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Denver: Non-Police Public Safety Alternatives a Success

Denver’s STAR program sends paramedics and behavioral health clinicians instead of police to respond to 911 calls related to mental health issues, homelessness, and substance abuse. It’s led to a 34 percent drop in crime in its operating districts since 2020.

Chile's New Draft Constitution: Jubilation and Hope

The draft shifts Chile away from the existing Pinochet-era document, enshrining cultural rights and laying out a path of autonomy for Indigenous peoples

Europeans Have More Reproductive Freedom Than Americans

In both access to abortion and a pro-family welfare state, Europe beats the U.S. hands down.

How Local Governments Are Advancing Workers’ Rights

Cities are spearheading efforts to pass and enforce local labor laws that are improving standards for workers in their communities.

Global Left Midweek – June 29, 2022

The worldwide fight for abortion rights, Die Linke party congress, and a power shift in... Grenada!

Getting Real About the Post-‘Roe’ World

There was never any reason to be complacent about the end of legal abortion, nor should we think that the impact of the Supreme Court’s latest ruling will be muted.

Jan 6 ‘Bombshell After Bombshell’ Dropped

"Hutchinson's testimony of the deeply detailed plans of January 6 and the inaction of those in the White House in response to the violence show just how close we came to a coup," said one pro-democracy organizer.

Maine Outmaneuvers the Supreme Court

The legislative fix made by Maine lawmakers offers a model for lawmakers elsewhere who are alarmed by the court’s aggressive swing to the right.

The Toll of Taft-Hartley Weighs Heavily on Labor

Seventy-five years ago, the labor movement suffered its greatest setback of the 20th Century: the Taft-Hartley Act.

Media Bits and Bytes – June 28, 2022

Rightist media set the stage for fascist violence
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Culture

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A Great Awakening

Molly Worthen The New York Times
This decade-old book is especially relevant now.

film

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande Has a “Magic Sex Worker” Problem

Eileen Jones Jacobin
Critics are fawning over Good Luck to You, Leo Grande for its “brave” sex positivity. But the crowd-pleasing comedy is actually anxiously prescriptive, and it relies on an angelic and selfless sex worker to teach a middle-aged woman how to love her body.

food

Biden Signs the School Meal Waivers Bill Into Law, but Free Meals Are Over for Many

Ximena Bustillo npr.org
Before the pandemic, meals were either free, reduced price or full price to students. During the pandemic, the waivers allowed for all meals to be free. The House bill included only free and full-price options. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., blocked the bill in the Senate, urging lawmakers to bring back the "reduced price" category of the National School Lunch Program.

poetry

Dance to the Music

Amy Soricelli Freshwater Literary Review
Amy Soricelli’s poetry captures the grit of The Bronx: the passing “radio from an open car window” or a “random gunshot.”

Labor

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We Won! • We Won Our Union!

SCU Adjuncts and Lecturers Union SCU Adjuncts and Lecturers Union
After a Five-Year Campaign, Adjuncts Faculty and Lecturers at Santa Clara University win their union and vote SEIU 1021 as Bargaining Representative. Union-yes votes win in a landslide (72.5%) in the National Labor Relations Board-overseen election.

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The Beating Heart of the US Labor Movement Was at Labor Notes

Alex N. Press Jacobin
This past weekend, 4,000 labor militants gathered near Chicago for the Labor Notes conference. Amazon and Starbucks workers, teachers, Teamsters, Bernie Sanders — Labor Notes is a mosaic that brought the labor and leftist upsurge under one roof.

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Union Kitchen Workers Declare Victory in Their Efforts To Unionize

Amanda Michelle Gomez dcist
The National Labor Relations Board determined Tuesday that a majority of Union Kitchen workers in Washington,DC voted to unionize, according to the freshly-minted labor union’s collective bargaining agent, United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 400.

Friday nite video

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The Pandemic's Unequal Toll

The pandemic has touched every corner of the globe, but its impacts have not fallen on everybody equally. The latest data and projections in two fundamental areas - health and wealth.