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NY Unions Push for State ‘Medicare for All’ System

Steven Wishnia
LaborPress
“We’ve never been this close,” Assemblymember Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan), the bill’s sponsor, told LaborPress in early April. “That’s amazing.”More than 40 unions and labor groups have endorsed the bill.

Earth Day, The Climate Agreement and March for Science

Kathleen Rogers
Common Dreams
This year, Earth Day will once again serve as a vehicle for mobilization when, in addition to turning out a billion people and celebrating the First Anniversary of the Climate Agreement, the world will march for science.

The South Has Risen Again

Daniel Graff
Labor and Working Class History Association
Over 150 years ago Abraham Lincoln warned northerners that southern slaveowners and their advocates hoped to do more than expand slavery westward — they would settle for nothing less than making “the peculiar institution” no longer peculiar by legalizing it throughout the whole country. Thankfully, chattel slavery was vanquished in the Civil War, but today we find ourselves awakening again to the reality of our country being “southernized"...

New Film Is a Double Portrait of Emile Zola and Paul Cézanne

Eric A. Gordon
Hollywood Progressive
Their lives crossed paths diagonally. Zola started off fatherless and poor, but through his writing eventually joined the very bourgeoisie he mocked in his early work. By contrast, Cézanne came from a wealthy banking family but rejected his privilege to focus entirely on his work, depending, often unwittingly, on the kindness of his more successful colleagues, such as Zola himself and the painter Edouard Manet.

Globalization and the End of the Labor Aristocracy

Jayati Ghosh
Dollars and Sense
Imperialism has changed form, which has tremendous implications for workers worldwide. Sadly, this hasn't yet created conditions for international solidarity but the potential exists. The new situation requires new and more relevant economic models of socialism to be developed, if they are to capture the popular imagination.

Donald Trump's War Crimes

Marjorie Cohn
Truthout
Just two and a half months into his presidency, Donald Trump has already distinguished himself as a war criminal. His administration is killing unusually large numbers of civilians, in violation of US and international law.

Maamoul: An Ancient Cookie That Ushers In Easter And Eid In The Middle East

Amy E. Robertson
NPR Foodways
In the Levantine region of the Middle East, the Easter or Eid holidays are marked by a shortbread cookie called maamoul. Stuffed with date paste or chopped walnuts or pistachios, and dusted with powdered sugar, these buttery cookies are the perfect reward after a month of fasting during Ramadan or Lent.

Confronting Apartheid Has Everything To Do With Feminism

Rabab Abdulhadi, Suzanne Adely, Angela Davis & Selma James
Mondoweiss
Attacking the International Women’s Strike on March 8, supporters of Israel argued that the decolonization of Palestine has no place in feminism and further asked if there is a place for Zionists in the feminist movement. We turn the question around and ask if the occupation of Palestine, the bombings of Gaza, the apartheid that applies two separate and unequal systems to Israel’s relationship to Palestinians–can be compatible with feminism?

War Is Not An Option for Korea

Christine Ahn
Foreign Policy in Focus
Attacking North Korea now would undermine the very reason U.S. troops have been stationed on the peninsula for seven decades: to protect the South Korean people.

The Worst ‘Alternative Facts’ About Abortion

Sofia Resnick
Rewire
The leaders and lawmakers of the anti-choice movement have created a cottage industry out of devising bogus claims and flawed research to advance their baseless policies.

Inmate Freed from Jail after Judge Throws out Double Murder Conviction

Megan Crepeau
Chicago Tribune
In dismissing both men's convictions, Judge James Linn said he was "stunned" by the prosecution decision to abandon the case. "I'd never seen anything like this," the longtime judge said before tossing their convictions. No physical evidence linked Almodovar to the 1994 double homicide, according to an investigation led by former U.S.

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