In Minn. City Council, Power of Left Grows

January 4, 2017
"Not progressive enough" a liability at precinct caucuses
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Getting a Fighting Start on 2017

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January 4, 2017
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Media Bits and Bytes – Blue Tuesday Edition

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January 3, 2017
Following the North Star; Lying about lying; Calling all lapdogs; Rushin’ to judgement; Press prognosis
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In 2017, Fusing Identity and Class Politics

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January 3, 2017
“Identity politics” (or particularism) and “unity politics” (or universalism) are not mutually exclusive, and do not have to detract from each other. To clip either wing of our movement is to cripple its ability to fly, and fails to recognize—as Bernie recognized midway through his campaign—that both identity and economic messages can be strengthened at the same time. But in order to do so, we need to recognize our existing strengths . . .
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Dwindling Union Power Helped Usher In Trump

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January 3, 2017
Donald Trump swept the Rust Belt in part because labor unions are in retreat, a trend that started long before Election Day.
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Don't Bankrupt Labor Department's Mission

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January 3, 2017
David Weil, head of labor’s wage and hour division, cautions that while Trump campaigned to help working-class Americans, the views of Andy Puzder put the protection of those workers at risk.
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Something About This Russian Story Stinks

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January 3, 2017
Nearly a decade and a half after the Iraq-WMD faceplant, the American press is again asked to co-sign a dubious intelligence assessment.
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Witnessing Japan's Growing Antiwar Movement

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January 2, 2017
Two American veterans journeyed to Japan to apologize for US war crimes. They found a growing grassroots antiwar movement.
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Attempting To Curtail Dissent Of Seniors

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January 2, 2017
Governments go to pretty low tricks to silent dissent -- curtailing ones that travel to neighboring countries and now stopping social security checks.
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The End of Progressive Neoliberalism

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January 2, 2017
The election of Donald Trump represents one of a series of dramatic political uprisings that together signal a collapse of neoliberal hegemony. In every case, voters are saying “No!” to the lethal combination of austerity, free trade, predatory debt, and precarious, ill-paid work that characterize financialized capitalism today.
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Portside Culture


Lisa Allen Ortiz
Guide to the Exhibit
Extinction: Lisa Allen Ortiz, child of Mendocino county, California knows a thing or two about birds and about how precarious are the lives of many species, speaks of our impending "civic sorrow."

Antonio Gramsci Jr: On Remembering His Grandfather

Antonio Gramsci, Jr.
New Left Review
Through the use of family archives and other new sources, the grandson of Italian revolutionary Antonio Gramsci seeks to reconstruct the cultural and political saliance of his grandfather's contributions to building and defending the Italian working class movement and international socialism in the face of Stalinist distortions, capitalist enmity and today's reactionary Russian regime.

When Labor Fought for Civil Rights

Rich Yeselson
In reviewing two new books on the 20th Century's intertwined histories of labor, the Democratic Party, the Civil Rights movement, and the African American people, Rich Yeselson offers a nuanced and deeply informed assessment of this complicated tale.

Review: Fences Is an Acting and Directorial Feast Fit for August Wilson's Words

Nsenga K. Burton Ph.D.
The Root
Washington’s and Davis’ reprisals of their superb 2010 Broadway performances, do not disappoint. Washington takes us on an episodic journey through love, pain, betrayal and redemption, and with such heavy topics, the audience will struggle through it. With performances that will literally take your breath away, Fences is a must-see film offering a timeless critique of a family trying to determine who should be on each side of the fence, one fence post at a time.

My Dinners With Harold

Daniel Duane
California Sunday Magazine
Daniel Duane examines how a shy Ph.D. in English literature revolutionized the science of cooking and became revered in the most famous kitchens in the world.

Portside Labor

Collective Bargaining Can Still Work

Andrew Strom
On Labor: Workers, Unions and Politics
Some critics, including some in the labor movement, suggest that unions have to abandon collective bargaining and pursue other strategies for worker gains, such as winning higher wages through legislation. But collective bargaining can still work, and it is still necessary.

In the Fantasy Land of Labor Theorists: Andy Stern’s Latest Contribution

Jay Youngdahl
In These Times
As inequality and its consequences mount, even more struggles and progressive formations will emerge. They are likely to be imperfect and messy, but from them useful ideas as to the future of collective worker action will become clearer. One thing is sure, though: Such a vision will not come from Andy Stern.

Boeing's North Charleston S.C. Workers to Vote on Union Representation

David Wren
Post and Courier
"Labor and community groups supporting the efforts by Boeing workers to form a union will also be in attendance," the IAM's announcement states. Evans, the IAM's lead organizer in North Charleston, and Ken Riley, the longtime president of the local longshoremen's union, are scheduled to speak at Friday's event.

MLK's Advice on Strike Strategy Still Relevant Today

Rand Wilson
Stansbury Forum
King’s strategic advice to the striking Memphis sanitation workers is still useful: winning requires placing the struggle in a larger context that challenges elected officials and government at every level to make America a better nation!

New York Unions Are Packed And Ready For Women’s March On Washington

Ginger Adams Otis
New York Daily News
Many New York unions are joining the Women's March on Washington including District Council 37, the United Federation of Teachers, the New York State Nurses Association, the National Writers Union, Writers Guild of America East, United Food and Commercial Workers 1500, New York State United Teachers and 32BJ SEIU.

The Revolt of Working Parents

Alexia Fernandez Campbell
The Atlantic
Mothers—and some fathers—are increasingly suing employers for discriminating against working parents. They are succeeding.

Puzder Confirmation as Labor Secretary Pushed Back after Worker Protests Ignite

Janet Sparks
Blue MauMau
The confirmation hearing for Trump's Secretary of Labor nominee, Andrew Puzder, was scheduled to start January 17 but has been pushed back and may not happen until next month. It may be that worker protest is having an impact. Critics have revealed that Puzder's company has frequently violated wage and hour, and safety and health laws.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on January 20, 2017

On President Obama's last day Stephen's conservative pundit identical twin cousin, Stephen Colbert, stopped by to wish him farewell.

Posted by Portside on January 20, 2017

Song not heard at Trump inauguration: 'Poor people gonna rise up / take what's theirs'

Posted by Portside on January 20, 2017

You may need to Trump-proof your life. Follow our seven easy steps.

Posted by Portside on January 20, 2017

We travel to Whitley County in Kentucky to find out why people who benefited most from Obamacare would vote for Donald Trump. 

Posted by Portside on January 20, 2017

The waters are rising. Baba Brinkman breaks it down in language that even Donald Trump can understand.

Posted by Portside on December 30, 2016

Chris Hayes examines the parallels between Donald Trump and Nixon with the author of Nixonland.

Posted by Portside on December 30, 2016

"A Better Man" video recorded and filmed live outside on Keb' Mo's back porch.