Tidbits - February 21, 2013

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February 22, 2013
The life and work of Jon Fromer; Readers comments on Movements Making Noise; Eslanda Robeson; Roots of Poverty; Gangster Bankers; Climate Rally; The Rise of the Permanent Temp Economy; three NYC events - Film Screening - Nothing But A Man; Book Party for Henry Foner; China in Revolt: A Roundtable; video announcement - Building On-The-Job Organizing Networks
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5 Reasons Keystone XL is Bad for Economy

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February 21, 2013
The American labor movement is once again facing a most controversial issue - the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. While labor leaders weigh the pros and cons of building KXL, they should keep in mind that the pipeline is as much a threat to our economy as it is to our planet. After a year of extreme weather - at an extreme cost to the economy - this age old jobs vs. environment debate is emerging as a false choice.
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Latin America - alternatives to austerity

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February 21, 2013
Not only have leaders from Ecuador to Venezuela delivered huge social gains - they keep winning elections too
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Israel, Palestine and the Oscars

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February 21, 2013
Emad Burnat, Palestinian director of Oscar nominated "5 Broken Cameras" was held by immigration at LAX as he landed to attend Oscars. He, his wife & 8-yr old son were placed in a holding area and told they didn't have the proper invitation on them to attend the Oscars. "It's nothing I'm not already used to," Emad late said "When you live under occupation, with no rights, this is a daily occurrence." - from Michael Moore...
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Voting Rights Act Faces Key Test

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February 21, 2013
The Supreme Court will decide whether to strike a key part of the Voting Rights Act, which conservatives say is outdated and unfair to the South. As many as 5 million votes may have been lost in 2012 had the U.S. Department of Justice not been able to use Section 5 to block voter suppression initiatives in Texas, South Carolina and Florida.
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Interview with a Mailman

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February 20, 2013
“Mike the mailman" is friends with everybody, and serves as a sort of unofficial message board for our neighborhood. He recently had surgery after tearing two muscles in his shoulder, and I visited him at his house in Ypsilanti—a lower-income foil to collegiate Ann Arbor—to ask about his convalescence, his job, and the future of the postal service in America.
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Latin America Avoids the War on Terror

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February 20, 2013
How a Washington Global Torture Gulag Was Turned Into the Only Gulag-Free Zone on Earth
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Protest to Support Bradley Manning

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February 20, 2013
PFC Bradley Manning has been in jail awaiting trial for nearly 1,000 days for exposing war crimes, corruption, and widespread abuse. When he returns to court in Fort Meade, MD, for a pretrial hearing from February 26 to March 1, Judge Denise Lind will rule on the defense’s motion to dismiss charges for lack of a speedy trial.
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India Strike

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February 20, 2013
Banks and public transport disrupted with at least two people reported dead amid protests across the country.
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Climate Protection as Job Creation

February 20, 2013
Climate change is destroying American jobs right now — but climate protection will produce millions of new jobs.
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Portside Culture

How Smart Women Got the Chance: The Ivies' Late Admission of Women

Linda Greenhouse
New York Review of Books
The integration of women students into the elite all-male Ivy League student bodies was a relatively recent (largely late1960s) phenomenon, the product less of a broader consciousness among university trustees and more due to the fact that these universities were losing a share of high-achieving college men to other elite schools that were already co-educational.

Derek Walcott: Poet of Twilight, Poet of the Caribbean

Gabrielle Bellot
Literary Hub
Derek Walcott, one of the finest poets of our times, died March 17 in St. Lucia, where he was born. He was 87 years old. His poetry helped illuminate the interconnections between the natural and the social worlds. Gabrielle Bellot, a staff writer for Literary Hub who grew up in the Commonwealth of Dominica, offers this appreciation.

Get Out: A Real American Horror Story

J. Hoberman
New York Review of Books
Get Out opens with a familiar horror-movie trope. Someone walking alone down a dark street stalked by a mysterious force. That the setting is an idyllic suburb, the someone is a young, increasingly panicked black man, and the predator is driving a white car gives the scenario an unmistakable reality. The scene grows disturbing. You may flash on Trayvon Martin. That the black youth is not shot but rather abducted is a dreamlike condensation of the movie to come.

Chefs Struggle Over Whether to Serve Up Politics

Kim Severson
The New York Times
As immigration dominates restaurant discussions, many chefs who have never considered mixing politics with business are wondering if now is the time to start. The sanctuary restaurant movement involves taking a pledge to prohibit harassment based on factors like religion, sexual orientation or immigration status.

