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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.

Keith Ellison’s Narrow Victory

Minnesotans voted to reelect the attorney general who prosecuted Derek Chauvin. The result holds important lessons for the Democratic Party on its approach to criminal justice.

Why Is AARP Boosting Medicare Privatization?

AARP, the advocacy organization is welcoming the for-profit takeover of its members’ national health insurance program — because it earns hundreds of millions as part of the deal.

Growing Unease Among U.S. Jews with Netanyahu Return

Less than half of US Jews had positive feelings for Mr. Netanyahu, according to a Pew Research Center study last year. Younger Jews, may not feel much connection with Israel at all - 27 percent between 18 and 29 said Israel was not important .....

Q&A: Navigating the Left’s Ukraine Debate

“Sovereignty and self-determination are important concepts to keep at the heart of Left analysis” — and can help orient us in the confusion and misinformation surrounding Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Nov. 24, 2022-Reader Comments, Resources, Announcements

Reader Comments: Lessons from the Midterms; Public Pensions; Rail Workers; Wakanda Forever; Book Sales; Vietnam Era Antiwar Movement: Successes, Failures, and Legacies; How We Win with Socialists in Office; Cartoons; More Resources and Announcements;
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Culture

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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.

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Inauguration Poem

Lynn Melnick Verse Daily
Poet Lynn Melnick captures a moment traumatic violence, what she calls “inauguration,” and its lasting effect: “there was always dread.”

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).

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114 Starbucks Stores Saw Workers Go on Strike Yesterday

Saurav Sarkar Jacobin
Starbucks has undertaken an unceasing union-busting campaign since the first cafe unionized a year ago. But if the 114 cafes that saw baristas go on strike yesterday for its annual Red Cup Day are any indication, the company won’t be victorious any time soon.

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