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#RenterWeekOfAction

Right To The City
Right To The City
September's #RenterWeekOfAction made clear that the new 21st century renter movement is organized, coordinated & visionary. As renters from small rural towns to large urban centers continue to be squeezed by rising rents and low wages as resurgent renter-led movement is uniting around a city and state strategy to build power from below, win universal rent control, and advance a vision of community control over land, housing and development.

How Military Outsourcing Turned Toxic

Abrahm Lustgarten
Propublica
The military is one of the country’s largest polluters, with an inventory of toxic sites on American soil that once topped 39,000. At many locations, the Pentagon has relied on contractors like U.S. Technology to assist in cleaning and restoring land, removing waste, clearing unexploded bombs, and decontaminating buildings, streams and soil.

Israeli Arms Maker Picked to Build Prototype of Trump’s Border Wall

Ali Abunimah
The Electronic Intifada
Here are two articles about the Wall. An Israeli arms maker has been picked by the US Department of Homeland Security to build a prototype of the wall President Donald Trump has vowed to build along the full length of the US-Mexico border. After delays — due in part to contractor battles — preliminary work on construction has begun in California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas, leading to concerns ranging from states’ rights to environmental destruction.

Shh! These Quiet Food Videos Will Get Your Senses Tingling

Clare Leschin-Hoar
The Salt
A whole new genre of food videos, focusing on specific intense sounds like crinkling, chopping, sautéing and stirring, is becoming popular. These eating sounds trigger pleasing tingling sensations in the brains of viewers who experience ASMR, which stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response.

Black Lawmakers Hold a Particular Grievance With Facebook: Racial Exploitation

Yamiche Alcindor
New York Times
Rep. Barbara Lee: “Now look at Facebook allowing ads by the Russian government to create this kind of environment. That’s a problem. I don’t know if they’re even aware of the history and how dangerous allowing the promotion of division and racial animosity and racial hatred can be.”

The US Women’s Movement, the Left, and United Fronts

Meredith Tax
Meredith Tax's Blog -- Taxonomy
Lean-in feminism and other variants of corporate feminism have failed the overwhelming majority of us, who do not have access to individual self-promotion and advancement and whose conditions of life can be improved only through policies that defend social reproduction, secure reproductive justice, and guarantee labor rights.

Monopoly Men

K. Sabeel Rahman
Boston Review
After an eventful summer in Silicon Valley, there is blood in the water. At stake is democracy itself.

Victory in Stagnation?

Mark Bergfeld, Leandros Fischer
Jacobin
Die Linke’s electoral result shows what the party must do to really contend for power.

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