Congress Moves to Give Away National Lands

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January 21, 2017
Republican lawmakers have quietly laid the foundation for the bargain basement transfer of Americans’ birthright, 640 million acres of national land, to private hands, notably oil, mining, and development interests. In a single line of changes to the rules for the House of Representatives, Republicans have stealthily eased the path to disposing of federal property, even if doing so loses money for the government and provides no demonstrable compensation to U.S. citizens.
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What Workers at Carrier and Rexnord

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January 21, 2017
Time and again workers mention the same issue as to why they abandoned the Democrats: NAFTA. Feltner says, “The NAFTA bill is still fresh in people’s minds. The international was all, ‘Vote Democrat, Democrat, Democrat.’ Then they make an announcement about jobs going away and it’s because of NAFTA. The workers connect that to the Democrats, and Hillary was saddled with that.”
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Mark Zuckerberg Suing Native Hawaiians

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January 21, 2017
Using 'quiet title and partition' billionaire attempts to complete his beachfront property
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Trump's First 24 Hours Bring Global Protests,

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January 21, 2017
Women and other groups were demonstrating all over the world Saturday, following Trump's dark inauguration speech and executive order on healthcare
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Greensboro City Workers Form a Union

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January 21, 2017
Moderators note: In North Carolina it is illegal for a public employee union to bargain or negotiate a contract with the workers employer.
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Friday Nite Videos -- January 20, 2017

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January 20, 2017
The WERD: Thanks, Obama.Talkin' Bout A Revolution. How to Trump-Proof Your Life. Obamacare in Trump Country. Erosion – Donald Trump vs Global Warming.
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Trump: The Bully in Charge

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January 20, 2017
To watch him take the oath was to bear witness to democracy’s fragility.
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Europe: Brexit, Lexit or Civil Resistance?

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January 20, 2017
It’s possible that the EU cannot be reformed, but popular resistance could provide an alternative to disintegration
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Russia Taps Figure in Inquiry of Trump Team

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January 20, 2017
Trump took the oath of office on Friday with his associates under investigation by the FBI, aided by the NSA, CIA and Treasury Department.
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Stiglitz: Trumpian Uncertainty

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January 20, 2017
Fire-breathing rhetoric, or raving three a.m. tweets, may assuage the anger of those left behind by the Reagan revolution, at least for a while. But for how long? And what happens then?
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Lisa Allen Ortiz
Guide to the Exhibit
Extinction: Lisa Allen Ortiz, child of Mendocino county, California knows a thing or two about birds and about how precarious are the lives of many species, speaks of our impending "civic sorrow."

Antonio Gramsci Jr: On Remembering His Grandfather

Antonio Gramsci, Jr.
New Left Review
Through the use of family archives and other new sources, the grandson of Italian revolutionary Antonio Gramsci seeks to reconstruct the cultural and political saliance of his grandfather's contributions to building and defending the Italian working class movement and international socialism in the face of Stalinist distortions, capitalist enmity and today's reactionary Russian regime.

When Labor Fought for Civil Rights

Rich Yeselson
Dissent
In reviewing two new books on the 20th Century's intertwined histories of labor, the Democratic Party, the Civil Rights movement, and the African American people, Rich Yeselson offers a nuanced and deeply informed assessment of this complicated tale.

Review: Fences Is an Acting and Directorial Feast Fit for August Wilson's Words

Nsenga K. Burton Ph.D.
The Root
Washington’s and Davis’ reprisals of their superb 2010 Broadway performances, do not disappoint. Washington takes us on an episodic journey through love, pain, betrayal and redemption, and with such heavy topics, the audience will struggle through it. With performances that will literally take your breath away, Fences is a must-see film offering a timeless critique of a family trying to determine who should be on each side of the fence, one fence post at a time.

My Dinners With Harold

Daniel Duane
California Sunday Magazine
Daniel Duane examines how a shy Ph.D. in English literature revolutionized the science of cooking and became revered in the most famous kitchens in the world.

My Mother Explains Why She Never Voted

Meryl Stratford
Rattle Poets Respond
"Imagine--a woman in the White House." As Florida poet Meryl Stratford implies about her pre-feminist mother--"It wasn’t worth the argument"-- of just how hard it is to change someone's mind when it comes to voting!

Portside Labor

Boeing's North Charleston S.C. Workers to Vote on Union Representation

David Wren
Post and Courier
"Labor and community groups supporting the efforts by Boeing workers to form a union will also be in attendance," the IAM's announcement states. Evans, the IAM's lead organizer in North Charleston, and Ken Riley, the longtime president of the local longshoremen's union, are scheduled to speak at Friday's event.

MLK's Advice on Strike Strategy Still Relevant Today

Rand Wilson
Stansbury Forum
King’s strategic advice to the striking Memphis sanitation workers is still useful: winning requires placing the struggle in a larger context that challenges elected officials and government at every level to make America a better nation!

New York Unions Are Packed And Ready For Women’s March On Washington

Ginger Adams Otis
New York Daily News
Many New York unions are joining the Women's March on Washington including District Council 37, the United Federation of Teachers, the New York State Nurses Association, the National Writers Union, Writers Guild of America East, United Food and Commercial Workers 1500, New York State United Teachers and 32BJ SEIU.

The Revolt of Working Parents

Alexia Fernandez Campbell
The Atlantic
Mothers—and some fathers—are increasingly suing employers for discriminating against working parents. They are succeeding.

Puzder Confirmation as Labor Secretary Pushed Back after Worker Protests Ignite

Janet Sparks
Blue MauMau
The confirmation hearing for Trump's Secretary of Labor nominee, Andrew Puzder, was scheduled to start January 17 but has been pushed back and may not happen until next month. It may be that worker protest is having an impact. Critics have revealed that Puzder's company has frequently violated wage and hour, and safety and health laws.

Universal Basic Income Experiment Begins in Finland

William Rogers
Left Labor Reporter
When masses of workers start to lose their jobs to automation, workers will find it even more difficult to pay for the social insurance that provides them with a safety net. Therefore says Varoufakis we need another way to protect workers and another way to pay for it.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on January 20, 2017

On President Obama's last day Stephen's conservative pundit identical twin cousin, Stephen Colbert, stopped by to wish him farewell.

Posted by Portside on January 20, 2017

Song not heard at Trump inauguration: 'Poor people gonna rise up / take what's theirs'

Posted by Portside on January 20, 2017

You may need to Trump-proof your life. Follow our seven easy steps.

Posted by Portside on January 20, 2017

We travel to Whitley County in Kentucky to find out why people who benefited most from Obamacare would vote for Donald Trump. 

Posted by Portside on January 20, 2017

The waters are rising. Baba Brinkman breaks it down in language that even Donald Trump can understand.

Posted by Portside on December 30, 2016

Chris Hayes examines the parallels between Donald Trump and Nixon with the author of Nixonland.

Posted by Portside on December 30, 2016

"A Better Man" video recorded and filmed live outside on Keb' Mo's back porch.