Naomi Klein's new book, The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes on the Disaster Capitalists (Haymarket Books, 2018), is a compelling read and a fascinating story. It is also short! Everyone who cares about creating a just society based on mutual respect, real democracy and true equality of opportunity should read it without delay.
"The Care Revolution" tells the inspiring story of home health care organizing in the state of Oregon. Grounded in extensive interviews with workers, the film explains how union representation has transformed the lives of caregivers and improved the quality of care for the people they serve.
As its chair, Tom Kibasi, director of IPPR, noted in his introduction to the report, the “members of the Commission come from all walks of life [including business, labor, local government, civil society and the church] and different political viewpoints.” Given the range of opinion, the group reached “a remarkable degree of agreement,” which its members hoped might be “reflected in a wider national consensus about a new direction for the UK economy” (vii).
What is Our Best New Jersey? It is a place and a process where the people of New Jersey—or at least an open, representative cross-section of it—can discuss what we like most about the state and how we think it might be changed for the better.
Over the next few months, faculty and students in the Rutgers department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, as well as members and guests of Rutgers LEARN—the Labor Education and Research Network—are invited to explore these questions here.
Our Best New Jersey is intended as a collaborative platform, where faculty, students and interested members of the general public can share their best ideas and most successful practices with one another.