrality of music during the Selma-to-Montgomery, Alabama march. A tiny snippet of field recordings from the march can be heard at the very end of the movie's credits, but otherwise the movie ignores the constant singing...
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Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 8:00am
Bill Moyers' Departure from TV Leaves a Huge Hole
This week PBS stations around the country will broadcast the final segment of Moyers & Company , Bill Moyers' provocative, groundbreaking interview show. Moyers, who came to PBS in 1971, is retiring the show, but not retiring from the world of public affairs. He will continue to write, speak...
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Monday, December 29, 2014 - 2:45pm
Focus on the NRA, Not Mayor de Blasio, for Deaths of NYC Cops
It has been a week since Ismaayl Brinsley, a deranged man with a long criminal record, murdered two New York City police officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, in cold blood, but so far we haven’t heard a word from the National Rifle Association (NRA). It was Brinsley who pulled the trigger on the...
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Friday, November 28, 2014 - 7:00am
On Black Friday, Americans Confront the Walmart 1%: Pay Employees a Living Wage
Walmart won't pay its employees enough to afford Thanksgiving dinner, so they're holding food drives for their employees. Seriously. It's been reported that an Oklahoma City Walmart set up bins for underpaid associates to donate canned goods to other underpaid associates. Walmart workers have a...
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Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 7:30am
Historians Should Honor Protesting Colorado Students
The brave Colorado high school students who are protesting their school board's attempt to rewrite their American history curriculum are doing all Americans a favor. They are reminding us of the importance of dissent and protest in our nation's history. The American Historical Association (AHA) and...
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Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 8:15am
Fantasy Or Forecast? A Progressive Supreme Court Agenda
"It's always darkest before the dawn" sang Pete Seeger. "And that's what keeps me moving on." The recent spate of reactionary decisions by the Roberts Supreme Court — including this week's outrageous Hobby Lobby ruling — triggers thoughts of a better day, when the right wingers on the court will...
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