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Friday Nite Videos | April 19, 2024

The Biggest Win for Workers in Decades. Criminalizing Homelessness Won't Make It Go Away. If I Were a Rich Man (Fiddler on the Roof Parody). Jordan Klepper Crashes Trump's Criminal Trial. A Bombshell Supreme Court Case on Jan. 6.

We Watched Bob Marley: One Love, and Here Is Our Take

An undeniable truth in both the movie and real life is the message of peace, love, and redemption, and that is what Marley and The Wailers were fighting for.

The War on Protest

Since 2017, 21 states have passed 41 laws enhancing penalties and fines for common protest-related crimes—part of a wave of nearly 300 anti-protest bills introduced nationwide.

Dead Last (With an Emphasis on Dead!)

Despite the fact that the Middle East has experienced hellish heat waves and epic floods, Middle Eastern regimes get failing grades on climate action

Blinken Urged To Act on Accused Israeli Military Units

A special State Department panel told Secretary of State Antony Blinken that the U.S. should restrict arms sales to Israeli military units that have been credibly accused of human rights abuses. He has not taken any action.

USC Student Asna Tabassum, Class of 2024 Valedictorian

This should have been a time of celebration for my family, friends, professors, and classmates, anti-Muslim and anti-Palestinian voices have subjected me to a campaign of racist hatred because of my uncompromising belief in human rights for all.

To Accomplish What?

After reading of actions at UC Berkeley to prevent a speaker from addressing a meeting, and disrupting a dean’s backyard party, as a veteran of the Free Speech Movement, the first thing that comes to my mind is "What was the goal of the protest?"

Supreme Court Abolishes Mass Protest in Three States

It is no longer safe to organize a protest in Louisiana, Mississippi, or Texas. The Court’s decision to leaves the Fifth Circuit’s attack on the First Amendment in place. The Fifth Circuit’s Mckesson decision remains good law in those three states.

Haiti Today, America Tomorrow?

Don’t make the mistake of associating gangs like Haiti’s with a “primitive” stage of political development or only with countries on the geopolitical margins. What’s happening there today could prefigure the future of the United States, too.

Apr. 18, 2024 -Reader Comments, Announcements, Shorts

Reader Comments: Trump on Trial; Bombing Embassies You Are Not At War With; Ending Property Taxes; Alabama Communists in the Jim Crow South; Israeli Pavilion Remains Shut at Venice Biennale; Earth Week; John Brown Day; Nakba Days of Action; more;
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Si, Se Puede (It Can Be Done)

Philip Kolin
Marking the anniversary of his death (April 23, 1993), Cesar Chavez continues to inspire support for immigrant farm workers’ rights around the country.


New York City’s New Gilded Age

Linette Lopez Business Insider
Beneath the city's victory over the pandemic and dining's glorious return is great divide between the haves and the have-nots. This new economy reveals the dramatic difference between those who can handle an inflationary shock and those who cannot.


The One Who’s Left Water

Jed Myers First published in Tinderbox
Washington state poet Jed Myers pays homage to the “one who’s left water” for the migrants crossing Arizona deserts facing “liberty or a cage.”



UAW Wins Organizing Election at VW Tennessee Plant

Luke Ramseth Detroit News
The United Auto Workers achieved a historic organizing victory Friday night at a Volkswagen AG plant in Tennessee plant as workers voted overwhelmingly to join the union following a three-day election.


Militancy—and Beyond

Bob Master Convergence
Millions of non-union workers took notice of the 2023 strike wave. But moving from a year of high-profile strikes to building working class political power, let alone transforming US politics, will not happen automatically.


America’s Newest Doctors Fuel Efforts To Unionize

Tina Reed Axios
A new generation of doctors struggling with ever-increasing workloads and crushing student debt is helping drive unionization efforts in a profession that historically hasn't organized.


Why Is It So Hard To Unionize a Bar? It’s Complicated.

Gabe Del Valle Punch
Death & Co.’s recent union drive could have made history. But the failed effort underscores the challenges that come with unionizing bar staff, even as restaurants, cafés and hotels see an uptick in labor organizing.

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