People take action to serve justice

Posted by Christine, March 5, 2011

Ordinary people aren’t using words like “resistance” or “civil disobedience.” But they are taking action based on a belief in their responsibility for what was happening to people around them. Sociologist Lisa Dodson investigates the growing grassroots movement against unethical standards in the workplace in The Moral Underground: How Ordinary Americans Subvert an Unfair Economy.

AlterNet provides an excerpt.

Mike Elk, a labor journalist and third-generation union organizer based in Washington, D.C., writes about the demonstrations in Wisconsin:

Through dozens of interviews I conducted on the ground in Wisconsin with people involved in the protests at all level, it became abundantly clear to me the protests in the early stages were not driven by top-down organizations or even the leadership of the Wisconsin-based labor organizations, but by the activists and workers themselves. While the leadership of these organizations played somewhat of a role in promoting the protests, the size and intensity of the protests was not something their leaders had the capacity to organize.