As Arkema Plant Burns, Six Things We Know

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September 3, 2017
We knew that climate change stands to make such events worse. We knew how to prepare communities and infrastructure for major storms. We knew why we shouldn’t build infrastructure in floodplains and why we shouldn’t design infrastructure that can’t withstand wind and water risks.
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MA Executed 2 Italian Immigrants 90 Years Ago

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September 3, 2017
For many people in 1927 and after, the two men were victims of a deep-seated fear of immigrants. For others, they were criminals and terrorists who benefited from a worldwide campaign led by people who despised America and its institutions.Today, the United States is engaged in a bitter struggle between these same two views, with the xenophobic forces currently in political power, especially in the White House.
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A Louisville Union Built its Strength

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September 2, 2017
This “constant campaign” carried into the community as well, with Local 236 at the forefront of battles in the late 1940s and early 1950s to desegregate Louisville. But to Jim Wright, perhaps the FE’s biggest impact came at the personal level, as those whites who had come into the Harvester plant as “real racists” became friends with black workers there.
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As Hurricanes Bear Down, Tribes Act Quickly

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September 2, 2017
In January, Louisiana received a $48 million grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to move the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw and Houma Nation tribal members to more solid ground and reestablish their communities, making tribal members the first climate change refugees in the U.S.
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Legal Challenge to Arpaio Pardon Begins

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September 2, 2017
Those challenging the pardon understand there is no precedent for this — but neither is there a precedent for a pardon of this type. “While many pardons are controversial politically, we are unaware of any past example of a pardon to a public official for criminal contempt of court for violating a court order to stop a systemic practice of violating individuals’ constitutional rights,” Fein says.
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Physicians to Sanders: We Cannot Support

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September 2, 2017
While your staff has not shared with us the details of the current draft, we understand from colleagues in other single-payer advocacy groups that it mandates copayments for medical services for most Americans and proposes a four-year delay before the implementation of the single-payer reform.
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The Real Culprits Behind the US Opioid Crisis

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September 2, 2017
Opioids killed more than 33,000 Americans in 2015 and certainly more last year. Half of deaths involved prescription painkillers. And most of those who overdose on heroin or synthetic opiates, such as fentanyl, first became hooked on legal pills. The US, with 5% of the people, consumes 80% of the global opioid pill production. This is an American crisis, caused by Big Pharma, politicians who colluded with it, and regulators who approved one opioid pill after another.
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Friday Nite Videos | September 1, 2017

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September 1, 2017
IRS Criminal Unit Aiding Mueller Investigation. Stevie Ray Vaughan and BB King | Texas Flood. Myths and Facts About Superintelligent AI. Nurse Dragged From Hospital By Police. Sheriff Joe Arpaio: The Daily Show.
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Is Spain About to Break Up?

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September 1, 2017
Spain's Catalonia region votes on independence this fall. For some, it's a referendum on austerity policies that have crippled economies all over Europe.
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Protesting Neo-Nazis - Lessons From History

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September 1, 2017
We have an ethical obligation to stand against the fascists and racists in a way that doesn’t help them.
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Portside Culture

What Is Great about Ourselves

Pankaj Mishra
London Review of Books
Five books by neoliberal authors extolling glories that never were, the essayist eviscerates a state of mind that flatters a cosmopolitan liberal tolerance that has been more at home with nationalism, imperialism and even racism and a worldview that presupposes a chasm between civilized whites and uncivilized nonwhites. even accusing leftists of enabling racism by such affronts as squashing alleged dissimilar people together on buses, trains and subway cars.

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

New York Teamsters Stand For Sanctuary

Tim Goulet
SocialistWorker.org
TEAMSTERS JOINT Council 16, representing 120,000 Teamsters in 27 locals across the five boroughs of New York City, as well as Long Island, the Hudson Valley and Puerto Rico, has declared itself a "sanctuary union."

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.

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.