by Lindsay Beyerstein
How our blog got its name
Sidney Hillman was a powerful national figure during the Great Depression, a key supporter of the New Deal, and a close ally of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
When the rumor spread that President Roosevelt ordered his party leaders to “clear it with Sidney” before announcing Harry S. Truman as his 1944 running mate, conservative critics turned on the phrase, trumpeting it as proof that the president was under the thumb of “Big Labor.”
Over the years, the phrase lost its sting and became a testament to Hillman's influence.
It's hard to imagine a labor leader wielding that kind clout today, but we like the idea—and we hope Sidney would give thumbs up to our blog.
Bloggers Blog The Hillman Prizes
The Hillman Prize bloggers outdid themselves. Here's a roundup of their longer pieces:
- Jamil Smith of MSNBC, "The Struggle for Social Justice is Not Rated PG-13," at the Melissa Harris-Perry Blog.
- Adele Stan reports on Tom Morello, Occupy, and the Guitarmy, for AlterNet.
- Anna North of Buzzfeed Shift interviewed Hillman judge Katrina vanden Huevel about how great journalism can subvert women's magazines.
- Howard Greenstein shot the video, above, of Tom Morello talking Wisconsin with the bloggers in the green room. Howard also compiled what may be the first ever Hillman-related Storify.
- Lance Mannion has an essay about the Hillman Prize-winners and the importance of storytelling in journalism.