The First Decoration Day

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May 30, 2016
Pride of place as the first large scale ritual of Decoration Day, therefore, goes to African Americans in Charleston. By their labor, their words, their songs, and their solemn parade of flowers and marching feet on their former owners’ race course, they created for themselves, and for us, the Independence Day of the Second American Revolution.
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Big Gains for Striking Verizon Workers

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May 30, 2016
Company agrees to add 1,300 new call center jobs on the East Coast 10.9% raise over four years First contract for wireless retail workers
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'He Brutalized For You'

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May 30, 2016
How Joseph McCarthy henchman Roy Cohn became Donald Trump's mentor.
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The Coming Consensus

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May 30, 2016
Bernie Sanders's Democratic Platform Committee picks reflect growing support for Palestine.
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Nestle Just Gained Control Over This Town's

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May 30, 2016
There has never been a contract that ties up local water resources for such a long period of time in American history. Water activists worry that this could set a precedent for future corporate attempts to take water from rural towns for extended periods of time.
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Physics Makes Aging Inevitable, Not Biology

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May 29, 2016
Nanoscale thermal physics guarantees our decline, no matter how many diseases we cure.
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Meat and Poultry Work is Brutal

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May 29, 2016
The meat and poultry industry remains exceptionally dangerous, despite a decline in reported injuries and illnesses over the past 10 years, according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Further, says the report, the injury and illness rates reflected in Department of Labor numbers are significantly underreported.
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Machine Bias

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May 29, 2016
There’s software used across the country to predict future criminals. And it’s biased against blacks.
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It’s Nearly Impossible for Prisoners to Sue

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May 29, 2016
There are currently no regulations governing prison grievance processes, and, in the two decades since the law’s passage, many prisons’ procedures have become so onerous and convoluted—“Kafkaesque,” in the words of one federal judge—that inmates whose rights have been violated are watching their cases slip through the cracks.
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Colonial Takeover Proposed for Puerto Rico

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May 29, 2016
The bill has provoked a furor among many island residents because it imposes a seven-member oversight board with dictatorial powers that harken back to colonial days, and because it is geared to protecting bondholders and paving the way for massive cuts in the island’s public services
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Portside Culture

Google unveils top food trends

Monica Watrous
Food Business News
The 2016 Google Food Trends report confirmed consumers are seeking out functional ingredients, global flavors and customizable snacks, and revealed a few surprise findings, too

Welfare Queen

Majid Naficy
portside.org
The exiled Persian poet Majid Naficy draws on Christian parable (the Book of Matthew), suggesting that some of the irate voices on our streets are not enemies but prophets.

Edith Piaf: Like Cold Oysters

Bee Wilson
London Review of Books
In David Looseley's take on the iconic French chanteuse Edith Piaf, her notoriously elusive life story is rendered as cultural history, drawing out what Piaf meant - and still means - to France and to her wider audience. Looseley notes that her musical persona was highly and brilliantly constructed. She projected a stage mask of suffering that was all the more affecting because the audience saw there was deprivation behind it. With Piaf, you underwent her.

Film Review: 'Kaili Blues' A New Language for Chinese Film

J. Hoberman
New York Review of Books
Kaili Blues, an eccentric, remarkably assured first feature by the young Chinese director Bi Gan, is both the most elusive and the most memorable new movie that I’ve seen in quite some time—“elusive” and “memorable” being central to Bi’s ambitions. - J. Hoberman

Cooking With Cannabis

Jonathan Thompson
The Guardian
In the two years since Colorado legalised cannabis, chefs in the state have been finding new ways to make a meal of it.

Portside Labor

Revolt of the ‘Chapulines’: After Strike, Indigenous Mexican Farmworkers Vote To Unionize

DAVID BACON
In These Times
The strike and union campaign at Klein Management are part of a larger movement among indigenous Mexican farm workers, which is sweeping through the whole Pacific coast. Work stoppages by Triqui and Mixteco blueberry pickers have hit Sakuma Farms in Burlington, Washington, for the past three years. Workers there organized an independent union, Familias Unidas por la Justicia, and launched a boycott of Driscoll's, the world's largest berry distributor.

Union Agreement With Uber Jeered As a 'Surrender'

Joe Maniscalco
LaborPress
Last week, IAM District 15 announced the formation of the Independent Drivers Guild [IDG], a new association created to represent New York City’s 35,000 Uber drivers. The IDG will strive to secure job protections and benefits for Uber drivers without actually engaging in collective bargaining...

An Attack on Working People

Editorial
Morning Star
France's new labor law allows a race to the bottom as employers take advantage of a fragmented workforce whose ability to call on the solidarity of workers elsewhere will be strictly controlled.

Unions Split as Bitter U.S. Campaign Exposes Divergent Agendas

Tim Jones and Mark Niquette
Bloomberg
The split amid an unexpectedly contentious Democratic primary season has exposed contrasting agendas in organized labor. Trade unionists are exercised by international deals, which they blame for the loss of hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs. Service workers less affected by globalization advocate collective-bargaining rights and wage protection.

It Pays to Be White

Jeanette Wicks-Lim
Dollars and Sense
Assessing how White people benefit from race-based economic inequality.

Chronicle of a Strike

Alex Gourevitch
Jacobin
Verizon strikers are fighting against the oppression and indignity of the American workplace.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on May 27, 2016

A State Department report puts Hillary Clinton's questionable email practices back in the national spotlight, and campaign aide Carlos Jordanson plays damage control.

Posted by Portside on May 27, 2016

Sen Elizabeth Warren unleashes on Donald Trump rooting for the 2008 housing market crash, his plans to dismantle Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform, and his decision not to release his taxes.

Posted by Portside on May 27, 2016

Moms are calling on all who use the transgender community for dishonest and divisive politics: Meet my child.

Posted by Portside on May 27, 2016

Senator Sanders talks about the possibility of debating Donald Trump and competing against Secretary Hillary Clinton in California.

Posted by Portside on May 27, 2016

A painfully revealing narrative of the failed political comeback attempt of narcissist politician Anthony Weiner (aka "Carlos Danger"). In theaters and VOD. 

Posted by Portside on May 20, 2016

Home Depot worker Krystal Lake of Staten Island, NY, tells why she wore a custom-made hat reading 'America was never great' to work and what response she got.

Posted by Portside on May 20, 2016

In front of a boisterous crowd in Carson, Calif. on May 17, Bernie Sanders called on the Democratic party to "open the doors; let the people in." Sanders vowed to continue fighting rival Hillary Clinton for the party's presidential nomination. (Sarah Parnass/Washington Post)