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The Food World and America's White Supremacy Problem

Tunde Wey San Francisco Chronicle
In America, white supremacy is the establishment — not part of it, but all of it, our politics, prisons, schools. And white supremacy dominates our food, our media, even our escapism.

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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Josh Trapani Washington Independent Review of Books
The well-known scientist and commentator on science has presented us with a primer on his subject that is aimed at a wide and popular audience.

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Melinda and Sandy and Oprah

Andrew O'Hagan London Review of Books
Fresh from her remarks at the Golden Globes Awards ceremony, Oprah Winfrey is being touted in the mainstream media as a potential presidential candidate in 2020. Whether it's a passing fancy or the start of a serious draft effort, now is a good time to look back on celebrity journalist Kitty Kelley's 2010 biography of Oprah, which the reviewer in an essay alternately caustic and refreshing, credits Kelley with "a very powerful understanding of what makes a modern celebrity. She gets the journey, to use a favorite Oprah word, but she also gets the cost of the journey."

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High Schooler Says 'No One Should Have to Eat Alone"

Steve Hartman CBS News
Denis Estimon spreads the message of "We Dine Together." When Denis Estimon, a Haitian immigrant, came here in first grade, he felt isolated -- especially at lunch. In high school, he started a club called "We Dine Together" and is now opening chapters in schools around the country.

Labor

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Why a Successful Union Organizer Thinks Traditional Organizing is a Lost Cause

Rick Wartzman Beyond Chron
Instead of being sufficiently innovative, says Seattle SEIU Local 775 David Rolf, most labor leaders have been “reinvesting and doubling down on our American system of enterprise-based collective bargaining since the union movement started to shrink in the early 1950s.” The result: “Through decades . . . we’ve seen unions grow weaker and weaker every year while continuing to repeat the same strategic directions.”

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Like everyone, we’ve been straining to keep up with astounding developments over the past year. We've also made a lot of changes, to create better tools to help meet the needs of the moment. So if you haven't donated yet, it's not too late.

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Carrier Workers Are Livid After Facing Layoffs Despite Trump’s Promises

Bryce Covert In These Times
The fine print of Trump’s deal has now turned into reality for Carrier’s Indianapolis employees. Roughly 340 workers lost their jobs in July. The last round of layoffs mean 250 workers will clock in in for their final shifts today despite Trump’s pledges.

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Union-busters Set Themselves Up for Janus Backfire

IUOE Local 150 IUOE Local 150
Unfortunately, for the special interest groups that are pushing this agenda, the ramifications of a win will have the opposite of the desired effect. If not bargaining is protected free speech, then bargaining will conversely be protected free speech, giving union workers new protections that we’ve never enjoyed before.

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Protests in Iran Took Many by Surprise - But Not Iranian Labor Activists

Murtaza Hussain The Intercept
Working people in Iran have been dreaming of a better life for four decades, but today ordinary people often have to work two or three jobs simply to survive. Many people inside and outside Iran may be shocked by what is going on, but trade unionists have been warning for the past 10 years that there will be an uprising against the ruling class and their kleptocracy.

Friday nite video

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Long Ago, Far Away | Odetta Sings Dylan

Odetta, the musical 'Voice of the Civil Rights Movement,' brings the haunting refrain of one of Bob Dylan's most radical songs about war, inequality and oppression: Things like that don't happen / No more, nowadays.

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Global Responses to Trump's 'Shithole' Remarks

Here's how the world responded to President Trump's disparaging Jan. 11 remarks about immigrants from "shithole countries," including El Salvador, Haiti and all of Africa.

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Camperforce | Documentary

A short by Jessica Bruder and Laura Poitros (Citizenfour) featuring the stories of some of the thousands of nomadic senior citizens recruited by Amazon to work in its far-flung giant warehouses. With secret camera footage from inside the Amazon empire, and a twist ending.

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Harry Belafonte | Zombie Jamboree

In Belafonte's version, the Zombie Jamboree takes place in a New York cemetery, naturally enough, in the wake of nuclear war, which Belafonte adds a verse about how to avert. 

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Reince Priebus Notes Confirm James Comey Story

NYT reporter Michael Schmidt talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump's pressure on Jeff Sessions not to recuse himself from the Russia probe, and Reince Priebus' notes confirming James Comey's testimony.

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Stephen Bites Into a Juicy New Book

With an assist from Donald Trump's cease and desist order, Michael Wolff's bombshell book is spilling secrets and breaking sales records.