Author: Katya G

Katya G has spent more than 10 years on Wall Street where she has witnessed the entire sausage-making process first hand. Originally from Moscow, she became interested in American politics when she came here in the mid-1990s. These days Katya splits her time between playing poker, traveling, investing and writing in her blog Left with Balls.

Profits vs People

Eric Schneiderman, New York’s AG, is bringing a case against some retailers for their questionable employee-related practices. The power of businesses to cut their costs and their pursuit of efficiency has evolved into a grotesque practice of “on call shifts” where the employees don’t know whether or when they will be called to work, therefore making it impossible for them to make any plans or even to know whether or not they will be able to pay bills. I guess … Read More

The Racism In Me.

Every time I see a homeless white bum on the street I think of him as just a bum. Every time I see a homeless black man on the street I think of him as a black man first. In my cognitive mechanism his blackness comes before his homelessness. Why is it so? Is it because I ascribe different qualities to black and white bums? Indeed, a white bum tends to receive a more elaborate justification, in my mind, of … Read More

“The American Spellbound”: A Tale of Human Frailty.

My book, The American Spellbound, was released on Nov 11th. Katya G. Cohen is my penname. I think it is hard for any author to describe, when asked, what his or her book is about in a few words. I would say that my novella is about human frailty and illusions we build to get us through the day, described through the prism of Wall Street corruption and the financial crisis. Wall Street doesn’t care whether you’re a nice guy: once … Read More

Vegas as a State of the American Mind.

“Real dope gives you the freedom to dream your own dreams; the American kind forces you to swallow the perverted dreams of men whose only ambition is to hold their job regardless of what they are bidden to do.” Henry Miller, The Air-Conditioned Nightmare I’ve been to Vegas a million times, always having a great time. My routine has always followed the same pattern: sleep till noon, have a breakfast in the room – eggs, bacon, mimosa – the whole … Read More

“Winning Mindset” Wins. Everybody Loses.

Conservatives love to ascribe laziness to large swaths of the population. They think the prudent thing to do is to give the lazy moochers a kick in the butt. A kick in the butt to do what? People who are unemployed are not lazy, contrary to a widespread conservative belief. The mistake, or rather the convenient excuse, of the libertarians/conservatives is that they apply their own abilities and their own career trajectory to all the others. They think “if I … Read More

SEIU is Looking to Hire Union Organizers

Help Rebuild The Middle Class. Important opportunity to work on innovative campaigns to empower workers in the 99 percent to take on the power of the 1 percent. We need creative electoral campaigners, social and environmental activists, community organizers, labor organizers, students interested in starting social justice careers to work alongside workers as they speak out together for good jobs. Must be willing to work in stressful, hectic campaign environment and bring strong field and relational skills. Candidate should have … Read More

Shutdown: An $800K fundraising scheme that cost us $24 billion.

Cross posted from the original. According to Standard & Poor’s estimates, the government shutdown may have cost the economy $24 billion and shaved 0.6 points off the fourth-quarter GDP. But the full damage will be assessed in months to come and is probably going to be even greater. Government employees have been furloughed for 16 days, scraping by, eating ramen noodles, putting off their purchases, and dipping into their meager savings. Thankfully, they will be reimbursed for their time. Businesses … Read More

Comptroller Forum at the Tank

ACT NOW, together with Democracy for NYC and Drinking Liberally co-sponsored a comptroller forum this past Tuesday at the Tank. Here’s a brief summary of the event, as covered by New York Magazine.

NYC Democratic Mayoral Forum “Voting Rights, Election Reform & the Future of New York”

On May 13th please join ACT NOW, the New York Democratic Lawyers’ Committee, Living Liberally and many more groups for a special NYC Mayoral Forum with the focus discussion on Voting Rights and Election Reform. When: Monday, May 13th 2013, 7pm-9:30pm Where: Cardozo Law School, 55 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10003. Confirmed candidates: John Liu Bill de Blasio Bill Thompson Sal Albanese Invitations also were extended to Anthony Weiner and Christine Quinn Co-Sponsors include: Living Liberally, Harlem4Obama, The Manhattan Young Democrats, The Queens … Read More

NYC Mayoral Candidates Forum March 5th

Join ACT NOW, along with our friends at Democracy for NYC and Living Liberally for a forum with Democratic candidates for NYC Mayor.  Ask questions and hear what the candidates have to say on important issues. Next year will be the first time in 12 years NYC has had a new mayor.  We look forward to taking part in this historic election! When: Tuesday, March 5th, 7pm Where:  151 West 46th Street, between 6th & 7th Avenues, 8th Floor Invited Candidates:  (* Confirmed) … Read More