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Weekend News & Commentary — September 8–9, 2018

Published September 9th, 2018 -

Elon Musk, Tesla, Inc.’s CEO, has been no stranger to scrutiny.  But a recent appearance on a radio show has exacerbated concerns that Musk is unfit to lead the automobile company, all while infuriating lower-level workers who have been held to far higher stan... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 29, 2018

Published August 29th, 2018 -

The prison strike enters day nine, as the estimated 900,000 incarcerated laborers (out of a population of 2.4 million) demand “an immediate end to prison slavery.”  Sarah Holder of City Lab, quoting ACLU National Prison Project’s David Fathi, breaks down the c... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 28, 2018

Published August 28th, 2018 -

President Trump said yesterday that the United States and Mexico have reached a deal on a renegotiated NAFTA, though Canada has apparently been left out of the deal for the time being. Lawmakers and industry expressed concern that the trilateral NAFTA could be... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — August 25–26, 2018

Published August 26th, 2018 -

On Saturday, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected a series of President Trump’s executive orders.  Jackson ruled that boosting federal agencies’ firing rights would deny collective bargaining rights for ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 20, 2018

Published August 20th, 2018 -

Incarcerated people across the United States will go on strike starting tomorrow (Tuesday, August 21st) to protest mass incarceration, poor prison conditions, and exploitative prison labor practices.  While the 13th Amendment bars slavery and involuntary servi... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 10, 2018

Published August 10th, 2018 -

California is using prison labor — including 58 incarcerated youth — to battle record-breaking forest fires raging across the state this week. As of 2015, more than more than 30 percent of California’s firefighters were incarcerated workers. Incarcerated firef... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — May 18, 2018

Published May 18th, 2018 -

The Louisiana legislature passed a bill expanding the state’s prison labor program. The bill already passed the State Senate, and Governor John Bel Edwards is expected to sign it into law.  Incarcerated individuals who currently work in the Louisiana prison sy... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 3, 2017

Published April 3rd, 2017 -

The New York Times has a thorough feature about how Uber is using “psychological tricks” to subtly control the drivers who use the service. The article focuses on how the company “solves” the problem of how it cannot exert too much control over its drivers—cur... More »