Dear ADA Members and Friends,
Welcome to Issue No. 2 of The American Commentator, the membership magazine of the Americans for Democratic Action Education Fund. It has been some time since Issue No. 1, which appeared before the 2020 election. The reasons for this delay are many, but in essence, they boil down to the challenges of taking on this volunteer project while navigating the demands of work and life during the pandemic. That said, we look forward to publishing on a more regular basis from here on.
Our publication gap notwithstanding, we are pleased with our offerings for this issue. We start with a piece by preeminent labor educator John Logan, who gives us a timely examination of the current rise of union organizing at Starbucks locations across the country. Next is a provocative think piece on the psychological roots of racism by Charles Hayes, a philosopher, former cop, and Marine Corps veteran. Then we have editor David Jacobs’ interview with Rebecca Gomer, ADA’s National Field Director, on grassroots organizing and voter education initiatives. Finally, editor David Yamada adds an essay looking back at a political era defined by the 1980 national election and how it led to the January 6 Capitol insurrection.
Thank you for your readership. As we approach this nationally defining November election, we hope that our next issue will be fueled by a new sense of optimism over the nation’s civic future.
Editors, The American Commentator
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