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.
#Sidney's Picks: Liposuction Treatment Sucks; Voter Suppression; Subprime Crisis Haunts Black America
The best of the week's news:
- A California company is selling a mysterious "fat melting" device which some salons are falsely claiming to have been FDA-approved, the FDA knows but hasn't shut them down
- How voter suppression hurts reproductive rights
- A joint Investigative Fund/PBS investigation has sparked a grand jury probe into the killing of an undocumented migrant.
- Mitt Romney picks at his fast food, but he loves quick-serve campaign contributions, Tim Murphy of Mother Jones reports.
- The long-term fallout of the subprime mortgage crisis is taking its toll on African Americans, the Washington Post reports.
Tweet your Sidney's picks to @sidneyhillman, hashtag #sidney