Excerpt from: “On the Global Waterfront: The Fight to Free the Charleston 5”

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

“January 2000 was a precarious time in South Carolina. The state was perched on the edge of change while clutching tenaciously to history and tradition. It was a canary in the coalmine of our national political life. In spite of its reputation for backwardness, South Carolina pointed the way to unprecedented political divisiveness, economic inequities, and cultural cruelty for the rest of the nation, the way we willingly followed for the decade to come….”

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Excerpt from “Labor Pains: Stories from Inside America’s New Union Movement”

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

This is a scene-setting excerpt from “Labor Pains: Stories from Inside American’s New Union Movement.” This chapter explains the anxiety, powerlessness and amazing fortitude of union staff struggling endlessly and losing ground daily.

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