He wasn’t a household name, or even well-known outside Chicago labor and community organizing circles. But James Thindwa, who died this week after a long bout with cancer, was as dedicated, hard-working, and joyful of an organizer as was humanly possible — whose impact will continue to ripple across Chicago and beyond long after his death.
Lee Sustar is a writer and activist in Chicago.
The Chicago Teachers Union school representatives vote tomorrow on whether to suggest their membership approve their new contract or demand more.
Chicago teachers have voted overwhelmingly to strike in the face of concession demands and austerity.
Slashed budgets and union-busting might lead to Chicago’s second teacher strike in four years.
The Verizon workers’ campaign for union democracy set the stage for a successful strike.
South Carolina’s long history of racism and repression continues to haunt the state.
If Karen Lewis runs for Chicago mayor, she should do so as an unapologetic progressive.