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On Offensive Speech and Ethnic Sensitivities

September 15, 2014
http://www.jeremiahhaber.com/2014/09/on-offensive-speech-and-ethnic.html
The Magnes Zionist
And when a member of the group who has suffered, and continues to suffer, says something that is offensive to the group responsible for that suffering (or who supports the group responsible for that suffering), then by all means call out that person for his offensive remarks - but cut him some slack and get over it.

An Epidemic of Wage Theft Is Costing Workers Hundreds of Millions of Dollars a Year

September 15, 2014
http://www.epi.org/publication/epidemic-wage-theft-costing-workers-hundreds/?utm_source=Economic+Policy+Institute&utm_campaign=fb1f4cc303-EPI_News&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e7c5826c50-fb1f4cc303-55917641
Economic Policy Institute
The researchers estimated that the average loss per worker over the course of a year was $2,634, out of total earnings of $17,616. The total annual wage theft from front-line workers in low-wage industries in the three cities approached $3 billion. If these findings in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles are generalizable to the rest of the U.S. low-wage workforce of 30 million, wage theft is costing workers more than $50 billion a year.

At Least Some Unions Step Up for Big Climate March!

September 15, 2014
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/26137-at-least-some-unions-step-up-for-big-climate-march
Truthout
"Sadly, there is no greater incentive than profit. No corporation has given anything without a fight. No union has made gains without a fight, and if this global crisis that affects all mankind is defined as an economic war with winners and losers - I stand ready with my brothers and sisters to march and to fight for worldwide energy democracy and to demand climate protection for the human race." Chris Erikson, head of IBEW Local 3

The Fight for Single Payer Health Insurance, 2014

September 15, 2014
http://singlepayer2014.wikidot.com/
Labor Campaign for SinglePayer Healthcare
The Labor Campaign for Single Payer held its largest ever strategy conference August 22-24 in Oakland, CA. Over 300 attendees packed the joint session at the historic ILWU Local 6 Hall, which was co-sponsored by Healthcare-NOW! and One-Payer States. Dr. Paul Song gave the keynote address for the workshop on "One Payer States".

Tuley Park Comets Helped Plant Baseball Roots on South Side

September 14, 2014
http://www.chicagoreporter.com/tcr-talks-tuley-park-comets-helped-plant-baseball-roots-south-side#.VBZ40qNoGoE
The Chicago Reporter
This summer Jackie Robinson West become the first all-African-American U.S. Champion of the Little League World Series in 30 years. In 1959 another group of Chicago boys – Chatham’s Tuley Park Comets -- had a similar experience. They were the first all-African-American team to win the Chicago Park District’s Little League baseball championship, going undefeated at 32-0 that season. Their run also included winning the Thillens Stadium Tournament.

Textbook Theory Behind Volcanoes May Be Wrong

September 14, 2014
http://www.caltech.edu/content/textbook-theory-behind-volcanoes-may-be-wrong
Caltech
In the proposed new picture, the engine behind Earth's interior processes is not heat from the core but cooling at the planet's surface. This cooling and plate tectonics drives mantle convection, the cooling of the core, and Earth's magnetic field. Volcanoes and cracks in the plate are simply side effects.

Too Cool for School

September 14, 2014
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/09/too-cool-for-school/
Jacobin
Neoliberal education reform is plagued by a contradiction in its commitments — schools need autonomy to be responsive to communities, yet most charters are run by non-educators with no stake in these communities.

The Value of Water

September 14, 2014
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/26110-total-recall-water-and-the-values-of-the-value-of-water-coalition
Truthout
The Value of Water Coalition was formed by large, well-resourced water and wastewater organizations to change the way we think about water. The rest of us need to know that we may not like the way they think of us and our rights to water.

Naomi Klein Breaks a Taboo

September 14, 2014
https://indypendent.org/2014/09/12/interview-naomi-klein-breaks-taboo
The Indypendent
That global warming is man-made and poses a grave threat to our future is widely accepted by progressives. Yet, the most commonly proposed solutions emphasize either personal responsibility for a global emergency (buy energy-efficient light bulbs, purchase a Prius), or rely on market-based schemes like cap-and-trade. These responses are not only inadequate, says Naomi Klein, but represent a lost opportunity to confront climate change’s root cause: capitalism.

Scottish Independence Vote Is Too Close to Call

September 12, 2014
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/140911/the-uk-panicking-over-next-week-s-scottish-indepe
Global Post
Facing a Scottish referendum on independence September 18th that suddenly appears to close to call, the not so united United Kingdom and its pro-unionist partners in Scotland are panicking and resorting to desperate measures. If, after 307 years as a part of the United Kingdom, Scotland votes to secede, the UK loses one-third of its land mass and 10 percent of its Gross National Product.

Cuba's Ebola Team: The Largest Sent From Any Single Country

September 12, 2014
http://www.who.int/features/2014/cuban-ebola-team/en/
World Health Organization
Cuba's Minister of Public Health announced September 12th that Cuba would be sending a medical team of 165 experienced medical professionals to Sierra Leone to help combat the Ebola crisis there. The announcement, which came at the World Health Organization's headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, represents "the largest offer of a foreign medical team from a single country during this outbreak," according to WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan.

Canadian Mining Company Threatens El Salvador's Sovereignty

September 12, 2014
http://otherwords.org/golden-weapons-of-destruction-aimed-at-el-salvador/
OtherWords
In yet another example of a corporation using international laws to prevent countries from restricting their profits, an obscure tribunal housed at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. will soon decide the fate of millions of people in El Salvador. At issue is whether the government of El Salvador will be punished for refusing to let a Canadian mining company operate on its territory because it wants to protect its main source of water.

New Study: A Powerful Condemnation of Racial Bias

September 12, 2014
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/08/opinion/charles-blow-crime-bias-and-statistics.html?smid=nytcore-iphone-share&smprod=nytcore-iphone&_r=0
New York Times
A damning report released last week by the Sentencing Project lays bare how racial bias, and the interconnecting systemic structures that reinforce it, disproportionately affect African-Americans. The report, a powerful condemnation of the "perversity" of racial oppression, reveals how "the overassociation" of blacks with criminality has a devastating impact on society in general and Black and other people of color in particular.

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