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: Romney's Contempt for Workers; Income Inequality in New York; Bizarro Sex Ed
- Paul Krugman on Mitt Romney's contempt for workers: "Should we imagine that Mr. Romney and his party would think better of the 47 percent on learning that the great majority of them actually are or were hard workers, who very much have taken personal responsibility for their lives? And the answer is no."
- With poverty at a 10-year high, income disparities in New York now rival those seen in Sub-Saharan Africa.
- An industry-funded monitoring group, Social Accountability International, certified that a Karachi factory was safe before a blaze swept through the plant, killing hundreds of workers.
- An Iranian woman beat the crap out of a meddlesome cleric who told her to cover up better. “You, cover your eyes,” she shot back, ignoring his warnings. One thing led to another and the cleric soon found himself on the ground, being kicked.
- Rick Ayers of the Huffington Post raves for Frank Bardacke's Hillman Prize-winning biography of Cesar Chavez, Trampling Out the Vintage.
- New York State's sex ed curricula are riddled with inaccurate and prejudiced information about sex, gender, and health, RH Reality Check reports. Not only that some of the illustrations of the reproductive system appear to have been drawn by Todd Akin with a pen in his mouth:
[Photo credit: Wander Mule, Creative Commons.]