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'Moral Week Of Action' Takes Off

August 29, 2014
http://ourfuture.org/20140825/forward-together-moral-mondays-moral-week-of-action-takes-off
Campaign for America's Future
A “Moral Week of Action” demands that Republicans “repent and repeal” their public policy attacks on the human and civil rights of North Carolinians

Tidbits - August 28, 2014

August 28, 2014
Portside
Reader Comments - "I Question America" -- Remembering Fannie Lou Hamer; The Coming Race War Won't Be About Race; Ferguson - Politicians and AFL-CIO - Both Missing; Israelis in US: An Open Letter to American Jews on Gaza; Minnesota Home Health Care Workers Unionize; Ukraine and Neo-Nazis; Sanctions & the Dollar; Economic Democracy Project's first event: Economic Democracy And The Struggle For Black Independence - Sept. 3 - New York

Victory Declared as Market Basket Standoff Ends

August 28, 2014
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/28/victory-declared-supermarket-standoff-ends-worker-friendly-ceos-return
Common Dreams
Market Basket employees — who are not unionized — ran a grassroots campaign that included walk-outs, rallies, and online actions. The New York Times describes the saga as "one of the strangest labor actions in American business history," and the Boston Globe notes that these activities "stunned longtime observers of the grocery industry and captured the imagination and attention of a region."

Open-Ended Cease-Fire Reached in Israel/Gaza, but How Long Will It Last?

August 28, 2014
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/open-ended_ceasefire_reached_israel_gaza_but_how_long_will_last_20140827
Truthdig
This open-ended cease-fire is fragile. Some of the goals of the two sides will be very hard to attain. And, at root, the Israel-Gaza war won’t really be over until there is a comprehensive peace settlement with either a two-state or a one-state solution to Palestinian statelessness.

Students at the Barricades

August 28, 2014
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/08/students-at-the-barricades/
Jacobin
Our attempt to build a stronger, more democratic union isn’t an attack on the UAW — it’s an attempt to make our union as strong as possible, to win the best contract, and to most effectively play a role in ongoing struggles for social justice. It demonstrates not weakness or a division within our ranks, but a deep well of support on campus for a stronger stance with management.

Ralph Fasanella, Lest We Forget

August 28, 2014
http://antiquesandthearts.com/news/2014/08/26/ralph-fasanella-lest-we-forget-american-folk-art-m/210685
Antiques and the Arts Weekly
“Ralph Fasanella was a consummate New Yorker and self-taught artist who represented the very best of American ideals,” says Dr Anne-Imelda Radice, executive director of AFAM. “He cared about people who did not have a voice, so he gave them a voice through his paintings.”

US-Africa Leaders Summit – How Was It For the Unions?

August 28, 2014
http://www.equaltimes.org/us-africa-leaders-summit-how-was#.U_8F4UhRHoC
Equal Times
Trade union delegates to the US-Africa summit stressed that economic ties and growth are not enough. They stressed that there needs to be "a more complex view of development," that addresses the issue of growing inequality. As an example, delegates noted that it is not enough to talk about job creation, attention must also be paid to the kind of jobs being created.

Obama, the Neo-Cons and Liberal Interventionists

August 27, 2014
http://consortiumnews.com/2014/08/21/behind-obamas-chaotic-foreign-policy/
ConsortiumNews
The chaos enveloping U.S. foreign policy stems from President Obama’s unwillingness to challenge Official Washington’s power centers which favor neoconservatism and “liberal interventionism”, writes investigative reporter Robert Parry. Obama's failure to confront "neocon absolutism" and "liberal interventionists" has resulted in a foreign policy that is unrealistic, hypocritical, and deadly.

Outlines of the Gaza Truce: Immediate Steps and Future Talks

August 27, 2014
http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/08/26/mideast-gaza-ceasefire-details-idINKBN0GQ1YL20140826?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2ASituation%20Report&utm_campaign=AUG%2027%20SITREP
Reuters
Israel and the Palestinians agreed Tuesday to a plan to end the fighting in Gaza after 50 days of combat in which more than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, 64 Israeli soldiers and five civilians in Israel were killed. In addition to a cessation of hostilities, other immediate steps include the opening of some of the Gaza border crossings closed by Israel and Egypt. Further indirect discussions are to take place within a month.

Environmentalists Split over Green Group's Fracking Industry Ties

August 26, 2014
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/8/17/environmental-groupsfracking.html
Al Jazeera America
A new report released by the non-profit Public Accountability Initiative is critical of the Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD), and its relationship with the oil and gas companies. The report questions whether CSSD and other environmental organizations' work with industry may cross ethical lines and serve to promote the oil and gas industry's agenda with a green "stamp of approval."

Colombia's "Unique Experiment" Seeks End to Five Decades of War

August 26, 2014
http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/08/breakthroughs-and-hurdles-in-colombias-peace-talks/
Inter Press Service
Slow but significant progress was made in the peace talks to end the five decades of armed conflict in Colombia being held in Havana, Cuba. But, many complex problems remain in a peace process the United Nations representative termed "a unique experiment that has not been seen anywhere else." The Colombian conflict is the last civil war in Latin America, costing an estimated 220,000 lives since 1958.

Burying Our Babies: Letter from L.A. to Ferguson

August 26, 2014
http://blackfemlens.blogspot.com
BlackFemLens
In the wake of the police killing of 18 year old Michael Brown, a black teacher in South Los Angeles describes how "death is intimately woven into the experience of being a black child in America." She says the trauma of constant death, loss and mourning shapes all of her students' lives.

"I Question America" -- Remembering Fannie Lou Hamer's Famous Speech 50 Years Ago

August 26, 2014
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-dreier/is-this-america-rememberi_b_5715135.html
Huffington Post
To understand both the progress America has made, and the many challenges it now faces, in terms of racial justice, it is useful to remind ourselves of the battle that occurred a half century ago and the life of Fannie Lou Hamer, a sharecropper and activist from the Mississippi Delta who galvanized the country with her stirring words and her remarkable courage.

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