Tag Archives: Labor

On Being A Fraud

I am a fraud. Over the last few weeks, I have conducted three “job readiness” workshops at Helping Hands Brooklyn. I have partnered with a wonderful New York Civic Corps worker, Cassie (not her real name, of course), who is … Continue reading

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Jobs, Outsourcing, Futility, Despair

A couple of days ago, I went back to the shelter that I wrote about here for a second round of “job readiness” volunteer work with the residents there. This time, I worked with a woman, Maxine, who has three … Continue reading

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How Alaskan Cruises and Graduate School Are the Same

Sometimes you have to stop working for social justice and go on a cruise. That’s right, I went on a cruise. To Alaska! Some very generous people paid for my ticket. Well, okay, it was my parents who are thrilled … Continue reading

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The Black Male Employment/Education Crisis: Who Are We?

Holy shit. Did you hear? Only 47% of black males graduated from high school in the US in 2008. No, that is not a typo. Plus, in NYC, almost 50% of black males were unemployed in 2006. 2006! Two years … Continue reading

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Go To College, You Big Loser!

I am fascinated and horrified by the ads for colleges that appear on subways. If you’ve been to NYC, you’ve seen them. They advertise institutions (we can argue about whether they are really “colleges” or not) no one has ever … Continue reading

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Is Job Training For The Poor Pointless?

Yes. Well, okay, it may not be totally pointless all the time. But I think it is mostly pointless much of the time. You say you want me to elaborate on this Pearl of Wisdom? I’d be delighted. The same … Continue reading

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