Support the Iran Deal!

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July 5, 2015
40 U.S. organizations have sent a message to U.S. Congress and are organizing to support the nuclear agreement being negotiated with Iran. MODERATOR NOTE: Check-out groups to get involved and be heard and seen in support of peace.
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No Smiley Faces: Jared Bernstein on the TPP

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July 5, 2015
Economist Jared Bernstein recently sat down with Capital & Main to offer his perspective on a wide range of political and income-inequality topics. Formerly a top advisor to Vice President Joe Biden and, currently, a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Bernstein spoke to us again, following the U.S. Senate vote to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.
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Wages Up: State Health Care Spending Down

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July 5, 2015
Millions of California workers will see wage increases in the coming years as a result of recently-enacted state and local minimum wage policies. These minimum wage policies will reduce poverty, reduce employee turnover and improve the health of affected workers and their families. Less often discussed is that these wage increases will also reduce state health care spending.
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Women's Prisons: Sites of Resistance

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July 5, 2015
When we think of prison protest, what comes to mind? That list would include the Attica uprising, George Jackson, struggles of the Angola 3 activists, the 2013 California prison hunger strike and other crucial resistance - mostly organized by incarcerated men. Often, organizing work done by incarcerated women goes wholly unrecognized. In her book, Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women, Victoria Law focuses on women prisoners activism.
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Varoufakis Resigns: Greece Makes History

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July 6, 2015
Yanis Varoufakis Resigns - Greek Referendum Will Stay in History As A Unique Moment When a Small Nation Rose Up Against Debt-Bondage.
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Culture Isn’t Free

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July 5, 2015
Expecting artists to work for free hands the reins of cultural production to ruling elites.
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Why are Librarians Hesitant to CANCEL JOURNAL

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July 5, 2015
It’s safe to say that librarians don’t feel they have the power to unilaterally cancel all their institution’s subscriptions without some fearsome retribution either from within the institution itself or from elements of the publishing world.
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How Activists Won Reparations for Torture

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July 5, 2015
Reparations for Chicago police torture “is something that sets a precedent that has never been done in the history of America. Reparations given to black men tortured by some white detectives. It’s historic.”
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The Fed, Jobs and Economic History

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July 5, 2015
When an economist confidently tells us that the unemployment rate can't get below 5.4 percent, 5.2 percent, or 5.0 percent without causing the inflation rate to spiral upward, why should anyone have confidence in this assessment?
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Greece Says NO to Permanent Austerity

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July 5, 2015
Greek voters refuse to bow to impossible demands from creditors. More than 60% of Greek voters say NO. Alexis Tsipras: "The Greek people made a historic and brave choice. Their response will alter the existing dialogue in Europe."
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Portside Culture

Sexing up Cornwall: But There’s More to Poldark Than Good Looks

Steven Fielding
The Conversation
Ross Poldark was, then, one of literature’s classic figures on the fringe, a man of noble birth who identifies with the people rather than with his own class. Reflecting the character of Graham’s novels, the television series has Poldark lead the people’s struggle against monopoly capitalism, depicting miners’ strikes and bread riots as instances of righteous resistance against a corrupt establishment.

Flair

Elaine Feinstein
Portraits
Louis Armstrong believed his birthday was July 4, 1900 (though a recent discovery suggests August 4, 1901 is correct). But Elaine Feinstein's portrait of that great trumpet player just starting out seems appropriate for this American holiday weekend.

Revolutions Without Borders - Review - Thomas Paine and Other Radicals

Gavin Jacobson
The Guardian (UK)
A new book chronicles the travelers ignoring borders to spread ideas of liberty and equality, from the American revolution to the declaration of Haitian independence. "Without social media or even an international postal system," author Janet Polasky writes, "revolutionaries shared ideals of liberty and equality across entire continents." Decades before Marx, these internationalist radicals were soon betrayed by the very societies they helped build.

'The Last Soldiers of the Cold War'

Chris Serres
Star Tribune
As the United States and Cuba start to restore full diplomatic relations, here is a picture of an aspect of the dysfunctional relationship that has existed between our two countries. The release and return to Cuba of the last of the "Cuban Five" helped pave the way for the new stage in US-Cuba relations. Here is the backstory of that group, told, as Chris Serres says, by Fernando Morais in a new, well-researched, "cinematically vivid" account.

