Challenge to Voting Rights Act of 1965

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February 24, 2013
On Wednesday, February 27, 2013, the Court will hear argument in one of the most significant cases of the current term, Shelby County v. Holder, a constitutional challenge to key provisions of Congress’s 2006 reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The preclearance provisions being challenged are viewed as the heart of the Voting Rights Act and are credited with the enormous gains in the enfranchisement of black and other minority citizens.
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Unionists Arrested in Algeria

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February 23, 2013
The first North African Forum to Fight Unemployment and Precarious Work
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Pentagon budget is where we should cut

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February 23, 2013
They gathered to demand Congress stop the across the board cuts to people's programs scheduled to go into effect March 1.
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Greek workers take over factory

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February 23, 2013
Over a series of meetings decided that they wanted to keep the factory running, using worker’s democracy and horizontal control.
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Bump Up the Minimum Wage

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February 23, 2013
steps being taken in a number of countries where despite economic advances, inequality continues to grow, and where policy makers have decided that one way (not the only way) to even things out a bit is to legislate a rise in the minimum wage.
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REWIND - A Week of Quotes and Cartoons

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February 23, 2013
REWIND - A Week of Quotes and Cartoons
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John Lewis' Life in Graphic Novel Trilogy

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February 22, 2013
Civil rights leader John Lewis recounts his remarkable life in a graphic novel trilogy
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Friday Nite Videos -- Feb 22, 2013

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February 22, 2013
Daily Show: Texans live under the jackboot of a democratically elected government. Rachel Maddow special Hubris: The Selling of the Iraq War. Bugger the Bankers: A song for our times. Silenced: Documentary story of four whistleblowers of the war on terror.
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Too Fat to Vote

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February 22, 2013
You know why black folk in the south don’t vote? According to the New York Times and the experts at the Pew Charitable Trust, they’re just too damn fat!
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Do You Know Genetics?

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February 22, 2013
There is a huge disparity between what scientists and genetics professionals know and what the general public understands about breakthroughs in the field of genetics and the ethical problems it presents. To address this disparity students at the University of San Diego have created a website to educate the public and bridge the gap between scientific literature and the general public.
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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.

War Alphabet

Jill McDonough
Poetry Daily
What is war? Jill McDonough’s alphabetical poem evolves from World War I’s soldier-oriented them vs. us to the hidden terrors of today’s warfare: CIA, NSA, Black Ops, ETC.

Bill Clinton: His Career a Disaster for Black Americans

Nathan J. Robinson
Jacobin
With all the toxicity coming out of the White House and the GOP-dominated Congress, it's important to remember how insufferable were the politics of the neoliberal Democrats in power under Bill Clinton. The book under review (an article derived from the book is below) should help us remember how malignant were the Clinton years when it came to economic and social justice.

Portside Labor

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.

California Looks to Expand Overtime Pay

Margo Roosevelt
Orange County Regiser
"Two weeks after the November presidential election, a Texas judge put a hold on a sweeping reform of federal overtime standards that would have raised the wages of 4.2 million Americans. President Barack Obama’s administration appealed the ruling. But after Donald Trump took office in January, the appeal was delayed. Now California and a handful of other states are moving to enact the Obama proposal. Their reasoning: workers have seen their pay erode"

A Day in the Life of a Day Laborer

Stephen Franklin
In These Times
He waits along with more than 100,000 others who gather daily on dozens of street corners across the United States, according to figures from 2006. It is a world, where workers are often cheated out of their wages, injured on the job and then left without medical care, according to a 2006 survey. Where workers who complain often suffer retaliation by employers who fire them, suspend them, or threaten to call immigration officials.

Cab Drivers Union Says Chicago Taxi Industry Is Nearing Collapse

Jeff Schuhrke
Working In These Times
The union stresses that the decline of the taxi industry is a loss for the broader public. Unlike most rideshare vehicles, taxis serve people without bank accounts by accepting cash, and they also have more stringent requirements on providing access to people with disabilities.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on June 16, 2017

Money laundering "cleans" money of its criminal origins. But how does it actually work? 

Posted by Portside on June 17, 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 June 16, 2017

The Senate GOP keeps its plan to repeal and replace Obamacare shrouded in secrecy

Posted by Portside on June 16, 2017

When their grandmother died, Luz Myles, Phoebe Dedman, and Shirah Dedman found a box of old articles revealing a shocking story at the center of their family tree: their grandfather was lynched in Louisiana in 1912.

Posted by Portside on June 16, 2017

In new leaked audio from what was supposed to be an off-the-record dinner, Australian Prime Minister Turnbull roasts the American president.

 

Posted by Portside on June 14, 2017

Some savvy people around Trump are using the daily shocks as cover to advance wildly pro-corporate policies. Here's a 5-step plan to resist.

Posted by Portside on June 9, 2017

 

 

Key moments in the testimony of former FBI director James B. Comey about his interactions with President Trump before the Senate Intelligence Committee June 8.