Ike's Work in Progress

Ike Gittlen
Working Families, Union Activism and the World Around Us
Created 16 Jun 2021
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  • On Moving People and Things:
    28 Nov 2021about 6 hours ago • 2 min read
    As my brother heads back across the PA Turnpike, he faces one of the busiest travel days of the year. He had choices. Drive, fly, take a bus or Amtrak. These are available because of infrastructure ch...
  • On Abraham, Martin and John:
    27 Nov 20211 day ago • 2 min read • 2 0
    For some reason this Thanksgiving had the song “Abraham, Martin and John” in my head. Maybe it was another November 22nd “assassination anniversary” of President Kennedy. Maybe it was the Rittenhouse ...
  • On America After Thanksgiving Day:
    26 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 2 1
    Sometimes you just have to chuckle at America’s ways. Yesterday we celebrated Thanksgiving with all its somber tones of appreciation and respect. Today is Black Friday, where those very same Americans...
  • On Thanksgiving and Debts to be Paid Forward:
    25 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    The Great American Media Machine is busy ingraining our minds with 12-course turkey dinners, nuclear family gatherings and smiles on every face. I’m one of the lucky Americans for whom that image fits...
  • On Cold Mornings and Hope for Others:
    24 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    For the past couple of weeks I’ve been campaigning at worksite gates for a candidate hoping to become the next Director of our United Steelworkers Union’s District Ten (Pennsylvania). It’s a bit of a ...
  • On No One Wants to Get their Ass Kicked Anymore:
    21 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 4 2
    Times have changed and there are new rules. In my day, if you confronted the school bully, and you were a scrawny piss-ant, you knew you had a good chance of getting your ass kicked. If you did it any...
  • Why Am I Doing This?
    21 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 1
    A while back I realized that doing responses to meme’s and postings on Facebook was an endless and surface way to give voice to my almost 50 years in the labor movement. A few months ago I posted a lo...
  • On the Selling of both Human and Physical Infrastructure:
    20 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    The President has signed into law a $1.2 trillion physical infrastructure plan that is widely supported by the public. Yesterday the House passed its version of the $1.8 trillion Build Back Better hum...
  • On the Absurdity of our News:
    19 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    As I scanned the news this morning I began to laugh. The totality of its spin, negativity and plain ridiculousness hit me as just plain absurd. We wake up to which one of our “B” list luminaries died,...
  • On Stopping or Shaping Change:
    18 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    There is a truism that change is inevitable. We all experience it, most of us are wary of it and some of us believe we can stop it. Working people today are being buffeted by change from a thousand di...
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