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Blue Collar Comeback


(Scroll to the bottom to learn how you can make the difference in helping me get more op-eds like these in the largest newspapers in the country.)



Here's a link to my News & Observer op-ed "Southern Republicans Play Their Trump Card. Against Reaganomics."

And here's a link to my North State Journal op-ed about Republican legislators being mercenaries for the one-percent.

Here's a link to my op-ed--The Confederacy was a Con Job on Whites and Still Is--that ran on 8/8/2015 in the Richmond Times-Dispatch the largest paper in VA and the capital of the old Confederacy: http://www.richmond.com/opinion/their-opinion/article_9ebc40d8-08c0-5081-8a69-c49693517f82.html

Update: my op-ed is being reprinted the weekend of 8/15/2015 in the biggest paper in Georgia--Atlanta Constitution-Journal. It has also run in the Greensboro News & Record (NC) (the least edited version), the Durham Herald-Sun, the Chapel Hill News, a Roanoke Va. paper, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the biggest paper in Florida, the Tampa Bay Times.

It is also on the website of the McClatchey DC Bureau where if has racked up almost 600 comments.

Total circulation of the eight papers running it is just over 800,000 readers. It's one of the "most read" stories in each paper and getting lots of "thumbs up" from professors of US History and retired military. And as you might imagine, some of the "thumbs down" comments are just adorable. :-)

Bloggers, FB'ers and Tweeter'ers are sharing it widely (or so I'm told). Please check out the essay and share it on social media (or ask your local newspaper's editor to reprint it!) so more people will fully understand just how bad a symbol the battle flag is. Even for Southern whites.

As for Blue Collar Comeback, most folks--southerners, northerners, foreigners--really have little idea about the history or economics or culture of the South, the white working class generally or their implications for modern policy choices. There has been a lot of simplistic thinking and misleading rhetoric and it's way past time to set the story straight. Get the lowdown from policy analyst Frank Hyman. He can help you with concrete advice on speech writing, essay writing, campaigns for candidates, issues or referenda and of course, policy analysis. 


So who is  Frank Hyman?



"I joined a campaign to unseat Senator Strom Thurmond in SC in 1978 when I was 18. We did not defeat him, but I did outlive him, so that is something. Since then I've played a wide range of political roles--elected official, campaign manager, community organizer, neighborhood activist, campaign consultant, fundraiser, grant writer, journalist and essayist. My participation in many successful campaigns has been very satisfying. Shoot me an email describing your political challenge and I'll let you know if I think I can help you."


A sampling of Frank's political experience:


* Elected Durham City Council member 1993-97. Unseated a smart incumbent who favored garbage incineration and regressive taxation. Talking heads said Frank's campaign was DOA, but instead Frank--who managed his own campaign--won by a 55%-45% landslide.



* Authored first Living Wage Ordinance (LWO) in the southeast in 1998. This was for the City of Durham, and was only the third LWO in the nation. 



* Marketing chairman and de facto campaign manager for Durham's 1996 bond referendum for affordable housing, inner city parks and alternative transportation. Talking heads said the campaign was DOA--previous referenda had failed or barely survived with margins of 51%-49%. But this time the referendum passed by a 65%-35% landslide.

* Organized a budgetary triple play while on Durham City Council in 1995: 1) ended a bit of corporate welfare by halting free garbage pickup for businesses, 2) resulting in a doubling of cardboard recycling in a year's time and 3) freeing up about $1 million a year that was added to the city bus system.

* Organized a unanimous vote by the city council in 1994. We asked the General Assembly to end another case of corporate welfare, by allowing the City of Durham to annex the Research Triangle Park. (It's surrounded on three sides by the city which provides numerous services to RTP employees, commuters and their families.) Annexing RTP would have allowed the city to reduce it's tax rate by 15 cents, bringing it in line with other Triangle cities.



* Campaign manager for Brenda Howerton, 2008, the first time a challenger won a Durham County Commission seat with only a single endorsement; that from the Durham People's Alliance. Previous challengers had only been able to win by earning endorsements from two of the three influential political organizations in Durham.



* Community Organizer for Durham CAN, 2002 (trained in Chicago by some of the same people that trained Barack Obama). Guided community leaders in pursuing successful Living Wage campaigns with Durham County, Durham Schools and Duke University. These successful campaigns raised wages and benefits for over a thousand entry-level and mid-level workers in Durham.


* Advised PA activists and business owners in 2015 on creating the Durham Living Wage Project which has certified scores of private businesses that pay a living wage to hundreds of workers.  


* Elected member of Durham Soil and Water Conservation District 1990-93.


* Coordinating Committee member for Durham People's Alliance, 1992. 



* Neighborhood Co-President for Burch Avenue neighborhood.

* Co-organizer of Durham's first municipal recycling conference in 1989.


* Canvasser for Carolina Action in Durham fall of 1984.

* Jesse Jackson delegate to SC Democratic convention in summer of 1984.



* Canvasser for Charles "Pug" Ravenel, Democratic challenger to Senator Strom Thurmond, 1978. 



* Monthly political and environmental columnist for The Durham News, 2007-2012. 



* Frequent op-ed contributor to  Durham Herald-Sun, The News & Observer and the NC Independent Weekly. His writing has also appeared in a dozen magazines and the NY Times

If you'd like to encourage my work for a better, stronger South and to see more op-eds like the one in the Richmond Times-Dispatch (at top), Atlanta Constitution-Journal, Greensboro N&R and the Tampa Bay Times  then feel free to donate any amount you choose: enough for a ream of paper or a year's supply of coffee (to support research) or the inevitable laptop upgrade.