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Challenge to Voting Rights Act of 1965 - Analysis and Call to Action

Sidney Rosdeitcher, James J. Beha II
Brennan Center for Justice
On Wednesday, February 27, 2013, the Court will hear argument in one of the most significant cases of the current term, Shelby County v. Holder, a constitutional challenge to key provisions of Congress’s 2006 reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The preclearance provisions being challenged are viewed as the heart of the Voting Rights Act and are credited with the enormous gains in the enfranchisement of black and other minority citizens.

A March, A Concert, A Cooperative

By Willie Osterweil
Over a series of meetings decided that they wanted to keep the factory running, using worker’s democracy and horizontal control.

A Moderate but Meaningful Step to Tackle Inequality

Carl Bloice
Black Commentator
steps being taken in a number of countries where despite economic advances, inequality continues to grow, and where policy makers have decided that one way (not the only way) to even things out a bit is to legislate a rise in the minimum wage.

Friday Nite Videos -- Feb 22, 2013

Daily Show: Texans live under the jackboot of a democratically elected government. Rachel Maddow special Hubris: The Selling of the Iraq War. Bugger the Bankers: A song for our times. Silenced: Documentary story of four whistleblowers of the war on terror.

Too Fat to Vote

Greg Palast
You know why black folk in the south don’t vote? According to the New York Times and the experts at the Pew Charitable Trust, they’re just too damn fat!

Do You Know Genetics?

Courtney Chow
Public Library of Science
There is a huge disparity between what scientists and genetics professionals know and what the general public understands about breakthroughs in the field of genetics and the ethical problems it presents. To address this disparity students at the University of San Diego have created a website to educate the public and bridge the gap between scientific literature and the general public.

Big Labor's Lock 'Em Up Mentality

James Ridgeway and Jean Casella
Mother Jones
How otherwise progressive unions stand in the way of a more humane correctional system.

Can We Trust Foxconn’s New ‘Democratic’ Chinese Factories?

Michelle Chen
In These Times
Foxconn has announced that workers will be able to vote for union representatives at their factories. The plan, according to news reports, is to allow workers to elect “junior workers” to represent them in a union leadership structure historically dominated by management and officials.

Tidbits - February 21, 2013

Published by Portside
The life and work of Jon Fromer; Readers comments on Movements Making Noise; Eslanda Robeson; Roots of Poverty; Gangster Bankers; Climate Rally; The Rise of the Permanent Temp Economy; three NYC events - Film Screening - Nothing But A Man; Book Party for Henry Foner; China in Revolt: A Roundtable; video announcement - Building On-The-Job Organizing Networks

Five Reasons the Keystone Pipeline is Bad for the Economy

Brendan Smith
Labor Network for Sustainability
The American labor movement is once again facing a most controversial issue - the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. While labor leaders weigh the pros and cons of building KXL, they should keep in mind that the pipeline is as much a threat to our economy as it is to our planet. After a year of extreme weather - at an extreme cost to the economy - this age old jobs vs. environment debate is emerging as a false choice.