We need to improve the condition of workers this Thanksgiving weekend. Here's what you can do.


Joe Hill, America’s radical labor troubadour, was executed by firing squad in Utah after a contested murder conviction 100 years ago this week. A member of the Industrial Workers of the World, Hill traveled and performed widely, calling for workers to organize their efforts to improve working conditions. He connected workers’ collective struggles against the bosses to catchy lyrics—coining the anticlerical term “pie in the sky”—and to familiar musical chords.


Workers, including a seventeen-year-old boy, stand on narrow rafters while hanging tobacco to dry in a barn in Kentucky. Many workers reported having difficulty breathing while hanging tobacco in curing barns or handling dried tobacco. MARCUS BLEASDALE/VII FOR HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

We interviewed more than 140 child workers in the U.S. Two-thirds reported nicotine poisoning.


Workers' compensation in Wisconsin may be just one more achievement of the Progressive era effectively destroyed over the last four years by Republicans.


Governor Nikki Haley attends the groundbreaking ceremony of Movement Mortgage in Fort Mill. March 23, 2015. (Official Governor's Office Photo by Zach Pippin)

The inter-state competition for jobs, waged through “incentive” packages,” now costs the states $110 billion a year in lost revenue.

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize recognizes labor’s important role in the one success story of the Arab Spring.


“Even though we have helped organize so many women, we believe that rights are not enough."

This Labor Day, Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch and Victoria’s Secret are setting a trend that other retailers need to follow — and it isn’t crop tops or bright floral prints.


America’s grassroots have come alive with organizing campaigns to reverse the rampant inequities and abuses being perpetuated by the plutocratic powers.


For the last several years, The Progressive has covered Scott Walker’s reversal of Wisconsin’s progressive legacy. The Republican governor, elected in 2010, set out to divide and conquer the state with his own brand of anti-public-interest politics.


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Helen Caldicott, a co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, calls this “one of the most frightening books...

This time we’ve got some advantages.

By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

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