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Labor Builds Power in the South: AFL-CIO Organizing in Three Regions

Labor Builds Power in the South: AFL-CIO Organizing in Three Regions Texas Organizing Project (TOP) members at the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas after a protest against Republican ex-Dallas county district attorney Faith Johnson on the issue of criminal justice reform, July 2018. Daniel Barrera, Texas Organizing Project 837951 NLFXXX10.1177/1095796019837951New Labor ForumReynolds research-article2019 New Labor Forum 2019, Vol. 28(2) 58 –65 Labor Builds Power in the South: Copyright © 2019, The Murphy Institute, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies Article reuse guidelines: AFL-CIO Organizing in Three sagepub.com/journals-permissions https://doi.org/10.1177/1095796019837951 DOI: 10.1177/1095796019837951 Regions journals.sagepub.com/home/nlf David Reynolds Keywords labor, politics, community organizations, Democratic Party, elections, trade unions A look at any U.S. electoral map—either in and population growth, changing demographics terms of president, Congress, or state legislative with growing immigrant communities, and per- control—will show the importance of the sistent economic contradictions between grow- Republican “solid South” to the current conser- ing wealth and growing inequality have proven vative corporate dominance over American pol- fertile ground for building a dynamic and effec- itics. Yet, are the states of the former confederacy tive labor-community movement that has permanently solid? Since the CIO’s Operation turned the region into contested terrain. Dixie failed in the 1950s amid Cold War anti- communism and racism, the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Labor Forum SAGE

Labor Builds Power in the South: AFL-CIO Organizing in Three Regions

New Labor Forum , Volume 28 (2): 8 – May 1, 2019

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Texas Organizing Project (TOP) members at the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas after a protest against Republican ex-Dallas county district attorney Faith Johnson on the issue of criminal justice reform, July 2018. Daniel Barrera, Texas Organizing Project 837951 NLFXXX10.1177/1095796019837951New Labor ForumReynolds research-article2019 New Labor Forum 2019, Vol. 28(2) 58 –65 Labor Builds Power in the South: Copyright © 2019, The Murphy Institute, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies Article reuse guidelines: AFL-CIO Organizing in Three sagepub.com/journals-permissions https://doi.org/10.1177/1095796019837951 DOI: 10.1177/1095796019837951 Regions journals.sagepub.com/home/nlf David Reynolds Keywords labor, politics, community organizations, Democratic Party, elections, trade unions A look at any U.S. electoral map—either in and population growth, changing demographics terms of president, Congress, or state legislative with growing immigrant communities, and per- control—will show the importance of the sistent economic contradictions between grow- Republican “solid South” to the current conser- ing wealth and growing inequality have proven vative corporate dominance over American pol- fertile ground for building a dynamic and effec- itics. Yet, are the states of the former confederacy tive labor-community movement that has permanently solid? Since the CIO’s Operation turned the region into contested terrain. Dixie failed in the 1950s amid Cold War anti- communism and racism, the

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Published: May 1, 2019

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