This week, President Trump tapped Brett Kavanaugh to join the Supreme Court. If that nomination goes ahead, it could threaten the 45-year-old Roe v. Wade ruling, which most famously protects access to legal abortion in the United States. But, as Olivia Alperstein explains this week, the privacy protections enshrined by Roe also underpin many other rights Americans take for granted, which could vanish if the ruling is overturned.
Kavanaugh would join a court that’s already deeply hostile to labor rights, among other things. This week in OtherWords, Bob Lord looks at some big ideas that could restore workers’ bargaining power, even if old-fashioned unions stumble.
Also this week, Mitchell Zimmerman explains how U.S. policies created the refugees now being cruelly denied or imprisoned at the border. Jill Richardson explains what an upcoming Pride Parade means to her this year. Jim Hightower skewers the New York Times for getting it wrong on a grassroots progressive movement. And Khalil Bendib thinks those Trump tariffs are backfiring.
Finally, don’t miss Saurav Sarkar’s story about why he got arrested this summer — and why you might, too!
New This Week
- What’s at Stake if Brett Kavanaugh Joins the Supreme Court | Olivia Alperstein
If Americans lose the right to privacy enshrined in Roe, they’ll lose a lot more than abortion access.
- How to Level the Playing Field for Workers — Even With Unions Hurting | Bob Lord
A federal jobs and income guarantee could protect workers the way unions once did.
- Why They Still Come | Mitchell Zimmerman
The U.S. created conditions in Central America that families are desperate to flee — even if they risk being separated.
- I Got Arrested This Summer (And You Should, Too) | Saurav Sarkar
With 43 percent of Americans in or near poverty, most of us know there’s something deeply wrong with our democracy. Will we stand up for it?
- Pride on the Inside | Jill Richardson
Pride parades aren’t just for those who are already out, but for others who aren’t — perhaps not even to ourselves.
- The New York Times Is Still Getting the ‘Bernie’ Movement Wrong | Jim Hightower
America’s paper of record said a Bernie Sanders-inspired grassroots group was “failing” — just one day before its candidates rocked the Democratic establishment.
- Backfire | Khalil Bendib
Thanks to Trump’s wildfire tariffs, an iconic American brand is moving jobs overseas.
In Case You Missed It…
- Abolishing ICE Isn’t Radical — It’s Rational | Fizz Perkal
ICE is supposed to keep Americans safe. Instead, it’s terrorizing refugees, families, and small children.
- There’s an All-Out War on Children, and Not Just on the Border | George Goehl
What we’re witnessing at our border is one part of a war against all children — whether by cuts to schools, child nutrition, health care, safe air and water, or family-supporting jobs.
- Guns Don’t Make Us Safer — And Here’s the Proof | Norah Vawter
As a victim of gun violence myself, I’ve never liked guns. But I thought the issue deserved some serious research.
- Unions Have Survived Tough Times Before | Sarah Anderson
The Supreme Court just dealt unions a crushing blow, but they’ve endured worse — and come out stronger.