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Tidbits - August 17, 2017 - Reader Comments: Time to Stop Honoring Traitors Who Fought for Slavery; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Colin Kaepernick; Growing Up White in America; DSA Convention; Democrats, Single-Payer, future elections; lots of resources; and mor

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Reader Comments: Time to Stop Honoring Traitors Who Fought for Slavery - Take Down ALL Symbols of Hate - Sign the petition; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Colin Kaepernick; Growing Up White in America - Unlearning the Myth of American Innocence; DSA's Convention - initial reader responses - what do you think?; Will Democrats Support Single-Payer in future elections; The Forgotten World of Communist Bookstores; lots of resources; and more....

The Forgotten World of Communist Bookstores

Joshua Clark Davis
Jacobin
Communist bookstores provided a critical public space for radicals, operating in virtually every major American city. Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York had several apiece. Smaller and ostensibly less radical locales such as Birmingham, Houston, and Omaha, had communist bookstores, too. Some radical bookstores operate today. Venture into one of these shops in which left bookstores helped customers envision radical worlds that were often otherwise unimaginable in America

Dismantling Public Education - Like it or Not, Betsy DeVos Has Made a Mark in Six Months as Education Secretary

Valerie Strauss
Washington Post
After six months, Betsy DeVos has taken some major steps to change education policy, and her very presence at the head of the U.S. Education Department signals something important about the past, present and future of public education in the United States. She faces protests at many public appearances, which is why she receives special protection from the U.S. Marshals Service, at an average cost so far this year of $1 million a month.

A Test of American Traditions

Darryl Holter
Los Angeles Review of Books
This little book has become an unlikely political best-seller in these unlikely political times.

The ‘Free Speech’ Hypocrisy of Right-Wing Media

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
New York Times
When it comes to protecting the speech of people who are most vulnerable to being intimidated into silence — like people of color and gay people — conservatives either are suspiciously quiet or drive further intimidation with wildly negative news coverage.

Unruly and Unerring

Cathleen Schine
The New York Review of Books
Roxane Gay is clearly a versatile writer. At the same time, her focus is precise and does not stray, a piercing glance she can aim in any number of directions. And her book titles give us a pretty good clue to how she sees not only herself, but any successful woman in an often hostile world: untamed, bad, difficult.

Charlottesville Confronting White Supremacy and Hate

Helena Cobban
Just World Educational
All the city’s churches (Black and “White”) and other faith communities stood strongly against the haters, as did the local chapters of Black Lives Matter, the Center for Peace and Justice, and other community groups. A whole series of activities was organized for Saturday, starting with a sunrise worship service at the historic Black church, First Baptist. The Alt-Righters were heavily armed and carried large flags with Nazi, Confederate and KKK symbols.

Portside Videos: Focus Charlottesville

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Charlottesville: Race and Terror – VICE News Tonight on HBO. How Trump's Charlottesville Response Emboldens White Supremacy. What Donald Trump Doesn't Know About Robert E. Lee. ‘You’re Watching a Presidency Go Off the Rails.’ 'We Will Survive This.'

Who is Left on Trump's Manufacturing Council?

Julia Glum
Newsweek; Raw Story
Another business leader has dropped out of Donald Trump's manufacturing jobs initiative amid concerns about how the president responded to the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. And Richard Trumka!

Charlottesville Goddam

Michael Winship
Common Dreams
In a time of crisis the president is supposed to bring us together. Donald Trump did not.

Youngstown Residents Push to Oust Corporations from Election Campaigns, Cap Contributions at $100

Rural America In These Times
Rural America In These Times
“We have been vastly outspent by industry and their corporate allies. It is clear to us that we are trying to advance rights via the ballot in an election system set up to favor corporations. This time, we’re addressing the election system too.” Lynn Anderson The initiative states that the people of Youngstown recognize that “corporations use their disproportionate wealth to frame important issues and influence elections.”

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