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Grassroots Organizing Shapes Response to Police Killing of Walter Scott

Kerry Taylor
Facing South
North Charleston, South Carolina, has received strong praise for its handling of the fatal police shooting of 50-year-old African American Walter Scott. According to the media, the city's quick response saved it from becoming another Ferguson, MO. But, North Charleston's response should be understood not in contrast to Ferguson but in the context of Ferguson and a national upsurge of protest against racist policing.

Sexism Increases Suicide Risk in Young Women Worldwide

Jessica Valenti
The Guardian
There are plenty of shocking statistics in a recently rediscovered 2014 study on suicide from the World Health Organization. The report found that suicides are responsible for half of all violent deaths in men and 71% of violent deaths in women. It also showed that globally, suicide is the second leading cause of death for all young people between the ages of 15 and 29 years old. Yet, somehow, it took us until now to notice just how badly it affects young women.

Shadowy Website Creates Blacklist of Pro-Palestinian Activists

Josh Nathan-Kazis
The Forward
A new website called Canary Mission is publicizing the identities of pro-Palestinian student activists to prevent them from getting jobs after they graduate from college. But the website is keeping its own backers’ identity a secret. “It is your duty to ensure that today’s radicals are not tomorrow’s employees,” a female narrator intones in a slick video posted to the website’s YouTube account. The website has posted profiles of dozens of students and recent graduates.

Government Impunity and the Protection of Attica’s Ugly Past

Heather Ann Thompson
Time.com
It took more than 40 years, but Attica’s survivors and families of the deceased had finally convinced a judge to force the State of New York to release sealed records relating to deaths of some 39 inmates and staff following the 1971 prison uprising. But the documents released May 21 provide little information as to who was responsible for the dead and wounded when state officials decided to forcibly retake the prison, and why no one has been held accountable.

Friday Nite Videos -- May 29, 2015

Portside
Amy Schumer - Bill Cosby in the Court of Public Opinion. Movie: We Are Many. Democalypse 2016: Bernie Sanders. Stiller & Meara on Computer Dating. Margaret Atwood - First Writer for Future Library.

The World of Soccer Must Be Rebuilt From the Ground Up

David Goldblatt
The Guardian
Criminal investigations are welcome, but they must result in democratic reform at both Fifa and regional and national football associations. It is time for the politics of Fifa to be extended beyond the eternal insiders of the dysfunctional football family, the royal houses of the Gulf, and the stooges of authoritarian regimes and commercial interests that pass for representatives of the world’s football nations.

The Press and Bernie Sanders

Eric Boehlert
Media Matters for America
As the Vermont liberal spreads his income equality campaign message, the press corps seems unsure of how to cover him. In the month since he announced his bid, Sanders' coverage seems to pale in comparison to comparable Republican candidates who face an arduous task of obtaining their party's nomination. The reluctance is ironic. The press for months called for a challenger to Hillary Clinton. Now she has one and the press can barely feign interest?

The Sun Must Set on Mass Surveillance

Timothy Karr
Huffington Post
Authorization for the federal government's bulk collection of phone records is set to expire on June 1. Senators will return to Capitol Hill on Sunday afternoon -- and unless they extend it, authorization will "sunset" at midnight ET on June 1. The public must speak out now to close this chapter on mass surveillance.

Fraud in Science: The Retracted Study on Attitudes Toward Gay Marriage

Tabitha M. Powledge
Plos Blogs
The paper purporting to show that people's attitudes to gay marriage can be overturned in the course of a persuasive converation with an advocate has just been withdrawn. It was the biggest political science study of last year. It was a complete fraud. Could this be the beginning of a real reversal in the problem of fraud and misconduct in science?

NY Assembly Passes Universal Health Care Bill

Dan Goldberg
Capital New York
The bill, Gottfried said, would lower costs by getting rid of insurance companies. It would lower administrative costs and allow doctors to focus their time on treating patients instead of fighting for reimbursements.

What’s Up?

Margaret Rozga
Verse Wisconsin Online
In a world of multiple crises and bad politics, Wisconsin poet Margaret Rozga celebrates the spirit of unyielding global resistance.

How the United States Economically and Politically Strangled Puerto Rico

Mark Karlin, Truthout Interview
Truthout
Although Puerto Ricans were granted US citizenship in 1917, the United States continued to exploit, oppress and eventually launch a "war" on the people of Puerto Rico to gain land and resources. The book, War Against All Puerto Ricans, is a vivid, detailed account of the brutal treatment of a people "liberated" from Spain only to be subjugated by the US.

It's Time We Have a Holiday to Honor Those Who Try to Stop Wars Too

Dylan Matthews
Vox
American history is littered with examples of pointless wars fought for bad reasons, and with people who risked their careers and their freedom to oppose them. some wars aren't worth fighting. Some causes aren't worth sacrificing American lives for. Those who've fought to remind the government of those basic facts deserve our respect and our thanks.

How Long Have We Really Been `One Nation Under God'?

Molly Worthen
The Nation, June 8, 2015 edition
With its numerous religious awakenings and repeated instances of religiosity as political theater, it's easy to forget US civic life is secular. Author Kevin Kruse argues that the effort to ground political rights in spiritual authority and not in democratic discussion and decision-making originated with a coterie of corporate heads, right-wing politicians, reactionary pastors and cultural icons as a bulwark against progressive politics and New Deal legislation.

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