Puerto Rico: Storm; Trump, Labor Solidarity

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October 5, 2017
Puerto Rico has been hit by a triple disaster - Hurricane Maria; outrageous debt owed to vulture hedge funds; racist, colonial indifference by the Trump Administration. Puerto Ricans - on the island, and in the U.S. have called for the lifting of the Jones Act, as it applies to Puerto Rico; canceling the debt; and abolishing PROMESA. Yesterday a solidarity flight of medical and emergency organized by AFL-CIO unions brought needed supplies and aid workers to the island.
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The White Privilege of the "Lone Wolf" Shoote

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October 5, 2017
Privilege always stands in contrast to how others are treated, and it’s true in this case, too: White men who resort to mass violence are consistently characterized primarily as isolated “lone wolves” — in no way connected to one another — while the most problematic aspects of being white in America are given a pass that nobody else receives.
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Trump's Arpaio Pardon and Nazi History

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October 4, 2017
What message is Trump sending with his pardon of such a man? To this German historian, the implications are ominous.
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Climate Change, Disasters and Racism

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October 4, 2017
Trump administration policies are systematically making natural disasters more harmful for the poor and people of color.
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Barbudan Land Ownership: At Risk After Irma

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October 3, 2017
Suspicion and frustration grow as Hurricane Irma evacuees find themselves unable to return home to Barbuda, whilst a law protecting the island from private and foreign investment is dismantled.
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Tom Petty Renounced the Confederate Flag

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October 3, 2017
As a country, we should be more concerned with why the police are getting away with targeting black men and killing them for no reason. That's a bigger issue than the flag. Years from now, people will look back on today and say, 'You mean we privatized the prisons so there's no profit unless the prison is full?' You'd think someone in kindergarten could figure out how stupid that is. We're creating so many of our own problems.”
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Las Vegas, Gun Violence, and the State

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October 3, 2017
Of all the ways in which American democracy is showing symptoms of turning into a dysfunctional state, the inability to face down the gun lobby is surely one of the most egregious.
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Media Bits and Bytes

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October 3, 2017
Pai gets by; DHS is watching; So is DOJ; Corpo media betray journalists; Community radio to the rescue; Comics too - of course
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US Island Religious Leaders Issue Statement

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October 3, 2017
"Our islands can not pay debt until we've rebuilt and we see positive economic recovery. We need a debt payment moratorium, debts must be cancelled and reduced to sustainable payable levels," wrote González, Bevard, and Martínez in their statement. "When economies are already dealing with austerity policies and financial crisis, they are ill prepared to deal with natural disasters like Hurricanes Irma and Maria."
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The Russians Are Coming, Again

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October 2, 2017
Americans are again being warned daily of the Russian menace, with persistent accusations of Russian aggression, lies, violations of international law, and cyberattacks on U.S. elections, as reported in leading liberal outlets like the New York Times and the Washington Post.
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Portside Culture

Day Beginning with Seeing the International Space Station And ...

Jane Hirshfield
New York Review of Books
The full title of prize-winning poet Jane Hirshfield's poem, "Day Beginning with Seeing the International Space Station And a Full Moon Over the Gulf of Mexico and All its Invisible Fishes," reveals the contingency of the natural world and the human imprint upon it, for better and for worse.

The Black Novelist History Forgot

Robert B. Stepto 
The Washington Post
Himes was a pivotal and versatile post WW II-era American novelist whose work influenced several generations of African American and other writers. A new biography of the novelist is drawing national attention.

"Roman J. Israel, Esq." Review – Denzel Washington Captivates In Unusual Legal Drama

Benjamin Lee
The Guardian
The film is a haunting and timeless American tragedy that feels ever prescient given the current administration’s foggy understanding of morality. It might prove to be a tough sell thanks to an awkward title and a strange plot trajectory, but Roman J. Israel, Esq. is a richly rewarding drama blessed with one of the best, most lived-in performances of the year. 

Shh! These Quiet Food Videos Will Get Your Senses Tingling

Clare Leschin-Hoar
The Salt
A whole new genre of food videos, focusing on specific intense sounds like crinkling, chopping, sautéing and stirring, is becoming popular. These eating sounds trigger pleasing tingling sensations in the brains of viewers who experience ASMR, which stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response.

Not Our Tribe

Jed Myers
Solstice
Seattle poet Jed Myers speaks of the fear of strangers, how our eyes assess and judge newcomers, searching for the glimmer that makes them one of us.

Portside Labor

Canadian, U.S. Unions Push for Wage Hike Amid NAFTA Talks

Ginger Adams Otis
New York Daily News
Labor leaders in the U.S. have made it clear they are supportive of a NAFTA overhaul — but only if it helps eliminate the wage gap with Mexico and includes Canada’s long-shot demands for labor reform.

McDonald's Labor Abuses and the GOP

Thor Benson
Working In These Times
If successful, the bill would mark a historic shift in labor law. Millions of low-wage workers across the country would be directly impacted, losing a key mechanism to protect their rights on the job, while corporations which regularly escape liability would gain protections.

Dolores – A Film Review

Duane Campbell
Democratic Left
That Dolores Huerta is not better known in the nation provides a commentary on how little the mainstream media, and much of the Left, know about the growth of Latino power in the labor and feminist movements.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on October 20, 2017

White House Chief of Staff, Gen. John Kelly, put his credibility on the line for President Donald Trump, and now he is mired in controversy many find grotesque. Christina Greer, Tim O'Brien, and James Peterson join Ari Melber to discuss.

 

Posted by Portside on October 20, 2017

U.S. Homeland Security has informed jazz great Alvin Queen that he will not be able to enter the country to perform at a concert in Washington, D.C. next month because of a brush with the law over 50 years ago, when Queen was a minor. Here is Queen on the drums in Oscar Peterson's C Jam Blues.

Posted by Portside on October 20, 2017

Immigrant detention centers have grown into a highly privatized, lucrative and abusive industry that profits off the misery of immigrants awaiting deportation. 

Posted by Portside on October 20, 2017

Two black holes, each about 30 times as massive as our sun orbited each other for millions of years. An instant before they collided they sent a gravitational shiver across the universe. LIGO scientist Amber L. Stuver explains. Animation by Eoin Duffy. 

Posted by Portside on October 20, 2017

Generation Revolution is a feature-length documentary film that brings to screen the powerful story of London’s new generation of black and brown activists who are dead set on changing the social and political landscape in the capital and beyond.

Posted by Portside on October 13, 2017

 

 

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Almost Like Praying,” featuring a variety of artists, was written and recorded to benefit hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico with proceeds benefiting The Hispanic Federation's Unidos Disaster Relief Fund. Download and stream here.

Posted by Portside on October 13, 2017

Seth takes a closer look at how powerful men in entertainment and politics - from Harvey Weinstein to Donald Trump - abuse their power to silence, bully or coerce.