Stories by Kari Lydersen

Kari Lydersen, an In These Times contributing editor, is a Chicago-based journalist and instructor who currently works at Northwestern University. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Reader and The Progressive, among other publications. Her most recent book is "Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago’s 99 Percent." She is also the co-author of "Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun" and the author of "Revolt on Goose Island: The Chicago Factory Takeover, and What it Says About the Economic Crisis." Look for an updated reissue of Revolt on Goose Island in 2014. In 2011, she was awarded a Studs Terkel Community Media Award for her work. Reach Lydersen by email: subscribe to Kari Lydersen's feed

Posted on: Apr 25, 2014, Source: In These Times

Parents want to keep public schools public, but the Chicago Board of Ed. is set on privatization.

Posted on: Nov 15, 2013, Source: Haymarket Books

New book, "Mayor 1%," explores why this quintessential creature of Washington and Wall Street is failing Chicago.

Posted on: Aug 6, 2013, Source: In These Times

Chicago workers continued the roving fast food and retail strike last Thursday, joining strikers and picketers around the nation calling for increased wages and better working conditions.

Posted on: Jun 27, 2013, Source: In These Times

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) to spend $2 billion on new cars for its elevated train and subway system. An order that size could create more than 20,000 American jobs.

Posted on: Feb 4, 2013, Source: In These Times

Workers, many of whom lack health insurance, face dangerous conditions, freezing weather, emotional isolation, poor nutrition, drug use, heavy drinking and epidemics of STDs.

Posted on: Dec 7, 2012, Source: In These Times

And a chance to live with some human dignity.

Posted on: Sep 12, 2012, Source: In These Times

'Strike schools,' picket lines, and support from other unions were part of the second day of the historic work stoppage.

Posted on: Aug 23, 2012, Source: In These Times

The teachers are possibly on the cusp of their first strike in a quarter century, with nearly 90 percent of union members voting in June to authorize one.

Posted on: Aug 21, 2012, Source: In These Times

Not-for-profit hospitals are almost entirely tax exempt, in part because of the expectation they will provide free or low-cost “charity care" to those in need.

Posted on: Jul 22, 2012, Source: In These Times

Dust that causes nosebleeds and vomiting, driving forklifts in the dark, blocked emergency exits: these are just some of the conditions found in a California warehouse.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2012, Source: In These Times

Fathers may be more interested than ever in being active parents, but paid family leave--or even unpaid leave--is a rarity for too many working dads.

Posted on: May 20, 2012, Source: In These Times

A dramatic and bitter labor conflict has played out in Muscatine, Iowa in recent years, though without the prominence or massive community support of a century ago.

Posted on: May 7, 2012, Source: In These Times

The move to more and more processed foods has largely been one to cut labor costs, not because anyone thought the food was better for the kids.

Posted on: Apr 22, 2012, Source: In These Times

The same industry structure that allegedly allows for widespread violations of labor law also contributes to a climate of unchecked sexual harassment and retaliation.

Posted on: Apr 8, 2012, Source: In These Times

Union leaders, Latino community organizations, and others are heading to foreign car companies' shareholder meetings to demand they denounce Alabama's anti-immigrant law.

Posted on: Mar 28, 2012, Source: In These Times

The struggle of Superior, AZ is like so many US towns where the primary industry and the promise of a stable life-long job have left town, likely never to return.

Posted on: Mar 9, 2012, Source: In These Times

National Nurses United and other labor and community groups will continue with plans to protest economic injustice and call for a financial transaction tax.

Posted on: Jan 1, 2012, Source: In These Times

Sheriff Joe Arpaio isn't the only one keeping immigration policy in the headlines--here's a look at the stories that made news as 2011 drew to a close.

Posted on: Nov 27, 2011, Source: In These Times

Warehouse workers at a subcontractor for the country's largest retailer were paid less than minimum wage in some cases for their labor.

Posted on: Jun 24, 2011, Source: AlterNet

While Oklahoma does not have a large immigrant population, the state has become an example of the illogical nature of anti-immigrant and anti-Islam laws.

Posted on: Sep 30, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Attacks on Social Security -- along with the transition from stable pensions to risky 401k retirement funds -- are the single biggest threat to our long-term economic security.

Posted on: Aug 1, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The work of independent freelancers willing to travel the world at their own risk and on their own dime has never been more critical.

Posted on: Apr 26, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The new regime in Honduras is assassinating union leaders, teachers and journalists. Why does the U.S. support it?

Posted on: Mar 17, 2010, Source: AlterNet

For decades, rampant racism blocked access to critical government farm loans for thousands of farmers. President Obama appears ready to change that.

Posted on: Dec 21, 2009, Source: AlterNet

In an economy structured around industrial agriculture, sustaining small farms can be a challenge. 'Slow money' economics could be the answer.

Posted on: Oct 27, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Tired of bailouts and fat paychecks for those that created the economic catastrophe, marchers made clear demands to tame an out-of-control financial system.

Posted on: Aug 18, 2009, Source: Melville House Publishing

When Chicago's Republic Windows & Doors suddenly closed, workers occupied the factory and fought for their labor rights.

Posted on: Aug 12, 2009, Source: AlterNet

In Illinois, a dozen union members blocked a road outside Wells Fargo’s local headquarters -- the latest in a wave of direct actions by workers.

Posted on: Jun 8, 2009, Source: In These Times

Big Coal has worked its way into the classroom.

Posted on: Apr 15, 2009, Source: AlterNet

And that's just the fraction of reported spills. While big tanker disasters make the headlines, the daily toll of the oil industry is huge.

Posted on: Mar 12, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Labor and employment laws are complicated beasts. A new website launched by the Chicago-based national group Interfaith Worker Justice offers help.

Posted on: Oct 23, 2008, Source: Earth Island Journal

From the mining of raw materials to energy production to the manufacturing process itself, industry guzzles tons of water.

Posted on: Oct 16, 2008, Source: AlterNet

If certain challenges can be overcome, wave power could be a major clean energy source for the half of the world's population.

Posted on: Sep 25, 2008, Source: AlterNet

A national day of action tomorrow for green jobs is showing that clean energy can be our modern day gold rush.

Posted on: Aug 29, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Alaska is one step closer to approving Pebble Mine, which threatens the world's largest salmon fishery and native communities.

Posted on: Jul 9, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The idea of burning waste tires for energy is catching on, and one city is hoping to build the biggest facility yet. But some residents are concerned.

Posted on: May 7, 2008, Source: AlterNet

New legislation could expand the definition of trafficking to treat many sex workers as crime victims instead of criminals.

Posted on: Mar 12, 2008, Source: In These Times

We know what the problem is and we know what the solution is, so why isn't anyone doing anything about it?

Posted on: Jun 21, 2007, Source: In These Times

When artist Wafaa Bilal set up a paintball gun that people could aim and fire at him over the Internet for 42 days, he never guessed that by day 20, he'd get shot more than 40,000 times and that hackers would program the gun to fire automatically.

Posted on: Mar 8, 2007, Source: In These Times

The Bush administration is muscling its way past environmental protections by dictating how federal agencies interpret and enforce policies.