After decades of decline unions have found a new champion in efforts to organize workers: the Black Lives Matter movement. Unions have suffered as manufacturing has moved south away from their old strongholds in the north of the US. Membership rates were 10.7% in 2016, down from 20.1% in 1983, according to the Bureau of Labor […]
Black Immigration Activists, Leaders: Trump’s Words Are Not Surprising, He Has a Decades-Old ‘Racist Toolbox’ to Pull From
Since 2012, Denea Joseph has been protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which, since being initiated by an executive order from President Barack Obama in 2012, has shielded almost 800,000 undocumented young people brought to the U.S. by their parents from deportation. But despite his declarations of support for the “Dreamers,” […]
As the city of Detroit looks to make a comeback, its resurgence and economic development continue to get national attention, but there is a large group of people who get left out of the narrative when we hear stories about the city bouncing back: women of color. A new report by the Black Worker Initiative […]
On a Tuesday evening in August the ballroom at Detroit’s Hotel St. Regis was humming. A well-dressed crowd flitted around hors d’oeuvres on white tablecloths. TV news crews adjusted cameras in front of a stage dominated by an enormous gold chandelier. The St. Regis, in Detroit’s New Center area, just north of downtown, is among […]
In 2014, Detroiter Monica Lewis-Patrick provided emergency water relief to low-income Detroit families facing water shutoffs. When she saw water the color of ice tea from Flint, she started distributing water in Flint, too. “Through those conversations (with residents), we recognized how bad it was,” said Lewis-Patrick, president and CEO of the nonprofit We the People […]
In dialogues about the fiscal future of Detroit, large corporations and policymakers are noticeably excluding women of color. A newly-released report retelling their stories seeks to combat that exclusion and bring Detroit’s women of color to the forefront of policy decisions in the city as it moves forward with development and expansion projects. In partnership […]
A report set for release Tuesday contends that women of color have been ignored in the crafting of Detroit’s recovery — and that progress would be more swift were they included. “The surprise isn’t that women are doing amazing things and making contributions,” said Kimberly Freeman Brown, author of the report from the Institute for Policy […]
The story of the city’s revival will be a mythical fable if it is not grounded in uplifting long-term Detroiters and their neighborhoods, in addition to the newcomers the city is attracting.
A new report uses photography and interviews to raise the profile of 20 Black, Latina, Arab, and Asian women who should have a greater say in the city’s revitalization.
The Voice and Vision of Women of Color on Detroit’s Future.
After a failed union vote in Canton, Mississippi, Bayard talks about what went wrong and what can be done to move the labor movement forward.
Workers in a Nissan Auto plant are close to winning one of the largest successes for labor in decades.
Black-led Labor Organizers Discuss Challenges and Tactics of Black Worker Organizing in the Trump Era at State of Black Workers in America Conference
The Institute for Policy Studies held its 3rd State of Black Workers in America Conference at historic Howard University.
Day-long conference to feature panels discussing most innovative organizing led by Black workers in the U.S. in the Trump era
A day-long conference by IPS’s Black Worker Initiative about some of the most innovative and best organizing being led by Black workers in the US