Why NSA Surveillance Should Alarm Labor

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July 28, 2013
If unions are not speaking out against PRISM, it is because they have short memories.
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‘Fruitvale Station,’ a Landmark

‘Fruitvale Station,’ a Landmark feature image
July 28, 2013
It's more than a movie . . . it's a landmark.
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Hemingway’s Legacy

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July 28, 2013
Sigal, in a wonderfully idiosyncratic style, nimbly summarizes each of Hemingway’s novels and stories. While Sigal is busy cataloguing Hemingway’s body of work, he adroitly disposes of the persistent myth that this man was some sort of misogynistic, anti-feminist ogre. Read this account of Hemingway’s complex rendering of various female fiction characters. When you finish, you’re going to wonder how on earth Papa ever got that rap of being “anti-women.”
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Status and Stress

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July 28, 2013
There’s a direct relationship among health, well-being and one’s place in the greater scheme. Based on studies by the British epidemiologist Michael Marmot, “the higher you are in the social hierarchy the better your health.”
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REWIND - A Week of Quotes and Cartoons

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July 27, 2013
Goldman, JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley, Wall Street, Social Security, Trayvon Martin, student debt, Detroit, pensions
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The American Jobs Act Still Deserves a Vote

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July 27, 2013
These statistics -- which should be regarded as a national emergency -- have sadly become the new normal.
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Bankruptcy Not the Answer, Saving Detroit

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July 27, 2013
Saving Detroit is a Step Towards Saving America.
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NC Passes Worst Voter Suppression Law in US

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July 26, 2013
Move aside Florida, North Carolina is now the new poster child for voter suppression. The Moral Monday movement in the state is now more important than ever. Maybe someday we’ll look back at this period as the turning point when the nation realized just how important the Voting Rights Act was and is.
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Life Jacket

Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad
Heartjournalonline
The New York poet Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad offers a soulful Life Jacket to those displaced and forlorn by international tragedies: "remember," she writes, "you were born first/into a province of hope."

Ava DuVernay Thinks Little Brown Girls Should Be Space Travelers, Too

Mattie Kahn
Elle
People seem to think that a movie or a television show or a book is "diverse" when there are "one or two black people or brown people, or one girl or a couple of girls," DuVernay says. "Inclusion is really half—half of the cast, half of the directors, half of the writers are women or girls, half of the room, more than half of the room is of color," she says. "I think we get really satisfied with less.

Hispanic Coalition Stands With Asian Actors On ‘Hawaii Five-0,’ Says Network Was ‘Bigoted’

Carolina Moreno
Huffington Post
“It’s going to cost [CBS] with the Asian community and with other communities of color.” Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park recently quit the network’s reboot of “Hawaii Five-0” after seven seasons. Sources told Variety the decision came after the actors asked the network for pay equal to their white co-stars, Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan, but were offered 10 to 15 percent less.

Secret Agent

Philip St. Clair
Pedestal
With its surreal twist on death, birth, and reincarnation, the poet Philip St. Clair reminds us that some memories we don’t ever want to hear again.

Portside Labor

Solidarity with Palestine is not Hate Speech, says Cosatu

Cosatu
Morning Star
A South African court ruled that the trade union federation Costau is guilty of hate speech and anti-Semitism because of its support of Palestinian rights. The union denounced the ruling as an attack against workers’ rights to offer solidarity, freedom of expression and the struggle for justice and dignity for all.

Big, Brash and Bent on Change; Chief of Local Sees Corruption in City Workers' Union

Steven Greenhouse
The New York Times
Mark Rosenthal died July 15, 2017. He was a rank and file trade unionist who helped change the face of the New York City labor movement in the late 1990's and beyond. He was a founding member of the Committee for real Change in DC 37, AFSCME and former Local 983 President. Steven Greenhouse's article in The New York Times September 30, 1998 is a fitting tribute to Mark Rosenthal

Big, Brash and Bent on Change; Chief of Local Sees Corruption in City Workers' Union

Steven Greenhouse
The New York Times
Mark Rosenthal died July 15, 2017. He was a rank and file trade unionist who helped change the face of the New York City labor movement in the late 1990's and beyond. He was a founding member of the Committee for Real Change in DC 37, AFSCME and President of Local 983. Steven Greenhouse's article in The New York Times in 1998 is the best obituary Mark could have.

The Coalition Pushing For Single Payer In California Is Fracturing

David Dayen
The Intercept
The coalition organized to bring universal single-payer health care to America for the first time has sparked an unprecedented level of enthusiasm in state politics. Behind the scenes, however, Campaign for a Healthy California is fracturing, amid complaints of brass-knuckle leadership on the part of the California Nurses Association, the public face of the movement.

Union Group Led by Eisendrath Outduels Trib Owner to Acquire Sun-Times

Mitchell Armentrout
Chicago Sun-Times
The Eisendrath group’s deal preserves two independent newspaper voices in Chicago, one of the last two-newspaper towns in America. Tronc had vowed to operate the Tribune and Sun-Times as independent titles, though media observers had expressed skepticism over how long that might last.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on July 21, 2017

Keegan-Michael Key's famous character Luther, Obama's anger translator, rode off into the sunset at the end of the 44th President's second term. Or so we thought...

Posted by Portside on July 21, 2017

Official music video of Mia Paz performing 'Shelter'

Posted by Portside on July 21, 2017

As the Russia story keeps getting worse, we're going to see just how far the network is willing to go to stay on Trump's good side.

Posted by Portside on July 22, 2017

The max speed of a Tyrannosaurus rex was about 12 mph, according to scientists at University of Manchester. 

Posted by Portside on July 22, 2017

Seth takes a closer look at President Trump's New York Times interview, in which he lashes out at his own attorney general and threatens the special counsel investigating him.

Posted by Portside on July 14, 2017

Ezra Klein wondered what it must have been like to live through Watergate. Now he thinks he knows.

Posted by Portside on July 14, 2017

Stand up for what you believe / Resist the 'powers that be' / Preserve the land and save the seas / For the children of destiny