Newsletter #120: The Powerful Hate a Union

Hello Recompilers,

The supplements to The Responsible Communications Style Guide are still available! These supplements, Age and Python, are part of our comprehensive resource to help you write and speak to diverse audiences in the most welcoming way.


The powerful hate a union. Google has hired an anti-union firm. The first solar company to unionize just fired all its workers to hire subcontractors. Even the non-profit world seems to check its progressive politics at the door and drive off unions.

Platform cooperativism offers an alternative to the exploitation of the gig economy. Up & Go is a cleaning service app that, by removing the exploitative owning class, allows workers to pay themselves twice what they’d get anywhere else. And they’re just one company of many.
(Ryan Hayes for Motherboard)

Someone inside the ICE-contracting databroker Sayari is leaking files to the media. The source was inspired by the recent protests within Microsoft and GitHub to come forward.
(Joseph Cox for Motherboard)


The Final Straw Radio: Margaret Killjoy on Creating Culture, Anarchism, and her New EP
Last sunday I was on this podcast talking with my friend William Good Enough about what it means to try to create change through affecting culture.

Conference Talk of the Week:

This talk is part of our “Favorite Talks” YouTube Playlist. Check it out and subscribe! 

How Americans Can Become Tech Policy Activists

Caroline McCarthy talks at TEDxBoulder about how tech policy ought to influence our activism and advocacy.


The Electronic Frontier Foundation is hiring a development director.
Do you know an upcoming conference or CFP that should be included in this newsletter? Email leads to

This newsletter compiled by Margaret Killjoy (@magpiekilljoy). Margaret is an author, activist, and musician based in Appalachia. Her most recent book series is the Danielle Cain novella series, which starts with The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion.

Photo by Kheel Center (CC BY 2.0)