Just How Low Can Your Salary Go?

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July 23, 2013
117 ALEC bills in 2013 fuel race to the bottom in wages and worker rights.
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The Insanity of No Financial Transaction Tax

July 23, 2013
Chicago-area trading alone would pay the entire federal education bill.
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Detroit's Decline is a Capitalist Failure

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July 23, 2013
The auto industry Big Three were loyal only to shareholders, not the people of Detroit. The city was gutted by that social choice.
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Dispatches from the Culture Wars-July 27 2013

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July 23, 2013
DIY Archives in Brooklyn Preserves Activist History; Rolling Stone Cover `Glamorizes' Tzarneav; Marc Anthony Not American Enough for All-Star Fans; Diversity Disappears from Newsrooms.
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Michigan Working Families and AFSCME Respond

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July 22, 2013
Gov. Snyder’s plan to suspend democracy, drive one of America’s largest cities into bankruptcy and deprive workers of their hard-earned retirement security, moved dangerously closer to reality today when without a single negotiation with unions, workers or retirees, Snyder authorized Detroit’s financial manager to file for bankruptcy.
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Wal-Mart's 'Invisible Army' of Lobbyists

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July 22, 2013
Last year alone, Wal-Mart spent a staggering $8.68 million on lobbying expenses -- 70 percent of which was spent on its own platoon of internal company lobbyists. In addition to buying lobbyists, Wal-Mart also makes corporate contributions to presidential and Congressional candidates: $9.5 million between 2000 and 2012. Wal-Mart created a political action committee to handle these contributions, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. PAC for Responsible Government.
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The Most Injurious Job in America

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July 22, 2013
A new report put out by Public Citizen found that in 2010, healthcare workers (including hospital staff) reported 653,900 workplace injuries and illnesses. That’s approximately 152,000 more (a 432 percent higher rate) than the industry with the second highest number of injuries—manufacturing—even though the healthcare sector is only 134 percent larger than the manufacturing sector.
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You Can Shove Your Wars!

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July 22, 2013
The play, which ran in San Francisco from May 9th to June 16th, had an all-male ensemble of 10 actors who portrayed the stories and sentiments of many of the soldiers in the much-lauded, 300-year-old Scots Highland Regiment known as “The Black Watch.” The script, by writer Gregory Burke, was faithfully based on his months of interviews – in, yes, pubs – with former Black Watch troops who had completed two tours of duty in Iraq (2003 & 2004) and one in Afghanistan (...
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The War on Public School Teachers

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July 22, 2013
If those who are prosecuting this onslaught against our public schools succeed, they will have made workers more insecure, created a compliant, alienated, and low-wage labour force, and devised new ways to make money – a massive testing industry, for-profit schools, consulting services. They will also have put another nail in the coffin of democracy.
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A Field Guide To Surviving A Mass Extinction

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July 21, 2013
When the Earth caught fire, killing the dinosaurs, fresh water ecosystems did ok.
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Portside Culture

What Is The Healthiest Way to Cook Vegetables

Markham Heid
TIME Health
Boiled down, there are a few simple rules when it comes to the best way to eat your vegetables. Just as eating a variety of vegetables is a good idea, enjoying them in a variety of ways seems to maximize their health benefits.

Return to Sender

Julayne Elle
Cultural Weekly
Southern California poet Julayne Elle explores the injustices of a US law involving the adoption of children from foreign countries who remain exposed to deportation.

FIFA and Soccer’s Culture of Corruption

Simon Kuper
The New York Review of Books
In 2015, FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, was brought down by allegations of industrial-scale bribes, kickbacks, money laundering, racketeering and tax evasion. Its corruption extended from the decision to send the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar to cases of embezzlement worldwide. The author even interviews its bent former president Sepp Blatter.

Portside Labor

How Hurricane Harvey Is Affecting Houston’s Restaurant Employees

Amy McCarthy
Eater
Hospitality union UNITE HERE represents more than 3,000 restaurant and hotel employees in the greater Houston area, and around 250 of its members have experienced “catastrophic losses,” according to Texas organizing director Danna Schneider. UNITE HERE arrived soon after Harvey made landfall, and the organization has since been delivering groceries and checking up on its members.

From 'Labor for Bernie' To 'Labor for Our Revolution'

Rand Wilson and Peter Olney
Organizing UpGrade
For the first time in anyone’s memory (and for that matter for the first time since Eugene Debs in 1920) a self-identified Socialist rallied large numbers behind an explicitly anti-corporate, anti-Wall Street, pro-working class platform.

Labor’s Southern Strategy

Chris Brooks and Gene Bruskin
Dollars & Sense
It was clear to us in the Justice@Smithfield campaign that you could not win relying solely on worker meetings and house visits or relying on solidarity in the community. We had to had to build visible activity inside the plant. Having workers see one another in collective action, not being fired and even winning things is how the union takes on a living presence.

Unions Aren't Obsolete, They're Being Crushed by Right-Wing Politics

Livia Gershon
Vice
A new report lays out how effective the assault on organized labor has been. The decline of unions—which now represent just over one in ten US workers, down from one in five from 1983—has been less about their value for workers than the result of a concerted effort to destroy the labor movement.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on September 15, 2017

The New York Times reports that President Trump wanted to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions after hearing of Mueller's appointment as Special Counsel. Ari Melber breaks it down.

Posted by Portside on September 15, 2017

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick hasn't been signed by any team in the NFL because they can't tolerate his silent public protest of police killings. But here's what the NFL does tolerate ...

 

Posted by Portside on September 15, 2017

Christian Picciolini describes how he became a neo-Nazi, why he stopped being one, and what he's doing to help people leave hate groups.

Posted by Portside on September 15, 2017

Haitian Raoul Peck ('I Am Not Your Negro') directs an indie biopic that narrates the early stormy development of communism through the prism of the Marx-Engels partnership. In select theaters.

Posted by Portside on September 15, 2017

 

 

Dave Van Ronk ('The Mayor of Macdougal Street'), performs a tragic ballad about drugs, poverty and domestic violence.

Posted by Portside on September 8, 2017

The shameful role of eugenics in U.S. immigration policy in the 1920s and Jeff Sessions' praise for those policies as an example of their resurgence in the Trump administration.

Posted by Portside on September 8, 2017

Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker produced compelling combinations of jazz-infused guitar and elusive lyrics. Sound from the 1972 studio version, video from the 1973 Midnight Special. RIP 1950-1917.