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Can Biden Be Pushed Left?

History suggests that what you see on the campaign trail, or even in a candidate’s past legislative record, is not necessarily what you get from a president once in power. Our first imperative in 2020 is a massive repudiation of Donald Trump.

The Squad Is Growing with a New Crew of Progressives

It’s not just AOC, Omar, Pressley and Tlaib. This crop of organizers - turned-politicians — alongside the Squad — plans to usher in a progressive revival in the House of Representatives.

Angela Davis - One of The New York Times Five Greats

Before the world knew what intersectionality was, the scholar, writer and activist was living it, arguing not just for Black liberation, but for the rights of women and queer and transgender people as well.

Oct. 22, 2020-Reader Comments, Resources, Announcements

Reader Comments: 2020 Elections; Amy Coney Barrett; COVID and workers; Bolivia; Workers photo exhibit; Chicago 7 Trial; People's Culture; resources; announcements; more....

Book Review - A Pandemic Nurse’s Diary

This book is written by a nurse in the center of the pandemic. Accompanied by beautiful drawings of hospital workers in PPE caring for patients by Anna Usacheva, this is a narrative which helps us understand both COVID19 and the workers who faced it

New Teachers Union Leader Fights Trump, School Battles

As president, Becky Pringle said her mission is to “lead a movement to reclaim public education as a common good.” She wants to transform the system into one that is racially and socially just and equitable.

Only Class War Can Stop Climate Change

A new report shows that the world’s top 1 percent is responsible for double the emissions of the entire bottom half of the planet. The message is clear: to fight climate change, we have to fight the ruling class.

How We Should Defend Against an Impending Trump Coup

President Donald Trump has refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power no matter who wins the election. What is to be done if Trump loses the election but refuses to concede?

State AG's Blast DOJ's Purdue Pharma Settlement

Federal officials had the power to put key figures in the opioid crisis behind bars but didn’t, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said.

Global Left Midweek - Focus on Political Parties

Bolivian voters elect MAS government, reject coup * Monetary reform in Cuba * Pakistan Democratic Movement * Nigeria at the brink * Corbyn reflects
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Culture

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Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed at Fifty

Liza Featherstone JSTOR Daily
The Brazilian educator Paulo Freire’s book, first published in English 50 years ago, urges viewing students as interlocutors or partners in the learning process.

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Don’t Watch Hillbilly Elegy — Listen to Dolly Parton Instead

Marianela D’Aprile Jacobin
Netflix announced the forthcoming movie adaptation of JD Vance’s reactionary, victim-blaming book Hillbilly Elegy yesterday. But why would anyone seek answers about life in Appalachia from a right-wing former venture capitalist?

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The Five Horses of Doctor Ramón Emeterio Betances

By Martín Espada Poem-a-day
Martín Espada gives an eloquent elegy to Dr. Ramón Emeterio Betances, a Puerto Rican abolitionist and revolutionary who addressed issues of pandemic and racial oppression.

Labor

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Machinists Union: President Trump Has Broken His Promises to U.S. Workers

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM)
"Between the fumbled response to the coronavirus pandemic, the job loss that rivals the Great Depression and the daily rhetoric that serves only to divide working people—this president has struck out with the Machinists Union.”

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The 8th Wonder of the World* (*wonder not guaranteed)

Josh Dzieza The Verge
In 2017, President Donald Trump and the Wisconsin GOP struck a deal with Foxconn that promised to turn Southeastern Wisconsin into a tech manufacturing powerhouse. Three years later, the factory — and the jobs — don’t exist, and probably never will.

Friday nite video

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How America Bungled the Plague

A year ago, the United States was regarded as the country best prepared for a pandemic. Our government had spent nearly two decades strategizing for a doomsday scenario. So what went wrong?

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Totally Under Control | Documentary

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney investigates the stark disparity between Covid 19 deaths in the U.S. and South Korea. With damning testimony from public health officials and hard investigative reporting, Gibney exposes a system-wide collapse caused by a profound dereliction of Presidential leadership.