SB 720: a Crime to Uphold Palestinian Rights

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August 19, 2017
It is fascinating to watch certain US senators tripping over themselves as they attempt to defend their support for or opposition to the proposed legislation that would make it a crime to support the campaign to Boycott, Divest, or Sanction Israel (BDS) for its continued occupation of Palestinian lands. Their efforts to square the circle of their "love of Israel", opposition to BDS, support for a "two-state solution", and commitment to free speech,...
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A Historian of Forgotten Resistance

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August 19, 2017
In the margins of one of the hundreds of dog-eared books he kept in his cave, Lay offered an epitaph that also reads like an exhortation: "Dear souls, be tender-hearted." Rediker, the historian of resistance from below, hopes that he has managed to produce "tender-hearted" treatments of all these resisters, but knows that this work, like Lay's own resistance to slavery, must continue well past him.
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DOJ Warrant of Trump Resistance Site Triggers

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August 19, 2017
The case is not the first instance on the government asking tech companies for details on Trump dissidents. Earlier this year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) briefly tried to get Twitter to reveal information to identify an account holder whose messages on the social media platform had been critical of Trump.
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The Monuments Must Go

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August 19, 2017
An open letter from the great-great-grandsons of Stonewall Jackson.
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Venezuela: Chavistas Gain Upper Hand

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August 19, 2017
To get a better sense of the situation on the ground in Venezuela, Green Left Weekly’s Federico Fuentes interviewed Steve Ellner, a well-known analyst of Venezuelan and Latin American politics and a retired professor at Venezuela’s Universidad de Oriente.
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Forget North Korea, America Nuking Itself

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August 18, 2017
While senior U.S. officials led by President Trump and media pundits sound the alarm over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, America has been dealing with a series of nuclear leaks domestically that are already exposing the public to radioactive material.
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Kamala Harris, Identity Politics and the Left

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August 18, 2017
Dissonance created by a certain conception of identity: if we believe that “women and people of color” are defined entirely by their identities, it becomes impossible to understand how anyone who shares the identity could reject a candidate who fits that identity. Once the distinction between perspective and identity is erased, voters of color become an undifferentiated hive mind incapable of political independence.
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The Anti-capitalist Origins of Monopoly

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August 18, 2017
The original purpose of Monopoly was for players to experience a ‘practical demonstration of the present system of land grabbing with all its usual outcomes and consequences’ and hence to understand how different approaches to property ownership can lead to vastly different social outcomes.
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Eye Witness Report: Charlottesville

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August 18, 2017
Make no mistake about it: What we observed was an act of terror. This brutality was designed to intimidate people of color, such as myself, as well as to intimidate the many courageous people who were in Charlottesville opposing white supremacy in full force. The goal was to place a high cost on protesting white supremacy and to frighten people away from standing up for their rights.
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Confront White Supremacy

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August 18, 2017
The events in Charlottesville are not anomaly; They are happening all over America. Challenge yourself to use your imagination and consider all the symbols and institutions of white supremacy. PLUS: A call on all Asian Americans to join us in defending our vision of democracy – one where we protect the vulnerable amongst us, resist efforts to erode our hard-won rights and protections, and fight to advance progress for all marginalized communities.
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Portside Culture

Review: In ‘Crown Heights,’ Justice Delayed and Denied

A. O. Scott
New York Times
Like countless other black men, Colin Warner wa ensnared in a system that seems rigged against him in every way. The police, the prosecutors, the prison guards and some of his own lawyers cut corners, rush to judgment and ignore the clear evidence of his innocence and he spent 20 years in prison.

Class & Inequality: The Book that Explains Charlottesville

Marshall Steinbaum
Boston Review
The University of Virginia has long been a bastion of white supremacy and its validating scholarship. The book’s author identifies how such antidemocratic sentiment has long gestated in academia generally, encapsulated in neoclassical economics and its validation of alleged rational economic behaviors -- theories that originated in opposition to the New Deal and the Civil Rights movement and predominate in today's conservative and far-right movements today.

