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Sorry, Not Sorry

Sorry to Bother You, directed by Boots Riley, Annapurna Pictures, The film’s real heroes are the people, the modern Levellers and Diggers—the gravediggers of capitalism.

Georgia Governor's Race-Can a Black Woman Make History?

Progressive Democrat Stacey Abrams is taking on Trump-style Republican Brian Kemp in a state where all 82 of its governors have been white men

Social Security: An Economic Engine

There is no better way to help Main Street than to elect members of Congress who appreciate Social Security’s immensely positive impact on our economy – and will work hard to expand on the program’s promise.

Hurricane Florence and the Gullah-Geechee People

Thousands of acres throughout the flooded Carolinas are heir’s property, a form of land ownership that leaves residents vulnerable to speculators.

Media Bits and Bytes - September 18, 2018

Dark Web; Duterte's Tech-fueled Drug War; Covers Uncovered; Data Summit; Trust Busting

How Can the Left Participate in Electoral Campaigns?

We won’t hold anyone accountable, not even former leftists, unless the mass movements on the grass roots level continue to grow and organize. They won’t grow through elections.

Understanding Trump's War on Palestinian Refugees

refugees protesting against cuts to funds
The realization of Palestinian rights may be a marathon, but right now, it is also a sprint. The race is on, to be made to vanish or to be seen and heard.

The Three Tribes of Austerity

poor woman with baby sitting on sidewalk
Austerity prevails in the West because three powerful political tribes champion it.

A Private Investigator: Living in Surveillance Culture

The authoritarian snoops of the last century would have drooled over the surveillance uses of the smartphones that most of us now carry. Smartphones have, in fact, become one of the primo law enforcement tools other than the Internet.

How China’s Mobile Ecosystems Are Making Banks Obsolete

Giant Chinese tech companies have bypassed credit cards and banks to create their own low-cost digital payment systems.
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Culture

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The Fake That’s Real

By Mary Elise Bailey
Poet Mary Elise Bailey has studied and re-studied the rhetoric of 2016 presidential shopping. This selection is part of a longer work, Duct Tape.

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Bob Woodward’s Dragnet Descends on Donald Trump

Lloyd Green The Guardian
Woodward, one of the two Washington Post city reporters who broke the Watergate story that led to bringing down a president has written another sober, must-read dissection of corruption and rot at the White House.

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John Rawls, Socialist?

Ed Quish Jacobin
The author of this book, writes reviewer Quish, "makes a powerful case for a 'socialist constitutionalism' that deserves a place in contemporary debates on the Left."

Labor

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You Can Be Fired for Not Showing Up to Work During a Hurricane

AFL-CIO Blog
Even when there are mandatory evacuation orders, many businesses insist that employees still show up for work. Many more This forces many to make an impossible choice between protecting their lives or protecting their jobs

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Trumka Calls for New Supreme Court Direction at Yale Law School

Richard Trumka AFL-CIO
Judge Kavanaugh would return workplace law to the 19th century. He would deny working people our most fundamental rights. And that’s exactly why he was nominated. He’s been vetted by the same people who’ve been pulling the strings since Bush v. Gore.

Friday nite video

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Beto O'Rourke: We Don't Need a Wall

The man running against Ted Cruz to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate says we should be focused on smart security solutions and citizenship for DREAMers

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Senator Elizabeth Warren at Netroots Nation 2018

Warren tells her own story to show how radically government has abandoned its responsibility to help the poor and working class. A speech about fighting the politics of division in the age of Trump.

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'Job Shaming' Actor Geoffrey Owens Totally Backfired

Actor Geoffrey Owens (“The Cosby Show”) speaks out after articles from Fox News and other media outlets attempted to “job shame” him for working at Trader Joe’s. Owens says the Fox News article about him was “an attempt to make someone feel small about what they do for a living” but it has “totally backfired”.

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Skin Deep | Buddy Guy

Playing For Change and Buddy Guy unite to record and film his anthem, “Skin Deep.” The song includes over 50 musicians from coast to coast.