Monthly Archives: May 2016

Call for Entries: The Debra E. Bernhardt Labor Journalism Prize

The Debra E. Bernhardt Labor Journalism Prize CALL FOR ENTRIES –2016

The New York Labor History Association is pleased to announce this Call for Entries for the Second Annual Debra E. Bernhardt Labor Journalism Prize. The deadline for entries is Thursday September 1, 2016.

The Bernhardt Prize is an award of $500 given to an article or series of articles that furthers the understanding of the history of working people. Articles focused on
historical events AND articles about current issues (work, housing, organizing, health, education, and also workers’ organizations and unions) that include historical
context are both welcome. The work should be published – in print or online – in a union or workers’ center publication or by an independent/free-lance journalist. By sponsoring this award we hope to inspire more great writing for a general audience about the history of work, workers, and their organizations. The award is co-sponsored by LaborArts; Metro New York Labor Communications Council; the NYC Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO; and the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at NYU’s Tamiment Library.Dear friends and colleagues,

The winner will be announced at the Tamiment Library on Thursday October 13, 2016, during a forum about the history of labor journalism. They are guided by the vision of the late Debra E. Bernhardt, who worked in so many different realms to share the hidden histories of working people. As head of the Wagner Labor Archives she reached out to an astonishing number of people and organizations, to document undocumented stories and unrecognized contributions, and to make links between past and present.

The prize will be given to insightful work that contributes to the understanding of labor history; shows creativity; demonstrates excellence in writing; and adheres to the highest journalistic standards of accuracy. The work may be an article or a series of articles, published in a labor or a workers’ center publication or by an independent journalist – in print or online – between September 1, 2015 and August 30, 2016.

TO ENTER send an e-mail before Thursday September 1, 2016 to info[at] with the following information:
Author name
title of article
name of publication
URL link to publication if available
date and place of publication
URL link for article if available.

IF the entry originally appeared in print, send the above mentioned e-mail and also mail six print copies of the article (with a cover sheet) to Labor Arts, 7th Floor, 25 Broadway, New York, NY  10004.   The work should be published between September 1, 2015 and August 30, 2016.  Only one entry per person; publications and subject matter should target the United States and Canada; neither books nor plays are eligible. If you have any questions about the prize please email info[at] or call  212-966-4014 ext. 1703.


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Paid Internship: Berkeley, CA

Job Title: Sustainable Finance Intern (Paid)
Position reports to: Sustainable Finance Campaigner Position Location: Berkeley, CA
About Friends of the Earth US

Friends of the Earth U.S. fights to defend the environment and create a more healthy and just world. We’re part of Friends of the Earth International, a federation of groups working in 76 countries on today’s most urgent environmental and social issues.

In accomplishing our mission, Friends of the Earth is working at the nexus of environmental protection, economic policy and social justice to fundamentally transform the way our country and the world values people and the environment. We are focused on reforming economic drivers such as tax or trade policy that are often used to empower corporations and government to harm the environment.

For decades, Friends of the Earth has advocated for the development and implementation of environmental and social financing standards at international development banks such as the World Bank. In the past years, we have promoted sustainable finance policies and practices at Chinese banks, through our research and by working with Chinese environmentalists.

This position will introduce emerging models of sustainable finance on the international and Chinese level. He or she will provide key support to the Sustainable Finance Campaigner and be introduced to a community of environmental NGOs working to improve environmental and social impacts of international financing and development projects. This internship pays $15 USD per hour. This is a 12 week summer internship. Housing will not be provided.


  •   Conduct research on new trends and policies in sustainable finance, primarily those emerging from China
  •   Draft, edit, and research material for forthcoming reports or briefings, including one on disclosure policies at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange
  •   Assist in researching Chinese language databases
  •   Engage in general campaign support as needed

    Expected Products

  •   Produce research which will inform future campaigns
  •   Producing draft materials and/or content for forthcoming reports
  •   Producing a briefing on how to navigate Chinese language databases


Interns will be selected based on their education and experience. A background in economics, banking, sustainable finance, environmental issues, and/or international relations (with a focus on China) is recommended. Candidates with liberal arts backgrounds are also encouraged to apply. We are looking for an intern with strong analytical, writing, editing, and researching skills who can summarize complex issues and processes into concise briefings. Intermediate or advanced (reading and writing) Chinese and knowledge of the environmental movement in China is required. Interns should be highly motivated, “out of the box” thinkers who are able to work independently. We are seeking graduate level students to apply, but may consider high achieving junior or senior year undergraduates. We welcome applicants exploring a career in the NGO industry.


We will be reviewing applications until June 2, 2016. To apply, please send your resume and cover letter as a single pdf file to redward[at]

June 8- James Wolfinger- Capital, Labor, and Urban Transportation: A Book Talk for Today’s Working Class

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James Wolfinger will discuss his new book Running the Rails: Capital and Labor in the Philadelphia Transit Industry (Cornell, 2016) at the Avery Room (Second Floor of Bobst Library) on Wednesday June 8 at 6:00 PM. James Wolfinger is an Associate Professor of History and Education at DuPaul University in Chicago. He is also the author of Philadelphia Divided: Race and Politics in the City of Brotherly Love. Introduction and comment by Joshua Freeman, Distinguished Professor of History at the CUNY Graduate Center and Queens College and author of In Transit: The Transport Workers Union in New York City, 1933-1966 and Working-Class New York: Life and Labor Since World War II.

On Running the Rails:

Running the Rails is a fascinating and compelling account of the history of Philadelphia transit workers over a very long period of time. It is a work of classic labor history in that James Wolfinger tells the story of a group of workers and their efforts to unionize and, crucially, of management’s efforts to control those workers and destroy or challenge their unions.”—Eric Arnesen, James R. Hoffa Professor of Modern American Labor History and Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, The George Washington University, author of Brotherhoods of Color: Black Railroad Workers and the Struggle for Equality

This event is cosponsored by the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives and The New York Labor History Association.

RSVP at RSVP.Bobst[at] with guest names & title of event.


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May 19- Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz- An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States


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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will discuss her new book An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States at the Tamiment Library on Thursday May 19 (6:00 PM). This event is sponsored by the Frederic Ewen Center.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother. She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for more than four decades and is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. After receiving her PhD in history at the University of California at Los Angeles, she taught in the newly established Native American Studies Program at California State University, Hayward, and helped found the Departments of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies. Her 1977 book The Great Sioux Nation was the fundamental document at the first international conference on Indigenous peoples of the Americas, held at the United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva. Dunbar-Ortiz is the author or editor of seven other books, including Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico. She lives in San Francisco.

RSVP at RSVP.Bobst[at] with guest names & title of event.

Anamesa Spring 2016 Now Available!

Check out the new issue of Anamesa, Draper’s own peer-reviewed journal featuring interdisciplinary work from scholars across the country.

We are so proud of the editorial staff for putting together this amazing collection of art and writing!

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