Sarah Lahm is a Minneapolis-based writer and former English Instructor. She is a 2015 Progressive magazine Education Fellow and blogs about education at brightlightsmallcity.com.
On the Disturbing Return of Black Lung
The push to revive America’s coal industry has generated alarm because it is almost certain to worsen the climate crisis. But the industry also brings an immediate human cost:... MORE
Working · July 27, 2018
50,000 University of California Workers Are Still on Strike. One Key Reason: Outsourcing.
On the heels of public sector union walkouts in West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arizona, University of California employees are now out on a three day strike, citing concerns over outsourcing as... MORE
Working · May 9, 2018
Arizona Teachers Are Out On the Largest Strike in State History. Here’s Why.
Jen Samuels is excited. She is a teacher in the Paradise Valley School District near Phoenix, Ariz. and was up early today, although she will not be in her classroom. Today Samuels and... MORE
Working · April 26, 2018
Nearly 5,000 JetBlue Flight Attendants Just Voted To Unionize, in a Major Win for Airline Labor
On April 18, nearly 5,000 JetBlue Airways flight attendants voted to form a union, notching a major victory for organized labor. The employees voted 2,661 to 1,387 to join the Transport Workers Union (TWU), a labor group... MORE
Working · April 20, 2018
Here’s Why Teachers Are Prepared to Defy Arizona’s Anti-Strike Laws
Teachers and school support staff in Arizona are gearing up for a possible walkout, saying Republican Gov. Doug Ducey and state legislators are ignoring workers’ demands for better conditions for educators and... MORE
Working · April 11, 2018
An Oakland Coal Terminal Is Officially Stalled—Thanks To a Labor-Environmental Alliance
In Oakland, California, labor and environmental activists have worked together to successfully stop—at least temporarily—a new coal export terminal from being built on the city’s West Side. After residents... MORE
Working · March 14, 2018
The Super Bowl Is Taking Over Minneapolis and Residents Are Mad as Hell
Mel Reeves is a long-time human rights activist based in Minneapolis who describes himself as a writer, organizer and a “human being who stands for everybody’s rights.” When Super... MORE
Working · January 26, 2018
How Middle Schoolers Forced Their Administration to Stop Celebrating Indigenous Genocide
Students say their school should not be named after Alexander Ramsey, a historical figure who called for the extermination of Native Americans. MORE
Features · June 26, 2017
If Education Reformers Are Concerned About a Teacher Shortage, Then Why Are They Attacking Teachers?
Depending on who you listen to, Minnesota’s public school teachers are either too hard to get rid of or too hard to find, hire and keep around. Thanks to two... MORE
Working · May 6, 2016
Will St. Paul, Minnesota Teachers Soon Be Out on Strike?
On Friday, December 4, a St. Paul Central High School teacher says she was attacked by a student while trying to break up a lunchroom fight. The teacher was reportedly slammed to the ground... MORE
Working · January 11, 2016