The United States are made up of an entire network of mini-economies. Every city, state, and town operates in accordance to its own functional, sustainable economy, including industry, business, and of course, the workforce. In many places all over America, the workforce is now dwindling, fading to be forgotten as a footnote in the United States’ economic crisis.… [Read more]
The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a very general metric one can use to ‘feel out’ stock market performance. Merriam-Webster defines the word “dow” as useful or capable, but the old English dictates ‘having worth’ as the initial utilization of the term. Nasdaq, the second largest stock exchange, is purely the tech market on display; its ebbs and flows reflect trading activity for publicly-traded technology companies.… [Read more]
I found the story of the 1914 Ludlow Massacre, and it spoke to me.
Here’s a brief synopsis from the excellent piece above:
“… the Ludlow Massacre of striking coal miners, [which] was one of the most brutal attacks on organised labour in North American history.
It was the pinnacle of efforts by the National Guard and local strike-breakers under the command of the Rockefeller family to suppress a strike of twelve thousand workers.… [Read more]
Yes, that’s what the hashtag said: #HugAThug.
During a check of Facebook and the Twittersphere for information about ‘work’ and organised ‘labour unions’ I came across that hashtag. Given that my search was rather specific and timed in advance of Labor Day, when that particular hashtag popped up it caught my attention.
It took a moment before things began to click; it wasn’t referring to a hip-hop album, it was referring to union workers.… [Read more]
Give ’em Hell, Jane!
My dad has been saying that to me for as long as I can remember. We’d sing along with “Stop and Smell the Roses” on the 8 Track , he’d pull up in front of the preschool, kiss me on the cheek and send me on my way with a “Give ’em Hell, Jane!”
I’ve always felt empowered.… [Read more]