Monday, April 27, 2020

Speaking at Columbia University Rent & Work Strike Teach-In, Wednesday 4/29

I am honored to present on academic labor organizing at the Columbia University Rent Strike / Work Strike Teach-In, 4pm on Wednesday April 29th. My talk, presented via Zoom, will focus on lessons from five years organizing inside and outside a massive business union at City University of New York, and my participation in CUNY Struggle and the 7K or Strike campaign. Check out my talk and the rest of this exciting event. And support Columbia University on strike!

Thursday, April 23, 2020

COVID and the US Carceral System

Some excellent colleagues and I are featured in a story on COVID in the US carceral system, up now GSU news. Echoing comrades from around the country and world, I argue that the COVID crisis in prisons reveals conditions that have always been disastrous.

Monday, April 6, 2020

COVID-19 Coverage in Hard Crackers (Updated 4/14)

As the COVID crisis transforms daily life around the world, we have been working to collect stories and interviews for the Hard Crackers blog. So far we have published:

An MTA workers discusses the chaos of running the NYC subway amid the crisis.

An Amazon warehouse worker calls out the unsafe and hyper-exploitative practices which put Amazon workers and the general public at risk.

Tanzeem Ajmiri on Coronavirus conspiracy theories and what they tell us about American society.

Fast food worker Luis Brennan from the Burgerville Workers Union on the present horizons for workplace organizing and what could come next.

An Emergency nurse on supply shortages, bureaucratic hospital management, and the absurdity of capitalist medicine.

An ICU nurse speaks out on shortages, deteriorating standards of care, and retaliation against a whistleblower.

An editorial roundtable on the social significance of the crisis for American society.

Boyda Johnstone on the challenges of online teaching as students grapple with hardships in their daily lives.

Editor Mike Morgan on the potential for resistance in the military amid COVID, and his own experiences organizing against the Apartheid-era South African military.

CJ Leblanc on the impact of COVID on incarcerated people at Angola, and the potential for rebellion.

Last but not least, a discussion of America's #1 quarantine obsession: Netflix's Tiger King.

We are looking for testimonials from everyday people about workplace safety, unemployment and housing issues, struggles with paying bills and taking care of their loved ones, as well as any acts of solidarity and collective action in these very difficult times. We want to hear from you! If you have a story that you want to share with us, please email the editor at

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Saturday April 4th: Against Jails (Updated with Video)

On Saturday, April 4th Nadja and I will be joined by some dope organizers for a panel discussion called Abolition and Pandemic. This event was organized by the Brooklyn Rail as a public forum on our "All Jails Fit to Build" article. In light of COVID the event has been moved online. To attend, follow this Zoom link.

Update 4/6: A full video of this event is now available online. Thanks to the Rail and everyone who made this a big success!