The Fear Economy

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December 28, 2013
There are many steps that we can take to end that state of affairs, but the most important is to put jobs back on the agenda.
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Thousands Protest New Air Base After Okinawa

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December 28, 2013
Anti-base protester: 'Okinawa residents cannot tolerate the base relocation within the prefecture.
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The Right To Stay Home

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December 28, 2013
The Obama Administration has produced vast expansion of deportations reaching 409,000 last year, with over 2 million deported since this president assumed office. Increased enforcement has been justified as a device to encourage legislative reform of the immigration system, but it has only increased the deportations and the divisions of families.
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Friday Nite Videos -- Dec 27, 2013

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December 27, 2013
Bryan Stevenson: We Need to Talk About Injustice. Leonard Cohen: Democracy Is Coming to the USA. What Does the PISA Report Tell Us About U.S. Education? Chiara de Blasio Tells Her Story. Merry Christmas: No More Unemployment Benefits. President Barack Obama - Drop It Like It's Hot.
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Alan Turing's Pardon Is Wrong

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December 27, 2013
To single out Turing is to say all the other persecuted gay men are not so deserving of justice because they were less exceptional
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Mandela: A Man in Touch With His Masculinity

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December 27, 2013
In these times of widespread violence perpetrated by men, we may learn from Mandela's model of masculinity.
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Open Letter to Duck Dynasty Patriarch

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December 27, 2013
Freedom Rider and long-time activist for justice, Bob Zellner, reaches out to one who sees the plight of African Americans during the pre-civil rights era differently.
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Antidotes to Avarice: A 2013 Top Ten

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December 27, 2013
Nurses, philosophers, and UK trade unions have, over the past 12 months, all shared some fascinating ideas on how we can make our societies more equal — and much better — places to live.
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Snowden's Message: Mission Accomplished

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December 26, 2013
Edward Snowden's Christmas message - together we can end mass surveillance, otherwise "'a child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all.' Listen to message broadcast on England's Channel 4; and Washington Post story, based on 14 hours of interviews conducted in Moscow. "All I wanted was for the public to be able to have a say in how they are governed," Snowden said.
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Portside Fund Appeal - What a Year It's Been

Portside
It's been an extraordinary year. A year of unparalleled dangers, which we wont dwell on, as you know them well. Also a year that people invented new ways to assert themselves -- from athletes kneeling to women speaking out to voters flipping seats up and down the ballot. Just once a year we appeal to you to contribute to make it possible to continue this work. Please help.

Black People Can’t Swim

Diana Goetsch
Gettysburg Review
In our age of cultural pluralism, mixing ethnicity, race, religion, gender, not to mention economics, the poet Diana Goetsch enjoys an evening celebrating what’s different and what’s not

Was Aaron Burr the Embryo Caesar?

Eric Foner
London Review of Books
Little is known about the veracity of the so-called Burr Conspiracy, the alleged effort by Aaron Burr to split off the western territories to form a separate nation in the early 1800s. People, the book's author writes, clung to familiar stories; they ‘embraced different certainties’ regardless of new information and revelations.

Future Home of the Living God

Robert Goodman
Newtown Review of Books
Erdrich takes up the genre of literary dystopia in a manner that is focused, writes reviewer Goodman, "on the agency of women and the centrality of procreation and pregnancy in the way they are treated by society."

Santa Barbara Film Festival To Open With Emilio Estevez’s ‘The Public’

Bruce Haring
Deadline Hollywood
'The Public' follows a group of homeless library patrons, who, after learning that emergency shelters are at capacity during a brutal Midwestern cold front, refuse to leave Cincinnati’s downtown public library at closing. What begins as a nonviolent Occupy sit-in and ragtag act of civil disobedience quickly escalates into a stand-off with local riot police, a no-nonsense crisis negotiator, and a savvy DA with lofty political ambitions.

West Africa steams over jollof rice war

Anisa Subedar & Iqbal Ahmed
BBC News
Jollof rice is a dish hugely popular in countries such as Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cameroon. Somehow, Mark Zuckerberg got into the fray about which country's recipe is best.

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NLRB moves to roll back rule giving workers' contact information to unions

Sean Higgins
Washington Examiner
"This action indicates an intent to appease employers who want every tool possible to defeat workers’ efforts to form a union, instead of ensuring the fairness of the union representation process," said Rep. Bobby Scott of Virginia, the top Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee.

Portside Annual Fund Appeal - Information is Power

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Information is power. Our mission at Portside Labor is to seek out and to provide information that empowers you -- that empowers the left. Every day we search hundreds of sources to connect you with the most interesting, striking and useful material.

Shift Change: How New Orleans Hospitality Workers are Organizing Their Industry

Kat Stromquist
Gambit
In an echo of national worker's rights movements such as Fight for $15 and OUR Walmart, New Orleans hospitality workers are coming together in an attempt to rearrange the building blocks of their industry. Both on their own and with the support of a union, workers are becoming their own advocates, in an effort to — as Marlene Patrick-Cooper, the local organizing director for the UNITE HERE union, often says — "turn poverty jobs into middle-class jobs."

Leaving the Fortresses: Between Class Internationalism and Nativist Social Democracy

Gareth Dale
Viewpoint Magazine
The left often falls victim to the myth that globalization and migration pose big threats to jobs and wages. This is a mistake. International migration is high, but not significantly so. And the idea that labor market competition can be overcome by raising borders, defending the “nation,” and excluding immigrants is a Sozialismus der dummen Kerle [a socialism of chumps, of numpties].

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on December 15, 2017

Dulce Sloan breaks down why African-American women are responsible for helping Roy Moore lose the Alabama Senate race.

Posted by Portside on December 15, 2017

Many Bible verses actually have a pretty icky description of what marriage ought to be. As this song reminds us.

Posted by Portside on December 15, 2017

A closer look at the Democrats' shocking Alabama election victory, which delivered a stunning blow to both Steve Bannon and President Trump.

Posted by Portside on December 15, 2017

Hurray! No child molesters in the U.S. Senate. But don't celebrate too soon. Francesca Fiorentini explains.

Posted by Portside on December 15, 2017

Stephen has a message for the FCC that also involves a phrase beginning with 'F.'

Posted by Portside on December 8, 2017

Former President Barack Obama urged voters this week to stay engaged in democracy, warning that complacency was responsible for the rise of Nazi Germany.

 

Posted by Portside on December 8, 2017

Preacher Celebrates his 69th birthday at the Granite Rail in Quincy MA (2011)!