Peter Dreier

Peter Dreier

Peter Dreier is the E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics and chair of the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College.  His most recent book is The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame (2012). He is also the coauthor of The Next Los Angeles: The Struggle for a Livable City (2005) and Place Matters: Metropolitics for the 21stCentury (2004)


The Wage War’s Two Fronts

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council voted 14-1 to adopt a citywide minimum wage of $15/hour by 2020. The next day, marching behind a giant banner that read, "McDonald's: $15 and ...

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Remembering Another Voting Rights March and Icon

This month Americans commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landmark Selma-to-Montgomery march, led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and celebrated in the new film Selma, that helped secure the ...

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Where Are the Rabbis in “Selma”?

Ava DuVernay's film Selma is a remarkable depiction of a key moment in the civil rights movement, highlighting the strategic savvy, relentless courage, and human frailties of Rev. Martin Luther ...

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Barack Obama, Action Figure?

  Occasionally, President Barack Obama reminds us that he was once a community organizer. In his interview last Monday night with BET News, Obama said that he had invited some ...

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