Nancy Goldstein

Nancy Goldstein's work has appeared in venues including the Guardian, The Nation, NPR, Politico, Raw Story, Salon, Slate, and the Washington Post, where she was an Editor's Pick and the winner of the blogging round during their Next Great Pundit Contest. You can follow her on Twitter at @nancygoldstein.

Recent Articles

Getting Away With Murder on Long Island

The press, the police -- and the killer(s) who dump women's bodies along Ocean Parkway

Lorraine Ela displays a cell-phone photo of her daughter, Megan Waterman, 22. Waterman was one of four women whose bodies were dumped along a desolate beachfront strip on Long Island. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)
"I also picked prostitutes as victims because they were easy to pick up without being noticed," Mr. Ridgway said in his statement. "I knew they would not be reported missing right away and might never be reported missing. I picked prostitutes because I thought I could kill as many of them as I wanted without getting caught." -- Gary Ridgway, the "Green River Killer," who admitted in 2003 to killing 48 women ( quoted in Silja J.A. Talvi's Nov. 13, 2003 AlterNet story) A terrible story has been unraveling on Long Island since last December. That's when the remains of four bodies, disposed of in separate burlap bags 500 feet apart on a scant quarter-mile of beach, were identified as belonging to young women in their 20s who advertised themselves as escorts on Craigslist. Just weeks ago, six more victims were found nearby. It's not yet clear whether one killer or multiple killers are responsible. No suspects have surfaced. But that's not what makes this story really tragic. Some of those...

Frances Fox Piven: Still Tougher Than Glenn Beck

The legendary anti-poverty activist talks about the current political moment and what can be done to reclaim government for the people.

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You have to hand it to Fox News faux-populist Glenn Beck. If it weren't for him, Frances Fox Piven, professor of political science and sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, might not be doing today's National Teach-in on Austerity, Debt, Corporate Greed (and what YOU can do about it) alongside Princeton University Center for African American studies professor Cornel West live from New York City's Judson Church. Nor would they have 200-plus campuses participating in the livestream and teach-ins. Piven is a legendary scholar and activist, but until this past year, that was true primarily in that small segment of the world familiar with her work on enfranchising the poor through welfare reform and voter registration. Enter Beck. In more than 50 broadcasts, he painted Piven and her late husband, Richard Cloward, as "masterminds of an overarching left-wing plot," held them "fundamentally responsible for the unsustainability and possible collapse of our economic...

Preserving the Triangle Factory Fire's Lessons, 100 Years Later

In this time of corporate-led anti-union and anti-regulation fervor, we need to hold firm when it comes to defending workers' rights.

The burned-out remains of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York's Greenwich Village, 1911 (AP)
March 25 marks the 100th anniversary of the notorious Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire that trapped and killed 146 workers, most of them young immigrant women, on the upper floors of a New York City sweatshop. It's a time to honor and mourn the Triangle's victims, commemorate the tragedy's importance as a turning point in the history of the American labor movement, and reaffirm the crucial role of unions and regulatory bodies in advancing worker rights. Both are taking a beating in America's 21st-century iteration of the Gilded Age, as industrialists ( hello, Koch brothers ) paired with the craven politicians who do their bidding ( greetings, Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Scott Brown, et al. ) take another pass at ridding our country of all those nasty laws that protect consumers and workers, and cut into their bottom line. It was unions -- led by the International Ladies' Garment Workers (now Workers United) in league with the Women's Trade Union League -- that began harnessing public...

Congress Backpedals on Global HIV/AIDS Prevention

Republican deficit hawks have proposed drastic cuts to global HIV/AIDS programs -- and it's women who will suffer the most.

Senegalese students dance in front of a giant puppet of President Obama at a parade to draw attention to the continued need for HIV and AIDS funding. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
When it comes to women's health, a little political cowardice goes a long way. House Republicans, in their zeal to balance the budget in any way possible other than asking rich people and corporations to pay their fair share of taxes, have proposed putting the one-quarter of 1 percent of the U.S. budget for global health on the chopping block. The Democratic leadership won't oppose these cuts or call them what they are: crowd-pleasing maneuvers that won't dent the deficit. And ultimately, it's HIV-positive women and children who will pay a disproportionate share of the price. The human cost of Congress' theatrics is spelled out in an issue brief [PDF] from the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR). HIV is the leading cause of death globally among women of reproductive age, and rollbacks to programs that prevent mother-to-child transmission could leave 32,560 more infants infected with HIV each year. Nearly half a million children affected by the HIV-related deaths of adults in their...

Counting the Transgender Community

A new initiative provides real numbers, for the first time, detailing how transgender Americans are discriminated against -- and they're startling.

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Transgender people live with a bull's-eye on their back. Anyone who denies this fact -- so hard for some to swallow in the wake of recent victories on marriage equality and "don't ask, don't tell" for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people -- is due for a wake-up call. Today, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) released "Injustice at Every Turn," a report based on the results of what is by far the country's largest transgender discrimination survey to date -- with 6,450 participants to the next largest study's 700. This is important. Currently most surveys -- including the census and epidemiological studies -- contain zero questions about sexual orientation, never mind gender identity and expression. The consequences of not being counted, of being invisible, is that no one knows who constitutes the transgender community, what its members experience, or what their challenges or needs are. The many costs to transgender...