Phoebe Connelly

Phoebe Connelly is a former web editor of the Prospect. Previously, she was managing editor of In These Times. She writes on political culture, human rights and feminism.

Recent Articles

Food Contamination Is a Labor Issue.

The New York Times story on E. coli contamination in ground beef is a graphic account of the dangerous regulatory gap on food safety in this country. It is also a reminder that bacteria is not the only thing that needs monitoring at a food-processing plant. What about labor standards? Workers at the Greater Omaha Packing plant had concerns that they were being asked to work under conditions that were unsafe, not only for their health but for the safety of the food: “We would step in and stop the line, and do whatever you do to take it off,” said Esley Adams, a former supervisor who said he was fired this summer after 16 years following a dispute over sick leave. “But that doesn’t mean everything was caught.” Two current employees said the flow of carcasses keeps up its torrid pace even when trimmers get reassigned, which increases pressure on workers. To protest one such episode, the employees said, dozens of workers walked off the job for a few hours earlier this year. Last year,...

Think Liberally, Give Liberally.

Here are some of the great pieces I've had the good fortune to publish this year: Michelle Goldberg considers the rise of violence on the right. Jessica Hopper reviews the first volume of Susan Sontag's journals and asks why mothers can't be intellectuals: Scott Lemieux defends the politics of judicial confirmation. Greg Anrig examines how some states successfully raise taxes, even in an economic downturn. Chris Hayes asks if depressions are necessary. Tom Lee argues Twitter isn't the best place for political discourse. The American Prospect is a place where thoughtful, in-depth journalism happens every day. We nurture up-and-coming writers, report on the nitty-gritty of political debates, and offer a nuanced view of how policy battles are fought in the nation's capital. We are able to do this work because of the support of readers like you. Please consider a generous donation to The American Prospect . This post kicks off a week-long fundraising drive here at TAP Online. As a...

Does Anyone Live by the White House Farmer's Market Besides the Obamas?

Michelle Obama (Courtesy Holly Le) The White House farmers market opened yesterday. It's located just north of the White House on a block of Vermont Ave. between H and I and will operate from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays through the end of October. I am all for more farmers markets -- I work at one myself on Sundays -- but, like Lydia DePillis over at The Vine , I questioned the logic of opening a market in the middle of a neighborhood that is mainly office buildings. I spoke with Bernadine Prince , co-director of FRESHFARM markets, which operates the White House market, along with markets in DuPont circle and Penn Quarter. Prince made the point that placing markets where we work, as well as where we live, allows for more opportunities for us to consume fresh produce. This market is trying to serve the commuter population. That area has a lot of federal agencies. And there are offices, like the Bureau of Land Management, where there is a shift split—workers start at 7 a.m. and leave their...

White House Is Hiring a Social Media Archivist.

Via Mashable , the Obama administration is looking to hire an archivist to capture the communications going out via social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook, to comply with the Presidential Records Act of 1978. Sure, the front page of Whitehouse.gov lists 1600 Pennsylvania Ave as the contact information -- but click through and you're invited to "stay connected" to the administration via Facebook, Vimeo, and Flickr, among others. And, as Christina Warren at Mashable notes, "This content, plus the comments and replies associated with them (think letters to the President) all need to be archived under the PRA." You begin to see the scale of information that needs to be captured. As I noted in my article on the closing of GeoCities , the question of archiving what we put online is one we ignore at our peril. What makes the White House's hunt for a digital archivist so intriguing is that it points to the fact that when it comes to archiving the digital commons, there are multiple...

The Meaning of the Kennedy-Obama Endorsement.

As we reflect on Kennedy 's legacy, I'm struck by how key his January 2008 endorsement of Barack Obama now appears. His announcement came reasonably early (before Super Tuesday), and, as Marc Ambinder pointed out , "allow[ed] him to separate the politics of the Clintons from the politics of Democrats before the Clinton administration." Moreover, his pick helped both to mainstream Obama's appeal and confer the blessing of a very respected wing of the Democratic Party. Every time I’ve been asked over the past year who I would support in the Democratic Primary, my answer has always been the same: I’ll support the candidate who inspires me, who inspires all of us, who can lift our vision and summon our hopes and renew our belief that our country’s best days are still to come. I’ve found that candidate. And I think you have too. His endorsement linked Obama to the legacy of the civil rights movement, and as Jonathan Cohn argued at the time, "Kennedy's embrace speaks directly to the...

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