This May Day, call for a path to citizenship

May 1, 2013
This year, the energy is palpable, because there is broad recognition that the chances of passing immigration reform are the best they have been in a decade.
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Jason Collins: The Substance of Change

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May 1, 2013
We can no longer say that no active male athlete has ever come out of closet. Meet the NBA's Jason Collins.
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Commemorating the End of the War in Viet Nam

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May 1, 2013
Let us not forget the Viet Nam War but strive to learn the lessons from it.
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Dispatches from the Culture Wars-Apr 30, 2013

April 30, 2013
Bradley Manning is off limits at SF Gay Pride parade; Ohio air show pushed to drop Hiroshima raid reenactment; Raul Castro’s daughter denied visa to attend gay rights conference; Rape Case Solved By Anonymous in Less Than 2 Hours Despite "No Evidence"; Teamsters foil Westboro Baptist Church; Palestinian marathon tribute to Boston victims; Oscar Romero beatification; Amherst and the economists’ fuzzy math; Zuckerburg dishes out the dough for Keystone XL
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A Fighter by Trade: Tamerlan Tsarnaev

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April 29, 2013
In most descriptions of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, he’s described as a “one-time boxer.” That doesn’t quite tell the story. Tsarnaev was a two-time New England Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion. Understanding Tsarnaev’s motivations is critical. Just as we shouldn’t accept the racist argument that “culture” is the root cause of gun deaths in Chicago, we should reject the idea that Islam bears any sort of collective responsibility for Tsarnaev’s crimes.
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Bridging the Jobs vs. Environment Gap

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April 29, 2013
So often there's an apparent conflict between jobs and the environment. There's a way to resolve our differences. Every environmental campaign should have a jobs program and every jobs program should be designed to address our climate catastrophe.
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GE-Krupp Conspiracy Trial of '47

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April 29, 2013
Lest anyone imagine that corporate crimes being unreported by the mainstream media and punished with a wrist slap are anything new, legendary labor reporter James Lerner's account of the GE - Krupp conspiracy trial of 1947 is an eye-opener.
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Syria and sarin gas: US claims a familiar rin

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April 29, 2013
Reports of the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons are part of a retold drama riddled with plot-holes
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U.S. Policies Allow Sweatshop Fires

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April 29, 2013
The latest sweatshop disaster in Bangladesh, which claimed the lives of over 200 young women, calls into question the foundations of US globalization policies since the Clinton era. It is not enough to blame the corruption of Bangladesh factory owners, nor sufficient to suggest better training and factory codes from Walmart or the Gap. It is time to ban the US sale of garments made in Bangladesh until enforceable labor codes are imposed on that country.
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New Evidence for the Origins of the Maya

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April 28, 2013
The ancient Maya benefited from contact with other peoples across Mesoamerica between 1,000 to 700 BCE. This wider world of cultural experience may have helped shape Mayan culture.
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Lament

Debra Marquart
New Letters
Earth Day on our minds, what can be more rueful than what's happened to the once-ignored state of North Dakota, fracked to its core? Poet Debra Marquart sings a lament.

American-turned-Israeli Journalist Crushes Liberal Zionism

(((James North)))
Mondoweiss
A one-time defender of Israeli policy toward the Palestinians, the well-regarded journalist has had an extended and systematic rethink that is part memoir and part scourging critique, concluding that the reigning Israeli consensus, abetted by the U.S. and shared by liberal Zionists, is less a victim and more a provocateur, with a long list of moral and ethical lapses and a compelling case for world censure and well-deserving of boycott, disinvestment and sanctions.

It’s No Fad: I’m White and I’m Mad

Jordache A. Ellapen
The Common Reader
Many commentators who have affirmed that something called "white rage" gave us Trump appear to treat the phenomenon as if it was a newly sprouted thing. Here is a book that aims to add nuance and historical context to a widely noted, but still too-little examined, aspect of our contemporary political reality.

New Film Is a Double Portrait of Emile Zola and Paul Cézanne

Eric A. Gordon
Hollywood Progressive
Their lives crossed paths diagonally. Zola started off fatherless and poor, but through his writing eventually joined the very bourgeoisie he mocked in his early work. By contrast, Cézanne came from a wealthy banking family but rejected his privilege to focus entirely on his work, depending, often unwittingly, on the kindness of his more successful colleagues, such as Zola himself and the painter Edouard Manet.

Maamoul: An Ancient Cookie That Ushers In Easter And Eid In The Middle East

Amy E. Robertson
NPR Foodways
In the Levantine region of the Middle East, the Easter or Eid holidays are marked by a shortbread cookie called maamoul. Stuffed with date paste or chopped walnuts or pistachios, and dusted with powdered sugar, these buttery cookies are the perfect reward after a month of fasting during Ramadan or Lent.

Portside Labor

Harvesting Union Rights in the Field

Sonia Singh
Labor Notes
Unlike most guestworkers, many in North Carolina have a say in their working conditions and seniority rights because they belong to a union, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee.

India: Workers Vow to Fight Maruti Suzuki Murder Charges

Sindhu Menon
Equal Times
Since 16 March, over 100,000 workers across India have participated in work stoppages after a court sentenced 13 unionists to life imprisonment. The charges stem from deadly clashes that took place at the at the Maruti Suzuki India Limited auto plant in 2012 after management refused to recognize a union formed in a bid to end the mass casualisation of jobs and improve working conditions. India's auto industry is one of the world's largest.

Globalization and the End of the Labor Aristocracy

Jayati Ghosh
Dollars and Sense
Imperialism has changed form, which has tremendous implications for workers worldwide. Sadly, this hasn't yet created conditions for international solidarity but the potential exists. The new situation requires new and more relevant economic models of socialism to be developed, if they are to capture the popular imagination.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on April 21, 2017

Even though he doesn't identify as a member of the party, Senator Bernie Sanders is on the road with DNC Chair Tom Perez.

Posted by Portside on April 22, 2017

The presidential election in France could determine the political future of Europe. John Oliver visits an excessively French bistro to deliver an urgent message to voters.

Posted by Portside on April 22, 2017

Beethoven's Ode to Joy (Ninth Symphony) is the official anthem of the European Union. Flash mob performance by the Nuremburg Sympthony.

Posted by Portside on April 21, 2017

The largely unknown and pivotal role played by Black landowning families in the deep South who controlled over a million acres in the 1960s. Available through California Newsreel. 

 

Posted by Portside on April 21, 2017

Scientists at a national conference of the American Geophysical Union speak out.

Posted by Portside on April 14, 2017

Jordan Klepper speaks to Pastor Mark Burns, one of Donald Trump's religious supporters, to find out how the GOP presidential hopeful stacks up as a Christian.

Posted by Portside on April 14, 2017

Why is Trump breaking his promise on carried interest? The White House is full of bankers and hedge fund managers who, over the last decade, have collectively dodged nearly $180 billion in taxes!