Stories by Sarah Jaffe

Sarah Jaffe is a staff writer at In These Times and the co-host of Dissent magazine's "Belabored" podcast. Her writings on labor, social movements, gender, media and student debt have been published in The Atlantic, The Nation, The American Prospect, AlterNet and many other publications, and she is a regular commentator for radio and television. You can follow her on Twitter: @sarahljaffe. subscribe to Sarah Jaffe's feed

Posted on: Mar 20, 2014, Source: In These Times

With broad-based support, the Working Families Party is shaking up the two-party system.

Posted on: Aug 9, 2013, Source: In These Times

Activists fight to protect Brooklyn's neighborhood hospitals; their rallying cry: “Care, not condos”

Posted on: Jul 1, 2013, Source: Jacobin

We need a rekindled labor movement that will challenge our fixed ideas about what is work and who should do it.

Posted on: Mar 1, 2013, Source: RH Reality Check

Christine Quinn was once the great feminist hope to lead the nation's leading city. But her opposition to paid sick leave hurts women most.

Posted on: Feb 1, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Tests based on junk science have pushed Seattle's teachers to the edge.

Posted on: Dec 23, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Some of the smartest organizers and thinkers we know give us their suggestions on how to build a reinvigorated, vibrant labor movement.

Posted on: Nov 26, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Jane McAlevey talks about her new book "Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell)" about how to organize the right way and how big labor gets it wrong.

Posted on: Nov 26, 2012, Source: Religion Dispatches

The nation's largest employer has long been the Holy Grail for labor organizers, seemingly impossible to organize -- until now.

Posted on: Oct 15, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The race for the Massachusetts Senate seat is a tale of two populists: one with the economic policy chops, the other with a pickup truck.

Posted on: Oct 12, 2012, Source: AlterNet

First, the big banks create debt. Then they get paid to collect it.

Posted on: Oct 9, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The Washington Post reveals how lawmakers personally benefit from legislation they pass.

Posted on: Oct 4, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Voters will decide whether or not Romney gets to fire Big Bird, but this is certainly not the first time right-wingers have painted a target on a fictional character.

Posted on: Oct 3, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Researchers have created malware for Android smartphones that can remotely take over your phone's camera and use it to spy on you.

Posted on: Oct 3, 2012, Source: AlterNet

From Tammy Baldwin's race to become the first openly gay senator to a Massachusetts Republican, this year could be a historic one for LGBTQ politicians.

Posted on: Oct 2, 2012, Source: AlterNet

New York's attorney general files a lawsuit against the big bank for securities fraud--but where's the federal mortgage task force? Is this just a political gesture or a real first step?

Posted on: Sep 27, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Those white working-class voters that supposedly won't support Obama? They have him up by 8 points in the polls.

Posted on: Sep 27, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Government programs are helping ease poverty in red states, despite the GOP's best efforts.

Posted on: Sep 25, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Sports labor battles result in some of the only nationwide, well-publicized discussions of union negotiations and union busting.

Posted on: Sep 18, 2012, Source: AlterNet

How the language of a protest movement found its way into the fall TV lineup--and why it matters.

Posted on: Sep 17, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Here's our on-the-ground reporting from the East and West coasts.

Posted on: Sep 17, 2012, Source: AlterNet

What started as a couple hundred people in a park with no plan has turned into a decentralized, distributed network of activists.

Posted on: Sep 16, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Posted on: Sep 16, 2012, Source: AlterNet

If groups like Working America can build an awareness of economic issues among swing voters, it could be a game-changer.

Posted on: Sep 12, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Chicago's teacher strike is shaping up to be one of the most important labor actions in a generation. So why are people who consider themselves progressives siding with the bosses?

Posted on: Sep 11, 2012, Source: AlterNet

There are plenty of Democrats out there running on actual progressive issues, yet going all but unnoticed nationally. Here are a few worth watching.

Posted on: Sep 10, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Senator Sherrod Brown's race has become emblematic of post-Citizens United politics.

Posted on: Sep 3, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Posted on: Sep 2, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Many pundits describe the vice-presidential nominee as an intellectual heavyweight. He's not -- but you wouldn't know it from the mainstream media reports.

Posted on: Aug 28, 2012, Source: AlterNet

A special Labor Day interview with domestic workers organizer Ai-Jen Poo, one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people of 2012.

Posted on: Aug 22, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Rockers scold Ryan for misunderstanding their music, while the world fawns over Russian self-styled punks Pussy Riot. Who says political music is dead?

Posted on: Aug 21, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Fifteen Occupy Homes Minnesota organizers face up to two years in jail for peacefully linking arms outside a house when the police came to enforce a foreclosure.

Posted on: Aug 20, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Posted on: Aug 16, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Student organizers from around the country (and the world) gathered in Columbus to help build a unified, strong student movement, learn from one another, and take action.

Posted on: Aug 11, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Economist Richard D. Wolff is known as a critic of capitalism, but lately he's been arguing for an alternative: cooperatives.

Posted on: Aug 8, 2012, Source: AlterNet

A new study finds that opinionated reporting might be better at motivating the politically unengaged.

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