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Independence is Answer to US Colonialism in Puerto Rico

The United States government has only one responsibility and that is to support Puerto Rico’s right to self-determination. No political leader in the United States has the right to determine what is right for Puerto Rico.

Wrong!: Andrew Yang Compares BDS to 'Fascist Boycotts'

One-time presidential hopeful faces backlash over op-ed saying BDS movement 'rooted in antisemitic thought and history'

New US Domestic Terrorism Measures Can Hurt Minorities

Civil rights advocates worry that moves to fight far-right extremism will be used against communities of color and leftwing activists

Unemployment Is Much Worse Than You Think — Here’s Why.

The problem for many Americans isn’t getting a job, it’s getting enough hours at decent wages. Our topline numbers obscure that reality.

Global Left Midweek - January 27, 2021

The debate over climate crisis, and more news and analysis from the Mideast, Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America

Fighting the “Immigrant Threat” Narrative

Ruth Milkman, Immigrant Labor and the New Precariat (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2020), a Review by Lola Loustaunau

Hank Aaron Was More Than a Man Who Hit Home Runs

Hank Aaron will be remembered for his astonishing achievements as one of the all-time great baseball players, not least because he broke Babe Ruth’s home run record. But Aaron also ceaselessly fought to defend black people in a hostile racist society

Trump Plan To Speed Up Poultry Processing Halted

Workers and safety advocates feared the faster speeds would lead to more injuries and COVID-19 infections.

Beware Corporate ‘Democracy Washing’

Twitter canceling Trump’s account shows that real political power in the United States shifted from government to corporations.

Media Bits and Bytes - January 26, 2021

The Capitol rampage turns the media world upside down
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Culture

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Building Solidarity

Renée Feltz The Indypendent
The anarchist philosopher Peter Kropotkin, writing in 1902, called Mutual Aid "the conscience — be it only at the stage of an instinct — of human solidarity." This new book offers insight into how that idea can live in today's world.

Your Last Opportunity: Let's Make Waves Together

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Because of Portside, a lot of people who are determined to make their own history will have the tools to do it -- the emotional sustenance, the information, the analysis, the connections -- to meet the extraordinary situation we all confront.

Labor

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Opening the Door to a More Democratic UAW

Nelson Lichtenstein Labor Notes
More important, the agreement calls for a vote of all 400,000 members to decide whether they want direct election of top leaders.

Friday nite video

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Goodbye Donald Trump

Not with venom, not with scorn, but with optimism, jubilance and celebration.

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The White Tiger | Movie

The anti-Slumdog Millionaire: the epic journey of a poor Indian driver (Adarsh Gourav) who uses his wit and cunning to break free from servitude to his rich masters.

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Get Up Stand Up | Skip and Cedella Marley

For this version, we added Skip and Cedella Marley, Malian blues rock band Songhoy Blues, harmonica virtuoso Lee Oskar and an excerpt of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

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Documentary: MLK/FBI

Award-winning editor and director Sam Pollard lays out a detailed account of the FBI surveillance that dogged King’s activism throughout the ’50s and ’60s, fueled by the racist and red-baiting paranoia of J. Edgar Hoover. Full review.