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New Deal Today: Policy & Politics

News items that speak to the resurgence of interest in the New Deal as a touchstone for public policy and political action today.

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  • Post office sale is a surrender to corporate interests
    • July 30, 2012
    • Sam
    The selling off of the U.S. Postal Service properties is the latest example of the movement to corporatize what’s left of the public sector. It comes in a long line of privatization efforts — from shrinking the public school system to expanding the prison system to contracting out the U.S. read more
  • National Trust Speaks Out on Post Office Preservation
    • June 17, 2012
    • Richard A Walker
    The National Trust for Historic Preservation has weighed in on the controversy over closure of hundreds of historic Post Offices, many of them of New Deal provenance and/or containing New Deal artworks.  According the Trust's Press Release, there is “lack of a transparent and uniform national process from the Postal Service read more
  • Victory for Coit Tower Restoration: Proposition B Wins
    • June 6, 2012
    • Richard A Walker
    San Francisco voters approve citizen initiative to preserve Coit Tower murals and strictly limit commercial activities and private parties despite last-minute influx of big business money on negative ads opposing measure  (Press release from Protect Coit Tower, June 6, 2012) Despite a last minute blitz of negative ads by big business groups, read more
  • Time for a New Deal Museum
    • May 17, 2012
    • Lisa Thompson
    The New Deal’s legacy surrounds us but its overall impact both then and today goes largely unrecognized. Some states have museums dedicated to the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and a few New Deal buildings serve as museums. But there is no museum dedicated to the art, architecture, and social programs read more
  • Public Art at Risk as Postal Service Downsizes
    • May 17, 2012
    • Lisa Thompson
    Thousands of post offices stand to be converted to condos, restaurants, and real estate offices, or demolished to cover the Postal Service’s largely manufactured deficit. Those that rely on the post office are protesting the disappearance of this still-vital public service, but few have registered what this fire sale represents to read more
  • Steinbeck Festival Honors Voices of Change
    • May 17, 2012
    • Lisa Thompson
    “A Voice: What Can a Voice Change? Everything,” was the theme of the 32nd Annual Steinbeck Festival, held May 3-6 at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California. A celebration of the work of John Steinbeck and Woody Guthrie, the festival presented a mix of literature, history, tours, exhibits, and read more
  • Coit Tower Preservation on June Ballot
    • May 17, 2012
    • Lisa Thompson
    San Francisco’s Coit Tower is known around the world. Inside are 27 WPA murals by 25 artists that depict life in California during the 1930s. Decades of neglect threaten the murals. Although the landmark generates more than enough revenue for the city to preserve it, that money is spent elsewhere. read more
  • Maine Loses a Public Mural
    • April 7, 2012
    • Richard A Walker
    Maine's Republican Governor, Paul LePage, recently ordered the removal of a mural in the state Department of Labor that he considered too 'biased' toward workers.  The mural is of recent origin, but the precedent is not good for the many New Deal murals threatened by the sale of post offices read more
  • Recalling the Creation of Coit Tower's Murals
    • March 5, 2012
    • Shaina
    In the corner of a 100-square-foot mural painted on a wall of Coit Tower, Ruth Gottstein is forever memorialized. Just 12 years old in the painting, she has a short, pageboy haircut, and soft, thoughtful eyes. She's clutching a notebook, and wearing a blue skirt and a sailor-style blouse. "I never wore read more
  • Dismantling the Post Office
    • February 28, 2012
    • Gray Brechin
    The liquidation of our commonwealth continues to gather steam. Several months after I published an article focusing on the sale of the downtown post office in Modesto, California, I learned that my own post office might soon be on the market. Nearly a century old, the Architect of the Treasury Department read more
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