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Darkness on the Edge of Town

Laura Wexler
The Washington Post
Chief Justice John Roberts grew up in a town that banned black residents. Places like Long Branch, Ind., were often called Sundown Towns. Only whites were allowed on the streets after dark. James W. Loewen published the first study of these towns ten years ago, just as Roberts was named to the court. Laura Wexler published one of the few reviews of the book. Along with the review, below, are links to the book's website and to the book's introduction.

Fast-food Strikes Widen Into Social Justice Movement

Bruce Horovitz
USA Today
Wednesday's #FightFor15 actions are projected by organizers to evolve over the course of Tax Day into a 230-city protest and strike, not only by fast-food workers, but also by everything from adjunct professors to home care employees to child care workers to Walmartworkers.

The Storm Is Over

Kathy Kelly
teleSUR
A glimpse into life in Atwood Hall in Lexington, Kentucky's federal prison where peace activist Kathy Kelly is currently incarcerated for her participation in an anti-drone protest.

Reparations Package for Jon Burge Torture Survivors Moves Forward in Chicago

Lisa White
Chicagoist
Survivors of torture by Former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge, along with their families, lawyers, advocacy groups and activists, worked to make an historic reparations ordinance a reality. In addition to $5.5 million fund for eligible victims, the reparations package includes free attendance at City Colleges, specialized trauma counseling, a formal apology, a permanent memorial, and history lessons about Burge torture in Chicago Public Schools.

The New Civil Rights Movement Doesn't Need an MLK

Danielle Allen and Cathy Cohen
The Washington Post
With the spread and growth of protests against police violence, two questions have captured the public imagination: Will these events lead to a new civil rights moment? If so, where is the next Martin Luther King Jr.?

Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO's Combative President: 'We Still Punch Far Above Our Weight'

Steven Greenhouse
The Guardian
Under Trumka, labor has sought to extend its power by alliances, cooperating with African-American groups, immigrant groups, environmental groups and others as well as car wash workers and day laborers seeking to organizers. He points to the wave of Fight for $15 protests scheduled for April 15 as an example of a new way workers are flexing their muscles.

Review: Iranian Film "About Elly" -- A Middle Class Enjoying Itself Is Engulfed In Change

Stephen Holden
New York Times
Director Ashgar Farhadi achieved international recognition with the complex and brilliant film A Separation. About Elly was made earlier, won Best Picture at Tribeca in 2009, and has taken six years to work its way back to the U.S. If possible, and now in the midst of the nuclear deal, this devastating film is better and more relevant. Farhadi depicts the strains between strict Islamic traditions and modernism within Iran's affluent, sophisticated middle classss.

The Debt Owed to Eduardo Galeano

Dave Zirin
The Nation
He writes, “I go about the world, hand outstretched, and in the stadiums I plead: ‘A pretty move, for the love of God.’ And when good soccer happens, I give thanks for the miracle and I don’t give a damn which team or country performs it.” That’s Galeano: he made you believe it was not only possible to be both an internationalist and fan, but also a necessity if you hope to have your feet planted in this world with your mind on the next.

How Hillary Clinton's State Department Sold Fracking to the World

Mariah Blake
Mother Jones, Sept/Oct 2014
Under Clinton's leadership, the State Department worked closely with energy companies to spread fracking around the globe—part of a broader push to fight climate change, boost global energy supply, and undercut the power of adversaries such as Russia.

Cuba’s Coming Out Party at the Summit of the Americas

Medea Benjamin
Counterpunch
Cuba was welcomed and thanked by several of the leaders for the help Cuba has given other countries, but what most Americans fail to understand is the pride felt by so many people in Latin America—even people who don’t like Cuba’s policies—that for over 50 years the tiny island has managed to fend off the attempts by the US Goliath to overthrow it.

Reclaiming Football for the Working Class

Andy Clark
Working-Class Perspectives
The Living Wage Foundation, which campaigns for companies to pay an enhanced income ensuring a basic standard of living (currently set at £7.85 an hour or £9.15 inside London), called on England’s Premier League (soccer) to pay a ‘living wage’ to full-time, permanent staff.

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