Kenzo Shibata

Chicago teacher, activist, writer, media strategist

Why the Left Must Embrace Affluenza

I can’t remember in my lifetime any diseases cured or new vaccines developed. I can’t imagine how elated the world must have been when Jonas Salk released the polio vaccine, … Continue reading

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Teach for America’s Mission in Chicago

Teach for America wanted to help stem a teacher shortage. Why then are thousands of experienced educators being replaced by hundreds of new college graduates? Originally published in Jacobin. Teach … Continue reading

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Let’s Ditch the Landlords

“We can…You know we can.” -Jello Biafra On December 2nd, Chicago’s City Council passed a very modest increase to the minimum wage within the city limits. The minimum wage in … Continue reading

December 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Harvard Professor Fighting for $4 is Actually Right

At first blush, I was outraged about the story of Benjamin Edelman, a Harvard Business School Professor who threatened legal action against a small local chain restaurant after being overcharged … Continue reading

December 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Why #AskVentra Failed

Quick thoughts on #AskVentra: You don’t need to do a Twitter campaign. Social media is a tool and the Twitter Town Hall model of using a hashtag is a tactic. … Continue reading

May 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Checking Privilege Isn’t Enough

Privilege is one of those trigger words that forces people to stop reading, and start reacting. It’s a word that I often omit from dialogue — online and off — … Continue reading

February 6, 2014 · 12 Comments

Conservative Contradictions in the Phil Robertson Duck-bacle

This whole Duck Dynasty drama is a perfect example of the contradictions and limits of conventional American conservative thought. Phil Robertson (Mr. Duck) was fired from his job for expressing … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · 4 Comments