Skip to Content
Skip to Navigation

Clear it with SidneyHow our blog got its name >

 
Notes on journalism for the common good
by Lindsay Beyerstein

How our blog got its name

Sidney Hillman was a powerful national figure during the Great Depression, a key supporter of the New Deal, and a close ally of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

When the rumor spread that President Roosevelt ordered his party leaders to “clear it with Sidney” before announcing Harry S. Truman as his 1944 running mate, conservative critics turned on the phrase, trumpeting it as proof that the president was under the thumb of “Big Labor.”

Over the years, the phrase lost its sting and became a testament to Hillman's influence.

It's hard to imagine a labor leader wielding that kind clout today, but we like the idea—and we hope Sidney would give thumbs up to our blog.

Close window

Jina Moore Wins November Sidney Award for Inquiry Into American Poverty

What does it mean to be poor in the richest nation on earth? Jina Moore explores this question in her Sidney Award-winning Christian Science Monitor story, Below The Line: Poverty In AmericaMoore juxtaposes official poverty statistics and academic constructs with the stories of real people. Full-time daycare attendant Linda Criswell has to take fruit from the snack bowl at work because she can't afford to buy her own, but her income wouldn't necessarily qualify her for food stamps or Medicaid. 

How we measure poverty reveals a lot about our values. Is poverty an absolute measure of material deprivation, or is it something more complicated? Moore and I explore these questions in this month's Backstory.

[Photo credit: Nicola Moore.]

Comments

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Type the characters you see in this picture. (verify using audio)
Type the characters you see in the picture above; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated. Not case sensitive.
 
 

Recent Tweets

Congratulations, @roniselig on Weed's big win! Looking forward to meeting you on May 6th at the #hillman2014 gala. 4 hours 26 min ago
The pleasure is ours, @digby56 http://t.co/p3il4eJAmU 7 hours 54 min ago
RT @CraigAWelch: Thank u! Took killer team of @Veeves @katrinabarlow @gawlowski MT @craigtimes Congratulations! Glad to see recognition for… 8 hours 18 min ago
RT @CraigAWelch: Thank you! RT @ChrisBurkeShay Great environmental report from @seattletimes: http://t.co/LNOC5DxcQX … Congrats on the @Sid 8 hours 37 min ago
RT @emptywheel: The best part of @digby56 winning the Hillman is it brings the prize back into the foul mouth blogger category, where it be… 9 hours 6 min ago