Friday Nite Videos -- March 8, 2013

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March 8, 2013
NYC restaurant workers sing and dance for $9 minimum wage. Supreme Court takes on the Voting Rights Act. Wealth inequality: it's worse than we think. Deer hunter to McConnell: "I'd be a pretty bad shot if I needed an assault rifle." We Are Wisconsin: The story of a citizen driven uprising that changed a state and the nation.
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The Citizen Science of Climate Change

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March 8, 2013
One overlooked aspect of the response to Hurricane Sandy can give us reason for optimism. The backbone of the knowledge presented in scientists' Draft Climate Assessment Report arises from efforts of unsung (and unwitting) heroes: people who collect weather data. The coordinated, cross-generational, collective nature of the public data-collection efforts reveals an unexploited strength in our society.
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Oscars: Real History Behind the Film 'No'

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March 8, 2013
Formerly top secret records that provide new details about the "Campaign of the NO" in Chile–the dynamic political movement that eventually led to Pinochet's loss of the presidency. Like "Zero Dark Thirty," "Argo" and "Lincoln," which also examine historical events, "NO" has been criticized for misrepresenting, and omitting, key elements of the history it depicts. Genaro Arriagada, who directed the actual Campaign...
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Bull Market for Stocks, Bear for Workers

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March 8, 2013
The stock market is basically back to where it was in 2000, while corporate earnings have doubled since then. Yet the real median wage is now 8 percent below what it was in 2000, and unemployment remains sky-high. Why?
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Republican Party Is Devouring Itself - Good

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March 8, 2013
What’s not to be happy about the travails of an organization that for decades has had a “southern strategy” of taking advantage of racial intolerance? Of seeking political advantage by demagogically targeting women and men who have crossed the southern border seeking work? Of stirring homophobia in an effort to divide and conquer?
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Chávez Kept Promise to People of Venezuela

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March 7, 2013
The late Venezuelan president's Bolívarian revolution has been crucial to a wider Latin American philosophy - "History will affirm, justifiably, the role Hugo Chávez played in the integration of Latin America, and the significance of his 14-year presidency to the poor people of Venezuela" former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
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Home Is Where the Fight Is

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March 7, 2013
You don't have to look far to see the connection between workplace and housing struggles. People lose their homes or get evicted from rentals because of unemployment, underemployment, low wages, or health care bills. Organizing works: activists consistently force the banks and mortgage lenders to back off specific homes.
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Guaranteeing Social Security for the Future

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March 7, 2013
Today, some people believe that Social Security will not be there for them even though there are equitable solutions that will fully fund Social Security for the foreseeable future. In planning for the future of Social Security, Social Security is not a private opt-in or -out choice like the decision to fund an IRA. Instead, for decades, it has involved employees and employers providing secure retirement benefits generation after generation.
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Iraq Was Single Worst Foreign Policy Decision

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March 7, 2013
Iraq itself remains a dangerous and unstable place. And so, happy 10th anniversary, Iraq War! A decade after the invasion, a chaotic and unstable Middle East is the unfinished legacy of our invasion.
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Tidbits - March 7, 2013

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March 7, 2013
No Backdoor to Iran War - sign the petition; Reader Comments on Labor's Turnaround; Keystone XL Pipeline; Happy Birthday, Dear Income Tax; Cutting the Military Budget and Palestinian Prisoners; Bradley Manning; labor cartoons; Portside's new email format. Announcements - Vieques Forum (New York); LaborArts Celebrates Women's History Month (online); Rachel Corrie - Ten Years After her Murder (actions around the world). Phillip Bonosky Presente!
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Grace in War

Stacey Walker
Boulevard Magazine
Stacey Walker’s astonishing lyric poem depicts the postwar trauma of an American veteran of the Iraq war and his wife, as the war lives on in their bed.

The Sense of Art: In Memoriam John Berger

Mike Gonzalez
International Socialism
British artist, novelist, prodigious essayist and poet John Berger, best known for her magisterial and approachable Ways of Seeing and who died in January, is remembered here for his radical approach to Art, when it functions to make sense of what life’s brutalities cannot, when it becomes a meeting place of the invisible, the irreducible, the enduring, what Berger called guts and honor.

A Great Vision

Kim Scipes
Substance News
A writer tells the story of his left wing family. Reviewer Scipes takes us on a tour.

A Great Vision

Kim Scipes
Substance News
A writer tells the story of his left wing family. Reviewer Scipes takes us on a tour.

Eat the Food You Trust: Lessons from Food Fraud 2017

Roy Manuell
New Food Magazine
Food Fraud 2017 highlighted just how serious an issue food fraud has become. It’s organised, criminal and widespread, but there are solutions that we must explore. Consumer trust in the food industry is on the decline in light of scandals such as the inescapable European horse meat incident in 2013 and melamine milk incident in China.These are two examples of what we call food fraud.

In Its First Season, The Handmaid’s Tale’s Greatest Failing Is How It Handles Race

Angelica Jade Bastién
Vulture
How can you attempt to craft a political, artistically rich narrative that trades in the real-life experiences of black and brown women, while ignoring them and the ways sexism intersects with racism? The bodies and histories of black and brown women prove to be useful templates for shows like The Handmaid’s Tale, but our actual voices aren’t.

Portside Labor

Seward Coop Workers Vote Overwhelmingly to Unionize

Barb Kuzera
Workday Minnesota
Workers at Seward Coop three locations in Minneapolis are celebrating their decision Thursday to join United Food & Commercial Workers Local 653. Ninety-four percent of those who voted in the election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board supported union representation.

Greenfield Nurses to Go on Strike

MNA
Massachusetts Nurses Association
As a result nurses are working endless additional shifts usually without rest. In fact, 3,940 times in the past 12 months nurses had to work for longer than 12 hours because there was no one to relieve them.

Brazil: Workers’ Rights Under Threat From Government Reforms

Mathilde Dorcadie
Equal Times
The ousting of President Dilma Rousseff has provided an opportunity for the proponents of neoliberalism and those who want to break union power. Most of Brazil's union centers fear that proposed government reforms will weaken unions and further the spread of subcontracting.

L.A. and Long Beach Port Workers Begin Striking

Jack Flemming
Los Angeles Times
"Around 60 truck drivers and warehouse workers serving the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports began striking terminals across the region Monday morning. The strike was called by the Teamsters union Local 848 to protest what it alleges is illegal subcontracting, misclassification and wage theft by trucking companies."

The Conservative Case for Unions

Jonathan Rauch
The Atlantic (July/August 2017 issue)
The decline of the business model of old-style industrial unions may have been economically inevitable, but the lack of any new model to replace it has been socially calamitous. Unions will not be easy to fix, but allowing them to innovate would be a first step, and possibly also a last chance. How a new kind of labor organization could address the grievances underlying populist anger.

Don't Make a Bad Deal Worse: UE Statement on Renegotiating NAFTA

UE General Executive Board
UE
UE's General Executive Board denounced Trump's racist and jingoistic proposals for a renegotion of NAFTA and instead called for a new set of trade policies that prioritize workers common interests and relies on international solidarity as its cornerstone. Any renegotiation of NAFTA must be oriented around the improvement of workers’ lives and protection of the environment focused on those regions of the continent where conditions are the most desperate.

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Song by Jesse Winchester, from The Wire, Season 1. Winchester opposed the Vietnam War, moved to Canada in 1967, and after a Presidential amnesty in 1977 resettled in the United States.

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