What I’d Like to Order on Amazon Prime Day

An algorithm for worker justice

My name is Mary Beth and I am an Amazon Prime member…it has been 2 days since my last 1-click order…

If you don’t know Amazon Prime Day is coming you must be living under a…


(Lessons for Jeff Bezos from George Pullman)

Nearly 100 years ago (1925) A.Philip Randolph began organizing the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first all Black union. Pullman porters worked exhausting hours on long stretches away from home, and suffered incredible indignities (literally having to answer to “George” not their…


With my son Coleman at the Families Belong Together rally in my favorite “Fight Like a Mother” t-shirt

It is still Mothers Day in our house. I mean, really — isn’t everyday Mother’s day to do the laundry, help my son with homework, venture out (masked) for groceries, argue about chores and well…almost everything.. …


I love that we are reclaiming the history and legacy of Stonewall as Resistance this year. It is long past due that we are finally honoring the Trans Women of Color–Marsha P Johnson, Sylvia Rivera and so many Trans and Gay folks who had finally just had enough and instead…


A few years ago I boarded a plane with my son Coleman to go home to Nebraska for the holidays. He loves this trip to Nebraska but it was sobering for me that year as the Nebraska state legislature was considering a bill demeaning and debasing the two of us…


It’s almost hard to remember that back in 2012 when fast food workers organized their first wave of strikes for “$15 and a union” how bold, even far-fetched “Fifteen” seemed. What were they thinking? …


I need Lent. Call me crazy — a lesbian mom in a time of pain and turmoil in the Catholic church that raised me — but I treasure so much the practice of 40 days of fasting, of choosing something to sacrifice, of remembering what matters most and taking some…


I had the privilege of traveling to my hometown of Omaha last week to speak at a conference Aging with Passion and Purpose: No One Left Behindhosted biennially by UNO’s Department of Gerontology. The invitation alone inspired me — how impressive that they featured the topics of older adults who…


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Women Make History!

Despite a daily barrage of bad news and petulant antics from the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania, every day I am more hopeful. It is so because of amazing women taking action for workplace change. In fact, the past few months have featured more and more good…

Mary Beth Maxwell

Special Advisor on Worker Power; OSF, Labor, LGBT and civil rights organizer, Mom, Omaha native, served in Obama administration, ARAW, HRC, Jobs w Justice.

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