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Ferguson Protest Leaders Get Engaged at City Hall

December 17, 2014
http://www.stlamerican.com/news/local_news/article_bcd08906-8590-11e4-9673-239990c2313c.html
St. Louis American
Both are Ferguson residents and University of Missouri – St. Louis students who chose to put school on hold after Michael Brown Jr.’s death and devote themselves to organizing against police brutality. They founded Millennial Activists United with Ashley Yates – all black women in their 20s – and have since become some of the most prominent faces and voices of the Ferguson movement.

Don't Tread on Me: A Short Primer on the History of Washington DC

December 17, 2014
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathleen-frydl/dont-tread-on-me-a-short-_1_b_6324722.html?utm_hp_ref=tw
Huffington Post
After the collapse of Reconstruction, DC followed the country in its corrosive and violent plunge into Jim Crow segregation and Gilded Age politics. From that point forward, and until . . . the late 1960s, the retrograde system of three commissioners, appointed by the President, administered the affairs of the city & the Congress, and in particular the southern oligarchs determined to use DC as a platform for their racist agenda, made its laws.

70 Years Later, Judge Rules 14-Year-Old Boy was Wrongly Executed

December 17, 2014
http://www.ajc.com/ap/ap/us/judge-boy-14-shouldnt-have-been-executed-in-sc/njTx6/
Atlanta Journal Constitution
On Wednesday, a judge threw out the conviction of George Stinney, who at 14, was the youngest person to be executed in the United States in 1944. In the span of three months he was arrested, convicted of murdering two young girls, and sent to the electric chair.

Message from the Portside Labor Moderators

December 17, 2014
Portside
As you know the response to police violence is going mass. Portside has been faithfully keeping up with the fast-breaking events. If you meant to make a contribution but got caught up in the flurry of action - as we all have - here's a reminder about Portside's purpose and work. We need your help to keep going. We don't intend to stand still. In the next year, we will improve and expand Portside...

Message from the Portside Moderators

December 17, 2014
Portside
As you know the response to police violence is going mass. Portside has been faithfully keeping up with the fast-breaking events. If you meant to make a contribution but got caught up in the flurry of action - as we all have - here's a reminder about Portside's purpose and work. We need your help to keep going. We don't intend to stand still. In the next year, we will improve and expand Portside...

From Michael Brown to Assata Shakur, the Racist State of America Persists

December 17, 2014
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/nov/01/michael-brown-assata-shakur-racist-state-of-america
The Guardian
The sheer persistence of police killings of black youth contradicts the assumption that these are isolated aberrations. . . And they, in turn, represent an unbroken stream of racist violence, both official and extra-legal, from slave patrols and the Ku Klux Klan, to contemporary profiling practices and present-day vigilantes.

"Employers Feel Wildly Free To Pay People However They Want": An Interview with Kim Bobo

December 17, 2014
http://www.politicalresearch.org/2014/12/04/employers-feel-wildly-free-to-pay-people-however-they-want-an-interview-with-kim-bobo/
Political Research Associates
Interfaith Worker Justice founder Kim Bobo explains why progressives should be doing more to woo evangelicals; how the Chamber of Commerce is abandoning small businesses by not fighting wage theft; and why some Catholic employers are lobbying for workers to get paid overtime. [This interview first appeared at Public Research Associates and will be in the Winter 2015 issue of The Public Eye Magazine.]

Contraception Is Not Abortion, But Right Wing Has Plan to Convince You Otherwise

December 16, 2014
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/16/contraception-not-abortion-right-wing-has-plan-convince-you-otherwise
Common Dreams
The analysis suggests that a coordinated misinformation campaign, spearheaded by conservative groups like the Susan B. Anthony List, Americans United for Life, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the Heritage Foundation, is part of an underlying right-wing attempt to chip away at access to commonly used contraceptives such as Plan B or IUDs.

The Power of Political Athletes to Puncture Privilege

December 16, 2014
http://www.thenation.com/blogs/dave-zirin
The Nation
The great Indian writer Arundhati Roy once said, “…in the midst of putative peace, you could, like me, be unfortunate enough to stumble on a silent war. The trouble is that once you see it, you can’t unsee it. And once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There’s no innocence. Either way, you’re accountable.”

Report: US-China Trade Deficit Cost 3.2 Million American Jobs

December 16, 2014
http://www.opposingviews.com/i/politics/report-us-china-trade-deficit-cost-32-million-american-jobs
Opposing Views
The manufacturing industry has been hit hard since China's acceptance in the World Trade Organization. The industry includes imports of computer and electronic parts and accounted for 56 percent of the $240.1 billion increase in the US trade deficit with China. An estimated 1,249,100 jobs were eliminated in the electronic industry.

Is It Bad Enough Yet?

December 16, 2014
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/14/opinion/sunday/mark-bittman-is-it-bad-enough-yet.html?
New York Times
Of course it’s the same struggle: “It’s the same people,” says Saru Jayaraman, the director of the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley. “Young people working in fast food are the same people as those who are the victims of police brutality. So the Walmart folks are talking about #blacklivesmatter and the #blacklivesmatter folks are talking about taking on capital.”

Exposing the FBI

December 16, 2014
http://newpol.org/content/exposing-fbi
New Politics
A review of The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI, by Betty Medsger (Alfred A. Knopf, 2014) by Lawrence S. Wittner. The Burglary tells the story of how, on March 8, 1971, in the midst of the Vietnam War, eight peace activists broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, in an effort to discover whether the FBI was working, illegally, to suppress American dissent.

“This Victory Belongs to All of Us”: How Teacher Agustin Morales Got His Job Back

December 15, 2014
http://www.salon.com/2014/12/09/this_victory_belongs_to_all_of_us_how_teacher_agustin_morales_got_his_job_back/
Salon
Agustin Morales was fired from his job as a Massachusetts public school teacher after being elected president of his union and after he participated in collective protest against an element of education reform. Here is the story of how community groups, parents and other teacher union activists came together to support him and help him win his job back.

“This Victory Belongs to All of Us”: How Teacher Agustin Morales Got His Job Back

December 15, 2014
http://www.salon.com/2014/12/09/this_victory_belongs_to_all_of_us_how_teacher_agustin_morales_got_his_job_back/
Salon
Agustin Morales was fired from his job as a Massachusetts public school teacher after being elected president of his union and after he participated in collective protest against an element of education reform. Here is the story of how community groups, parents and other teacher union activists came together to support him and help him win his job back.

A Letter to My Nephew

December 15, 2014
http://www.progressive.org/news/2014/12/5047/letter-my-nephew
The Progressive
It is not permissible that the authors of devastation should also be innocent. It is the innocence which constitutes the crime.

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