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World crises demand groundbreaking strategies

July 4th Violence Leaves Democrats Fustrated with Biden

“Gun violence is the leading cause of death of children in this country and that is really horrific. If that is the case, why isn’t there a robust team of people working on that every day?” says Robin Lloyd of Giffords.

US Drag Queens Stand Their Ground

The world of American drag has been marred by growing fears of violence and intimidation as they have been specifically targeted by extremist far-right and militia groups

Biden’s Pro-Privatization Nominee for Social Security

"The Senate can, and must, block this terrible nomination," Social Security Works said of the administration's choice of Andrew Biggs.

‘Miranda’ Decision Guts 150-Year-Old Civil Rights Law

The court held that a violation of Miranda rules – which protect the Constitutional right against compelled self-incrimination – isn’t a violation of the Constitution itself. Police therefore can’t be sued under the civil rights law

Dispatches From the Culture Wars – July 5, 2022

School officials try to whitewash slavery and the Japanese-American internment

U.S. Elections: The End of Majority Rule

The US, which has been teetering on the edge of a cliff for some time, is now starting to tip into an abyss of "minority rule medievalism.”

Hotel Workers in Hawaii Fight Cuts in Service

Nearly 6,000 union hotel workers in Hawaii are now working without a contract. UNITE HERE! Local 5 wants the hotels to bring back services and staff to pre-pandemic levels.

This Right-Wing U.S. Supreme Court Is Tyrannical

Our most fundamental rights are being trampled by a tyrannical, unaccountable, and unelected force.

Feminism Hasn’t Failed. Here’s the Evidence.

You can take away a right through legal means, but it is harder to take away the belief in that right. The uproar over the court’s hideous abortion decision is a reminder of how unpopular it is.
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Culture

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Beyond a Biography: Seeing C.L.R. James Afresh

Paul Buhle New Frame
John L Williams’ new book on the pan-African thinker is a marvel that offers a close, meticulous description of his life and thinking, untangling his transformations and inviting reacquaintance.

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Why American Leaders Relish Hot-Dog Diplomacy

Doug Mack Atlas Obscura
When King George visited Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1939, the White House lunch included hot dogs. It kickstarted an enduring tactic of American international relations: hot-dog diplomacy. The King asked for seconds, accompanied by beer.

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Before Roe

Peter Neil Carroll
They say you can’t go home again, but the Supreme Court says otherwise. Peter Neil Carroll’s Before Roe offers a glimpse of “normal” from the bad old days.

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The Fire She Fights

Jane LaTour New York Labor History Association
Women working in the blue-collar “nontraditional” occupations, traditionally occupied by men, have been writing about their experiences, contributing to our knowledge of “the hidden history of affirmative action.” Here is such a story.

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A Great Awakening

Molly Worthen The New York Times
This decade-old book is especially relevant now.

Labor

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Paying It Forward

1199 Magazine 1199 Magazine
With 1199SEIU being the largest union in New York City, it is not too surprising that both Chris Smalls and Anjelika Maldonado’s mothers were 1199 members.

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“The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro”

Frederick Douglass The Life and Writings of Frederick Douglass, Volume II
Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass gave this speech in Rochester, New York on July 5, 1852. Some now give this speech the title, "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?"

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Amazon Is No Friend of Its Workers Who Served As Soldiers

Suzanne Gordon Steve Early Jasper Craven Jacobin
Amazon is posing as a friend to veterans who need jobs when they return home from military service — while mistreating those veterans just as brutally as any other Amazon worker.

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Labor Condemns Supreme Court Decision Overturning Roe v. Wade

Resist and fightback -- numerous unions condemned the Supreme Court's decision to end the constitutional right to an abortion. A sampling, from multiple unions representing workers in virtually every sector of the economy, are reprinted below.

Friday nite video

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Dark Winds | TV Trailer

Tribal policeman Joe Leaphorn wrestles with a series of apparently unrelated crimes on the Navajo Nation reservation in this new series based on the Tony Hillerman novel. Now streaming on AMC. #DarkWinds #AMC #AMCPlus

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How Democrats Can Run and Win in Rural Areas

Progressive Chloe Maxmin unseated a top Republican in a rural district, then passed one of the first state Green New Deal bills. Here’s what Democrats can learn from her success.

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Salt of the Earth | Movie

Based on an actual strike against the Empire Zinc Mine in New Mexico by Mexican-American workers seeking wage parity with Anglo workers in other mines and to be treated with dignity by the bosses. Stars Juan Chacon, Rosaura Revuelta, Will Geer. Full story of how the movie was made.