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Your Best Bet to Go Scot-Free in U.S.? Steal Billions

A wave of shoplifting crimes are attracting front-page news, while the $15 billion stolen by corporations from workers receives no coverage at all

How Oregon is Dismantling the Disastrous War on Drugs

While the expansion of treatment, and related social services is undeniably a good thing, drug decriminalization is ultimately about getting people out of the criminal justice system and ensuring that they are not sucked into it in the first place.

Global Left Midweek - Hard Takes on Hot Spots

A time for serious analysis, examination and history making

Biden’s Global Democracy Summit: Can Ours Endure?

The prospects for improving American democracy have dimmed considerably. In the months since Joe Biden took office, nineteen states have enacted thirty-three laws that make it more difficult for citizens to vote.

How Congress Loots the Treasury for the Military

Even as it loses war after war overseas, the U.S. military has waged a far more successful one to burnish its image in the hearts and minds of Americans and win every budget battle in Washington.

Emmett Till Investigation Closed by Justice Department

DOJ reopened an investigation after a 2017 book quoted Carolyn Bryant Donham saying she lied in claiming the 14-year-old made sexual advances.

Veterans Target US Military’s Impact on the Climate

With no mention of military emissions at COP26, a coalition is mobilizing to force the Pentagon to disclose and reduce its enormous carbon footprint.

Dispatches From the Culture Wars - December 7, 2021

Open season on protesters, but the fight to defend rights is on

Starbuck Workers Confident About Union Vote

The workers in upstate New York are confident that come Thursday, they will have the first unionized Starbucks out of almost 9,000 in the United States.

Grab and GoTo IPOs Have One Problem: Angry Gig Workers

Grab driver loading a cardboard box onto their bike.
With Singapore and Indonesia's superapps finally in reach of U.S. listings, union trouble brews at home.
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Culture

Our Vision for 2022 - A Portside Message

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The threat to the survival of our democracy is clear: a would-be dictator and a cultist political party. A truly multiracial, inclusive, radical democratic movement that has a vision beyond capitalism is key. You can help.

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Classmates

Jodi Hottel Voyeur
California poet Jodi Hottel discovered her changing identity after her Japanese American family was shipped to an internment camp during World War II.

Labor

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Claiming Our Right to Study: Building Working-Class Intellectualism in the Struggles for Health Care and Education

A conversation between Karim Sariahmed and Ellen Schwartz, with an introduction by Karim University of the Poor Journal
There are good reasons for working class people to distrust formal education systems and scientific research but we can't fall into anti-intellectualism. The University of the Poor's “struggle as a school” is a way to organize in response.

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Hospitals Are Using the Nursing Shortage to Stiff Health Care Workers

Heather Rust Jacobin
Rather than materially address the underlying issues of the nursing shortage crisis, health care providers are exploiting it in order to further consolidate power at the top of industry hierarchies — and break the power of organized labor below.

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Class Struggle Unionism

Alex Riccio Organizing Work
Alex Riccio argues Joe Burns’ latest book is powerfully inspiring but short on details.

Friday nite video

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West Side Story | Steven Spielberg

Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner Tony Kushner, “West Side Story” tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City.

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Dopesick | Hulu Trailer

From Executive Producer Danny Strong and starring and executive produced by Michael Keaton, “Dopesick” examines how one company triggered the worst drug epidemic in American history.

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Jeanine Pirro Cold Open | SNL

Jeanine Pirro (Cecily Strong) discusses the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict and welcomes Donald Trump (James Austin Johnson) to discuss Biden’s Build Back Better infrastructure bill.

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Bolivian Andean Music | KAMAQ

Live music from the heights of Bolivia. Tupac Katari nation interpretation by the Bolivian group KAMAQ.