This week, we offer a suite of perspectives for Labor Day.

Christine Owens explains how democracy doesn’t mean much if workers don’t have a say in their workplace. Tom Lewandowski reports on the human costs of allowing workers to be silenced, and proposes a way to hold officials accountable. Finally, Finn Collom lays out the most ambitious plans Democratic candidates are offering to rebuild worker power.

Meanwhile, Basav Sen argues that naming and shaming big money donors is a vital tool to fight corruption, while Sam Pizzigati offers a 2020 campaign slogan: Make America More Like Canada.

Finally, Armen Henderson shares his story as a black doctor treating people who’ve experienced racism in the health care system. And Jill Richardson suggests some helpful questions to ask before starting political arguments.

New This Week…

Democracy Needs Unions | Christine Owens
When workers don’t have a voice in their workplace, they eventually lose their voice at the ballot box, too.

This Labor Day, We Need Real Plans to Build Worker Power | Finn Collom
Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have far-reaching proposals to give workers something even more important than money: power.

Don’t Subsidize Companies That Silence Workers | Tom Lewandowski
When workers can’t organize or speak out, their lives — and ours — may be at risk.

Name and Shame Big Political Contributors | Basav Sen
Donors don’t like it, but using this publicly available information is one of the best ways to fight corruption.

Make America… More Like Canada | Sam Pizzigati
Canadians enjoy much better health care, much less inequality, and — a new study finds — higher incomes too.

Why Some People Don’t Trust Doctors | Armen Henderson
I’m a black physician. Many of the horror stories about bias in medicine are true.

Questions to Ask Before ‘Calling Out’ | Jill Richardson
What’s the most effective response when someone around you says something offensive?

Jair Bolso-Nero | Khalil Bendib
Fiddling while the Amazon burns.

In Case You Missed It…

400 Years After Slavery’s Start, No More Band-Aids | Jessicah Pierre
It’s time to heal the deep wounds of racism — not only to ensure equity for African Americans, but for our entire economy.

What It’s Like to Grow Up Hunted | Josue De Luna Navarro
When I was just 10, I already knew what it was like to plan for a future without my parents.

Trump’s Re-election Strategy: Pit Us Against Each Other | George Goehl
I’ve seen firsthand how communities get hung out to dry when politicians scapegoat immigrants for the crimes of corporations.

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Peter Certo is the editorial manager of the Institute for Policy Studies and the editor of

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