Review: ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’ Documents Nina Simone’s Rise as Singer and Activist

Manohla Dargis
New York Times
From 100 hours of recently unearthed audiotapes recorded over decades, the Liz Garbus film weaves together Nina’s narrative, told largely in her own words. Rare concert footage, archival interviews, along with diaries, letters, interviews with Nina’s daughter, Lisa Simone Kelly, friends and collaborators, make this the most authentic, personal and unflinching telling of the extraordinary life of one of the 20th century’s greatest recording artists.

Mozart for the Birds?

Erin Blakemore
www.smithsonianmag.com
Classically-raised chickens, including music appreciation, enjoy their calmer lifestyle.

Portside Labor

What is really at stake in the Greek crisis

IUF Editorial
IUF Bulletin
The social savagery called austerity could never produce the result it was ostensibly intended to deliver because the negotiations were never about economics, but about regime change. So stated the International Union of Food and Allied Workers in a statement issued prior to the successful "no ' vote on Sunday. IUF called for increased union solidarity for Syriza and the Greek people.

Salon Staff to Unionize With Writers Guild

Dave McNary
Variety
Salon editorial staff unanimously support joining the Writers Guild of America East, and have asked for recognition. The move comes a month after the editorial staff at digital media publisher Gawker Media voted to unionize with the WGA East by an 80-27 margin. Gawker’s owners had agreed to abide by the vote.

Labor Leader Joins Bernie Sanders' Campaign, Citing Clinton's 'Silence' On Fast Track

Dave Jamieson
Huffington Post
For outgoing CWA President Larry Cohen, Hillary Clinton's equivocation on trade issue helped clarify his decision to get behind Sanders. "Without a candidate like Bernie, we’re going to get a repeat of the same stuff," Cohen said. "Bernie is movement-building, and we need a new movement. We need to get big money out of politics."

Workers Approve First Home-Care Union In State

Katie Johnston
The Boston Globe
Employees of Newton based Medical Resources Corp in Boston voted to Unionize. They will be members of Service Employees International Union Local 1199.

The Fight for $15 Spreads

Personal care attendants will see their wages increase to $15 per hour in Massachusetts, while fast food workers in New York State may soon see a large pay increase as well.

Pawns In SEIU's Game

Cal Winslow
Beyond Chron
Cal Winslow lays out the context for the breathtaking admissions of Dave Regan, President of SEIU UHW, regarding the forced transfer of 70,000 long-term care workers from UHW into the newly formed SEIU Local 2015.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on July 3, 2015

Last week, Bernie Sanders held the largest campaign event of any candidate in the 2016 Presidential campaign -- 10,000 strong in Madison, Wisconsin. But for those of us who weren't there, this is our chance to taste the excitement of a campaign that is challenging plutocracy, to Feel the Bern.

Posted by Portside on July 3, 2015

 

 

The story of Amy Winehouse, one of the most compelling and award-winning female vocalists of recent times, who died at age 27. Includes previously unreleased music, lots of archival footage, intimate interviews, and Amy's own words. 

Posted by Portside on July 3, 2015

 

 

The statement by Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump that Mexican immigrants are rapists is getting lots of notice. Former business partners are fleeing, he's getting a big bounce in the primary polls, and lots of defenders on Fox.

Posted by Portside on July 3, 2015

Bree Newsome, the woman who climbed a flagpole on the grounds of the South Carolina statehouse and removed the Confederate flag, joins Chris Hayes for her first cable news interview.

Posted by Portside on July 3, 2015

From the sizzle of the fuse to the boom and burst of colors, all of the exciting sights and sounds of Fourth of July fireworks. How familiar rockets that light up the night sky represent chemistry in action.

Posted by Portside on June 27, 2015

President Obama eulogizes pastor Clementa Pinckney, Charleston shooting victim, singing Amazing Grace at the funeral. (Full speech.)

Posted by Portside on June 26, 2015

 

 

How's this for love of country: 'America is a '57 Chevy that veers to the Left and lurches to the Right'? And lots of other crazy, authentic, striking images. Nevertheless, Zimmerman thinks it might just work.