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Friday Nite Videos | August 14, 2020

Who is Kamala Harris? | The Daily Social Distancing Show. Tom Morello | You Belong To Me. Judas and the Black Messiah. The Risky Way to Speed Up a Coronavirus Vaccine. Like a Kidney Stone | Dylan Parody.

What If Trump Won’t Leave?

We must lay the groundwork now for the kind of mass action that defends democracy and evicts this despicable, racist, wannabe authoritarian from the White House.

How Republicans Are Helping Kanye West’s 2020 Campaign

The MAGA-friendly artist is already on the ballot in Colorado, Oklahoma, and Vermont. What’s next?

Why I Am Voting No on the Democratic Party Platform

History teaches us that sometimes an issue is so great that it should be the yardstick for measuring the wisdom of voting for or against the platform. And Medicare for All is that issue.

What Should Replace Confederate Statues?

As part of America’s reckoning with its oppressive past, the nation now faces the question not just of what statues and other images should be taken down, but what else – if anything – should be put up in their place.

A Message to the Left About Kamala Harris — And Us

Should activists sit this election out? Not if you believe in activism. The right tactical call for activists is to elect the politicians they're most able to cajole, persuade, and pressure. That means viewing politicians in a different light...

Want Progressive Politics? Reform the Democratic Rules

There would be far more elected officials like Jamaal Bowman and AOC, if New York complied with the new Party reforms. The Democratic National Convention’s Rules Committee voted unanimously to keep in place the small-d democratic reforms...

How Trump Politicized Schools Reopening

If the Trump administration is willing to spend trillions to bail out corporations, banks, and airlines, why is it not willing to put up the $400-500 billion necessary to ensure the safety of our nation’s schools, children, and educators?

The Unraveling of America

Discussion article - Never in our lives have we experienced such a global phenomenon. COVID-19 attacks our physical bodies, but also the cultural foundations of our lives. COVID didn’t lay America low; it simply revealed what had long been forsaken.

Aug13-Reader Comments, Resources, Announcements, Shorts

Reader Comments: Defeat Trump, Defeat His Base, Elect Progressives; Kamala Harris and another VP candidate - Charlotta Bass; COVID; Danger - October Surprise with Iran or China; Matt Herron - R.I.P.; Republican Voters Against Trump; Announcements
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Culture

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A Fragment of the Quilt

Geoffrey Philp Rattle
“After living 60 years…as a Black man from Jamaica,” writes poet Geoffrey Philp, “a DNA test … [revealed} my Jewish ancestry. I am astounded by the endurance of Nazi propaganda and the need for constant vigilance.”

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An Interview with Karl Marx

John Swinton People's World
Labor journalist John Swinton visited the Marx family on vacation in Southern England and wrote this dispatch showing Marx in his last years - no less astute, productive and committed to the class struggle than at any time in his adult life.

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A Darker View of the Renaissance

John T. Scott Los Angeles Review of Books
A reviewer's respectful, if somewhat critical, look at a new book on the Italian Renaissance that seeks to contextualize that movement within the broader sweep of history and within the social conflicts of its time.

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What Is Portuguese-American Food?

Grace Kelly Taste Cooking
In New England towns like Fall River, Massachusetts, or East Providence, Rhode Island, Portuguese restaurants and markets carve out an identity of ’60s and ’70s nostalgia.

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Accustomed to Dead Kids

Alexis Rhone Fancher The Dead Kid Poems
Southern California poet Alexis Rhone Fancher offers a musical rendition on the theme “guns matter/kids do not.”

Labor

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If You're a Blue-Collar Worker, Trump is Not Your Friend

Steven Greenhouse CNN
If you're a blue-collar worker who cares primarily about bashing immigrants then Trump is your guy. But if you are a blue-collar worker who cares about your economic well-being and opportunities for your children Trump is not your friend.

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Tom Morello | You Belong To Me

"I had a very clear idea I wanted to express with the song & the video and that is: Sometimes, enough is enough. "

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U.S. History: Why the Battle Continues and Why It Matters

John Oliver takes a look at how the history of race in America is taught in schools, how we can make those teachings more accurate, and why it’s in everyone's best interest to understand the most realistic version of the past.