Monthly Archives: June 2012

Rights and facts on the ground

The Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act means that Governor Mitt Romney, by campaigning to repeal the Act, is promising to take health insurance away from 30 million people, none in Massachusetts.  This is far tougher than … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Court ruling an opportunity and a test for Tea Party

When the Supreme Court announced the constitutionality of the Affordable Health Care Act this morning, it sounded a trumpet calling the Tea Party to arms.  Can the movement respond effectively?  Will Tea Partiers reinvigorate the movement which has become, basically, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Starving postal workers

Ten current and former postal employees stopped eating yesterday in Washington, DC, starting a hunger strike to protest continuing cutbacks at the United States Postal Service.  Organized by Community and Postal Workers United, they do not plan to starve themselves … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Defectors and dissident elites: rifts in the campaign against gay marriage

When David Blankenhorn changed his mind about same sex marriage, the New York Times was eager to give him space on its op-ed page to explain why.  Blankenhorn has been a stalwart in the battle against gay marriage, testifying as … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Immigration activists, allies, and targets

President Obama’s shift in administrative policy on immigration has provided some political space for immigration activists pressing for comprehensive reform.  Days after the announcement, the White House hosted a conference on immigration issues that included 200 activists (reported in Politico). … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Still not the dream

President Obama’s announcement of an immigrant daydream dramatically changes the landscape for both the immigrants rights movement and its anti-immigrant counterpart. Obama’s new policy, to forgo deportation proceedings for young people (under 31) who came to the United States before … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lucy Lawless protests Arctic oil drilling: Her courage will change the world

Without sword or chakram, actor Lucy Lawless occupied the Noble Explorer, an oil-drilling ship docked in Auckland last February.  With seven other Greenpeace activists, she tried to stop the ship from leaving port until she was finally arrested after 77 … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment