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This Week in People’s History, Mar 5–11

Engraved image of the 1770 Boston Massacre
If This Be Treason (in 1774), War Is Such an Ugly Word (1919), U.S. Thumbs Nose at International Law (1984), International Women's Day! (1914), Joe McCarthy's Dam Cracks (1954), Whose Streets? Our Streets! (1969), Big Win for Miners' Health (1969)

Israel Acts Like a US Aircraft Carrier

Netanyahu likened Israel to a mighty American aircraft carrier. That is how Israel, as a military colony, serves its imperial master

Remembering the 1932 Ford Hunger March

When the Ford workers Hunger March to deliver a list of 14 demands to Henry Ford became the Ford Massacre . . . and ultimately led to the organization of the Rouge plant by the United Auto Workers.

Sunday Science: On the Trail of the Denisovans

DNA has shown that the extinct humans thrived around the world, from chilly Siberia to high-altitude Tibet — perhaps even in the Pacific islands.

Harris County, Racism and the Death Penalty

Texas’ largest county remains the state’s deadliest when it comes to capital murder convictions, a new report says.

W.E.B. Du Bois’ Study ‘The Philadelphia Negro’ at 125

W.E.B. Du Bois is widely known for his civil rights activism, but many sociologists argue that he has yet to receive due recognition as the founding father of American sociology.

Growing Racial Disparities in Voter Turnout, 2008–2022

The gap is increasing nationwide, especially in counties that had been subject to federal oversight until the Supreme Court invalidated preclearance in 2013.

Major Strike Activity Increased by 280% in 2023

Many workers still need policies that protect their right to strike

The Fed Is Behind the Credit Card Merger

If Capital One is allowed to acquire Discover, it’ll gain access to a government loophole allowing it to raise prices and reduce competition.

How Private Equity Conquered America

Blackstone, Apollo, and a handful of other firms are demolishing the US economy for short-term gain, and leaving workers and communities in the wreckage.
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The Ironies of Drinking Fluid Milk

Marion Nestle Food Politics
Today’s mega-milk-industry stems from a lack of scientific perspective that turned milk into a supposed daily necessity for children and, to a lesser extent, adults.



Carol Kanter
In this presidential election year, poet Carol Kanter issues an elegant warning of a certain candidate “assuming, accruing power.”


Toxic Debt: An Environmental Justice History of Detroit

K.C. Compton Early Learning Nation
Over a period of the five years, beginning in 2014, the City of Detroit cut of water services for over a quarter million residents. This book, writes reviewer Compton, is a "dense, deeply researched history of Detroit’s water disasters."


Dior and Chanel Square Off in the Messy the New Look

Eileen Jones Jacobin
Largely set in occupied France during World War II, the new Apple TV+ series The New Look zeroes in on Christian Dior’s rivalry with Coco Chanel — but it falls flat when it tries to handle Chanel’s infamous Nazi sympathies.



Philip C. Kolin White Terror Black Trauma
Mississippi poet Philip Kolin traces the history of enslavement since 1619, this extract from his new book White Terror, Black Trauma (Third World Press).



Strikes Are Meant To Be Disruptive

David Moscrop Jacobin
Critics of new anti-scab legislation in Canada are worried about the ability to “get things done.” But halting production is the very purpose of strikes — to create disruptions that force bosses to negotiate.


How Workers Are Defying Republican Officials in the South

David McCall Counter Punch
Photo of the circular plaque on the USWA building.  More and more workers across the South seek unionization. But they’re still forced to defy Republican officials who’d rather toady to wealthy corporations than support workers’ fight for a fair economy.


Trump Courts the Teamsters

Peter Olney Portside
Trump and the mainstream media have been playing up his courting of the Teamsters. But will the powerful union really endorse him? Don’t bet on it.


DC37 Retirees Association Taken Over by AFSCME

Chrystal Lewis Chief
The DC37 Retirees Association President said the trusteeship by AFSCME was a result of their opposition to being forced into a Medicare Advantage Plan and their support for the lawsuit brought by the NYC Organization of Retired Public Servants.

Friday nite video


The Paradox of an Infinite Universe

What is outside of the universe? If something is expanding it should have an edge, right? What would you see if you went there?


God & Country | Movie Trailer

From director Dan Partland and producer Rob Reiner, GOD & COUNTRY looks at the implications of Christian nationalism


Supreme Court Ethics | John Oliver

It's really legal!!! John Oliver offers Clarence Thomas $1 million a year for life if he'll resign from the Supreme Court.