Sesame Street Isn’t Just for Affluent Kids

Gene B. Sperling and Danielle Lazarowitz
The Atlantic
Trump’s proposed budget would eliminate funding for public broadcasting, which has a proven record of helping kids in poor families.

American Eagle

Sam Friedman
Portside
What's the future of our environment? A poisonous wasteland, says Sam Friedman, offering a bleak view of what's imminent.

Union Power: The United Electrical Workers in Erie, Pennsylvania

Frank Emspak and Paul Buhle
Portside
One consequence of the rough times unions are facing today is a loss of institutional memory and history. This new book seeks to preserve that memory, and the how-to-be-a-militant-union knowledge that goes with it, by focusing on how one United Electrical Workers local union was built, and how it fared during the McCarthy years and afterwards.

Portside Labor

“There is no negotiation whatsoever”: Union leader Douglas Izzo talks about labor rights in post-coup Brazil

Brian Mier
Council on Hemispheric Affairs
No candidate has ever run for the presidency promising to raise the retirement age, end formal employment protection and greatly expand outsourcing. Nobody would ever get elected saying these things. The only way to remove the labor rights that we fought for over the last 100 years was through a coup such as the one in Brazil that forced Dilma Rousseff out of office. Workers have responded by strikes, demonstrations and massive rallies.

Will the Gig Economy Make the Office Obsolete?

Diane Mulcahy
Harvard Business Review
Study after study after study demonstrate that independent, remote workers are more productive, satisfied, and engaged than their office-bound colleagues. Recent surveys find that workers, freed from the constraints of office life, report higher levels of satisfaction and greater productivity. These results aren’t surprising since remote work eliminates the wasted time of commuting and the stress of constant exposure to office politics, interruptions and meetings.

What Does a Moral Economy Look Like for the 99%?

Jonathan Rosenblum
Religion Dispatches
In his first book, Seattle-based union organizer Jonathan Rosenblum recounts the personal stories of clergy, activists and airport workers who mounted the first successful campaign for a $15 minimum wage in the U.S. Here is an interview with Rosenblum.

How Democrats Lost Union Workers

Chuck Jones
Huffington Post
A map of Indiana can show you what went wrong for the Democratic Party and what’s going wrong for the country.

Will Trump's Plan to Roll Back Fuel Economy Regulations Help American Autoworkers?

Frank Hammer, Andrew Linhardt, Kim Brown
The Real News Network
Well, I think that the auto companies typically complain every time they're required to make either their cars safer, or in this case safer for the environment, by having better fuel efficiencies, and they will complain bitterly how expensive if it is. But we have to realize that General Motors, has been making billions of dollars a year, and that's with the introduction of the electric car, with higher efficiencies mandated by the Obama administration.

Still Getting 'It' Wrong

William Spriggs
AFL-CIO Now
Thoughts that huge tax cuts to high-income households will offset a downturn in automobile sales, cuts in public spending, rising college tuition or a dismantling of the health sector are irrational. If theFed raises interests rates, it will threaten a more fragile economy than appears at the moment. The drive to be “normal” in a world that is clearly not normal, may put us in danger of a downturn that will be difficult to recover from.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on March 22, 2017

In December 1950, Woody Guthrie moved to an apartment building in Brooklyn – Beach Haven Apartments. His landlord: Fred Trump, father of Donald Trump.

Posted by Portside on March 17, 2017

Ireland's Taoiseach Enda Kenny used St Patrick's Day to illustrate his thoughts on immigration while visiting US President Donald Trump in the White House. 

Posted by Portside on March 17, 2017

Are you brave enough to tell jokes? Tickling Giants is the story of Bassem Youssef, who created a comedy show that celebrated freedom and won an audience of tens of millions in Hosni Mubarak's Egypt. For show times and other information, click here.

Posted by Portside on March 17, 2017

The Republican health care bill could leave many Americans without affordable coverage. Last Week Tonight's catheter cowboy returns to morning cable news to explain that to Donald Trump.

Posted by Portside on March 17, 2017

 

Stephen discusses Trump's border wall plans and costs with an architect, an engineer, an interior designer and a concrete guy.

Posted by Portside on March 17, 2017

Seth takes a closer look at President Trump's latest travel ban block, the debunking of his wiretapping claims and his drastic new budget plan.

Posted by Portside on March 10, 2017

After Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson refers to African slaves as "immigrants," Trevor gives him a lesson in semantics.