WORLD WIDE WORK - October 2004
This edition of the free bulletin, World Wide Work, is
published by the American Labor Education Center, an independent
nonprofit founded in 1979.
Check out and comment on a highly controversial new 10-point proposal to
change the labor movement's strategy and structure that was just released
by SEIU. It's on a new web site, UniteToWin.org, set
up to host debate on labor's future that has taken on new urgency with
the reelection of George Bush. The site provides a chance to share
New and worth noting?
* Gender and Work in Today's World edited by Nancy E. Sacks and
Catherine Marrone (Westview). A useful smorgasbord of 29 writings
about a wide range of issues related to work and gender, family
responsibilities, and economic opportunity.
* America (The Book) by Jon Stewart and the Writers of the Daily
Show (Warner Books). A half-serious, half-comedy take on American
history and American society today in the form of a thick parody of a
high school textbook, complete with rather unorthodox discussion
questions and classroom activities listed after each chapter.
* What Turns Out Voters? by Donald P. Green and Alan S. Gerber
(Brookings). Two Yale professors have conducted experiments in a
dozen states since 1998 comparing the actual effect of various commonly
used methods aimed to turning out voters. Their key conclusion:
door-to-door canvassing with person-to-person conversation is both far
more effective and cheaper than methods commonly promoted by campaign
consultants such as direct mail and automated phone calls.
* Waiting for Rain by Nicholas Arons (University of
Arizona). An on-the-scene, New Yorker-quality report on Northeast
Brazil and how it is affected by recurrent drought, with a twin emphasis
on how natural conditions are manipulated by the politically powerful and
on the truths told about the situation over the years by writers and
* Damned If I Do by Percival Everett (Graywolf). An
unusually original and entertaining set of short stories that combine
elements of satire and the tall tale, often involving African American
characters in the small-town West.
* Wandering Star by J.M.G. Le Clezio (Curbstone). A moving,
poetic novel that tells the stories of two girls, one Jewish and one
Palestinian, from the time of the holocaust to the founding of
* Rebels, Reformers, and Racketeers by Herman Benson (Association
for Union Democracy). A memoir by the founder of AUD, the
independent center that for decades has fought to protect the rights of
* Civil Liberties vs. National Security in a Post-9/11 World
edited by Darmer, Baird, and Rosenbaum (Prometheus). A collection that provides a thorough, readable discussion of the issues involving the Patriot Act, domestic surveillance, racial profiling, and torture. Includes some key documents as background.
* Globalization Bulletin is a new listserve that provides links to the latest articles and documents related to economic globalization. To subscribe, or to suggest that an item be listed, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Globalwatchwalmart.com keeps up with what Wal-Mart is doing around the world.