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Walmart Workers Plan Protest on Black Friday (NOW with Alex Wagner)
Roosevelt Institute Fellow Dorian Warren discusses how Walmart protests fit into the larger labor movement. Walmart workers have been holding strikes for a year, and they need public support year round to achieve policy change, not just on Black Friday.
How to Waste a Crisis (The New Inquiry)
Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal reviews Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste, by Philip Mirowski. He critiques Mirowski’s examination of neoliberalism for not engaging in theories of how the crisis happened, and what could happen next.
Report: Social Entrepreneurs Innovate Solutions To Big Problems (Forbes)
Devin Thorpe interviews Roosevelt Institute Fellow Georgia Levenson Keohane about the ways that social entrepreneurs are creating change. Their focus on “entrenched social, economic, and environmental problems” is leading to new and innovative solutions.
- Roosevelt Take: Georgia wrote a policy note on social impact bonds, in which public-private partnerships work to solve some of these problems.
Shopping on Thanksgiving Kills Poor Workers’ Holidays (CJR)
Ryan Chittum points out that much of the media is doing a terrible job covering the workers’ side of the story when they report on Thanksgiving Day shopping. The workers who have to sacrifice their holiday deserve news coverage too.
With New Agreement, N.Y.U. Would Again Recognize Graduate Assistants’ Union (NYT)
Steven Greenhouse and Ariel Kaminer give context to this decision with a history of the school’s fight over graduate assistant labor organizing. The union said that this agreement will allow things to move along much faster than their complaint to the National Labor Relations Board.
$15 Minimum Wage: Today SeaTac, Tomorrow America (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
Joel Connelly reports that SeaTac’s new minimum wage has passed on the finest of margins: 77 votes. Some opponents are asking for a recount, and others are already anticipating challenging the will of the voters in court.
Food Stamp Costs Are Decreasing Without The GOP’s Cuts (MoJo)
Stephanie Mencimer points to a new study from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which shows that SNAP enrollment has plateaued. The projected decline should be enough to bring costs back to 1995 levels in five years – but the GOP wants cuts anyway.
New on Next New Deal
Wilson Parker, Co-President of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill chapter of Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network, introduces a new policy journal from North Carolina students, in which they push for positive change despite the difficult news coming out of their state.
There will be no new Daily Digest on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28. The Digest will return on Monday, December 2. Have a happy Thanksgiving!