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Organizing for Power: Building a 21st Century Labor Movement in Boston

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Boston 's economy has become defined by a disconcerting trend that has intensified throughout much of the United States since the 2008 recession. Economic growth now delivers remarkably few benefits to large sectors of the working class -- a phenomenon that is particularly severe for immigrants, people of color, and women. Organizing for Power: Building a 21st Century Labor Movement in Boston explores this nation-wide phenomenon of "unshared growth" by focusing on Boston, a city that is famously liberal, relatively wealthy, and increasingly difficult for working people (who service the city 's needs) to actually live in.

Organizing for Power is the only comprehensive analysis of labor and popular mobilizing in Boston today, the volume contributes to a growing body of academic and popular literature that examines urban America, racial and economic inequality, labor and immigration, and the right-wing assault on working people.



Steve Striffler is the Director of the Labor Resource Center at UMass Boston and co-author of Organizing for Power and author of Solidarity: Latin America and the US Left in the Era of Human Rights.

Aviva Chomsky is Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American Studies at Salem State University in Massachusetts. She is the co-author of Organizing for Power and has been active in Latin America solidarity and immigrants’ rights movements for several decades.

Erik Loomis is associate professor of history at the University of Rhode Island. His latest book is A History of America in Ten Strikes, published by The New Press in 2018.