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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Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 12:30pm
Three Strategies to Beat the NRA
On Wednesday, Georgia Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights hero, led a sit-in of fellow House Democrats on the House floor to demand action on gun control legislation. Lewis strode to the lectern and called on his colleagues to “occupy this floor.” Soon, about two-dozen lawmakers gathered around...
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Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 2:15pm
The Greatest — Muhammad Ali — Dies at 74
At the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Muhammad Ali suddenly appeared on a platform in the stadium. Janet Evans, a five-time Olympic medalist in swimming, passed the heavy Olympic torch to Ali. Shaking from Parkinson’s disease and perhaps from nervousness, he stood for a...
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Friday, June 3, 2016 - 11:00am
Is the Contemptible Trump In Contempt of Court?
Donald Trump just struck out swinging, so now he’s attacking the umpire. Unfortunately for Trump, the umpire is Judge Gonzalo Curiel of the Federal District Court in San Diego, who is presiding over a class action lawsuit accusing Trump University of defrauding and misleading consumers who plunked...
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Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 8:30am
Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Radical Feminism Still Challenges Us Today
No celebration of Women’s History Month would be complete without acknowledging the extraordinary achievements of Charlotte Perkins Gilman. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Gilman was the most important feminist thinker in the United States. She laid the groundwork for later feminists like Simon...
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Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 9:30am
David Brooks Is Wrong Again — Trump's Rise Is Not 'Anti-Politics' but the Cancer of Big Money
In his latest column, "The Governing Cancer of Our Times," New York Times conservative columnist David Brooks tries to explain Donald Trump's rise as a presidential candidate. The cancer Brooks refers to is not Trump himself but what he calls "anti-politics." Brooks didn't invent this term but he...
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Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 3:00pm
Gloria Steinem Renews an Old Debate About Socialism and Feminism
In 1905, Eugene V. Debs, the popular labor activist and Socialist Party leader, had a speaking engagement in Rochester, New York and went to visit the aging women’s rights pioneer Susan B. Anthony at her home there. They exchanged memories of their previous meeting; then Anthony took Debs’s hand...
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 3:30pm
A Trump Candidacy Is Good for the Democrats, But Bad for America
Would having Donald Trump as the GOP nominee be good or bad for the Democrats -- or for the country? On the one hand, I'm confident that either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders could beat Trump relatively easily. Current polls show Sanders beating Trump , and Clinton beating Trump (although by a...
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Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 9:15am
When Tom Friedman Red-Baited Bernie Sanders
"What if our 2016 election ends up being between a socialist and a borderline fascist—ideas that died in 1989 and 1945 respectively?," New York Times pundit Tom Friedman asks in his latest column . Friedman apparently doesn't understand that the idea that "died in 1989" was Communism. Senator...
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Monday, January 18, 2016 - 11:30am
Martin Luther King Jr.: One of the Nation's Great Democratic Socialists
As we celebrate his birthday, it is easy to forget that Rev. Martin Luther King was a democratic socialist. In 1964, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, he observed that the United States could learn much from Scandinavian "democratic socialism." He often talked about the need to confront "...
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Saturday, January 2, 2016 - 11:15am
'The Washington Post' Fired Lefty Columnist Harold Meyerson
Fred Hiatt, the Washington Post's editorial page editor, has fired columnist Harold Meyerson, one of the nation's finest journalists and perhaps the only self-proclaimed socialist to write a weekly column for a major American newspaper during the past decade or two. At a time when America is...
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