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U.S. Labor Board: Graduate Students at Private Colleges Can Unionize

Robert Iafolla
Reuters
The National Labor Relations Board's decision on Columbia University graduate students seeking to unionize only applies to private colleges. Organizing rights for graduate students at public colleges depend on each state's labor laws. Graduate students have formed unions in more than a dozen states.

Temp Organizing Gets Big Boost from NLRB

Harris Freeman and George Gonos
Labor Notes
The new joint-employer standard provides a much more favorable legal framework for workers to form unions at temped-out warehouses, manufacturing and food processing plants, recycling facilities, hotels, and franchised janitorial services and fast food outlets.

No Need to Build The Donald's Wall, It’s Built

Todd Miller
TomDispatch
Although wall construction began during Bill Clinton’s administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) built most of the approximately 700 miles of fencing after the Secure Fence Act of 2006 was passed. The 2006 wall-building project was expected to be so environmentally destructive that homeland security chief Michael Chertoff waived 37 environmental and cultural laws in the name of national security.

Beyond Social Movement Unionism

Sam Gindin
Jacobin
Bringing together weak unions and weak social movements isn’t enough. We need a new kind of socialist party.

Does Henry Kissinger Have a Conscience?

Jon Lee Anderson
The New Yorker
Last week, the first tranche of those declassified documents was released. The documents revealed that White House and U.S. State Department officials were intimately aware of the Argentine military’s bloody nature, and that some were horrified by what they knew. Others, most notably Henry Kissinger, were not.

Dispatches From the Culture Wars

Portside
White nash fash in Houston; World Social Forum in Montreal; Indian eco power in Cannon Ball; Armed sisters in Rojava; New debtors’ prison

In Ixcanul, Guatemala’s First-Ever Oscar Entry

Nikola Grozdanovic
Indiewire
Jayro Bustamante‘s debut feature “Ixcanul” generates its power from an intimate observance of the quotidian. As such, its titular volcano — the translation of Ixcanul in the Mayan K’iche’ dialect spoken in Guatemala — is the least volcanic thing in it. Steeped in a culture rarely observed on screen and filmed entirely in Kaqchikel, Bustamante’s film explores a clash between reproductive rights and tradition.

California’s $15 Minimum Wage Earthquake!

Martin J. Bennett
BeyondChron
The California minimum wage earthquake is shaking up state and national politics. There is a powerful lesson from the $15 minimum-wage campaign: only a grassroots movement from below based upon a bold vision for structural reform can change public opinion and pressure government to act.

US Targeted Killing Rules Conflate Legality and Politics

Marjorie Cohn
Truthout
Under the guise of increased transparency, the administration has revealed partial information about its targeted killing program. But much remains classified. And what we do know does not comply with the law.

Our Revolution is Just Getting Started

Peter Olney and Rand Wilson
The Stansbury Forum
Now that the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia has ended with Hillary Clinton as the party’s nominee, Bernie Sanders’ campaign for “political revolution” moves to its next phase.

Mass Surveillance Isn’t Colorblind

Sandra Fulton
Foreign Policy in Focus
Government spying is a problem for everyone. But people of color, religious minorities, and political dissidents are far more likely to be victims of unwarranted monitoring.

Jammed Cells Expose the Physics of Cancer

Gabriel Popkin
Quanta
The subtle mechanics of densely packed cells may help explain why some cancerous tumors stay put while others break off and spread through the body.

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