It's a very remarkable feeling to read the Guardian's ongoing account of today's general strike in Spain. If this were happening in the U.S., it would have been like, "COPS SKIRMISH WITH JOBLESS UNIONS" or something inexplicable and misguided. Over there, it's like, "This is what workers are protesting, and also the cops hit this one dude at a peaceful labor protest." (The Times however did a nice job this morning.) The general strike is focused on the new government's response to the crippling recession and high unemployment, which has as a central component easing of employment laws, so that it will be easier to make more [...]
Tonight at midnight, the three-year contract at the Village Voice expires, so Voice workers held a strike benefit at Williamsburg's Public Assembly last night. The bands were really loud and the crowd drank a lot.
The crowd was heavy with, yes, Village Voice staffers and their friends, as well as a handful of former-Voice employees there to show their support. Ex-employees in attendance included: Zach Baron (who left The Voice for The Daily back in March), Foster Kamer (of the New York Observer), and Tom Robbins (the influential writer who left the paper after the departure of long time columnist Wayne Barrett). Robbins' appearance was perhaps the biggest [...]