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: Trans Kids; Survivor; Transparency; WalMart
- Your average kid forms a very strong opinion at a very early age about whether s/he's a girl or a boy. Most kids find their sense of self aligns with their anatomy, but some youngsters quickly become aware of an acute and troubling disconnect. In New York Magazine, Jesse Green explores how the parents of trans kids navigate the years between the time their children figure out who they are and the time they're old enough to consent to permanent gender reassignment surgery. Puberty-delaying drugs can keep secondary sex characteristics at bay until a young adult is old enough to decide. These drugs are a godsend for some families, but other parents are reticent.
- At the age of 31, after settling into a stable family life in the U.S., Oscar Alfredo Ramírez Castañeda learned that he was one of two boys who survived a 1982 massacre in his native Guatemala. ProPublica has the story.
- Today in transparency, Bill Hooker of 3QuarksDaily is circulating a petition asking the federal government to make publicly-funded research accessible to the public. This is an issue of special interest to journalists, but it affects everyone. Research paid for with our tax dollars is being published in private journals with the copyright going to the publisher and citizens having to pay upwards of $40 to read the research they already paid for. Does that sound fair to you?
- More than 200 events are taking place nationwide to coincide with Walmart's June 1 shareholders meeting. The events will highlight how Walmart needs to change in order to do right by its employees and their communities.
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