This edition of the free bulletin, World Wide Work, is published by the
American Labor Education Center, an independent nonprofit founded in
1979.WORLD WIDE WORK
New and worth noting…
*A Country That Works by Andy Stern (Free Press). Unlike many books
by public figures that provide little beyond safe platitudes, this
mixture of call to arms and autobiography gives readers a direct window
into the thinking of the SEIU president who has emerged as a key leader
not just of America’s unions but of the country’s progressive movement.
*There is No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster edited by Chester
Hartman and Gregory Squires (Routledge). A compilation of 14 chapters
looking at issues of race and class in the New Orleans region before and
after Hurricane Katrina.
*State of Working America 2006-2007 by Economic Policy Institute
(Cornell). The most useful resource for facts about the economic
situation of working people. Much of the material is available online at
*Breeding Bin Ladens by Zachary Shore (Johns Hopkins). Drawing on
interviews with moderate Muslims living in Europe, Shore finds that
Western regimes have failed to understand the ambivalence many Muslims
feel about the consumerism, inequality, and war-based foreign policy they
find in European and American culture.
*All Aunt Hagar’s Children by Edward P. Jones (HarperCollins).
While most books about Washington DC focus on politicians, spies, and
star reporters, this collection of 14 short stories illuminates the lives
and communities of black DC families struggling to achieve the American
*The Places in Between by Rory Stewart (Harcourt). Walked across
Afghanistan in 2002, months after the U.S. invasion.
God’s Politics by Jim Wallis (Harper). A progressive religious
leader argues that the left has made a major mistake by insisting that
faith be separated from politics
*Blind into Baghdad by James Fallows (Vintage). Before Bush
invaded Iraq, Fallows wrote an article in the Atlantic Monthly citing
experts who predicted that an invasion would backfire. He has written a
series of additional articles since then analyzing how and why the war
has failed. In addition, he has gathered expert opinion on the risks
involved in potential military action against Iran. This book is an
edited compilation of those articles.
*Screwed by Thom Hartmann (Berrett-Koehler). The Air America talk
show host draws on U.S. history as well as current events to document how
public policy once helped create the middle class and is now being used
to destroy it.
*Bait and Switch by Barbara Ehrenreich (Metropolitan). Using a
different name and a made-up resume full of white-collar qualifications,
the author of Nickel and Dimed looks for a middle-class job and
finds that the American dream is hard to achieve in today’s economy.
*Cable News Confidential by Jeff Cohen (PoliPointPress). The
cofounder of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) tells all about
his experiences as a pundit and producer for Fox, CNN, and MSNBC.
*Sweet and Sour Milk, Sardines, and Close Sesame by
Nuruddin Farah (Graywolf). Reissue of a trilogy of novels by an exiled
*Homegrown: Engaged Cultural Criticism by bell hooks and Amalia
Mesa-Bains (South End). A conversation about the possibilities and
challenges of a movement that unites African Americans and Latinos.
*Why Monkeys Live in Trees by Raouf Mama (Curbstone). Written
versions of memorable oral folk tales from Benin in western Africa.
*Cooper’s Walk by Bill Yund
(email@example.com) is a 40-page graphic
novel telling the history of labor in Pennsylvania.
www.lrchmemory.org is a
website (with Monday, Sept. 25 launch date) produced by students at
Little Rock’s Central High School, the scene of a major battle in the
civil rights movement 49 years ago. The site includes more than a hundred
essays based on interviews with family friends and neighbors. Teachers
also share lesson plans.
**Granito de Arena (Grain of Sand) from Corrugated Films is an
hour-long documentary about the decades-long struggle by school teachers
in Mexico for democracy in their schools, their union, and their
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