Prosecutor’s Apology to Man Sentenced to Deat

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March 28, 2015
Attorney "Marty" Stroud was the prosecutor in the 1984 murder trial of Glenn Ford, who was sentenced to death for the murder of Isadore Rozeman. Ford was released from prison in 2014, after the state admitted new evidence proving Ford was not the killer. Stroud denounces the state’s attempt to deny compensation for Ford’s wrongful conviction, speaks of his role in creating the “horrors” Ford suffered, and denounces the death penalty as an "abomination....
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Non-Profits Demand Smithsonian Cut Koch Ties

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March 28, 2015
Fifteen non-profits launched a petition on March 23 calling on the Smithsonian's American Museum of Natural History and the Natural History Museum of New York to remove David Koch from their boards of trustees because "he bankrolls groups that deny climate science." Serious questions are being raised about institutions that accept money from donors whose business and political dealings are in direct opposition to the institutions' missions.
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Record Number of Unemployed Without Benefits

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March 28, 2015
According to the Economic Policy Institute, Congress’ refusal to extend unemployment benefits in 2014, coupled with cuts in benefits at the state level, has reduced the percentage of people receiving unemployment insurance to the lowest level in more than three decades. And, despite higher unemployment rates for Black workers, unemployed Black workers are even less likely to receive unemployment benefits than their white counterparts.
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Mexican Water Privatization Scheme Blocked

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March 28, 2015
Mexico’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), and its allies, suffered a major setback March 10th, when a law to privatize Mexico’s water resources was shelved. President Enrique Peña Nieto had attempted to “fast track” approval of the General Water Law, but the rapid mobilization of grassroots opposition forced the indefinite postponement of a vote on the legislation that would place water distribution under private sector control.
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The Foreign Trio After Africa’s Seeds

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March 28, 2015
There is renewed interest in the potentially huge profitability of African agriculture - and seed systems are a key target. The Gates Foundation and the US Agency for International Development are working with Monsanto, Syngenta, Yara and others, to impose seed regulations friendly to multinational corporations that will reduce the role of Africa’s public sector, and marginalize the small farmers whose seeds and labor feed the continent.
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Friday Nite Videos -- March 27, 2015

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March 27, 2015
Tom Lehrer -- We'll All Go Together When We Go. Detroit Man Beaten by Police Speaks Out. Boom Bust Boom Trailer. New York Subway's Danny Small. SEC's Andrew Bowden at Stanford – A Regulator for Sale?
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Regulatory Capture, Captured on Video

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March 27, 2015
SEC official slobbers over private equity titans, suggests his son might want a job in the field
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Teach the ABCs Through Feminist Heroes

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March 27, 2015
A new illustrated children’s book, Rad American Women A-Z, offers kids the chance to educate themselves on women’s history and the alphabet at the same time.
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The Redistributional Imperative

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March 27, 2015
When more and more can be done by fewer and fewer people, the profits go to an ever-smaller circle of executives and owner-investors. It may be that a redistribution of income and wealth from the rich to the rest of us becomes the only means of making the future economy work.
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Why Humanity Created God

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March 27, 2015
Rap artist Baba Brinkman doesn't argue for science over religion; he uses evolutionary science to explain religion's origins, function and development.
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Portside Culture

Triangle-Shirtwaist-Baldia 1911, 2012

Tom Karlson
Desert Peace
At the 104th anniversary of the Triangle Fire in New York City, poet Tom Karlson reminds us that factory tragedy remains a real issue in the global garment-making industries.

Coney Island Exposed America's Spirit

Randy Shaw
Beyond Chron
Coney Island's standing for some 147 years as inspiration for artists, from its inception as an elite seaside resort through its days as an entertainment mecca and leisure refuge for New York's working people, up to its more recent decline and the closing in 2008 of Astroland, its last iconic amusement park.

Groundbreakers: How Obama's 2.2 Million Volunteers Transformed Campaigning in America

Andrew Mayersohn
Boston Review
It's clear that President Obama out-organized his opponents in both of his runs for president. But how did he do it? Elizabeth McKenna and Hahrie Han, in Groundbreakers, shows us how. As Andrew Mayersohn notes in this review, "giving people meaningful responsibilities is a powerful way to engage them and keep them engaged." This is a vital lesson in politics, one that Team Obama, in two national campaigns, realized with spectacular results.

