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The MAGA storming of the Capitol is two years old. The attempted coup is still happening. The reshaping of the Republican Party as an insurrectionary force and the expansion of armed gangs aim to smash democracy. Please help us to inform, to mobilize and to inspire the forces of multi-racial, radical, inclusive democracy to defeat this threat in 2023.

Rebellion Against the Legalized Robbery

My focus shall be on what we can do, as activists, to help translate humanity’s remaining capacities into the necessary praxes, into the collective actions that will permit us jointly to say: “We did our damned best!”

ANC Crisis May Foreshadow Its Demise

The ANC now signifies dishonourable conduct. It is habituated to preying on the poor, manifested in defrauding funds intended for the needs of the impoverished majority. It may now be a case of needing to say, ‘good riddance’ or ‘your time is up’.

Anti-War Protest in Rome

We held a massive pacifist rally for a diplomatic solution in Europe, where warmongering rages among the ruling classes. With radical rightists in government and a dismal centre-left, it is a movement to prevent catastrophe and give us back dignity.

Colorado Politicians Flout Gun Laws

The Club Q shooter had threatened his family and told police he would kill them, too. El Paso County politicians refused to use their state's red-flag laws to prevent him from getting guns.

Even Foolish Ideas Have Consequences

The intellectual godfathers of the “alt right” and their descendants are on a fool’s errand: to rationalize irrational hatreds.

Friday Nite Videos | November 25, 2022

Howard Zinn and Voices of a People’s History. Qatar World Cup | John Oliver. The Torch | The Story of Buddy Guy. The Global Movement To Restore Nature's Biodiversity. Fox News Finally Abandons Trump.

‘The US Can Still Become a Fascist Country’

While many observers have breathed a sigh of relief over the rout of extreme election deniers endorsed by Trump, and his seemingly deflated campaign launch, the revered sociologist Frances Fox Piven has a more sombre analysis

Young Climate Activists Build a Force To Reckon With

Even more important than the decisions of the UN climate talks are the next steps of a youth-led movement strengthened by two decades of transformative action

The Case for SCOTUS Term Limits Just Got a Lot Better

What if lifetime tenure, rather than raising the barriers to corruption, makes it easier to influence the court by giving interested parties the time and space to operate in an era when wealth has an almost unbreakable grip on our politics?

Geothermal — An Energy Source To Rule Them All?

Deep geothermal technology can harness the heat stored beneath the Earth’s crust to make abundant zero emissions energy.
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Culture

It’s Been a Helluva Year, Tuesday Is Giving Tuesday

Portside Moderator Portside
Once in a while, we – the volunteer moderators of Portside – take the opportunity to talk directly to us – the entire Portside community – about how we see things and how you can pitch in. (Tuesday is Giving Tuesday) Our thoughts, in brief:

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The Americans

Peter Neil Carroll Amsterday Quarterly
Thanksgiving Day is surely an American holiday, even for some subversives who defy the US government--at least on TV!

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Jazz Musician Esperanza Spalding To Depart Harvard

Paton D. Roberts and Eric Yan The Harvard Crimson
I am no longer willing to endorse a cultural norm whereby artists & artist-educators passively participate-in, and benefit-from institutions born and bolstered through the justification..or practice of exploiting and destroying Black and Native life

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The Legacy of a Caged Bird

On Gene Andrew Jarrett’s “Paul Laurence Dunbar” Los Angeles Review of Books
During his lifetime, Paul Laurence Dunbar, an African American, was among the most famous poets in the United States. It is one of the great paradoxes of the early Jim Crow era. This biography sheds new light on the writer's life and work.

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With Namor, Wakanda Forever Does What Latine Media Will Not

Dash Harris Refinery29
For generations, entertainment media has invisibilized and/or stereotyped Black and Indigenous people with origins across Latin America, just as its Spanish and mestizo white supremacist leaders have done in this region throughout history.

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Naming Plant-Based Foods

Emily Baron Cadloff Modern Farmer
The world of plant-based alternatives is vast; for every new vegan option on store shelves, there’s a “conventional” producer wondering about the comparisons people will make between their two products; even the labels defined by the FDA are in flux.

Labor

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Unemployment Data on Native Americans Shows a Stark Picture

Robert Maxim, Randall Akee, and Gabriel R. Sanchez Brookings
Drawing of a sign saying Native American Heritage month Nearly two years into the recovery, Native American workers are contending with a labor market that would be considered catastrophic if it was reflective of the full economy.

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Southern Service Workers Launch a New Union

Stephanie Luce Labor Notes
Hundreds of service workers from across the South gathered in Columbia, South Carolina, November 17-19 to launch the Union of Southern Service Workers (USSW).

Friday nite video

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Qatar World Cup | John Oliver

The Qatar World Cup, human rights violations in the host country, and what perfection really means to David Beckham

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The Torch | The Story of Buddy Guy

Guitar icon Buddy Guy reflects on his legacy and passes along the blues lessons he received from legends Muddy Waters and Howlin Wolf to a phenom of the next generation