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AFL-CIO Constituency Groups Stand with Native Americans to Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline

Labor Coalition for Community Action
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
We remain committed to fighting the corporate interests that back this project and name this pipeline “a pipeline of corporate greed.” We challenge the labor movement to strategize on how to better engage and include Native people and other marginalized populations into the labor movement as a whole.

Tidbits - September 22, 2016 - Reader Comments: Dakota Access, Native Americans, AFL-CIO; Prison Strike and Unpaid Labor; Many Rivers to Cross Festival; Attica Prison Uprising; and more.....

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Reader Comments: AFL-CIO Constituency Groups Stand with Native Americans to Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline; Largest Prison Strike in History Draws Attention to Unpaid Labor; Sanders Says: Elect Clinton-Then Mobilize; Invisible Workforce: Death, Discrimination and Despair in Temp Industry; Announcements: Dollars&Sense - Annual Labor Issue; Studs Terkel; Many Rivers to Cross: Art & Social Justice Festival; Blood in the Water: Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and It

The Largest Prison Strike in US History Enters Its Second Week

Alice Speri
The Intercept
Across the country, inmates are protesting a wide range of issues: from harsh parole systems and three-strike laws to the lack of educational services, medical neglect, and overcrowding. But the issue that has unified protesters is that of prison labor — a $2 billion a year industry that employs nearly 900,000 prisoners while paying them a few cents an hour in some states, and nothing at all in others.

Organizing the Prisons in the 1960s and 1970s: Part One, Building Movements

Jessie Kindig
Process
On the 45th anniversary of the Attica Prison rebellion in 1971, Process speaks with seven scholars of the carceral state -- Dan Berger, Alan Eladio Gómez, Garrett Felber, Toussaint Losier, Lydia Pelot-Hobbs, Tony Platt, and Heather Ann Thompson -- about prisoners’ organizing in the 1960s and 1970s and movements protesting mass incarceration today. This is the first of a three-part series, guest edited for Process by Jessie Kindig.

Standing with Troy Davis in His Final Days

Jen Marlowe
Yes Magazine
Five years ago today, the state of Georgia executed a man whose guilt was widely contested. Jen Marlowe, friend and journalist, on what it was like to stand with the Davis family on the last day.

Grad Students Who Sign Up To Unionize Are Getting Put On Election Duty

Cora Lewis
BuzzFeed News
The August decision by the National Labor Relations Board to allow grad students to organize is going to help boost the youth vote for Hillary Clinton. The Service Employees International Union is using them for voter registration drives on 45 campuses in 16 states.

Another For-Profit College Folds

Josh Hoxie
Other Words
The closure of ITT Tech should be a warning to other educational institutions looking to make a dime at the expense of students.

"The Passing of the Great Race" at 100

Noel Hartman
Public Books
A century ago, Madison Grant was one of the most influential racists in the United States. Republican presidents echoed his ideas. He helped shape immigration legislation. His ideas showed up in U.S. literature and popular culture. Adolph Hitler was a fan. In this essay, Noel Hartman focuses on Grant's best-known book and reminds us how some of Grant's ideas have survived and resurfaced in our current presidential campaign.

Why The NAACP Moratorium On Charters Really Matters To Our Public Schools

Yohuru Williams
Huffington Post
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples, the nation’s oldest and most highly recognized civil rights organization, called for a national moratorium on charter schools this summer. Soon after, a bipartisan chorus of charter supporters cried foul attempting to present the so- called choice offered by charters, as well as other attributes of corporate education reform, as the next logical step in the Civil Rights Movement.

The Public Option Is Back: Our Enthusiasm Should Be Tempered

Don McCanne
Common Dreams
"A public option will be only one more player in our costly, fragmented system of funding health care," writes McCanne. "It alone will bring us none of the important features of a single payer system such as efficiency, equity, systemic cost savings, and universality."

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