Film Review: "Taxi" – A Ridealong Career Selfie From Banned Iranian Director, Jafar Panahi, Takes Top Prize at Berlin

Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian
“Taxi” is Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s third film since he was arrested in 2010 and charged with making anti-government propaganda. He was barred from making films for 20 years, from leaving the country and from speaking to the foreign media. He got around some of these restrictions this time by filming inside a taxi driving through the streets of Tehran, producing a beautifully humane fable. "Taxi" took the top prize at the Berlin Film Festival.

Halt and Catch Fire’s Surprising Finale: The Show Was the Opposite of What We Thought

Willa Paskin
With AMC's Halt and Catch Fire's second season arriving soon, a reflection on the first. Halt and Catch Fire's finale reveals it was anti-capitalist all along. For all the early technical bells and whistles, Halt has a straightforward, pleasing story arc—a ragtag team that against long odds and many obstacles does the near impossible—that toward the season’s end ran into a genuinely thought-provoking hurdle: capitalism.

El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz

henry 7. reneau jr.
mandala journal
Fifty years after his assassination, this poem honors El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (aka Malcolm X)

Portside Labor

Cesar Chavez, the UFW, and Why Unions are Needed

Duane E. Campbell
Talking Union
The movement led by Cesar Chavez , Dolores Huerta and others created a union and reduced the oppression of farm workers for a time. Then the corporations and the Right Wing forces adapted their strategies of oppression. The assault on the UFW and the current reconquest of power in the fields are examples of strategic racism, that is a system of racial oppression created and enforced because it benefits the over class -- in this case corporate agriculture.

Adjuncts Struggle to Unionize at a Liberal College

Michelle M. Tokarczyk
Working Class Perspectives
Adjuncts make up about 70% of the American professoriate. Adjuncts usually make $20,000–$25,000 a year, often by teaching courses at various institutions each semester. They have no job security, and frequently receive no health or retirement benefits. But they have begun fighting to improve their lot. SEIU is organizing in several states.

Mexican Farmworkers Strike over Low Wages, Blocking Harvest

Richard Marosi
Los Angeles Times
Thousands of farmworkers went on strike in Mexico to protest low wages. The strike, the first of its kind in decades, had a wide impact, as workers blocked highways and stopped the harvest at the height of the season. Workers not only want higher wages, but their own independent union.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on March 27, 2015

Floyd Dent talks to Chris Hayes about being pulled from his car and beaten by police in Inkster, Michigan, as seen in dashcam video.

Posted by Portside on March 27, 2015



Monty Python star Terry Jones co-wrote and co-directed this completely serious economics documentary, whose experts include Nobel Prize winners Daniel Kahneman, Robert J. Shiller and Paul Krugman.

Posted by Portside on March 27, 2015

Mitchell Hughes, aka Danny Small, originally from South Carolina, singing in the NYC subway station at 14th Street and 6th Avenue -- one cell in the musical lifeblood of a city.

Posted by Portside on March 27, 2015

Andrew Bowden, the SEC's Director of the agency's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, speaks a bit too candidly at a March 5, 2015 conference at Sanford Law School conference, Emerging Regulatory Issues in Private Equity, Venture Capital, & Capital Formation in Silicon Valley.

Posted by Portside on March 20, 2015


After a woman tells Rick Santorum that President Obama "tried to blow up a nuke in Charleston," Chris Hayes asks: Did I miss something?
Posted by Portside on March 20, 2015

Four out of five fast food workers have been BURNED, often badly, for one simple reason: Fast food companies care way more about their profits than the basic safety of their workers. It’s outrageous and unbelievable. See for yourself.

Posted by Portside on March 21, 2015

Peace Officer is a documentary about the increasingly militarized state of American police as told through the story of “Dub” Lawrence, a former sheriff who established and trained his rural state’s first SWAT team only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law.