labor and unions

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SCHOOL SEGREGATION LONG GONE, RIGHT? RIGHT? According to a new report from VCU and Penn State, school segregation is getting worse in Virginia, not better. And one driving factor is segregation within school districts. The report calls on state leaders… Read More ›

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LOUDOUN INVITES UNIONS In the footsteps of Portsmouth (see last week’s VoxFairfax, Brief Cases), the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has invited unions to speak with county employees as a first step toward unionizing. Prior state law prohibited union organizing… Read More ›

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MURDEROUS GANG WAR IN PWC Four Prince William County men killed by gunfire in 2019 were the random victims of a local “clique” of the criminal street gang Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), who carried out the fatal shootings “to further their… Read More ›

An Unseen and Overlooked Workforce

Editors’ Note: Reposted from NPR, September 17, 2020.  The issue raises serious questions about a government policy created 82 years ago with good intentions versus contemporary knowledge and values.  Can we do better?   By Alina Selyukh Jerry D’Agostino had a… Read More ›

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COVID AND DEMOGRAPHICS ALTER POLITICAL DYNAMICS In Virginia, as of 10/02, early in-person voting reached 362,000, while mail ballots numbered 278,710, for a total of 640,710 in the first two weeks of voting. Over 749,000 mail ballot requests remain outstanding…. Read More ›

Reflections on Labor Day

By Frank Blechman When my children were small, I taught them that holidays on the civil calendar are monuments to political strength. Columbus Day, for example, only became a ‘thing’ in places with large enough Italian-American communities to make it… Read More ›

Hijacking America

Editors’ Note: From the New York Times, Book Review, print edition, August 23, 2020. EVIL GENIUSES The Unmaking of America: A Recent History By Kurt Andersen Reviewed By Anand Giridharadas Commentary: Occasionally we discover dynamic ideas in unexpected places, such… Read More ›

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WHAT’S IN A LIBRARY? Liberal bastions are not immune to right wing outrages. Recently, at a meeting of the Fairfax County Library Board, the Springfield District representative presented a Trump-style rant that echoed QAnon. Among the representative’s comments: 65% of… Read More ›