No killer bots

Robot of the Week

Elon Musk & 115 other roboticists are asking the UN to ban killer robots.

Organizing Theory

Here’s a piece I wrote (not for HtU) about why investing in community organizing is the best way for progressives to win elections & build real power.

Sarah Jaffe’s interviews with organizers are one of the things getting many of us through this difficult time. Here, she talks to my long-time friend Jeff Ordower*.

Reputation, reputation, reputation

Uber for advertising? A new app lets you leverage your personal “brand” (i.e.—demographics + social media profile) to get paid to stand around at new restaurants or clubs.


Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability

Well, AirBnb may still be destroying the rental market in certain cities, but at least they’ve agreed to ban white supremacists from using their service. I’ll be looking for the launch of ConfederateBnB soon.

Americans have reversed a long-term trend—that of people from low-wage states moving to high-wage states—in part because the cost of rent is too damn high.

Geeking Out

Brilliant campaign to fight the TX “bathroom bill” mocks up school backpacks that display birth certificates.

What’s Going on in the Workforce

The Brookings Institute’s Hamilton Project released this detailed look at non-workforce participants (aka, people who don’t have jobs) in the US—including a better understanding of how they make ends meet.

Food co-op workers in Minneapolis are joining unions in record numbers.

Great investigative piece by Michael Grabell, about how immigrant workers are being turned in to ICE, after applying for workers’ comp due to on-the-job injuries.

*ps–Happy Birthday, Jeff!

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