Baran: The choice to act is ours

April 24, 2009
Last week’s announcement of an early contract settlement with Locals 34 and 35 came as a welcome surprise to many in the city who have become accustomed to labor strife at Yale. The new contracts are truly unprecedented, and are incredible for maintaining job standards and preventing layoffs despite the wretched state of the economy. »

Baran: Responsible promise

April 7, 2009
What will economic recovery in New Haven look like? This question is on the minds of many, even as we continue to fully account for how we got into this mess in the first place. For progressives, what’s clear is that the economic disaster that began last year was a long time coming. The rapid »

Baran: Change requires mobilization

March 25, 2009
The past few weeks have shown us that true change is even more of a struggle than we might previously have believed. As if we needed any more bad news, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) yesterday announced he would vote against cloture on the critically important Employee Free Choice Act. Specter’s move makes it very unlikely »

Baran: Budgets good and bad

March 3, 2009
The federal budget unveiled by President Obama last week is nothing short of breathtaking. With it, the President is truly delivering us “change we can believe in.” The budget is already garnering praise from progressives around the country as one of the most progressive pieces of legislation in decades. It is a true testament to »

Baran: Two leaders to emulate

February 17, 2009
Last week saw Congressional Democrats make several sad and unfortunate compromises in the effort to pass President Obama’s urgent economic stimulus package. After nearly every Republican in Congress refused to support the bill, Democrats had to bargain with three Republicans to win enough votes for passage of the bill. They even appointed them to the »

Baran: Candidate(s) short on ideas

January 29, 2009
At this moment of ever-worsening economic crisis, the pre-primary for Ward 1 alderman announced last week by Ward 1 Democratic co-chairwomen Adzua Agyapon ’11 and Rhiannon Bronstein ’11 offers Yale students an exciting opportunity to engage in a debate over the future of New Haven. When I was co-chairman with Cynthia Okechukwu ’08, we designed »

Baran: A chance to restore the rule of law

January 14, 2009
Despite our President-elect’s promises during his campaign that the United States would reject torture on his watch, there are troubling signs that the Obama era will see no prosecutions and zero accountability for officials in the Bush administration. Speaking Sunday on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” President-elect Obama signaled that he intends to “look »

Baran: Debunking investment myths

December 4, 2008
This article has been corrected. You may view this article’s correction here. The campus is abuzz in the wake of the highly successful launches of both the Responsible Endowment Project and of the Undergraduate Organizing Committee’s Nov. 18 sit-in outside the Investments Office with HEI hotel worker Jose Landino. To me, what’s been so striking »

Baran: More to do to help workers

November 17, 2008
Now that we’ve finally elected a pro-worker president, progressives can take a moment to breathe a sigh of relief — but only a moment. Fortunately, President-elect Barack Obama supports the Employee Free Choice Act, the drastic overhaul of labor law that passed the House but stalled in the Senate last year. With the outcome in »

Baran: A progressive failure out West

October 30, 2008
Progressives have suddenly woken up to the fact that civil rights are in serious jeopardy in California. Current polls show that Proposition 8, which would amend the state constitution to eliminate equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, may be headed to victory. This would be a major setback not only for queer people, but for »

Baran: Act amid depression

October 17, 2008
As the country teeters on the brink of total economic collapse, the rumblings of panic and uncertainty grow more audible each day. There is palpable anxiety about what’s going to happen — what our country will look like when faced with another depression. The specters of the Great Depression should haunt us right now as »

Baran: Pandering Democrats, beware

October 3, 2008
I count myself as a fiercely partisan supporter of Sen. Barack Obama, and I am working hard this fall to make sure he and other Democrats are elected up and down the ballot. Yet his behavior in this past week has been very troubling. He, along with Sen. McCain, became national cheerleaders for the Paulson »