Verizon Responds to Domestic Spying Report

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June 6, 2013
Verizon Communications has responded to an explosive report that outlines the telecommunications giant's role in an ongoing domestic spying program. The response, in a memo to employees, seems aimed at containing a public relations disaster. The wording, however, has to adhere to restrictions, imposed on Verizon by the secret court, not to disclose that the company was ordered to hand over phone logs to the FBI and the National Security Agency.
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Tidbits - June 6, 2013

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June 6, 2013
Reader Comments: Alice Walker Open Letter to Alicia Keys; Mideast; Israel; Palestine; Turkey; Bradley Manning; Electoral Strategy; Working Class, Racism; Trade Unions; Labor Movement; North Carolina Civil Rights Today; Fluoridation; Chinese Investment in the U.S.; Announcements - Left Forum, June 7 - 9; Iraqi Workers After the War - new video; Ruby Dee Documentary - June 26; Commie Camp - new film on Camp Kinderland - additional show - June 29
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Globalization Marches On

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June 6, 2013
Last month, thousands of people protested in Rome against austerity policies and high unemployment, urging the new government to focus on creating jobs to help pull the country out of recession. The sea of protesters waving red flags and calling for more workers' rights and better contracts. Italy is in a recession and unemployment has skyrocketed with youth unemployment at around 38 percent. "We can't wait anymore" and "We need money to live...
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ACLU Wants Independent Inquiry in Boston

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June 6, 2013
The civil liberties group said leaked details of the case could portray the suspect in a triple murder in Waltham in an unfair light.
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The Best in Working-Class Studies

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June 5, 2013
Nick Coles previews the scholarly and creative works that were recognized in this year's Working-Class Studies Association awards.
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Dems Can't Cede White Workers to GOP

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June 5, 2013
For all the excitement about left-leaning demographics, a real majority party needs better numbers among blue-collar whites.
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IMF Made Greek Crisis Worse

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June 5, 2013
Documents presented to the Fund's board last Friday will reveal that the Washington-based organisation underestimated the damage austerity would cause to the eurozone country, which has required two bailouts in the past three years.
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Showing Her Rage

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June 4, 2013
More than any of the other civil rights widows, Myrlie Evers showed America her rage. She let the nation see her unfiltered emotion when two all-white juries refused to convict Medgar’s killer, during a time when black anger was not an acceptable display of emotion. She wrote a book and began it with this line: “Somewhere in Mississippi lives the man who murdered my husband.”
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States Rights in Colorado

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June 5, 2013
Colorado has crippled its own ability to tax. And now some citizens say that's depriving them of their right to a republican government.
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Media Bits and Bytes - June 4, 2013

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June 4, 2013
Internet Blocking in Turkey, Jordan and the U.K.; Before the Elections in Iran, the US Says It's OK to Sell Them Cellphones; Internet Revolution in Cuba
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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.

Portside Labor

Boston Nurses Are Bringing Back the Strike

Sarah Betancourt
In These Times
Tufts Medical Center nurses went back to work on Monday after launching the first Boston nurses’ strike in more than three decade. Despite the collective action, the roughly 1,200 nurses who walked out still face barriers to a satisfactory resolution.

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.

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