Skip to main content

The People Who Make Movies and Shows Are Fed Up

If you watch television, or films, you should think about who is making them and under what conditions. Eighteen-hour workdays, no lunch breaks. Car accidents caused by sleep deprivation. A crew member who returned to set the day after a miscarriage.

Strike Support: What Is It, How You Can Help

Well-planned strikes are not only a union's most potent weapon, but also the public's best chance of forcing substantive policy changes to improve working conditions, living conditions, and the health of the planet.

High Time to Move on From ‘Just-in-Time’ Supply Chains

This logistical model is the engine of breakneck capitalism. But its fragility is now being exposed. Decades of deregulation, privatisation and market worship have left society vulnerable to the unbidden force of “just-in-time” supply chains.

Timuel Black, Civil Rights Champion And Historian, Dies

The Civil Rights icon, who moved to Chicago in 1919 as one of the earliest participants in the Great Migration, died Wednesday at his Drexel Boulevard home.

Oct. 14, 2021-Reader Comments, Resources, Announcements

Reader Comments: $3.5 Trillion Reconciliation Bill; USPS Postal Banking; Democrats in Congress; Covid Restrictions Still Needed; China; New Films: Young Lords; Harold Washington; more resources; ....

The Abortion Backup Plan No One Is Talking About

Even in states with the strictest abortion laws, pregnant people have a safe, inexpensive option to terminate their pregnancies. But few know about it.

$1.5 Trillion Bill Would Cut 2 Million Jobs per Year

Besides delivering fewer tangible benefits to typical families, scaling back Build Back Better also severely compromises the package’s value as macroeconomic insurance.

Krysten Sinema: The Epitome of Political Corruption

Shortly after her close election, Sinema quickly joined other Democrats who’d followed the Citizens United path to the flashing neon lights of big money.

Grieving Family Points to Missing Indigenous Women

Young Indigenous mother Bessie Walker went missing, then was found dead in California. Her case got only a fraction of the attention that Gabby Petito’s did.

Global Left Midweek - South African Strikes

What the climate movement can learn from the anti-Apartheid movement. The anti-Semitism question. And HAPPY 90th Archbishop Desmond Tutu!
Read more

Culture

books

China’s Market Reformers

Jake Werner Dissent
While China is often seen as an outlier from neoliberal trends, its transformation in recent decades was not at odds with tectonic shifts in the global system of growth but an essential part of it.

food

The Fight to Rein in Delivery Apps

Helen Rosner New Yorker
The antitrust researcher Moe Tkacik discusses New York’s new laws and the future of DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats.“It’s conventional wisdom now that these companies are bloodsucking middlemen,” says Tkacik.

books

The Political Creativity of Sylvia Pankhurst

Martha Sonnenberg New Politics
A classic text’s reissue charts a key British feminist rebel’s life and work from her organizing immigrant and working women in London’s East End and building the emerging British labor movement to her revolutionary politics and her anti-fascism.

Labor

labor

Is America Experiencing an Unofficial General Strike?

Robert Reich The Guardian
American workers are now flexing their muscles for the first time in decades. You might say workers have declared a national general strike until they get better pay and improved working conditions.

labor

First Farmworker Union Forms in New York State

Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio The Counter
Farmworkers fought for years to have the legal power to unionize in New York State. Finally, in 2019, the state passed the Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act, which gave agricultural and farm workers the right to collectively bargain.

labor

Michigan Nurses Defeat AFT-Backed Raid

Ted McTaggart Labor Notes
The Michigan Nurses Association, which beat back a raid by the AFT, is the largest union for registered nurses in the state.

Friday nite video

video

Here's Why Hollywood Crew Workers Have Authorized a Strike

Hollywood production workers who make content for Netflix, Amazon, Disney & other studios are working 12-hour days for poverty wages while streaming giants make billions. Now 60,000 crew workers represented by IATSE are gearing up for their first nationwide strike.

video

There’s Hope in the Latest Climate Report

An important update from the IPCC, the definitive source on the climate crisis, doesn't have a ton of good news, but there are some bits of hope if we can ramp up our actions now.

video

Blue Bayou | Movie

The timely story of a uniquely American family fighting for their future. A Korean adoptee raised in a small town in the Louisiana bayou, struggling to make a better life for his family, discovers that he could be deported from the only country he has ever called home.

video

Congresswomen Share Personal Abortion Stories at Hearing

Three Democratic members of Congress on Thursday offered deeply personal testimony about their own abortions as a congressional committee examined how to respond to conservative states that are passing laws limiting abortion access.