Peter DreierPeter Dreier is the Dr. E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics, and director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Department, at Occidental College in Los Angeles. He joined the Occidental faculty in January 1993 after serving for nine years as Director of Housing at the Boston Redevelopment Authority and senior policy advisor to Boston Mayor Ray Flynn. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (1977) and his B.A. from Syracuse University (1970). For more than three decades he has been involved in urban policy as a scholar, a government official, a journalist, and an advocate for reform. Professor Dreier has written widely on American politics and public policy, specializing in urban politics and policy, housing policy, community development, and community organizing. He is a frequent speaker on this topics to a wide variety of professional, scholarly, and civic organizations. More about Peter...


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Why I’m Boycotting Schwarzenegger’s New Book, Huffington Post, August 7, 2012

The All-Time All-Star Jewish Baseball Team, Huffington Post, October 5, 2012

Barry Commoner, Pioneering Environmental Scientist and Activist, Dies at 95, The Nation, October 1, 2012

Putting Names to the 1%, Truthout, September 26, 2012

Mitt Romney’s Favorite Socialists, Huffington Post, September 21, 2012

More Than 47% of Americans "Depend" on Government, Mr. Romney, Huffington Post, September 19, 2012

Mitt’s Mansions, the Foreclosure Crisis, and the Election, Huffington Post, August 5, 2012

Diversity in the 1%: Does it Make a Difference?, Huffington Post, August 2, 2012

Today's Social Justice Heroes, The Nation, July 30, 2012

Is Barack Obama a Radical Socialist, a Pro-Business Sell-Out, Both, or Neither?, Huffington Post, July 29, 2012

Yes, Blame the NRA for the Movie Theater Shootings in Colorado, Truthout, July 25, 2012

64 Years Later, Dead Undocumented Immigrants Are Still Nameless in the New York Times, Huffington Post, July 25, 2012

Saul Alinsky Elementary School? How We Honor America’s Radicals and Reformers, Huffington Post, July 24, 2012

The 15 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Photo Slide Show, Huffington Post, July 23, 2012

Well Organized People Can Beat Well-Funded Interests, Daily News, July 20, 2012

Re-examining the Jewish Contributions to Progressive Reform, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, July 15, 2012

The Radical Dissent of Helen Keller, YES Magazine, July 12, 2012

Progressives Should Take Back the Flag, Huffington Post, July 4, 2012

How Rachel Carson and Michael Harrington Changed the World, Contexts, Spring 2012

Why Did Roberts Side With Obama on Health Care?, Huffington Post, June 27, 2012

Albert Einstein: Radical Citizen and Scientist, Truthout, June 25, 2012

Billie Jean King and the Remarkable Success of Title IX, Huffington Post, June 24, 2012

Wal-mart’s Honest Graft, Dissent, June 21, 2012

Rules for Radicals – And Conservatives: The Right-Wing World Resurrects Saul Alinsky, Jewish Currents, Summer 2012

How Rachel Carson and Michael Harrington Changed the World, Contexts, Spring 2012

Wal-mart’s Honest Graft, Dissent, June 21, 2012

Today’s Environmental Activists Stand on David Brower’s Shoulders, Huffington Post, June 20, 2012

40 Years After Watergate, "Enemies Lists" Are Alive and Well, Huffington Post, June 13, 2012

Helen Keller's Radical Vision, Huffington Post, June 12, 2012

Scott Walker Spent 88% of the Money to Get 53% of the Vote, AlterNet, June 5, 2012

Stephen Colbert Awed By Congressman John Lewis, Huffington Post, June 5, 2012

Progressives Should Take Back the Flag, Huffington Post, June 4, 2012

Riots, Protest, and Organizing: Lessons from the 20th Anniversary of the LA Riot, Huffington Post, June 3, 2012

Howard Kurtz’s Newsweek Slam at Obama Distorts Political Reality, Huffington Post, June 3, 2012

The Man Behind the March: Remembering Bayard Rustin, Commonweal, June 1, 2012

Activists Visit Geithner’s Home to Ask ‘Which Side Are You On?, Huffington Post, May 20, 2012

Rosa Parks and Mother Teresa: Justice vs. Charity, Huffington Post, May 14, 2012

Obama’s and America’s Remarkable Evolution on Gay Rights, Huffington Post, May 11, 2012

Are There Any Responsible Republicans Out There?, Huffington Post, May 11, 2012

Victor Berger One of the Greatest Americans, Huffington Post, May 6, 2012

Happy Birthday, Pete Seeger, Huffington Post, May 3, 2012

Activists Breathe New Life into May Day, The Nation, April 27, 2012

Woody Guthrie’s Los Angeles, Huffington Post, April 10, 2012

Poverty in America 50 Years After Michael Harrington's The Other America, Huffington Post, March 25, 2012

