What is a social construct?

By Pat Reilly Oftentimes, we seem to have conflicting intuitions about social reality. Just what are the social roles we fill and the social categories we fall into? On the one hand, there is frequently a strong intuition to conclude that social reality is a construct, and therefore less than real in some sense. On the other hand, our social roles, identities, and relations seem … Continue reading What is a social construct?

No love for the weekend

By Erika B. Some might say that Tacocat’s song “I Hate the Weekend” fails to credit the hard work the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America labor union put into earning the five-day work week. However, I say that the song brings to light the incredible need for a revolution of social reproduction. The Tacocat line, “They were made for the working stiff / With a … Continue reading No love for the weekend

Lincoln hosts second annual socialist conference

by Erika B. A deeper shade of red is sweeping over the middle part of the United States as working-class folks in the Midwest and Great Plains are continually let down by the Republican nominees currently in power. An urgency to organize for working class power has been demonstrated by some of the most radical movements in the U.S. today taking place in right-to-work, “Republican … Continue reading Lincoln hosts second annual socialist conference

ICE can use at least 33 jails in Nebraska, local law profits

By Mark Honey In Dakota County, jailing migrants is making bank for the Sheriff’s office. Sheriff Chris Kleinberg brought in more than $60k in January alone through two deals with immigration agencies, the ACLU-Nebraska reports. That apparently isn’t enough for the Republican Sheriff, who sent an email to ICE asking, “How is it possible that those removals are so low, when there are so many … Continue reading ICE can use at least 33 jails in Nebraska, local law profits

Deportations draining life from Hastings, rural communities

by Margaret Marsh HASTINGS, NE – Located 60 miles north of the geographical center of the United States, there is little to distinguish Hastings, Nebraska from any other small midwestern town. Our biggest claim to fame is that we’re the birthplace of Kool-Aid. We host one of the state’s largest tourist events each August in celebration of the soft drink. Our 25,000 residents live in … Continue reading Deportations draining life from Hastings, rural communities

Could Omaha City Council Be Any More Useless?

by Mark Honey In April, city council passed an ordinance mandating inspections for rental units every 10 years. I can’t even tell you just how worthless it is. This ordinance came into the spotlight after the Yale Park apartment fiasco, in which landlord Kay Anderson was neglecting a large complex of apartments where refugees from Myanmar lived. The city declared it unlivable after an inspection, … Continue reading Could Omaha City Council Be Any More Useless?