Gabriel Arana

Gabriel Arana is a senior editor at The American Prospect. His articles on gay rights, immigration, and media have appeared in publications including The New Republic, The Nation, Salon, The Advocate, and The Daily Beast.

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Sticking It to the Man

When an employee blows his top, the company is often the one to blame.

JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)
Forget Joe the Plumber. America has a new working-class hero: Steven Slater. The 39-year-old JetBlue flight attendant got into a tiff with a disobedient passenger who, after refusing to sit down as the plane taxied, accidentally hit Slater in the head with a bag. Slater took to the plane's intercom system. "To the passenger who just called me a motherfucker: fuck you. I've been in this business 28 years and I've had it," Slater said before grabbing some beer from the plane's galley and making his getaway via the inflatable emergency chute. (Slater perhaps misspoke -- he has been a flight attendant for 20 years.) Police later arrested Slater at his home in Queens and charged him with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, and trespassing. Within hours of the incident, supporters erected a Facebook page soliciting funds for his legal defense. The page, which as of Friday had 195,000 fans, reads like a human-resources complaint file. "On behalf of the millions of unsung, often abused...

Sticking it to the Man

JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater leaves a correctional facility in the Bronx. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)

TAP's Take: In Memoriam (Now Available on iTunes!).

On this week's podcast from The American Prospect , Monica Potts , Tim Fernholz , and Jamelle Bouie discuss what Tuesday’s primaries augur for the future and whether far-left loonies are ruining the Obama presidency. Listen Now: To download the mp3 directly, click here . We're now on iTunes! Click "subscribe" to the right to get TAP's Take automatically delivered to your iTunes library every week!...

Prop. 8: Shame in Perpetuity.

Today's decision striking down Proposition 8 in the federal court challenge to California's gay-marriage ban is a morale boost for same-sex-marriage supporters who've seen stinging defeats in Maine and New York over the past year. But the celebration will be short-lived. Prop. 8 supporters already have an appeal ready, so the fate of marriage equality in the Golden State will ultimately be decided by the appeals courts. Still, the trial court's 136-page order is remarkable for its legal breadth and its stunning rebuke to the reasoning and motives of same-sex-marriage opponents. I suggested earlier today that Judge Vaughn Walker would take the easy road and choose a relatively noncontroversial justification for striking down Prop. 8. I was wrong. Instead, he invalidated it on the broadest grounds possible. He found that 1) gays qualify as a protected minority; 2) there is no legitimate state interest in restricting marriage to heterosexual couples; and 3) marriage is a fundamental...


Stuart Gaffney, center, holds up a sign while celebrating the decision in the United States District Court proceedings challenging Proposition 8. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)