Can Rush Keep It Up? Consortium News, March 6, 2012

C. Wright Mills Would Have Loved Occupy Wall Street, Truth-out, March 1, 2012

Will The Help's Oscar Revive Interest in The Long Walk Home? Huffington Post, Februrary 27, 2012

Ex-Marine Fights Freddie Mac to Save His Home, Huffington Post, January 31, 2012

Ex-Marine Fights Freddie Mac to Save His Home, Huffington Post, January 31, 2012

Will The Help's Oscar Revive Interest in The Long Walk Home? Huffington Post, Februrary 27, 2012

Florence Kelley: Pioneer of Labor Reform, New Labor Forum, Winter 2012

Traitors to Their Class, New Labor Forum, Winter 2012

Is Capitalism on Trial?, Dissent Magazine, January 27, 2012

Occupying the GOP, Huffington Post, January 18, 2012

The Greatest – Muhammad Ali – Turns 70, Huffington Post, January 17, 2012

Gingrich Distorts Food Stamp Facts, Huffington Post, January 6, 2012

Conservativism, Compassion, and Cruelty: A Response to David Brooks, Huffington Post, January 1, 2012

Grover Norquist's Real Game: Shifting Power and Wealth to the 1 Percent, Alternet, December 20, 2011

Traitors to Their Class, Boston Globe , December 20, 2011

Who Will Ask Gingrich About His Congressional Pork-Barreling at the Next GOP Debate?, Huffington Post, December 14, 2011

Jobless and Hopeless in America, Los Angeles Times, December 7, 2011

Occupy Our Homes: The Next Stage of the Occupy Movement, Huffington Post, December 6, 2011

The GOP’s Attacks on Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood, Dissent, December 1, 2011

GOP and Chamber of Commerce's War Over the Bulletin Board, Huffington Post, November 22, 2011

Another Factory is Possible, The Nation, November 7, 2011

Occupy!: A Visual History, Huffington Post, November 2, 2011

Occupy Wall Street: Changing the Topic, Huffington Post, November 1, 2011

Occupying Wall Street, Building a Movement, The Nation, October 24, 2011

Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party, Huffington Post, October 21, 2011

The Help Ignores History of Activism Among Deep South's Domestic Workers, Truthout, October 20, 2011

Will Occupy Wall Street Be Co-opted? Huffington Post, October 11, 2011

Victory! Transforming Occupy Wall Street From a Moment to a Movement, Huffington Post, October 7, 2011

Steve Mnuchin, Meet Rose Gudiel, Huffington Post, October 3, 2011

California Homeowners Mount a Growing Protest Movement Against Foreclosures, Huffington Post, September 28, 2011

Protests? Yes. Riots? No., Huffinton Post, September 20, 2011

Moving in the Labor LAANE, New Labor Forum, Fall 2011

Will Obama Cave Again To Business Pressure? Huffington Post, September 6, 2011

Dr. Seuss' Progressive Politics, Tikkun, Fall 2011

Why Was Obama Missing-in-Action in Wisconsin?, The Huffington Post, August 11, 2011

Republican Rift: Big Business vs. Tea Party, The Huffington Post, August 9, 2011

It’s Miller Time: Marvin Miller Should Be in the Hall of Fame, Los Angeles Times, July 20, 2011

Prospects for Progressive Politics: A July 4th Interview With Activist Jeff Blum, The Huffington Post, July 5, 2011

Want to Help Homeowners? Replace the Mansion Subsidy and Require Banks to Act Responsibly, The Huffington Post, July 1, 2011

Mayors to Obama: Bring War Dollars Home, The Huffington Post,June 21, 2011

The Political Bob Dylan, Dissent, May 24,  2011

How Do Wrong Economic Ideas Become Conventional Wisdom?, The Huffington Post, May 9, 2011

Banks Should Pay for Foreclosures, Los Angeles Daily News, May 1, 2011

La Follette’s Wisconsin Idea, Dissent, April 11, 2011

Little Old Liar From Pasadena, Truthout, April 8, 2011

Lessons Learned from the Triangle Waist Factory Fire, Jewish Journal, March 15, 2011

The Fire Last Time, The New Republic, March 12, 2011

Is Glenn Beck Sinking?, The Huffington Post, February 8, 2011

Reagan's Real Legacy, The Nation, February 4, 2011


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