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: Public Employees' Strikes,"Super-Predators," Public Lands, and Aging Lifers
- Public employees' strikes, like the Chicago teachers strike, get lots of media attention, but they're surprisingly rare. Melissa Maynard of Stateline explains why.
- Super-Predators, 'Wilding', and the Central Park Five: Thoughts on rape, racism, media, and the Central Park Jogger case. (via Post Bourgie)
- Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to turn over millions of acres of public land for private profit, writes Tim Egan in the New York Times.
- More than 100,000 aging lifers are expected to die in prison in the coming years, James Ridgeway of Mother Jones reports on the medical and moral costs of keeping them locked up.
[Photo credit: Wander Mule, Creative Commons.]