16-Hour Shifts, But Not a Real Worker?

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October 29, 2013
It's not unheard of for surgery residents to work for more than a day and a half straight.
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Lou Reed’s Politics

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October 28, 2013
From the beginning of his career, Reed identified himself as an artist who was determined to explore and explain the great societal taboos. He wrote songs about sex and sexuality, addiction, abuse, disease and communities that refused to conform or capitulate. His 1972 hit, “Walk on the Wild Side,” took AM radio and a generation of young Americans to places they had never been before.
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Call by NC Moral Monday Activists

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October 28, 2013
"Our state's policies and practices are being weighed on the scales of justice," the letter states. "They, and all of us who stand on the sidelines and watch them go into effect without raising our voices, are judged on the criteria established in our faith traditions and the principles in our documents which first constituted our nation and state. No matter which measure of human decency is used, our moral profile is a scandal.
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Panthers' Fight for Free Health Care New Book

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October 28, 2013
Book Review of "Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination," by Alondra Nelson, University of Minnesota Press, $18.95 paperback, 289 pages.
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Toronto Transit Bans Ad of Palestinian Land

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October 28, 2013
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has rejected a group's bus ad showing Israel's expropriation of Palestinian land over time, claiming the ad could incite anti-Jewish discrimination and violence. The centerpiece is a series of four maps that show the loss of control of Palestinian land to the Zionist movement and Israel between 1946 and the present. The ad also states: “This is unfair. It is also illegal under international law.”
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Torpedoing the Iran Nuclear Talks

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October 28, 2013
The fact that the first round of talks on Oct.15 was hailed by Iran and the P5+1 as “positive” has energized opponents of the negotiations, who are moving to block any attempts at softening international sanctions against Teheran, while at the same time pressing for a military solution to the conflict.
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A Protein in Breast Milk That Fights HIV

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October 27, 2013
Human breast milk naturally contains a protein called Tenascin C that neutralizes HIV and, in most cases, prevents it from being passed from mother to child.
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Voting Rights at a Crossroads

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October 27, 2013
The Supreme Court Decision in Shelby Is the Latest Challenge in the ‘Unfinished March’ to Full Black Access to the Ballot
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Do Something About Antibiotics in Agriculture

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October 27, 2013
Five years after the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production released its landmark recommendations to remedy the public health, environment, animal welfare and rural community problems caused by industrial food animal production, a new analysis finds that the Administration and Congress have acted "regressively" in policymaking on industrial food animal system issues.
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René González, Cuban 5 Member, Speaks Out

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October 27, 2013
Democracy Now! exclusive, the only freed member of the Cuban Five, René González, speaks out after a 13-year imprisonment in the United States. The five Cuban intelligence agents were arrested in the United States in 1998 and convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage. They say they were not spying on the United States, but rather trying to monitor violent right-wing Cuban exile groups responsible for attacks inside Cuba. In Cuba, the five are seen as national heroes.
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Portside Culture

The Black Novelist History Forgot

Robert B. Stepto 
The Washington Post
Himes was a pivotal and versatile post WW II-era American novelist whose work influenced several generations of African American and other writers. A new biography of the novelist is drawing national attention.

"Roman J. Israel, Esq." Review – Denzel Washington Captivates In Unusual Legal Drama

Benjamin Lee
The Guardian
The film is a haunting and timeless American tragedy that feels ever prescient given the current administration’s foggy understanding of morality. It might prove to be a tough sell thanks to an awkward title and a strange plot trajectory, but Roman J. Israel, Esq. is a richly rewarding drama blessed with one of the best, most lived-in performances of the year. 

Shh! These Quiet Food Videos Will Get Your Senses Tingling

Clare Leschin-Hoar
The Salt
A whole new genre of food videos, focusing on specific intense sounds like crinkling, chopping, sautéing and stirring, is becoming popular. These eating sounds trigger pleasing tingling sensations in the brains of viewers who experience ASMR, which stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response.

Not Our Tribe

Jed Myers
Solstice
Seattle poet Jed Myers speaks of the fear of strangers, how our eyes assess and judge newcomers, searching for the glimmer that makes them one of us.

A Memoir of Life as Che Guevara’s Kid Brother

Peter Canby
New Yorker
Che’s youngest sibling, Juan Martin Guevara, remembers his revolutionary brother and the family's travails after his murder by the Bolivian military with the aid of the CIA.

Portside Labor

Canadian, U.S. Unions Push for Wage Hike Amid NAFTA Talks

Ginger Adams Otis
New York Daily News
Labor leaders in the U.S. have made it clear they are supportive of a NAFTA overhaul — but only if it helps eliminate the wage gap with Mexico and includes Canada’s long-shot demands for labor reform.

McDonald's Labor Abuses and the GOP

Thor Benson
Working In These Times
If successful, the bill would mark a historic shift in labor law. Millions of low-wage workers across the country would be directly impacted, losing a key mechanism to protect their rights on the job, while corporations which regularly escape liability would gain protections.

Dolores – A Film Review

Duane Campbell
Democratic Left
That Dolores Huerta is not better known in the nation provides a commentary on how little the mainstream media, and much of the Left, know about the growth of Latino power in the labor and feminist movements.

Friday Nite Videos

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Almost Like Praying,” featuring a variety of artists, was written and recorded to benefit hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico with proceeds benefiting The Hispanic Federation's Unidos Disaster Relief Fund. Download and stream here.

Posted by Portside on October 13, 2017

Seth takes a closer look at how powerful men in entertainment and politics - from Harvey Weinstein to Donald Trump - abuse their power to silence, bully or coerce.

Posted by Portside on October 13, 2017

The Try Guys take on the immigration system and find out how hard it really is to become a US citizen.

Posted by Portside on October 13, 2017

The President called for 'anti-Trump' late night host(s) to give him 'equal time' on their show. Stephen can only think of one person to help play, excuse the phrase, devil's advocate.

Posted by Portside on October 12, 2017

Eminem is back! And he's in classic bar-for-bar form blasting at Donald Trump from his Detroit home. The cyphers went crazy too. Peep.

Posted by Portside on October 6, 2017

John Oliver discusses the way the NRA not only works to prevent gun control, they work to prevent an informed discussion about gun control.

Posted by Portside on October 6, 2017

On 4 October 1936 antifascists of London came out en masse in what became known as The Battle of Cable Street to confront Oswald Mosley and his British Union of Fascists as they planned to march through the East End.