A Test of American Traditions

Darryl Holter
Los Angeles Review of Books
This little book has become an unlikely political best-seller in these unlikely political times.

Is 3D Printing the Next Frontier in Food and Nutrition?

Kristin Sargianis
Cook's Science
3D printing has started to make its way into the culinary world and a handful of chefs are experimenting with printing beautiful, edible designs, but are we ready for this technology? Is 3D printing poised to revolutionize the way we eat?

Portside Labor

Teachers Union Caucuses Gather to Swap Strategies

Gillian Russom and Samantha Winslow
Labor Notes
With teachers facing similar attacks in school districts across the country, it makes sense to share strategies for fighting back. That’s the goal of the United Caucuses of Rank-and-File Educators (UCORE), a growing network of locals and caucuses within the teachers unions.

Workers May Have Just Killed Missouri’s Right to Work Law

Jeff Schuhrke
Working In These Times
Though the law is set to take effect on August 28, the pro-union We Are Missouri coalition, led by the Missouri AFL-CIO, says it has collected enough signatures from voters to call for a state-wide referendum in November 2018 that could nullify the legislation.

Racism in Charlottesville: CBTU Statement on Unite the Right Rally

Rev. Terry Melvin
CBTU
Trump has been apt to condemn and mock anyone he finds offensive. He has no problem commenting on women bleeding, but has no comment when someone is bleeding from being hit by a car. His lack of commentary is indicative of his relationship to the white racists. While I do not believe all those who support this president are racist, I do believe all racists support this president. His lack of actions and words have reinforced this fact.

The Racist Origins of Right to Work

Michael Pierce
Labor Notes
As alt-right and white supremacist movements grow it is important to revisit history and see the ways in which most hate movements are intertwined.

A Working-Class Strategy for Defeating White Supremacy

Gabriel Kristal
In These Times
To advance anti-racism on the macro scale, we need to collectively engage in popular struggle, rooted in a left platform that is relevant and intuitive for poor and working people. There should be an immediate creation of a hopeful, broad-based mission that is winnable, which will serve to expand the resistance movement and create an organized majority to kill pernicious nationalism, masquerading as populism.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on August 16, 2017

VICE News Tonight correspondent Elle Reeve goes behind the scenes with white nationalist leaders, including Christopher Cantwell, Robert Ray, David Duke, and Matthew Heimbach — as well as counter-protesters. VICE News Tonight also spoke with residents of Charlottesville, members of the Black Lives Matter movement, and the Charlottesville Police. Up close and personal access from the neo-Nazi protests at Emancipation Park to Cantwell’s hideaway outside of Virginia.

Posted by Portside on August 16, 2017

By refusing to take a side on the violence in Charlottesville, Trump has taken a side.

Posted by Portside on August 16, 2017

President Donald Trump is defending efforts to preserve confederate statues like the one of General Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville. Lawrence O'Donnell looks back at the legacy of the man who was indicted for treason and led the Confederate Army.

Posted by Portside on August 16, 2017

CNN's Jim Acosta on Tuesday reports on Donald Trump’s “strange, surreal stunning and baffling” press conference, explaining the world witnessed “a presidency go off the rails.”

Posted by Portside on August 16, 2017

 

 

Charlottesville Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy tells CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that his community has rallied in solidarity against the hateful white supremacist and neo-Nazi elements that turned the city until a battle zone on Saturday and killed an anti-racist counter-protester. 

Posted by Portside on July 28, 2017

Based on the true story if the Algiers Motel incident, starring John Krasinski, John Boyega, and Anthony Mackie. In theaters Aug 4.

 

Posted by Portside on July 28, 2017

A collaboration with Jorge Cham (PhD comics) and Daniel Whiteson gives a mind-bending answer to a deceptively simple question.