A year ago journalist Bob Hennelly asked if the United States could change the course of its history of choosing profits over people. Today, that remains very much the central question we grapple with as a nation.
Join us for a live, digital event with Bob Hennelly, in which Bob connects major themes of the book, Stuck Nation: Can the United States Change Course on Our History of Choosing Profits Over People?, to recent events and takes questions from the audience via YouTube comments.
July 15, from 1-2pm ET / 10-11am PT
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We still are very much a Stuck Nation, now teetering on the edge. How else do we explain a country that can project massive military power anywhere in the world yet can't protect its children from mass slaughter at school? It can generate massive fortunes for the top .01 percent but it can't manage to produce sufficient infant formula?
It also appears that increasingly workers across the country are organizing themselves into unions with a 57 percent year over year spike in petitions filed with the National Labor Relations Board for union recognition. And increasingly elected officials who oversee the public pension funds for millions of retirees are using stockholder resolutions to hold the likes of Amazon, Chipotle and Dollar General accountable for self-dealing CEO pay compensation and stock buybacks.
How do these competing trends resolve? That's for all of us to determine.
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Robert "Bob" Hennelly is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist. He is currently the City Hall reporter for LaborPress, a New-York-City-based news source on regional and national labor issues. He hosts a morning drive time program on WBAI (Pacifica in New York) 99.5 FM every Monday at 7 a.m. EST on labor issues. He is also a regular contributor to Salon, Insider NJ, and WBGO-Newark Public Radio. Prior to joining LaborPress he covered the global economy for CBS MoneyWatch. From 2003 until 2013, he was a senior reporter for WNYC-New York Public Radio, where he also was a National Public Radio contributor. Prior to WNYC, he served as a national correspondent for Pacifica Network News. Prior to Pacifica, he was on staff at The Village Voice. He has been a freelance reporter for CBS’s “60 Minutes” and in New Jersey for The New York Times. His writing has also been published by The Detroit Free Press, The Miami Herald, The Christian Science Monitor, The Bergen Record, the Star Ledger and The Guardian. His work has also been featured on Alternet, Raw Story, Portside and Real Clear Politics.
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