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A Self-Critique in Defense of Cuba

Two years ago, I wrote my first article in Jacobin Magazine. I had naively drafted it part way through my first extended stay in Havana, before I had fully understood the imperial power dynamics undergirding my relation to the revolution. The main problem discussed in the article is, in my current view, still relevant: the… Continue reading A Self-Critique in Defense of Cuba


The University as a Space—and a Tool—for Left Organizing

“We are people of this generation, bred in at least modest comfort, housed now in universities, looking uncomfortably to the world we inherit.” These opening words of the Port Huron Statement defined a student movement for a generation that would become known for both its vision for a better world and its activism to make… Continue reading The University as a Space—and a Tool—for Left Organizing

The School of Subcontracting

This article originally appeared in Jacobin Magazine on 10/25/16 The School of Subcontracting Universities use subcontracting to distance themselves from their low-wage employees’ needs. by Corey Payne The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision to classify graduate student teachers and researchers as employees in addition to students — granting them the right to employee protections and unionization — is… Continue reading The School of Subcontracting

JHU efforts to cut a union company raises doubts about its commitment to Baltimore

This op-ed originally appeared in The Baltimore Sun on 7/29/16 By Corey Payne, Gracie Hargrove, and Chase Alston Johns Hopkins University and the AlliedBarton security guards who patrol its Homewood campus have a subcontracting relationship — removing much of the responsibility of labor protections and adequate support from JHU and placing it on a "middle man."… Continue reading JHU efforts to cut a union company raises doubts about its commitment to Baltimore

Reentry Through Resistance

This article originally appeared in CounterPunch Magazine on 5/31/16. After President Obama’s historic trip to Havana this spring, liberal politicians and pundits have praised the Administration’s policy of temperance towards the United States’ long-time adversary. Since Presidents Obama and Castro announced the “normalization of diplomatic relations” in December 2014, the U.S. government has claimed credit for allowing… Continue reading Reentry Through Resistance